I can't believe this thread is still running. I expected it to fade into oblivion.
Honestly I think it's a dumb idea because you will never make everyone happy, and there is no single universally perfect solution for everyone.
Once you realize this ^
The second issue is economies of scale. A crowd sourced project could never be as high quality and as cheap as a MFG solution. Unless you wanted to overpay for the feeling of being part of something I don't see how this would ever work.
Silverstone for example makes a pretty darn nice HTPC case for $60 (MILO 3) and I don't see how a crowd sourced project could ever get to what you get retail from Silverstone for $59. It's impossible.
M-ITX is just garbage IMO. It's easier to hide a real HTPC than try to move heaven and earth to make a full performance ITX build that has no heat issues. At the end of the day all you need is an HDMI wire, and something to control it (remote, keyboard, tablet etc)
Why does HTPC always have to be cute and on display? Seems like lots of people overpay and over frustrate themselves to try and get this. I prefer my HTPC hidden away, unheard, unseen and full capable in performance and cooling.
For a superior HTPC experience you need a GPU card anyways (MadVR, Reclock, SVP etc..)
Either you are a simple XBMC streamer that wants some netflix and play back some torrents you downloaded, (for which all you need is INTEL NUC) or you are enthusiast level with a dedicated server full of bluray rips uncompressed and your looking for a decidedly high end experience, including better picture and sound. Perhaps if you are the first - a crowd sourced case might be attractive- but I doubt the cost would work out. Usually those types are not willing to invest like the second group is.
I believe there would always be a better retail option available at at price point and there is no point in even trying. Nice to dream though.
Originally Posted by kapone
The "perfect" case for an "HTPC" is an Apple TV sized case, with an optional optical drive attachment.
Now, let's crowdfund the perfect hardware for that.
Worth it over just buying a NUC ??? Doubt it.
And that is not the "perfect" case at all. Where are you going to put a GPU card? Will it run Madvr with reclock or SVP ? Will it overheat ?
Honestly- it's easier for me to buy a cheap case (like my Antec 300 for $30) that has great cooling and just relocate it (AV closet in my case)
Running a HDMI from alternate location is preferable to building and displaying a "cute" HTPC. I just do not have the passion to do that at all. Anyone that has a real theater system (most on AVS my guess) already has AVR, Blurayplayers, Amps, Set top boxes and other component sized cases so building a little cute HTPC case makes no sense - it looks out of place IMO.
I would prefer a nice higher end solution that works with my other components. It won't look out of place if I already have an AVR, or amps. Put your HTPC where your AVR is. Surprised you say this because I always thought you had a rack of stuff.