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There is another rebadge/reseller of the Athenatech/Rosewill RC-CIX-01/CFI A8989 case from the company Ace of Sweden.
Ace Polly:
http://www.aceofsweden.com/ace/case/...lly-black.html

I've been really happy with the builds I've done with this case. I've built a few with a D525 board, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD, DVD-RW and Windows 7 for under $350. It's very quiet and the comment on the look is usually "it's cute!". It's horrible for fingerprints though. The people who bought are still very happy with it for the minimal tasks they do -- surf the web, email, look at pics, listen to music, MS Office, etc.

 

 

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Has anyone here ever used this case from newegg? They had a "shell shocker" deal on it a week or so ago for $35 and unfortunately I missed it...

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For those interested in my review of the In Win BP-671 case:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...9#post20405329



P.S. It should be added to the front page, great case!
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For those interested in my review of the In Win BP-671 case:




P.S. It should be added to the front page, great case!
MrPatate,
Thanks for very detailed pictures of the case. I got mine delivered and i build my HTPC on Thursday night. I started taking pictures as I was building it but I gave up after a few. I could not have done as good of a job as you did.
One thing i learned quickly was that with small case sequence in which you install component is very important. I had to take out the drive cage to install the mother board because it would not slide in its spot after the full size DVD ROM was installed. I did 1. install hard drive, install mother board, and install DVD drive, with a short screw driver that can slide on the side of the case once the fan was removed.
I also noticed that power supply fan seems to draw the air in unlike other power supplies. Also case fan when it is setup to draw air in, makes noticeable noise.
I agree with you, it is a great case, I vote for this case to be listed in front page.
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Thanks for very detailed pictures of the case. I got mine delivered and i build my HTPC on Thursday night. I started taking pictures as I was building it but I gave up after a few. I could not have done as good of a job as you did.
One thing i learned quickly was that with small case sequence in which you install component is very important. I had to take out the drive cage to install the mother board because it would not slide in its spot after the full size DVD ROM was installed. I did 1. install hard drive, install mother board, and install DVD drive, with a short screw driver that can slide on the side of the case once the fan was removed.
I also noticed that power supply fan seems to draw the air in unlike other power supplies. Also case fan when it is setup to draw air in, makes noticeable noise.
I agree with you, it is a great case, I vote for this case to be listed in front page.

Thanks!

I've had the same problem. Installed everything and forgot the HDD... Had to remove the cage and bluray drive. Never built something so tiny, so I didn't thought about sequence either. Have you thought of a better way to route cables?

How noisy the fans are(PSU and case)? Can you ear it well from a few feet or is it worst? Because I still haven't start it yet. Can't wait to start it!
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From reading the reviews on newegg it looks like that case is the same case as the BP655 (which many AVSers also like) just with a different face/front.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...8196&Tpk=BP655
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For those interested in my review of the In Win BP-671 case:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...9#post20405329



P.S. It should be added to the front page, great case!

Done, especially since the review features Guinness. Well done.

If anyone else has a case w/ review they want me to add just let me know.

 

 

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Here's an interesting article on Anandtech about nettops and mini-ITX builds. Do you agree or disagree? I will add this to the first page.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4282/n...x-buyers-guide

 

 

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Here's an interesting article on Anandtech about nettops and mini-ITX builds. Do you agree or disagree? I will add this to the first page.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4282/n...x-buyers-guide

I thought that article was junk.

As someone else stated there is better information in my buyer's thread. And anywhere on AVS for that matter.
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I thought that article was junk.

As someone else stated there is better information in my buyer's thread. And anywhere on AVS for that matter.

Yeah, it was pretty thin on the details but at least they tried out some of the cases and platforms we discuss around here.

They missed the part about none of the cables on the PC-Q09 PSU being able to reach the motherboard or the HDD, though .

 

 

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Well, I finally got my Lian-Li PC-Q09F review up. What was once just pictures now has some words around it.

http://outsidethestb.blogspot.com/20...h55n-usb3.html

 

 

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Thanks!

I've had the same problem. Installed everything and forgot the HDD... Had to remove the cage and bluray drive. Never built something so tiny, so I didn't thought about sequence either. Have you thought of a better way to route cables?

How noisy the fans are(PSU and case)? Can you ear it well from a few feet or is it worst? Because I still haven't start it yet. Can't wait to start it!

Sorry for late reply.
Originally the fan was loud enough that at night, i had to turn up the TV a bit to cover the fan noise. I did two things to reduce the fan noise.
1. Changed out the fan, i had a spare that i believe had better quality ball bearing
2. Changed the fan speed in BIOS to 50% and Temp threshold of 55 degrees. I forgot exact BIOS menu path for that setting.

After those two changes, the fans are MUCH quieter.

Bhavesh R

P.S. I have taken a picture of my 'cable management' but i have not had a chance to post it. I will try to do it later today from home
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Hmm, I only see pictures. Still no words.
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Hmm, I only see pictures. Still no words.

Yeah, the whole thing disappeared off my blog back to the old version. I have no idea how it happened.

Edit: looks like there was some kind of system-wide rollback -- lots of people are reporting their posts disappeared.

 

 

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Hi,
Does anybody have any experience with the Wesena Cases? I'm looking to build a i3 HTPC.
Should I go 2100t or 2100?
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I put together an HTPC consisting of:


* Habey EMC-600S
* I3-2100T
* Asus P8H61-I
* WD Scorpio Black 500gb 7200rpm 2.5" hdd
* G.Skilll Eco 2x2gig ddr3-1333 cas7 1.35v
* 5010-B fan

It turned out great. Fan is audible but not very loud.

Idles 42-48 depending on usage and ambient temperature.

Maxes 58-67 depending on what kinds of loads are present and for how long.

This is in Texas with inside apt temps between 75 & 84 F

Under $450 and it looks, acts, feels slick.

Ubuntu 11.04 with hardware acceleration 1080p flash any hd seems to be a-okay.

Rarely see over 30% cpu usage.
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I put together an HTPC consisting of:


* Habey EMC-600S
* I3-2100T
* Asus P8H61-I
* WD Scorpio Black 500gb 7200rpm 2.5" hdd
* G.Skilll Eco 2x2gig ddr3-1333 cas7 1.35v
* 5010-B fan

I'm also considering a Habey EMC-600B. But after reading some reviews here I'm scared that it won't fit what I need based on heatsink and fan height and PSU wattage...

I am contemplating this processor as I want power with lower power consumption...
AMD Athlon II X4 610e Propus 2.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 45W Quad-Core Desktop Processor AD610EHDGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103899

on this motherboard...
Giada MI-R880G-01 AM3 AMD 880G ATI 4250 HDMI+VGA eSATA ITX Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813176005

And then probably a 2.5" SSD drive as I'll be using MediaMall's PlayOn via DLNA vs using it as an HTPC.

I guess overall I'm rethinking my CPU choice, I need more power than an Atom as PlayOn transcodes on the fly from Netflix and Hulu, but I want low idle power consumption as well. Thoughts? I'm open to expert knowledge...
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Does anyone have any experience with the HD-Plex cases? They're pretty $$$, but their H3 SODD case got a great review at silentpc...
http://www.silentpcreview.com/HDPLEX_H3.SODD
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Is this the H3.SODD unit? Would it support an Intel Core i3-2100T w/stock fan on miniITX board? Too, what BD/DVD unit would work in that slot-load?

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Speaking of thickness , slot loading, and self promotion, how about 15mm thick faceplate with 9mm heatsink panel.






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Does anyone have any experience with the HD-Plex cases? They're pretty $$$, but their H3 SODD case got a great review at silentpc...
http://www.silentpcreview.com/HDPLEX_H3.SODD

I've lost all interest in heatsink cases since most of the hardware I use in SFF systems is cool enough that it doesn't need it. In the pictures above, the HS case is going to waste since nothing is connected to the side via heatpipe. A normal case the same size would do just as good.

EDIT: After close inspection, I noticed that the heatpipes had not yet been installed.

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I've lost all interest in heatsink cases since most of the hardware I use in SFF systems is cool enough that it doesn't need it. In the pictures above, the HS case is going to waste since nothing is connected to the side via heatpipe. A normal case the same size would do just as good.

EDIT: After close inspection, I noticed that the heatpipes had not yet been installed.

BT

Know you get this now, but you can see more here. http://www.silentpcreview.com/HDPLEX_H3.SODD

Open frame PSU connects to one side of the chassis, CPU to the other.
I think its a pretty cool case and plan on getting one when they start shipping.
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Know you get this now, but you can see more here. http://www.silentpcreview.com/HDPLEX_H3.SODD

Open frame PSU connects to one side of the chassis, CPU to the other.
I think its a pretty cool case and plan on getting one when they start shipping.

I can't make-out the BD drive used in it--not mentioned that I can see. Is there a "preferred" slim-style optical drive that people like for this type of slot-loading case? Sturdy and quiet?
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I can't make-out the BD drive used in it--not mentioned that I can see. Is there a "preferred" slim-style optical drive that people like for this type of slot-loading case? Sturdy and quiet?

Not sure I was going to pick up the SOny 5600 slim slot loader - its cheapish on ebay etc and seems to do a decent job of playing back BR and DVD.
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Not sure I was going to pick up the SOny 5600 slim slot loader - its cheapish on ebay etc and seems to do a decent job of playing back BR and DVD.

Well I see they have other models that accommodate a full-height 5.25" drive. Pricey devils, these, but very handsome!

Found the drive that is in the pics, the Sony Optiarc BC-5600S, though I don't see it's readily available from at least my usual suspects.
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I am ordering the Apex MI-008 today and I am going to "picoPSU" it. I'll have pix next week or so when I get the build done. I have a PC-Q07 for my bedroom HTPC but I don't like the tower sitting on my dresser -- I want something lower. Plus, I haven't been able to fool around with one of these cases yet .

The build will be:
Intel Pentium G620 (new)
ASUS H61 motherboard (reuse)
2GB RAM (reuse)
64GB SSD (reuse)
Samsung DVD-RW (reuse)

Since it has a 3.5" external I might see what I can find for hooking up an internal IR.

 

 

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I am ordering the Apex MI-008 today and I am going to "picoPSU" it. I'll have pix next week or so when I get the build done. I have a PC-Q07 for my bedroom HTPC but I don't like the tower sitting on my dresser -- I want something lower. Plus, I haven't been able to fool around with one of these cases yet .

The build will be:
Intel Pentium G620 (new)
ASUS H61 motherboard (reuse)
2GB RAM (reuse)
64GB SSD (reuse)
Samsung DVD-RW (reuse)

Since it has a 3.5" external I might see what I can find for hooking up an internal IR.

My build is that case and power supply. It's pretty stupid easy to put together (I did it after all), so I'm sure you'll have excellent success. I had to RMA my mobo, so I'm patiently waiting for the replacement right now. Looking forward to hearing about your experience.

There is no difference in HDMI cables. If you can see the picture without visible dropouts or sparklies, the cable is working at 100%. No other cable will display a better version of that picture. You're simply wrong if you think there is a better digital cable than one that is already working.
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I ended up getting the Rosewill RS-MI-01-BK instead since it was 30% off. It's basically the same case except with a different front.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147131

I'll probably just sell the power supply that comes with it. Since the PSU is SFX12V I already have a backplate for it to cover the PSU hole and mount the picoPSU jack.
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Anyone have any good suggestions for internally mounting IR on the InWin BP671?

Just built 2 PCs based on this both running a 120W PicoPSU:

MSI E350IS-E45 Zacate
2GB Ram
1 Seagate 1TB
1 WD Green 1TB
1 Samsung F3 1TB
1 OCZ Agility 60GB SSD
Windows 7 w/ FlexRaid + subsonic + uTorrent
Replaced Fan with a Noctua 80mm fan with ULN adapter

I couldn't fit 3 drives in there using any of the standard mounts. So I used the rubber grommets from an antec case, and attached the 3rd HD to the top of the case securing the screws through the grill.

Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3-B3 mini-itx
i3-2100 underclocked to 2.5Ghz at 1V (microcenter combo, 99 for the chip and 60 for the mobo after savings)
2GB Ram
1 WD Green 2TB
1 C300 60GB SSD
Windows 7 for Media Center
Replaced Fan with a Noctua 80mm fan with ULN adapter
Samsung Bluray Drive

I had tried to put a HIS passive 6570 in there, but it wouldn't fit because the heatsink hit the i3 heatsink's fan. In the process of dremeling the heatsink, it slipped and I hit the board. It didn't work after that, so I ordered the same reference design card with a fan and worst case I can switch the already dremeled heatsink onto it. Now I just need to figure a good way to get IR into this thing.
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What's a HIS 6570 and a ULN adapter?

Sorry to hear about the dremel accident, thats the sux
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