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So far all I have done is sleeved the internal usb cables and painted the case circuit boards, this build may take all year, but here are some teaser pictures. I plan on using a i3 2100t processor, a ssd, and a fanless psu. I want the case to blend in with high end a/v components and I think the build quality of the wesena e7 is a great start.







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Nice case!
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Nice case!

I got it from a pretty great place

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Here is the list of components I plant on using
  • Wesena e7 Case
  • SeaSonic X series SS-400FL Fanless Power Supply
  • Intel i3 2000t (not sure which fan/heatsink to add yet)
  • ASRock Z68M/USB3 MATX motherboard
  • 2X G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
  • 2X Nexus Real Silent 80mm case fans
  • Crucial M4 64gb SATA III SSD
  • ZOTAC ZT-40606-20L GeForce GT 430 1gb Fanless Video card (for some light gaming)

All the media will be stored in a server made out of my old HTPC parts.

And short term plans for this build:

1.) Purchase, sleeve and paint the internal IR board; add a LED in the same opening to display when HTPC is recording

2.) Mount 2 noctua 80mm fans with rubber screws, sleeve the fan cables.

3.) Install sound dampening foam on all reasonable locations

4.) Sleeve individual cables from the Seasonic x-400 PSU, adjust cable length to fit case properly

5.) Solder antenna leads to xbox recevier and rf keyboard receiver, also solder led leads and the xbox reset switchleads, house all of this in a project box.

6.) Make custom pci slot cover to house antenna for xbox controller receiver and RF keyboard

7.) Paint motherboard back plate

8.) Paint Blu-Ray drive

9.) Sleeve Sata cables

10.) Make a custom motherboard cover

11.) Install it all

12.) Apply waterslide DTS-HD, Dolby True HD, mediabrowser logos on front

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Go with the i3 2100 if you don't need the low profile stock cooler. It uses the same amount of wattage as the 2100t.
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Go with the i3 2100 if you don't need the low profile stock cooler. It uses the same amount of wattage as the 2100t.

Thanks for the tip, I was only going with the "t" for lower temps, but if its all the same ill get the 2100

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where did you get the case? I've been looking...and it seems to be out of stock everywhere (at least in the states).
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where did you get the case? I've been looking...and it seems to be out of stock everywhere (at least in the states).

assassin had a used one

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Gloss paint is drying now, very happy with the results. I applied 2 light mist coats 15 min apart, followed by 2 thicker coats 15 min apart. I had to paint the rest of the front panel as the gloss changed the appearance of the metal. One word of warning if you plan on painting a large surface, apply the paint in light coats, I had a small area where the paint pooled and if you look close you can see a ripple on the front panel. It was much easier to apply the decals and paint on the small dvd cover as compared to my first attempt on the Silverstone case. The small size of the dvd cover made it very easy to align the decals, and easy to paint.














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More picture of some of the sleeving, one nexus real silent fan installed in the rear and some sound dampening foam applied.

Sleeved Cables:


USB hub and internal card reader:


Sound Dampening Foam








HDD Bay with grommets



Im not really thrilled with how the sound dampening foam looks once applied, it squished any place I pressed it down. Does anyone have a reccomendation for a good brand to choose. Also I tihnk I will use a paper template in order to get a better fit on the next try.

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A mockup install of the front plate:







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Nice job. That HTPC is sick!!!
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Nice job. That HTPC is sick!!!

Thanks for the encouragement! This is just the beginning, I still have to buy all the components

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Nice job. I built my parents a HTPC using the E6V case & was really impressed with the quality. Not sure why more people don't use Wesena cases. They're a little more expensive, but nothing crazy.
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Nice job. I built my parents a HTPC using the E6V case I was really impressed with the quality. Not sure why more people don't use Wesena cases. They're a little more expensive, but nothing crazy.

Yep, now that I've seen one, I'm getting one. The one place I found to buy, said it would be in the US by 4/5, just need some patience now...
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Yep, now that I've seen one, I'm getting one. The one place I found to buy, said it would be in the US by 4/5, just need some patience now...

I got mine used, but perfecthometheater (im assuming that's where you are looking) is pretty much the only place in the U.S. to get them new. The cost of the cases has gone down over the last year, and they are worth every penny. I will never cheap out on another case again.

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Yes, that was the place. Enjoy building that sexy rig...
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Painted my Blu-Ray Drive today. I used googone and a knife to scrape off the stickers, then cleaned the outside with some househould cleaner. I took the drive apart and masked off the back panel. I first applied two coats of rustolem clean metal primer, 15 min apart. Waited 15 min and applied 2 coats of krylon satin black 15 min apart.









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Today I installed two Nexus Real Silent fans in my HTPC case. The nexus fans are great, they look nice, the white blades complement the all black case, and they even come with rubber screws/ for the fan in the rear I just slipped the rubber screws through the grill, case and then fan. The rubber screws have stops that keep any part of the fan from ever touching the case, hopefully reducing noise by eliminating vibration passing. For the fan under the HDD bay I had to improvise. The fan mount in the Wesena e7 case is not a typical mount, and does not allow for the use of rubber screws. I purchases 6 1/8" ID rubber grommets to slide over the post and isolate the fan.

Fan on rear of case (I painted the grill black)







Fan under the HDD Bay







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I'm planning a project box to use inside of my HTPC build. I want to avoid having any USB dongles off the back, so I will be using an internal USB hub inside an aluminum box. On one side of the box I will have passthrough connectors for the power and usb connection for the hub. On another side I will have 3 RP-SMA connections and one 8pin DIN connection. These connections will be used to connect 3 WIFI antennas, 2 LEDS and one Vandal Resistant switch with LED illuminated ring. I am planning on installing the above antennas/leds/switch on a blank PCI plate. I may install a piece of mesh aluminum on the top panel of the project box to allow for ventilation.
I only have paint at work, so here is a basic sketchup of my plan. And yes, I understand this is completely unnecessary, but I am building this HTPC with form over function in mind. I currently use a wifi antenna with my RF keyboard, and it improves the reception immensely. Hopefully the same holds true for the xbox receiver and the bluetooth dongle.
Also I just ordered the internal IR receiver from Perfect Home Theater, looking forward to its arrival.



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Looks intense. I like it.

Lol thanks, Im considering watercooling as well.

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I have been working on my HTPC build on and off in my free time and have made some progress. I added sound dampening material to all sides of the case, the top of the Blu-Ray drive, and a little around the harddrive bay on the bottom of the case.







I have also made some progress on my internal usb project box.

I created the back plate using a metal punch and installed the wifi antenna pigtails and mounts for LEDS.




I also used a metal punch to make holes in the side of a plastic project box, and used a file to make the corners square. I sleeved the internat cables and am working on connecting the wifi antenna pigtails to the onboard antennas on the bluetooth, RF keyboard and xbox rf receiver dongles.


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Getting close to done, here are the components I have/are in the mail:

I know its overkill... I don't care smile.gif Ill add a fanless videocard one day and game with it.

Asrock H-77 Pro-4M MATX Motherboard
Intel i5 3550 Ivy Bridge CPU
ZALMAN CNPS9900 NT 120mm CPU Cooler
2x Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB DDR3 1600
Seasonic X-400 fanless PSU
64gb Crucial M4 SSD
2x seagate 2TB greendrives
a bluray drive I pulled from my old HTPC
a Hauppauge NTSC/ATSC Tv tuner pulled from old HTPC

I gave up on the idea of watercooling, maybe some other day.

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A photo of the finished product,I am very happy with the way it turned out.

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A few things left to do:

Adjust the optical drive height as the drive catches when opening and closing

Install the external IR receiver into the internal IR slot (I bought the IR receiver made for the case but It doesn't work with intellerimote, so its no use to me)

Find a smaller project box or install the internal USB devices in a new manner. The box I had planned on using is too large.

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