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Old 02-20-2013, 09:48 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi guys,

Looking to transfer my HTPC from a standard mid-size micro-ATX/ATX case into a HTPC case. I've searched around on newegg a bit but thought I'd ask for some input here as well. Here are my requirements, in order of importance:

1.) Box style (to match my AVR) w/ MicroATX form factor
2.) Width <= 20"
3.) Height <= 6"
4.) USB 3.0 ports
5.) Price <= $80
6.) Color = black

Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:54 AM
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Silverstone 03 for $59

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+1 on the Silverstone ML03 (Milo). Just be sure to download the manual here to get the component specs. There are size limitations on PSU and ODD, as well as cooler height.

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=283&area=usa

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I am currently looking at the Apex DM-532:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154114

Sony KDL-42V4100 LCD TV, Yamaha RX-V665 AV receiver, Sony PS3 slim, Klipsch F-30 speaker system
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awesome, thanks guys. Will look into them. I guess I didn't consider that I already have components, and would like them to fit as well.
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Milo 03 is probably the best case for $60 IMO.

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I've got that Silverstone case and it's awesome, but it gets tight in there. I used an SFX power supply in mine http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=22_160&products_id=28447 to make sure I had enough room for the OD. If you use a full ATX PSU I would make it a modular one, even then you will probably need right angle power & SATA cables. There is enough room for 3-4 80mm fans on the right side but you really only need 1-2. The case has plenty of ventilation.

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If you want something a little different you might like the Microcosm case.
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The dimensions are 9.5 inches wide, 8.3 inches deep, and just 4.5 inches tall (4.75 inches tall with attached acrylic feet).
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Here's a couple threads of the MILO in action...

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1419411/silverstone-ml03b-or-nmediapc-1080p-case#post_22855708

http://www.avsforum.com/t/931459/show-your-htpc-setup/960#post_22783107

Neither of these builds include a modular PSU. At the same time, they both do not have a bunch of HDD's stuffed in as well.

I can say on mine, (1st link) it no no longer looks that way. I jettisoned the plastic SSD mount, and instead mounted the SSD on the bottom of the chassis between the ODD and PSU. The HDD I had in there is removed as well (moved to new server). The extra cabling is routed under the ODD, and bundled up the extra cabling where the plastic mount was to improve airflow.

I think the biggest point to express is that these smaller cases require a bit more planning and tinkering. One decision will essentially affect something else. I thinks the specs indicate that there is room for 1 ODD, up to 3 HDD's, and up to 5 SSD's. But you can't have all of them.

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I've got that Silverstone case and it's awesome, but it gets tight in there. I used an SFX power supply in mine http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=22_160&products_id=28447 to make sure I had enough room for the OD. If you use a full ATX PSU I would make it a modular one, even then you will probably need right angle power & SATA cables. There is enough room for 3-4 80mm fans on the right side but you really only need 1-2. The case has plenty of ventilation.

I used a $19 coolermaster PSU 430 watt in my brothers. Worked great. Fit great.

really good low cost solution.

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Thanks for all the tips and new considerations, fellas. My PSU is NOT modular. However, I only have 1 ODD and 1 HDD currently, with no real plans to expand that other than maybe adding a SSD. I could lose the ODD as well, as I don't really use it outside of installing OS/software. I'm going to gut my rig this weekend and measure components and compare to the specs provided for the cases (looks like I'm leaning towards the milo) just to make sure everything will fit ok. I'll post up with my components and my results when I do so.
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