You won't need 12" for a cable box.
18" is a lot of space, so good airflow possibilities around, since there is no faceplate.
You might want to close-off the projector section except for a cable hole. It would separate system heated...
Yeah, Best Buy is looking to make $ off of you.
Can you move that screen against the back wall?
I have ceiling mounted a Da-Lite Model C pull-down screen in a similar situaiton to yours - bookshelves behind the screen prevented it...
I like the Location 1 layout. But does that force anybody going upstairs through the media room? Equipment rack in the Laundry room or under the stairs?.
I agree on the foot traffic, and think a long, narrow enclosed room in Location 2...
Anandtech +1, and Ganesh comes on here form time to time for good advice. They should really shut down dailytech - it is like a N. Idaho survivalist convention in there.
Tom's is my backup.
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If you need 2 PCIe, then you need mATX rather than ITX, so the size just went up.
I would rather add my own PSU.
One option I don't think anybody else will suggest is a small 3U server case:
I use the 4U one with the...