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Hey all,


I'm having some difficulty deciding on a case for my HTPC build. I'm looking at 3 in particular, and am wondering if any of the forum members think one is better than the others. The "goal" for this HTPC is really just to be able to watch 1080p movies (.mkv), play some emulators and stream web content like Netflix, Hulu and Youtube. I want a black case that is $150 or less. This is my first build so I'd like a case allows for pretty easy component installation.


Here's what I'm looking at:

LIAN LI PC-C37B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112186


SILVERSTONE GD05B
http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Al.../ref=pd_cp_e_2


ANTEC REMOTE FUSION
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129054


Now for a few questions on the cases...

I like how the Antec Remote Fusion comes with a remote/IR receiver...does anyone know how reliable it is and how well it could function with a universal remote such as a Logitech Harmony?

The Silverstone does not look as nice as the other two IMO but it is cheap. Would there be a way to install an IR receiver for a remote into this case such that nothing would be sticking out of or lying on top of the case? It seems like all of the MCE remotes that I've looked at have a USB dongle type installation like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-003-_-Product

The Lian Li is a bit more expensive, but it does seem to be nice and light with a low profile. However, it does concern me that it only comes with 1 70mm fan. Does anyone know if this case has issues with overheating?


Any recommendations on a 350-500 W PSU for these cases? From everything I've read, it looks like I should go modular.


My apologies for making a lengthy and slightly unorganized thread - any help on any of the items I've discussed would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
 

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Originally Posted by kaneda33 /forum/post/19609712


...This is my first build so I'd like a case allows for pretty easy component installation.


Here's what I'm looking at:

LIAN LI PC-C37B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112186


SILVERSTONE GD05B
http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Al.../ref=pd_cp_e_2


ANTEC REMOTE FUSION
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129054


Now for a few questions on the cases...

...The Lian Li is a bit more expensive, but it does seem to be nice and light with a low profile. However, it does concern me that it only comes with 1 70mm fan. Does anyone know if this case has issues with overheating?


Both the Silverstone and Antec use 120mm fans (3 or 2 respectively); bigger fans move more air and do it more quietly; so much as I like Lian Li cases (I've 3 of their mid tower aluminum cases), I'd say go with either the above Silverstone or the above Antec.


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Originally Posted by kaneda33 /forum/post/19609712


Any recommendations on a 350-500 W PSU for these cases?


See: http://www.anandtech.com/show/3985/t...fferent-prices


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Originally Posted by kaneda33 /forum/post/19609712


From everything I've read, it looks like I should go modular.


What does this mean?



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ANTEC REMOTE FUSION
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129054


I like how the Antec Remote Fusion comes with a remote/IR receiver...does anyone know how reliable it is and how well it could function with a universal remote such as a Logitech Harmony?

I have an Antec Fusion V2 , which is a cousin to the Fusion Remote. Overall, it's not bad, though I have nothing to compare it to as it's my only HTPC build. The remote and front panel display using the IMon software, which some people really don't like. I've found it to be a little finicky, but overall it works pretty well. You can use any HTPC/MCE remote with the IR Receiver; I've been using a Logitech Harmony 659 which I picked up used, though I also had a generic MCE Remote which I was using for a while. I will warn not to worry about the Front Panel Display; it's basically worthless. The text is too small to be visible from more than 5-6 feet away; about the only thing I use it for is to display the "bouncing bands" Equalizer.

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Any recommendations on a 350-500 W PSU for these cases? From everything I've read, it looks like I should go modular.

Any reliable brand PSU should work fine. Most don't come with modular cables in that power range, but they don't have very many power connectors so shouldn't be much of a problem. The full height Antec Fusion cases have ample room to tuck cables away into, so this shouldn't be an issue at all.
 

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Both the Silverstone and Antec use 120mm fans (3 or 2 respectively); bigger fans move more air and do it more quietly; so much as I like Lian Li cases (I've 3 of their mid tower aluminum cases), I'd say go with either the above Silverstone or the above Antec.


See: http://www.anandtech.com/show/3985/t...fferent-prices

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Originally Posted by kaneda33 /forum/post/19610837


Any recommendations on a 350-500 W PSU for these cases?

What does this mean?



Cheers

OtherSongs: by that I meant just a modular power supply so I'd only have to connect the cables I needed for my system and not have a bunch of extra cables that I'd hide in the case. Thanks for your comments regarding the Lian Li case, I didn't want something too noisy. That article looks to pretty useful as well...I don't know too much about power supplies other than their basic function.

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The text is too small to be visible from more than 5-6 feet away; about the only thing I use it for is to display the "bouncing bands" Equalizer.

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Originally Posted by kaneda33 /forum/post/19609712


Any recommendations on a 350-500 W PSU for these cases? From everything I've read, it looks like I should go modular.

Any reliable brand PSU should work fine. Most don't come with modular cables in that power range, but they don't have very many power connectors so shouldn't be much of a problem. The full height Antec Fusion cases have ample room to tuck cables away into, so this shouldn't be an issue at all.

ericbsmith: Thanks for the info. I was wondering if I really needed a modular PSU or not...

If I go with the SilverStone, do you know if there is any way to effectively hide a MCE remote IR receiver in the case? I guess I'm looking for somewhat of a clean setup so that the HTPC is just sitting there by itself without any attachments hanging off of it.
 

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I was wondering if I really needed a modular PSU or not...


IMO, a PSU that has modular wiring is at most only a *small* plus.


If you only do *one* PC, then wiring length means nothing (so long as it is adequate).


If you do multiple PC (as I do), then longer wiring is the more useful thing, as you'll discover that each PSU will work best (connector length fit) with only one of your PC. If the connector length is too short, then either it's of no use or you'll need an extention connector.


FWIW, the new top of the Antec line of PSU (with the "True" name, of which I have one of the 650w units) has both modular connectors, as well as *longer* main 2 power lines (i.e. the main 24 pin connector and the secondary (6/8 pin line) connector.



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If I go with the SilverStone, do you know if there is any way to effectively hide a MCE remote IR receiver in the case? I guess I'm looking for somewhat of a clean setup so that the HTPC is just sitting there by itself without any attachments hanging off of it.

Remove the stock display/ir and place the MCE receiver behind the window. You may have to fab up a support so that it stays where you want it. To connect it to the MB usb header, you can get adapters online.


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