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ARK Black Aluminum / Steel HTPC 400BA Black ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

  • Aluminum / Steel
  • Front Display Front Card Reader
  • 1 x 90mm side fan Side Air duct
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Learn more about the Ark Technology Inc. HTPC 400BA Black

General

Brand
ARK
Model
HTPC 400BA Black

Spec

Type
ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum / Steel
Power Supply
No
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro-ATX, ATX
Side Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
3
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front USB Ports
USB 2.0 x 2
Front FireWire Ports
1 x IEEE1394
Front Audio Ports
2 x Audio
Front Card Reader
All-in-1 Card Reader (Internal USB)
Front Display
Non-programmable LCD displays CPU Temp. & Fan Speed

Cooling System

90mm Fans
1 x 90mm side fan
Side Air duct
Yes

Features

Features
MCE Receiver Rack (receiver not included)
S/PDIF Output Jack
CPU overheat and fan out-of-order alarm function

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Korey M.
  • 5/30/2010 1:32:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid

Pros: Works great with my setup and fits in my TV stand perfectly. Same width as my receiver and only slightly deeper. Big old school Zalman cpu cooler fit well.

Cons: Some sharp edges and it is not as precise as my previous case. Door for DVD slot doesn't always close.

Only 2 hard drive slots were usable on my installation. Power cable for the motherboard prevented use of one.

Other Thoughts: Would have like space for 4 internal 3.5 drive slots. Also, my first order of business was to remove the silly temperature and fan speed indicator harness.

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  • Patric S.
  • 2/9/2010 5:34:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFirst Build With Media Case

Pros: Plenty of space for PCI slots, easy to access Hard Drive bay.

Cons: Have to remove the faceplate from the DVD drive in order to get it into the slot.

Other Thoughts: This is a nice case for building a small entertainment rig in. Be careful with the power supply and a Blu-Ray drive. that's the only real tight space.

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  • Robert M.
  • 3/24/2009 1:06:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDepth not height was important to me- this fits

Pros: Full case for more drives and COOLING abillities. The less depth case sold me. DEPTH IS IMPORTANT! Professional front alluminum and place for internal IR receiver. Do not worry about space for Quad heat and cooling system.

Cons: Simple and not techy. No fancy controls on the front. The LED dispay help could be better and cleaner. AC97 front jack connector- No jacks are sensed. Check your MD for this option.

Other Thoughts: Buying your own rear fan could be a negative but I bought what I wanted, not what the case MFR bulk buys. The LED could be a little better but it displays the temp and a fan speed. I am not going to watch the box just the TV. I decided added my own reset button and orange led for sleep mode.

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  • Woodrow S.
  • 2/13/2009 8:44:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOne Tight But Very Nice Looking Case

Pros: Good solid construction on front panel. Hard drive cage is easily removable. Multi Media Card Reader installed w/internal USB motherboard connectors. IR window and MCE remote adapter ready (must purchase seperately). Fan Speed and CPU Temp display on front panel (you mount the temp sensor where YOU want to). Overall look and feel is that of a Home Theater component. Fits right into my Sharp/Panasonic/Sony Home Theater system. Looks sharp.

Cons: Only one fan in case. Needs another 80 mm or 90 mm fan for the rear of the case (will fit either). Mine came with the standoffs to mount either. There is a small ledge on the back of the inside of the case. So you will need these standoffs to mount the top two screws for your rear fan. This case is really tight for big handed guys or gals. The distance between the power supply and the rear of the Blu Ray drive (170mm LG GGC-H20L) was really close. Barely fit.

Other Thoughts: There is a lot of wasted space on the power button side of the case. The media extended adapter and/or media crd reader could have gone here. I am using an Antec Neo Power 550 PSU. This unit lets you only plug in the connectors for power that you need besides the main MB power connector. If a standard power supply had been used I can not imagine how anyone could get connectors onto the back of their DVD/Blu Ray drives.

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  • matthew s.
  • 2/4/2009 9:33:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggshad to mod drive

Pros: looks nice

Cons: had to rip bazel of blu-ray drive and none of screw holes lined up so i glued the drive in place

Other Thoughts: few dollars more and i could have gotten a silverstone

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  • Christopher F.
  • 1/27/2009 10:57:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice case, with a few shortcomings

Pros: Good value for the money. Case is pretty sturdy and reasonably well designed.

Cons: Power supply is a tight fit, parts described in manual no longer included, some drive bays unusable or nearly so. Power LEDs and included fan don't plug into motherboard...they require 4-pin PS connections. Case is designed for two cooling fans, but only one included.

Other Thoughts: Bought this to house an older dual-Opteron system I'm converting for home theater use. Motherboard fits this case nicely. Case holds three 3.5" hard drives, and mounting bracket lifts up-and-out easily. Bottom drive bay inaccessible due to location of 2nd processor though. Case also holds two 5.25" drives, but bracket not removable, drives have to be installed from inside (with DVD faceplate requiring removal), and can't be removed once power supply is in place. Area between power supply and DVD drive is crowded, but not unacceptably so. No HD light, but it's easy enough to hot glue one to back of light ring that surrounds the power button. Only one cooling fan included...it was replaced with a Scythe GentleTyphoon (and one was added at the rear), resulting in a reasonably quiet machine. Didn't bother hooking up front LCD display. Overall, I'm reasonably happy with this case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/12/2008 9:11:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent for the price -- and size!

Pros: Decent amount of space (fits 3 hard drives); not as deep as the competition (measures 15.5" deep), so fits nicely on most shelves; MCE remote shelf is a great idea (if a bit of a hassle to install); reasonable cooling/airflow and not bad looking; integrated card reader and big power button (made to look like a stereo knob); includes a coaxial SPDIF, which is great if your new motherboard doesn't have one!

System: Biostar TF8200, AMD 4850e, Coolermaster Vortex (RR-CCH-P912-GP), 2x2GB Crucial Ballistix (4-4-4-12 at 2.0v), VistaView Saber 2020, Saber DA-1N1-E, AverMedia Combo PCI-E, LG H20LK, 2 x Western Digital GP 1TB drives, Silverstone ST-50EF SC, Windows XP Pro, SageTV, PowerDVD 7.3; draws about 100 watts idle, and most of that is the tuners!

Cons: Cheap-feeling interior; no thought given to anti-vibration for the hard drives or dust filters for the air intakes; front LCD readout could be put to better use than a fan monitor (perhaps Northbridge, GPU, CPU temps); the ONE included 92mm fan is still too loud for my taste

Other Thoughts: I got the silver version of this case (now deactivated) and am very pleased with it. It is replacing an Antec Fusion Max that was just a bit too deep for my shelf (size does matter!). The airflow is great, and using some panty hose as dust filters cuts down on contamination. The cut outs above the SPDIF bracket are for routing cables out of the case (like the USB cable for the MCE remote receiver). Mounting the MCE remote receiver is a bit of a hassle (and probably voids the warranty for it), but works flawlessly and is such a simple idea, it's amazing I've never seen it before -- just be sure to clip the solder points and then use electrical tape to cover them on the bottom of the MCE remote receiver to prevent shorting it out. :)

I used a Silverstone ST-50EF SC (short cable edition) PSU and it was the perfect fit.

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  • David O.
  • 9/24/2008 8:26:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood but some specs are wrong

Pros: Very nice front face. Case is heavy and feels like good quality. Doesnt look cheap and fits right at home in the living room.

Cons: The front LCD only came with the cpu sensor and not the motherboard sensor. You cant NOT hook up another sensor. There is a fan speed monitor as well but did NOT come with the cable extension to allow your motherboard to control the fan while the lcd only monitors the fan. Both of these things are in the manual but missing in the case. They must have switched out the front lcd.

Other Thoughts: The only reason I am giving this a 3 and not a 2 is because of the quality of the case. Other then that I HATE buying something to get it and find out some features / components as advertised are completely missing. I would understand if it was open box but this is RETAIL.

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  • Randall L.
  • 9/17/2008 10:09:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Case - Tight Space

Pros: Good case; well built; I searched high and low for a case that would support dual slotted 8.5" video cards in SLI (e.g., 8800 GTs). Other than the Silverstone XATX box, this is the only one I found. The Silverstone, however, has a cover which I did not want and reviewers have complained that it sticks or falls. This case can also support four HDDs (three in the HDD cage; one in the extra 5.25" cage.) If you remove the chute, you can use a high profile after market CPU cooler (e.g., Asus V60).

Cons: Very tight fit and little to no air flow. Plan your build carefully. Start with the PSU and determine what connectors you need. Then bind the unused cables and place them under the 5.25" drive slot and in the space under the optical drive if you don't need a fourth HDD. Next, put in your mobo and go from there. Also, if you use an Nvidia board, the audio cable barely reaches the mobo header. The firewire connections are component so you need to correctly match them with each pin. You will need to remove the bezel and tray cover on the optical drive and cut the pin for the open button. This case takes work, so don't make it your first build. There is only one thermal sensor even though the instruction manual seems to claim there are two, one for the CPU and the other for the case. The CPU monitor connection is three pin, not four although most boards allow 3 pin. You need to also pay attention to the USB connectors. They are not keyed

Other Thoughts: When will HTPC/desktop case manufacturers catch up with the latest and greatest and make a box that fits modern components? Everything is TIGHT. The side fan on this case is virtually worthless for moving air. It is also incorrectly placed as it blows below the HDDs. The case runs hot.

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  • Gary C.
  • 7/25/2008 11:08:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Case

Pros: Lotsa room. Everything fit nicely. Very sturdy (and heavy). Great looks.

Cons: Only one fan? None the less, case temps remain cool. And I have to agree with the spdif header taking up one PCI slot. Not really an issue with me cause one slot on my MB is for a MB specific peripheral that I am not using, so I just put it there. If you are handy with a dremel, there is plenty of room on the back to remove it from the pci bracket and add a custom location for it.
The LCD display light leaks around the edges and looks bad.

Other Thoughts: Seems to have some areas of wasted space inside the case behind the power button, and the 5.25 space below the optical drive bay. May prove to be a plus if I ever decide to modify the case in any way.

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