Originally Posted by RTROSE
How much Smithwick did you consume while you were putting together your HTPC? Obviously not enough to hamper you assembly abilities.
I was considering a pc for the ht as well, not necessarily anything special more for web surfing and such but I have to say I like the form factor of yours horizontal vs. vertical like the old old desk tops. Could you provide some links were you got your equipment?
Amazingly, none. I did the build upstairs and away from the keg so I could use a regular monitor and standard keyboard and mouse to do the initial setup. Much easier that way.
I got all of my parts from newegg.com....
The case, for example (it was $20 off last week):http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163055
It's a pretty sweet case. I had to buy the rack mount ears separately though ($12 at amazon.com). Note that the ears will not support the whole case... you need rails or a shelf to hold it up as well. The ears just keep it from sliding around.
I spent a lot of time agonizing over cases... There are very few rack mountable cases that meet all or most of my criteria...
1. Rack mountable.
4. 4U or less
5. USB plugs on the front or a 3.5" drive bay to add an I/O panel
6. Reasonably priced (no more than $130 w/o power supply)
Most of the cases I looked at were either too expensive and/or more intended for data centers due to their design for maximum airflow with no regard for noise or looks.
I also (mostly) got my bluetooth keyboard working finally and the HTPC mounted in it's permanent location on the rack.
I'll snap some pics this afternoon.