I just did some digging. I have concerns about the Morex 557 being big enough for a regular eight stock Intel i3 cooler like the one on my i3-2105. I know the 2100T is short in height, but I wanted HD3000.
The Morex 557 is listed as being 62mm tall.
The Shuttle XH61 is listed as being 72.8mm tall.
My Intel BOXDH67CFB3 with an i3-2105 on it with the stock cooler is right about 60mm. I just pulled the board out of its case (MI-008) and measured the height as best I could of the whole setup from the bottom of the CPU backplate under the mobo to the top of the cooler.
I doubt the Morex is quite tall enough to let the cover go on over this stack, even if you leave out the drive bracket.
My plan is to build an htpc with the new Intel BOXDH77DF
since its Ivy Bridge, has an mSATA slot, and I've had great success with Intel's crazy low power draw with a PicoPSU. I want to use the Ivy Bridge i3-3225 when it comes out since it has HD4000 IGP. No ODD. The only drive will be the mSATA SSD.
Take a look at these comparison shots of the rear of each case. Notice how much more height there is on the Shuttle between the top edge of the mobo rear shield and the top cover of the case.Rear of Morex 557Rear of Shuttle XH61
I really like the Shuttle's front. I love the lack of visible ports. I believe a ventilated top cover is a requirement, though. So the Morex is ventilated but (I think) too short. The Shuttle is beautiful and tall enough (see edit below) but not ventilated. I'm more than capable of cutting my own ventilation, but I don't really feel like it.
Edit: The Shuttle uses its own cooler, which some say is better than stock Intel. I bet that the stock Intel would fit with the drive bracket removed.Edited by Solderbot - 7/9/12 at 6:53pm