Originally Posted by Mfusick
Surprised you didn't jump into the ATX or MATX silverstone cases for the upgrade path. Once you start putting a GPU card in- ITX loses it flavor IMO.
Are you limited on width ? Or you just like ITX? I always though something like the bigger silverstones that match with my AVR and other components on width looks more appropriate and stands out less looks wise. Is the choice for ITX a personal looks preference?
I ask this with total and full disclosure that I personally dislike ITX for such a build for a variety of reasons. You seem like you are doing your homework and know what your doing so I don't mean to challenge you too much on the ITX thing. More just curious your motivation, adding a CPU card prevents you from getting from ITX what most want from ITX (ultra small cute case and look) Personally I think those square node looking things are the ugliest things I've seen in PC hardware cases, and stretching it wider to look like a high end AVR (aka Silversone grandia series) is much more pleasing on the eye. Plus, you open up a variety of possibilities in hardware choice and future upgrade path.
Your right that choosing an ITX board was not in order to create a super small system in my case.
The place in my entertainment cabinet is limited, but it certainly could hold something in a mATX size/desktop style case. My motivation was to see how small of a footprint I could create and using an itx board helped in that regard. Since I needed space for a rather large video card, going with an mATX case would have resulted in a much larger case that offered a lot of wasted space for my purpose. This itx case seems to make very smart use of its space. Plus, an itx board is no more expensive than an mATX at the moment.
You mention that I lose alot of expandability, but my question is this: What expandbility applies to a pc devoted solely to media access/playback? Considering my server plans, why do I need to worry about adding hard drives down the line? I just dont see where I'm limited considering the purpose of the pc. That case allows me to upgrade my video card down the line or even the cpu if I need it. For playing back media, those are the only things that might need upgrading within say a couple of years.
As far as looks go, I get that some find that look ugly, but thats a subjective thing. Persoanlly, the SG08 looks fine to me. Its a sleek black with the bare minimum of front panel physical features to break up the clean look. It may not be the shape of other home theater components, but the style fits in my eyes. Its muted and 'clean', not to mention very well designed reagrding cooling/noise levels according to all the reviews I have read.
I may look agian at mATX/desktop style cases, but thats where I'm at right now.