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nMEDIAPC HTPC 300BA Black Aluminum/Plastic/Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

  • Aluminum/Plastic/Steel ATX Mini Tower
  • 2 x USB2.0 ; 2 x Audio ; 1 x IEEE1394 Front Ports
  • Side Air duct
  • 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 3 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Desk space is always at a premium, and Nmedia PC understands. That is why they turned design conventions on their edge, and the HTPC 300BA thin tower was created. This premium case starts with the basics, giving room for a 5.25" and a 3.5" external drives, but placed on their side to keep the slim in this slim tower.

Inside room was made for three internal hard drives. It has the standard two USB ports, a Firewire port, and two Audio ports up front, but on the side for further space saving. The most ingenious space saver is moving the power supply up front to allow a full ATX motherboard to fit.

In the dominant position in the upper right is an LED display to tell you what the overall temp in the case is, what temp the CPU itself is running at, and what speed the fans are running at. This case finishes off by combining the strengths of aluminum, plastic, and steel in quie an engineering achievement.

  • newegg HTPC with ATX function The world's most compact ATX tower case is designed to fit in perfectly with the rest of your home theater equipment. ThenMEDIAPC HTPC 300BA Micro ATX tower case is simply a downsized version of a traditional ATX tower case but retains all the functions of an ATX case.
  • newegg Slim Tower System with 5 Drive Bays Featuring one external 5.25" drive bays, one external and three internal 3.5" drive bays, the nMEDIAPC HTPC 300BA provides strong expandability as an HTPC case.
  • newegg Effective Cooling The nMEDIAPC HTPC 300BA features dual 60mm rear fans, one side air duct and one 60mm HHD fan to effectively control system temperatures.
  • newegg LCD Module The front panel LCD module provides surveillance of CPU temperature and control of CPU fan speed.
  • newegg Convenient Side I/O Panel The convenient side I/O panel enables easy access to two USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE 1394 port and two audio ports.

Learn more about the NMEDIAPC HTPC 300BA

Model

Brand
nMEDIAPC
Model
HTPC 300BA

Spec

Type
ATX Mini Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum/Plastic/Steel
With Power Supply
No
Motherboard Compatibility
MicroATX & ATX
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
1
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
3
Expansion Slots
7
With front LCD display
Yes

Front Ports

Front Ports
2 x USB2.0 ; 2 x Audio ; 1 x IEEE1394

Cooling System

60mm Fans
60mm Silent Case Fan x 2, HDD Fan x 1
80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
No
Side Air duct
Yes

Physical Spec

Dimensions
5.5" (W) x 18"(D) x 14.5"(H)

Features

Features
LCD Module: CPU Temp. & LCD Module: CPU Temp. & Automatically CPU Fan Speed Control

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  • Seth L.
  • 2/8/2008 8:37:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCheap

Pros: small but good design, 3x quiet fans, fits full ATX and full-sized PSU.

Cons: very lightweight construction, specifically the faceplate. first one came completely smashed but the box didn't show the level of damage. have to handle with kid gloves as the very thin plastic face can crack or break easily.

Other Thoughts: i've built many PCs, this one was harder then most but not impossible if you plan it out first. managed to get 3 HDs and a DVD drive in there, but it took a lot of work. removed the useless LCD readout and put my IR receiver in it's place. if the absolute cheapest HTPC case is what you're after this one will suffice.

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  • Wally G.
  • 2/3/2008 9:02:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsupdate to previous rating

Pros: All steel construction has Firewire ports on front panel, and front panel is on the left side instead of the right side letting us lay it down.

Cons: I recently told a buddy to get this case because it WAS a good case. nMEDIAPC started shipping a new version of this case.
Case has firewire, USB 2.0, and Audio ports on the left side instead of the right side, which isn't too bad except... They dropped paint quality, plastic quality, and thickness of the steel. Plastic/Steel is a lot thinner then it was last year and the front cover broke off while inserting the DVD drive. Paint no longer has a gloss to it and feels more like a matt finish with no clear coat. Just by laying it down on the table the paint was messed up pretty badly.

Other Thoughts: It’s still a pretty good case but the drop in quality drops it down from 5 eggs to 2. Because nMEDIAPC does listen to their customers I popped it up to 1 more egg.

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  • Pau J.
  • 1/27/2008 4:33:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice looking case

Pros: Very mice looking, space is sufficient considering its size. Fits regular ATX mobos and that is a plus. Nice vents. The temp and revs counter make a nice feature in the front panel. PSU location is excellent. Fits 3 HD and 1 optical drive.

Cons: Front panel cabling too short to reach the motherboard connectors. Don;t buy it if you plan to have 2 or more video cards.

Other Thoughts: Inside I put a MSI K9A2 with a Phenom, ATI Radeon 3850 with 1 HD. More than that hard to fit. Once you build it, you have to do it step by step: mobo first, hd, optical drive and psu. A modular PSU is almost a must.

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  • Brenton G.
  • 1/21/2008 1:20:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice an thin

Pros: For a thin case, there is surprisingly plenty of room inside. There is a special space for everything, not your standard case layout. Case looks nice too

Cons: Brackets a little annoying to mess with, but it is to be expected with this style of case.

Other Thoughts: Would buy again!

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  • Nick B.
  • 1/14/2008 10:33:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDecent Case

Pros: Slim design fit all parts from my old mid-tower. Looks aren't too shabby, and doesn't look out of place in the living room.

Design is pretty ingenious, reminded me of a big laptop. Very easy to keep everything nice and neat inside. Mobo power cables fit under video card.

Build is pretty good, nothing too flimsy, and provided fans weren't too loud.

Would definitely use again for any HTPCs I'm contracted to build.

Cons: Temp LCD is pretty bright so you might want to leave it disconnected if that bothers you.

Not the easiest to put together, lots of screws, and you have to do things in a certain order to get them all in. But then again it's a slim case...

Other Thoughts: if putting more than a optical drive and hard drive, I would stick with SATA, the 4 3.5" drive "bays" are spread around and IDE cable would get pretty cluttered.

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  • Tony Y.
  • 1/5/2008 7:26:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsReally HOT! literally!!!

Pros: Nice style and low price. Great temperature LED indicator which comes in REAL handy.

Cons: The front panel of the case is really cheap. The top panel does not slide up and down, it usually slides out of place. It is made of cheap plastic and feels like it is going to break off every time I move it. The fan is quiet but according to the LED, the temperature gets to be close to 100 degrees so I'm assuming that the fan is so quiet for a reason (doesn't work). Now I have to turn on the AC when I power on the HTPC. The power connection is very loose and when I unplug the power, I feel like I'm going to rip the connection out of the case also.

Other Thoughts: If you just need a simple case, you can go for this but personally I like to spend more money and have something last longer. I guess usually you get what you paid for and this is definitely the case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/3/2008 6:02:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFor the price its what you get

Pros: Looks Cool, Comes a power supply, and hasnt exploded or grown legs and run away.

Cons: LCD is all but useless, Ive owned it since 12/12/06 and every few weeks I notice that the back light is on but nothing is displayed. The Thermo sensor is HORRIBLY inacurate! One of the USB Front Panel connectors no longer works. There is a ground fault in the P/S which causes an annoying hummmmm over my AV system.

Other Thoughts: The power supply is mounted inside the case in the front? Never seen it like that but caused no issues with heat nor cable length.

Spend the $$$ on another case.. You will get what you pay for.

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  • Victor P.
  • 12/28/2007 2:46:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggswonderful case

Pros: thin, space saver, very convenient departments and awesome third HD attachment on bottom of case. Second one i have built and love em both will try the silver one next

Cons: the i/o for front panel firewire and usb and audio is inaccesible when case is laid flat. but all in all sweet deal for size and style

Other Thoughts: a bit tricky to slide in ati x1900xtx on a bad axe 2 board.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/17/2007 12:09:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAn excellent case for the low end user.

Pros: Attractive, quiet, small footprint. For someone who will be mostly surfing the internet and playing solitaire, it's the bees knees.

Cons: Documentation somewhat sketchy for a 1st time builder. A few more pictures would have been nice. Couldn't manage to get the front speaker connections to work (case documentation didn't seem to match mobo documentation). No doubt lameness on my part. Had to really force the motherboard to align with the standoffs d/t the springlike elements on the connection panel. Perhaps those should be cut off?

Cons are minor in my view, but enough to knock off one egg. A more experienced builder should have no problem.

Other Thoughts: Had no problem with the plastic clips as it was not necessary to remove the front panel. Built 2 computers same config. Both systems POSTed 1st time, OS installed without a hitch.

Build: this case, Enermax ELT400AWT PS, ASRock ALIVEN6G-VSTA uATX, Athlon X2 4000+, Transcend 2x1G 800MHz Dual Channel DDR II, West. Digital Caviar 500 Gb, Vista 64 Bit.

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  • Edward S.
  • 11/15/2007 7:16:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMedia Center PC

Pros: Awesome product, sleek and sexy!

Cons: A somewhat tight fit all parts fit...barely! Read Pros

Other Thoughts: Nice product if your tired of the same old half-towers and full towers and just want something functional as well as stylish

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