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Cheap but good looking not too deep and not too tall HTPC case?

post #1 of 10
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I'm looking for an HTPC case. The problem my budget is about $100 and I have certain seize requirements. There is a nice AthenaTech case that fits the budget (A3701) but it's too deep for my rack (I need the case to be no more than 16 inches deep). The same go's to most of the Silverston cases, which look great but are too deep and too high (I want the case to be less than 6 inches tall but not a low profile case).

Any suggestions? The only case that fits the requirements is the nMediapc 100 series, but it is discontinued and I couldn't find a reputable reseller who will sell a balck version for around $100.
post #2 of 10
Antec NSK 2480 ? Its close: 5.5" (H) x 17.5" (W) x 16.3" (D)
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Originally Posted by genro View Post

Antec NSK 2480 ? Its close: 5.5" (H) x 17.5" (W) x 16.3" (D)

Yes. I'm seriously considering it, although I prefer a black faceplate and a case that will have external 3.5'' bay for card reader (I can stealth the CD bay, but even with adapter I don't know how to stealth a card reader.
post #4 of 10
You can't beat this for a cheap HTPC case...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811121027
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You can't beat this for a cheap HTPC case...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811121027

My standard height pci cards won't fit as this case only accepts low profile cards.
post #6 of 10
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It seems that nMediaPC is about to release new cases with sizes which are close to my requirements. No pricing yet so I'll cross my fingers that these will be in my price range.
post #7 of 10
I just bought this In-Win case. Only 10.5" deep, and still accepts full height cards. Absolutely perfect for my needs.
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I just bought this. Only 10.5" deep, and still accepts full height cards. Absolutely perfect for my needs.

I'd like to know how that MtJade case works out. I'm considering it for a new HTPC build using the upcoming Intel DG45ID MB. The specs on it look promising.
post #9 of 10
I'll tell you how it's working out. GREAT!!!! It's sitting below my HDTV right now. I have a couple gripes:

The power/HDD LEDs are BRIGHT. But I fixed this completely by taking off the front cover and mostly obscuring the lights with black electrical tape. Now just a glimmer shows through on both and it's perfect.

The "Mt Jade" cooling system seems to work, but I hate using the standard intel HSF. You can either remove the baffling completely, or cut into it to fit another superior (preferably fanless) colling solution, HOWEVER, you become limited by the optical drive, which extends out and partially over the HSF. So, the trade off is 1) low-profile HSF with optical drive or 2) Nice cooling solution (e.g. MINI NINJA w/o fan) and no ODD. I am not quite ready to get rid of my BR drive (I rip all my movies to my media server, but I still want to be able to play something from disk) so for now, I am using the stock HSF. Not as quiet, but for now, it works.

It may sound strange, but I am HAPPY that the case is so small that I have to make that tradeoff. There is absolutely no wasted space, but plenty of room for everything I wanted. I wish I had this case on all my PCs...
post #10 of 10
Excellent. Thanks for the mini review.

I'm looking to build a new HTPC, and am shooting for a minimalist solution. I'll try this InWin MtJade case with the stock cooler. If it is too loud, as you suggest, I'll remove the BD-ROM and install the Mini Ninja fanless.
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