HTPC case smaller than 5 3/4" - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 02-16-2012, 11:29 AM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
bogdatov's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I'm looking for HTPC case which would blend with my environment. Almost bought Silverstone GD05B (which seems to be ideal for me) but it turns out this case is 5.91" tall, which I can have only 5 3/4"

Any ideas for the case?
bogdatov is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old 02-16-2012, 11:44 AM
Member
 
BLOCKMONSTER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 26
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
What about Silverstone LC02 (http://www.silverstonetek.com/produc...id=67&area=en)? About 4" tall but it has its quirks you proabably have to do workarounds to make it suitable for you.

EDIT: ML03 what renethx suggested is MUCH better and only around 60$. Cant believe I forgot about that one.
BLOCKMONSTER is offline  
post #3 of 15 Old 02-16-2012, 11:46 AM
AVS Club Gold
 
renethx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 16,243
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 241 Post(s)
Liked: 389
renethx is offline  
post #4 of 15 Old 02-16-2012, 12:11 PM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
bogdatov's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Thanks guys.

This ML03
http://www.silverstonetek.com/produc...id=283&area=en

I understand I can fit SSD + 3.5 HDD into it.
What about DVD/BR - do I need to go external ?

When description says: Expansion Slots: 4 low profile +1 utility
What does that mean ?

I'm planning to put i3 into it. Not sure if build-in Video will be enough. And if not - can you recommend Video card which will fit ?

And for CPU cooler - any recommendations ?
bogdatov is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 02-16-2012, 12:28 PM
AVS Special Member
 
jeffkro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 2,053
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by bogdatov View Post

Thanks guys.

This ML03
http://www.silverstonetek.com/produc...id=283&area=en

I understand I can fit SSD + 3.5 HDD into it.
What about DVD/BR - do I need to go external ?

When description says: Expansion Slots: 4 low profile +1 utility
What does that mean ?

I'm planning to put i3 into it. Not sure if build-in Video will be enough. And if not - can you recommend Video card which will fit ?

And for CPU cooler - any recommendations ?

wow, cool case
jeffkro is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 02-16-2012, 01:55 PM
Senior Member
 
tkole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 263
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 11
Moncaso 312. Slickest HTPC case on the market, IMO.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811280014
tkole is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 02-16-2012, 02:07 PM
Advanced Member
 
jcruse's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 794
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Liked: 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by tkole View Post

Moncaso 312. Slickest HTPC case on the market, IMO.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811280014

My HFX Mini disagrees...
http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_1301.html
jcruse is offline  
post #8 of 15 Old 02-16-2012, 04:33 PM
AVS Special Member
 
rockytt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 1,817
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
As does my silverstone LC19
rockytt is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 02-16-2012, 04:50 PM
AVS Special Member
 
ToddUGA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Eastman, Georgia
Posts: 1,568
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by bogdatov View Post

Thanks guys.

This ML03
http://www.silverstonetek.com/produc...id=283&area=en

I understand I can fit SSD + 3.5 HDD into it.
What about DVD/BR - do I need to go external ?

When description says: Expansion Slots: 4 low profile +1 utility
What does that mean ?

I'm planning to put i3 into it. Not sure if build-in Video will be enough. And if not - can you recommend Video card which will fit ?

And for CPU cooler - any recommendations ?

That is the case I use. You should be able to fit a 3.5" drive and an SSD in it. May have to get a little creative with the mounting but it shouldn't be too hard.

I use the stock CPU cooler on my i3 and it works fine. I did add a couple of fans to the side of the case to help with heat.

The built-in Intel HD graphics are more than adequate for running an HTPC unless your planning on doing some high-end gaming.

I have an internal Blu-ray drive installed in mine. Here's a pic...


ToddUGA is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 02-16-2012, 05:28 PM
Member
 
Sandy B Ridge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 112
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by jcruse View Post

My HFX Mini disagrees...
http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_1301.html

Wow - Ugly!

Quote:
Originally Posted by rockytt View Post

As does my silverstone LC19

Mmmmm - Nice!
Sandy B Ridge is offline  
post #11 of 15 Old 02-16-2012, 06:04 PM
AVS Special Member
 
gorthocar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 1,715
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 21
I like my Lian-Li PC-C37B. There are many other nice low profile cases out there. Some of them only fit Micro-ATX form factor, so don't try to jam a full ATX motherboard into them.

Also, be careful with these cases only fit low profile cards. Some video cards and TV tuner cards have a short board, and come with both a normal height bracket and a low profile bracket, but you have to shop for them in particular.

The Core i3's integrated video is quite capable of HTPC duties, but its 24p is slightly off the ideal 23.976 fps most Blu-rays are encoded with. Only you can answer if a frame drop every 5 minutes is within your viewing tolerances with its 23.973 fps, or a duplicate frame every 42 seconds if you set the refresh rate to 24.0 fps. If you are going to use a discrete graphics card instead of the Core i3's integrated video, there are some AMD 6450 and 6570 cards that are low profile. I'd recommend going with the integrated video first, and if you don't like it, add an AMD graphics card.

Bazinga!

gorthocar is offline  
post #12 of 15 Old 02-16-2012, 06:43 PM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
bogdatov's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
tkole
Sure this Moneual case is nice, but $210 for the case alone ? That is too much for me.

ToddUGA
Thanks for the pics. Looks nice. How is noise level ? Also which PSU did you choose ? I read that some PSU over 140mm depth may give problem.
Any problems with watching youtube, netflix, etc ?


gorthocar
I will try integrated video 1st, thats for sure. Anyways I mostly watch downloaded video. But I may want discrete video later, and if so, I need to get proper PSU.

Anybody using WiFi in those ? If so, do you use USB stick or MB with WiFi or ?
bogdatov is offline  
post #13 of 15 Old 02-16-2012, 08:15 PM
AVS Special Member
 
ToddUGA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Eastman, Georgia
Posts: 1,568
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by bogdatov View Post

tkole

ToddUGA
Thanks for the pics. Looks nice. How is noise level ? Also which PSU did you choose ? I read that some PSU over 140mm depth may give problem.
Any problems with watching youtube, netflix, etc ?

Noise level is good, although I added a couple of fans to the side of mine to make sure my Ceton tuner stayed cool. Probably unnecessary, but I'm a bit of a worrier. With normal TV volume at around seven feet away I can't even hear the fans.

Here's the power supply I'm using...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371029

Perfect fit, although hiding some of the extra power plugs was a bit of a challenge.

Youtube, Netflix, etc. work just fine. The Intel HD graphics handle anything I can throw at it, including 3D Blu-ray. Using PowerDVD I get almost perfect playback. Like gorthocar said above, I may see a frame skip every 5 minutes or so but I rarely ever notice it.

ToddUGA is offline  
post #14 of 15 Old 02-17-2012, 10:52 AM
AVS Special Member
 
blueiedgod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Amherst, NY
Posts: 1,583
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 96 Post(s)
Liked: 71
nMedia PC 1080P is 3.9" high

http://www.nmediapc.com/htpc1080p.htm

Takes full size PSU, and ODD, as well as room for 3 HDDs and SSD.

Oh, and Newegg has it for $40 shipped here and there.

6 TV's in the house on FiOS and we only pay $4.99/month to connect them all!!! Power to the CableCard and WMC7!!!
blueiedgod is offline  
post #15 of 15 Old 02-18-2012, 03:19 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Mike99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Illinois
Posts: 3,044
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Liked: 51
I would like to build a DVR for HD OTA recording & playback. Will most of these low profile cases, such as the ML03 accommodate 2 tuner cards and a graphic card? Hopefully a graphic card will not be needed, but for some reason it's needed it would be nice to fit it in.
Mike99 is offline  
Reply Home Theater Computers

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off