Any decent cases on the market?

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Any decent cases on the market?

Postposted on Tue Sep 30, 2003 7:16 am

Are there any decent ATX or mini-ATX cases on the market suitable for a HTPC? I mean I've looked all through Directron and Newegg and I have to wonder who would put something as ugly as these in there living rooms. Anyways there has to be something so I turn to you guys! Any suggestions? Oh it has to be / come in silver.
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Postposted on Tue Sep 30, 2003 7:33 am

Ok, well...when I started I was about to reccomend most of the ones you just looked at... :lol:

Are you opposed to something custom? If so...I was toying with this idea.
Find on Ebay (or garage sale) a nice brushed-alum. Pre-Amp or Tuner...gut it and put in your mini-itx or uATX board/PSU/ etc etc...

Would look GREAT if you added a Matrix Orbital (or equiv) display as well...of course remote and all that HTPC stuff as well...

Something like this! (The TOP one is PERFECT!)
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... gory=14974

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Postposted on Tue Sep 30, 2003 7:38 am

Christ that's brilliant! THANK YOU, I don't know why I didn't think of that. I'm off to hunt down the perfect unit. Oh man I'm so excited now! :lol:
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Postposted on Tue Sep 30, 2003 7:44 am

Chaseme wrote:Christ that's brilliant! THANK YOU, I don't know why I didn't think of that. I'm off to hunt down the perfect unit. Oh man I'm so excited now! :lol:


:lol: Glad you liked the idea! Hey, you MUST post pics when you get it finished!! Lol, it'll cost you tons less that a sff/htpc case anyways...gives you room to play with hardware.

Hey, if you don't want to use a PCI Riser card (like in 1U/2U cases) you might want to look for a TALL Amp...there were a bunch of older ones that had very basic/plain faces...gives you freedom for display/etc. But, for the stereo-philes out ther (me included) PLEASE don't kill a good amp like a Yamaha/Marantz/Nakamichi/etc... :o

You DO have a dremel, right? :wink:
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Postposted on Tue Sep 30, 2003 8:12 am

I do have a Dremel and can appreciate the good ol amps of yesteryear. I have this old Toshiba that I love to death so I'm not going near it. On the other hand I have a Yamaha tape deck with a burnt out motor. It doesn't run anymore and I can make use of it since full PCI/AGP cards would fit in hight wise. It has two needle VU meter's on the front to so I'm going to HAVE to get those going. Oh man I can't wait to get home tonight now!
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Postposted on Tue Sep 30, 2003 8:18 am

Here's another option:
http://www.coolermasterusa.com/Product.aspx?ID=18
It comes in silver, too.
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Postposted on Tue Sep 30, 2003 8:58 am

That Coolermaster is the best one I've seen really. Do they make it though? I though they were discontinued or something. Anyways if I get lazy I suppose I'll check into it but I'm liking this modding an old stereo part thing right now.
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Postposted on Tue Sep 30, 2003 9:17 am

I'm not sure, I've seen it on pricewatch but it does seem like Coolermaster is discontinuing all their most interesting stuff lately.
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Postposted on Tue Sep 30, 2003 9:21 am

Steel wrote:Here's another option:
http://www.coolermasterusa.com/Product.aspx?ID=18
It comes in silver, too.


I have seen that one in person (CompUSA carries them) VERY nice, but it costs ~$120 - $150!!! More like $150-$190 for the silver one...

Hell, one of the 4U cases I looked at for my duallie system is only $130, lightweight Alum, and SILVER...
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http://www.eramax.com/r19al4uramoc.html

But I still like the old AMP idea better. :D
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Postposted on Tue Sep 30, 2003 9:30 am

They also have the ATC-620 for about $90, which is the same thing but steel instead of aluminum.
Anyway, this case is all about looks, they can be expected to charge a little more ;).
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