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post #1 of 11
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Dear HTPC pros,

I am looking to build my first HTPC and after quite some research havent quite started. My issue is finding the right case.

My specs are not really cost driven, so no isues there. I want something smart, not too big and if possible a bit sexy. I have no designs to fill it with storage as all media is network based so limited expansion requirements. So, simply put, specs are SSD, Gig network,wireless, usb3, win 8, Xbmc. Quite a standard approach.

I have been looking at the streacom fc9 as this ticks a lot of boxes but am concerned about the fanlless approach since i live in australia and things get hot over here. I guess what i am asking is your opinions on the fc9 and warm environment and potential alternatives with or without fans
post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by harrydanger View Post

Dear HTPC pros,

I am looking to build my first HTPC and after quite some research havent quite started. My issue is finding the right case.

My specs are not really cost driven, so no isues there. I want something smart, not too big and if possible a bit sexy. I have no designs to fill it with storage as all media is network based so limited expansion requirements. So, simply put, specs are SSD, Gig network,wireless, usb3, win 8, Xbmc. Quite a standard approach.

I have been looking at the streacom fc9 as this ticks a lot of boxes but am concerned about the fanlless approach since i live in australia and things get hot over here. I guess what i am asking is your opinions on the fc9 and warm environment and potential alternatives with or without fans

If cost is no object you really are only limited by what is available to you in Australia. There are a lot of very nice HTPC cases out there and it really is personal preference.
post #3 of 11
Latest Intel platform consumes only ~40W at video playback (unless you want to do a demanding task such as upscaling with a discrete card + madVR; a low-profile case is not good for this purpose anyway). So passive cooling should be enough.

If you want active cooling (for the sake of peace of mind), check SilverStone ML04 (microATX), ML05 (mini-ITX), for example.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by renethx View Post

Latest Intel platform consumes only ~40W at video playback (unless you want to do a demanding task such as upscaling with a discrete card + madVR; a low-profile case is not good for this purpose anyway). So passive cooling should be enough.

If you want active cooling (for the sake of peace of mind), check SilverStone ML04 (microATX), ML05 (mini-ITX), for example.

Are you talking about Haswell?
post #5 of 11
I'm a fan of the Streacom cases for any non-upscaling HTPC (not the best value but I like the look). I'm planning on a FC8 Evo music/workstation build in a couple months. They also have the FC7 if you want a build with a discrete fan. Right now I have the Silverstone GD04 and will be upgrading the internals to do upscaling just after the FC8 build. It has a clean look and I'd recommend it to anyone.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by amarshonarbangla View Post

Are you talking about Haswell?

Yes. Actual measurement by Watts Up? PRO: Core i5-4670 with iGPU, 4GB x 2 RAM, Z87 mb, 1 x SSD, 1 x HDD, Seasonic S12II 430W. Playing back various SD, HD, FHD videos with MPC-HC, LAV Filters, EVR.
Edited by renethx - 8/2/13 at 11:34pm
post #7 of 11
In the past 7 years or so I have been through probably 10 incarnations of my HTPC, including everything from full size ATX cases (Origenae S21) to the smallest ITXes.

There has always been something I did not like about the case smile.gif and that in combination with my general inability to leave things alone has led to trying a different case.

From this tinkering I have come to the conclusion that it is always a good idea to have room for upgrades and/or expansion.

My last rebuild involved moving from a tiny mITX to a mDTX in a Silverstone SG06 case but the latter is not cooling well so now I am replacing it with an FT03 and a mATX board.

I need slots for tuners and a GPU though so that rules out the smalllest cases.

Yes the small mITX ones are cute but I would think bigger if you envision any kind of future expansion.

I think the FT03 is going to be my keeper (yeah right wink.gif)
post #8 of 11
when i built a new pc in january i was so bummed by the lack of cases with a mix of ir receiver and/or external 3.5 bay to put one, hard drive capacity, and size. i ended up going with a silverstone gd04, usb based ir receiver, and an external hard drive solution. If i was ok spending more money the Wesena cases were my style.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by pittsoccer33 View Post

when i built a new pc in january i was so bummed by the lack of cases with a mix of ir receiver and/or external 3.5 bay to put one, hard drive capacity, and size. i ended up going with a silverstone gd04, usb based ir receiver, and an external hard drive solution. If i was ok spending more money the Wesena cases were my style.

How many hard drives were you looking to put in it? In my gd04 I have room for a couple of them but I have everything on a server so hard drive capacity isn't an issue.

The Wesena e7 is a sharp looking full size chassis, nice and clean with room for a fan. For a full size HTPC with budget not being much of an issue that'd be tops on my list.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by JackDiesel14 View Post

How many hard drives were you looking to put in it?

at least four plus a ssd. my pc has 7 now using 4 bay external enclosure.
post #11 of 11
Really happy with my E-i7n from Ecosmartpc. Definitely good on looks and cooling.

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