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nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum Panel/ 0.8 mm SECC body HTPC 500BA ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

  • Aluminum Panel/ 0.8 mm SECC body
  • Front Display
  • 2 x 60mm Silent Case Fans 1 x 80mm Case Fan
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Computers have revolutionized the home multimedia system, yet space is at a premium in today's entertainment center. Nmedia PC has capitalized with the space saving HTPC 500BA. This case has room for all you need in an ATX Media center. It gives room for a 5.25" external optical drive such as a DVD or Blueray disk drive. Inside it has an exceptional three internal hard drive bays. It has an accommodating two USB ports and a Firewire port conveniently up front. For extra measure an integrated IR window sits waiting for use with your remote.

Most important of all is its ability to keep cool. That's why the rear is loaded with two 60mm whisper quiet fans, and an 80mm. Both the sides and top feature vents to allow cooler air in as the fans blow out the blistering heat.

This case finishes off by combining the light weight of aluminum and the durability of 0.8mm SECC steel into a clean look that will blend perfectly with your existing components.

  • newegg HTPC System with 4 Drive Bays Featuring one external 5.25" drive bays and three internal 3.5" drive bays, the nMEDIAPC HTPC 500BA provides impressive expandability as an HTPC case.
  • newegg Effective Cooling The nMEDIAPC HTPC 500BA features dual 60mm rear fans and one 80mm HHD fan to effectively control system temperatures.
  • newegg MCE Certified VL System 20 x 2 VFD Module This VFD module supports Microsoft Media Center, displaying various information about PC hardware and software in real-time through the VFD window. POP3 mail checking and message alarm functions are available with corresponding software.
  • newegg MCE Receiver Rack With internal IR rack, Microsoft MCE remote receiver can be embedded into the nMEDIAPC HTPC 500BA to eliminate unsightly external cabling.
  • newegg S/PDIF Output Jack S/PDIF output enables digital audio transfers to your home audio equipment.
  • newegg Convenient Side I/O Panel The convenient side I/O panel enables easy access to two USB 2.0 ports and one IEEE 1394 port.

Learn more about the NMEDIAPC HTPC 500BA

General

Brand
nMEDIAPC
Model
HTPC 500BA

Spec

Type
ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum Panel/ 0.8 mm SECC body
Power Supply
No
Motherboard Compatibility
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
Front FireWire Ports
1
Front Display
VL System 20 x 2 MCE Compactable VFD Display

Cooling System

60mm Fans
2 x 60mm Silent Case Fans
80mm Fans
1 x 80mm Case Fan
Side Air duct
No

Features

Features
MCE certified VL System 20 x 2 VFD Module
S/PDIF Output Jack
MCE Internal IR Receiver Rack

Dimensions&Weight

Height
5.3
Width
17"
Depth
16"

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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  • Kevin A.
  • 1/15/2008 5:31:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLooks Sharp; Still Some Room for Improvement

Pros: This case has a nice, understated look. The black, brushed aluminum front face blends well with modern HT equipment. The case seems to be reasonably sturdy in its construction (except for the panel cross-support located above the expansion backplane). The USB fluorescent display is based upon a Future Technology HD44780; it should be possible to get it working with LCDproc/MythTV under Linux. The hard drive carrier is mounted inline with a rear case exhaust fan; this should help somewhat with drive temperatures. (Drive cooling might be improved a bit more by bridging the gap between the drive carrier and rear exhaust fan with a small, lightweight "shroud," made from paper cardstock, cereal box cardboard, or similar material.) The space under the optical drive can be used to route power supply cables or mount a low-profile 12 volt pump (for water cooling enthusiasts). Most standard ATX motherboard should fit.

Cons: The optical drive "stealth" bezel/plate takes a bit too much force to open; a slightly weaker tension spring would help matters. The holes in the bottom power supply intake vent and the side power supply exhaust vent are too small; standard wire fan grills would do much to help airflow. The cable to the included coax (S/PDIF) RCA jack is unshielded and seems to be of mediocre quality; an upgrade is probably in order.

Other Thoughts: Space is tight, but this is to be expected for an HTPC enclosure. The use of a power supply with modular cables is *strongly* recommended. Also, the case has only 4.25 inches to 4.50 inches (108 mm to 114 mm) of usable space between the CPU heat spreader and the top cover panel; keep the cooler height under 3.75 inches (95 mm) and you should be okay. (Note: This may be a limiting factor with Intel Core2 Quad Extreme processors, since the lack of space essentially demands one use a *very* efficient all-copper or copper/aluminum extruded cooler; most vertical heatpipe designs won't fit, and the stock cooler supplied with a retail-box Intel C2QE CPU isn't efficient enough for a case of this size.) Also, the "front" USB ports are side-mounted; this may be a problem if used in an audio rack. Even with these considerations, and the "Cons" discussed above, I would still recommend this enclosure for someone needing a unit that blends nicely with stereo equipment.

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  • Kelly P.
  • 12/26/2007 9:17:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt'll Do For Now

Pros: Attractive form factor. Mount for integrating IR receiver internally. Quiet. Front display information.

Cons: Tight case. Instructions could have been a little clearer. Had to add insulating tape to IR mounting plate. Hard drive cage is very flimsy - my three drives caused it to warp and made it very difficult to line up screws for mounting it back inside the case.

Other Thoughts: Take into account your connecting cables when figuring out how much room (shelf depth) you need for the case, especially if you're using any video card adapters. I would have given a 3.5 if possible.

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  • william m.
  • 12/20/2007 8:02:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWouldn't by again.

Pros: Looks nice, unlike others I like the the usb and firewire on the side. I want mine to look like a reciver.

Cons: Power supply shuts down with cover on. Not enough space underneath for for power suplly intake.It is flimsy. Mine was slightll bent by I/o plate. Will have to modify harddrive case so it gets better airflow, 3 hard drives runs very hot.

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  • Matt S.
  • 12/2/2007 7:47:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot Perfect, but not bad

Pros: Very clean design, The layout is very different, but I dig it. Overall you can tell it's high quality.

Cons: Couple things wrong with this guy,
1.) It is suppose to come with a usb converter cable with for the media center IR receiver. It didn't come with one, however nmediapc's tech support responded within a day and is shipping me a new one.
2.) The power supply location is as far away as possible from my motherboard's 12 volt supply hookup. I'm going to have to figure out how to solve that one.
3.) It said that it supported microATX powersupply. Well the mounting holes do not line up for that.

Other Thoughts: Honestly I know my cons list is pretty long, but I would totally buy this product again. Looks very sharp. Worth the trouble.

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  • Alexey P.
  • 11/24/2007 4:55:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice front panel.
Everything fits without problems

Cons: Power LED is way too bright. HDD LED is very bright too.

Other Thoughts: Kind of useless front display, round IR window stands out a bit.

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  • David D.
  • 9/16/2007 6:46:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnMedia HTPC 500BA

Pros: Looks good. Seems reasonably solid.

Very quiet. Motherboard (ATX) fit very nicely.

Cons: Front panel connectors are on the side of the front panel. Difficult to use when case in in a entertainment center.

Had a devil of a time getting my Hauppage 500 in place. The bracket that stabilizes peripheral cards can't be removed so the card couldn't be installed straight down. Fortunately, I wanted it in the slot next to the drive cage. No way it would have fit anywhere else.

The power supply is not mounted in the conventional manner. The switch on the back of the PSU isn't accessible once the PSU is installed. There is a cable that runs from the back of the case to the PSU. It has a right angle female connector to plug into the PSU. This was very awkward.

Optical drive door looks classy but doesn't work very well. I tried it with the drive bezel off and on. Wouldn't work with it off. As mentioned elsewhere, the door on the case prevents the drive try from opening fully until you manually move the door to the open position.

Other Thoughts: took an IDE ribbon cable and cut the controller end off and just used the two "drive" ends between the MB and the DVD. There is only about an inch between the MB connector and the drive. Both a round IDE cable and a fiull ribbon would be very clumsy.

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  • Robert L.
  • 7/21/2007 6:52:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice looking case, the instructions were pretty clear in putting it together. The VFD is pretty cool, that may fade with time.

Cons: The power button is bright.

Other Thoughts: Mine had a bad VFD, I emailed Nmedia and they determined it needed to be replaced. I took it out and with in a week had a new one. no problems now.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/20/2007 11:39:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOverall solid choice

Pros: Design is attractive and functional. The LCD display has a number of silly "Look what I can do!" functions, but there is a lot of room for customization. I personally think the Now Playing + vis display plugin for Winamp is a nice touch. Seems to work well with Windows Media Player and Media Center in Vista 32-bit. There is a good amount of open area inside complimented by quiet case fans. Also plenty of room for routing power & data cables.

Cons: The front power LED is a tad bright for a home theater component. I am used to tower systems, and to me the power supply setup in this unit seems inefficient in regards to airflow. It is designed to channel air in through the bottom of the case, through the PSU, and then out the side without moving any air through the rest of the case. That is my first problem, but also both intake and exhaust vents for the PSU airflow are just a number of small holes. This looks nice, but it's hardly ideal for airflow; I can barely feel any at all. This also causes my PSU fan to be louder and hotter than normal since it's just chopping up air and not moving it. See my solution below.

Other Thoughts: Since the airflow design for the power supply bothers me, I switched to a passively cooled PSU and added an extra silent fan to pass air over it. Now the case is especially good for me: I have a passively cooled video card (8500GT) and power supply (FSP Zen) that need space and airflow. The nMEDIAPC 500BA provides both with low noise and a reasonable price. There are better systems for more money. This is my choice for a moderate ATX form factor HTPC that will look more at home next to an a/v receiver than in the rear hatch of a riced-out Honda.

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  • John P.
  • 5/30/2007 5:33:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent

Pros: Good layout inside of the case. leaves room for spare wires to be routed. Has plenty of ventilation and low-noise fans included with case

Cons: Drive cages came warped and generally unable to fit the intended drives. I had to do some metal work to get them all to fit. The flip down door for the optical drive is nice, but has a tendency to stick and either keep the drive from coming all the way out or keep the door from closing all of the way.

Other Thoughts: Bravo to Newegg!

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/29/2007 6:25:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsI like it

Pros: It looks good. I'm building an HTPC for the parents and let them pick out the case. Surprisingly easy to work in. Solid construction. I expected to have all sorts of trouble, but no real hassles (none that were the fault of the case at any rate).

Cons: VFD is pretty cool, but I don't really see the point after the initial "this is cool" wore off. If I ever build another HTPC I will either go with a touchscreen or nothing at all. Even though it is an HTPC case, I would have liked Front Panel Audio and the front panel USB/Firewire to actually BE on the front panel. I don't expect it to be a problem for the parents though, but I wouldn't choose this case for myself for that reason. I also am not impressed with the internal drive cage. With drives installed it doesn't seem to fit perfectly. Wish it had a 3.5" external bay for card readers, but no great loss and you have to make room somewhere.

Other Thoughts: I had no trouble with my power supply fitting (SilverStone SST-405 400W Super Silent Power Supply). I also got a Microsoft MCE remote to go with this, but be warned that you will need the correct sized allen wrench to dismantle the IR receiver before putting it into the case. Or, you can be stupid, adventurous and impatient like me and just tear it apart with your bare hands (it worked, but I don't recommend it!). Also, my Microsoft MCE IR Receiver came with a honking long USB cable and no replacement to plug directly into the USB headers on my MB. So, I have a USB cable coming out of the back of the unit and into a USB port in back atm as well as a large bundle of USB cable. I'll probably get the materials I need and fix that up though.

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