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Topic # 112992 31-Dec-2012 23:49
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I require a new htpc case and after days of searching have narrowed it down to 2 Silverstone cases. The LC16B-M and the LC17B-M. Both have USB 3.0 ports on the front.  My choice out of the 2 seems to be the LC16 but even searching google and youtube havent been able to find an answer. The front imon display. I suppose it stays lit when the unit is switched off and just how bright is it. The unit will be in the bedroom.  I know newegg and some others say about the power and hdd lights too bright but that is easy to overcome.  I am not worried about the optical drive in way of longer graphic cards as I will only be using onboard video




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  Reply # 739053 1-Jan-2013 09:26
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I have the older version. I think you can set if you want the imon to stay on or not in the imon software. Personally I have not used the desplay for ages as it cause a blue-screen on resume from standby but old unit so sure that is not problem in new units. For me the display was not too bright BUT the power and HDD activity LED's damn near burn a hole in your eyes, my fix was many many layers of insulation tape carefully put into the recess that the LED's shine through.







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  Reply # 739056 1-Jan-2013 09:56
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Thanks. The main reason for the imon is the remote control.  Thought being built in dont have to have a receiver sitting on top or next to case like I do at present.




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  Reply # 739057 1-Jan-2013 10:19
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what software are you going to be using?

for remote you could always get a Motorola NYXboard Hybrid which is RF so can be plugged into a usb port hidden away and is a far better remote than any imon remotes (used them in the past, never could get them to work well, that was a few years ago though)



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  Reply # 739061 1-Jan-2013 10:31
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reven: what software are you going to be using?

for remote you could always get a Motorola NYXboard Hybrid which is RF so can be plugged into a usb port hidden away and is a far better remote than any imon remotes (used them in the past, never could get them to work well, that was a few years ago though)
Thank you. That would be ideal. I will go that way instead.




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  Reply # 739091 1-Jan-2013 11:45
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I have ordered the LC16. It was hard decision but with the discount code the LC16 was $100 dearer than the lC17.  Not much more than buying the LC17 and separate remote.




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  Reply # 739100 1-Jan-2013 12:06
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reven: what software are you going to be using?

for remote you could always get a Motorola NYXboard Hybrid which is RF so can be plugged into a usb port hidden away and is a far better remote than any imon remotes (used them in the past, never could get them to work well, that was a few years ago though)


I have always used a MS receiver. Like you I could never get the imon receiver to work reliably. The MS receiver sits below and behind the TV to is not intrusive at all.
The case is a good one, I am very happy with it still. Because it is not small it is easy to cool quietly. I just have the power supply fan and two silent fans on the back running. No fan on the CPU just passively cooled. I did have a passive GPU as well but the design was not good so it used to get too hot for my liking. A better design and it would have been fine as well.







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Reply # 740322 4-Jan-2013 23:05
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Well the L16M case arrived today. Part of decision getting it was photos by Nety in show and tell. Outside it looks nice.  I have put a MATX board in it.  Have given up setting it up tonight. Everything is very tight squeeze. Hard drives and Optical drive overhang motherboard. Anyway got most of it down then went to connect usb 3.0 cable and oh dear, have to take the centre optical housing out to put the cable in and hope enough clearance to fit it.  I had to use sata cables with right angle fittings to connect to motherboard.  Still once all connected shouldnt have to open case again for a while. Will be a challenge to tidy the cables all up.  So have another shot at it tomorrow




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  Reply # 740356 5-Jan-2013 08:26
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This is not going well. Ended up taking hard drive out of center mounting below optical drive to fit usb 3 cable to motherboard. Now I went to connect vfd imon up and it has an oddball 3 pin power connector. Instructions say to connect to 3pin power connector on power supply. I have 3 new power supplies and none of them have a 3 pin connector.  The downloaded manual shows a 4 pin floppy connector. I am now stuck as I dont have an adapter and havent found one online yet and even on silverstone site havent yet found a supply with the 3 pin connector.
Why oh why couldnt they have kept the floppy connector rather than this new 3 pin one.




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  Reply # 740367 5-Jan-2013 09:10
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That's odd. So it is definitely not for the power or HDD LED? Sorry it is way to long ago and I cannot remember how mine connected. I do recall it was not an easy hookup. Although I made it harder for myself as I replaced the Power LED with a multi colour one and use LEDsdriver to show different colours depending on how many recordings are going on.

Edit: just another thought. They are not expecting you to plug it into a fan header? Maybe contact Silverstone.







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  Reply # 740371 5-Jan-2013 09:22
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no the booklet that came with the case shows it and says to connect to 3 pin atx adapter connector. On the setup you can download from silverstone, it shows the same thing exactly except it is floppy connector.  Yeah I will contact silverstone anyway.

Edit- Okay entirely my fault. It was there on the main power adapter.  Everything is so cramped I couldnt see it. I pulled the drive cages out again and went through each cable and there it was. So up and running now.  Nice case just a bit cramped




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Reply # 740424 5-Jan-2013 13:41
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Okay all up and running. Imon working fine and can turn system on and off with remote and start media center with touch of a button.

BUT dissapointed with the case.  Setting up windows I used uSB drive with windows on it so no problems. Then used dvd drive to setup drivers. Well that was a mistake. SHouldnt use the dvd drive. I now have a hole recessed for the dvd drive. Not the prettiest look. The drive tray opening and closing after 3 times the pretty spring loaded case door fell off. The hinge end just has slide in hinge and it slid along the groove so door popped off.  Not a big problem just detracts from the clean look.




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  Reply # 740441 5-Jan-2013 16:16
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OK never had a problem with the drive door at all. Surely it is just a matter of putting the pin back in? Maybe was not seated correctly in the factory. Sorry not trying to be rude here but you did remove the panel of the optical drive tray right? It is just a part that has always struck me as being solid, certainly has never given me any trouble and is used all the time as we watch both blurays and DVD's on it.
I do have to agree that it is a cramped case but from my experience media centre cases always are and once you have it setup up you generally do not touching for a long time so I can live with it.







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  Reply # 740447 5-Jan-2013 16:37
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Nety: OK never had a problem with the drive door at all. Surely it is just a matter of putting the pin back in? Maybe was not seated correctly in the factory. Sorry not trying to be rude here but you did remove the panel of the optical drive tray right? It is just a part that has always struck me as being solid, certainly has never given me any trouble and is used all the time as we watch both blurays and DVD's on it.
I do have to agree that it is a cramped case but from my experience media centre cases always are and once you have it setup up you generally do not touching for a long time so I can live with it.
no I never removed the front panel of the drive as nothing said in manual. Just that it had to be narrower than width of the drive. But this door is flimsy mounting. To get door back on I would have to take front panel off in order to be able to tension it so it springs closed again by the looks of it. 




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  Reply # 740520 5-Jan-2013 22:10
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Okay all setup and very quiet. now its night I have found one other small problem.  On the left where the power and hard drive lights are, the side panel and front panel have a 1 mm gap and the blue light shines out.  Will have to plug the gap to keep the light in the case. Going on my experience I cant recommend the LC16 as build quality could be a lot better.




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  Reply # 740534 5-Jan-2013 23:03
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Certainly sounds like the quality has dropped. I just checked mine and there is a gap but it is tiny (maybe 0.1 or 0.2mm) and barely any light leaks out.







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