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Topic # 24884 5-Aug-2008 18:32
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Hi, has anyone here built a HTPC using this case?

It seems quite an nice little case, quite solid and not so tacky-looking for a relatively cheap case.

Just wondering if the 300W power supply would be enough to run an Athlon 64 5200 dual core, and Nvidia 8500 + TV card, and would there be any heat issues.

Also are there any installation issues to be aware of, apart from the obvious micro ATX requirement, and using a short video card? I assume you might be able to slip in a second Hard drive instead of a FDD?

I saw one running in a shop and as far as I could tell in the conditions, the fans were not overly noisy.

Haven't found a review yet.

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  Reply # 154521 6-Aug-2008 05:35
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We used these cases for a while as an alternative to our standard myPVR cases.

They are a very tight fit, so you really need to watch where your heatsink sits, and that the DVD drive isn't too long.

The PSU is fine with onboard graphics, but might be a little bit stressed with a high end graphics card. It might be worth checking what your estimated power usage is.

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  Reply # 154524 6-Aug-2008 06:42
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I've got one of these cases but am looking for a replacement.

The case is nice and compact but it's biggest problem is airflow, or more precisely lack of airflow.

A 300W supply is still more than adequate for many systems. I run a 8500GT, HVR3000, MCE150 and Nova T 500 as well as DVD and HDD. These all run fine but cooling is a serious issue and case fans are vital. With 60mm slientx fans in the back the system was quiet but tended to get very hot inside, I certainly woulldn't try and run 2 HDD's as HDD heat has been the biggest issue due to the lack of airflow in this part of the case and nowhere for it to go.

I've run mine for the last 6 months with no lid simply because I was worried about the heat but then again with the components I have and the load placed on the PSU there is a lot of heat being generated. If you're not wanting to cram as much in there it would be OK but for a loaded system I'd look elsewhere.

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