- SECC Steel / Aluminum
- Power Supply 2 x 80mm Rear Fans
Has worked great! 07/12/2010
While there are better looking HTPC boxes and ones with more functions or perhaps better layouts, its hard to beat the pure bang for the buck here. I bought this for an sub $500 HTPC build last year and it has worked out great. The stock PSU is not top end, but it has worked perfectly, and is fairly quiet. We quickly got used to the faint whisper that it puts out and I don't even notice it anymore. Its pretty decent looking, even though it doesn't blend with other stereo components, and I thought that it was very easy to work with the MicroATX board I put into it. It was the easiest build I've ever done, and I've been building my own computers for 20 years now. It has also been easy to add/change components since then.
The unusual layout of the box does end up making it rather long. It fits in our entertainment center, but just barely. Anything stuck into the front USB ports stick out a bit and make me worry that someone will brush by and snap them off, but it hasn't happened yet. This is a minor problem, and I knew from the dimensions in the specs that this would probably be the case, so not enough to subtract a star here. Also, as is the case with many blue LEDs, the power LED is crazy bright. I had to put duck tape over it, as it will blind you when watching the TV. Also not a huge deal, tho.
I suppose its a little strange that you have to take off the plastic front cover in order to work on it sometimes, but it comes off and back on easy enough. I'm not stressing out the PSU much either, not OCing, only a dual-core CPU and using the on-board video, so other people's mileage may vary with it.
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