- Aluminum front panel, 0.8 SECC body
- Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard
- 1 x Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
- Meet VESA Mounting Interface Standard
Solid HTPC foundation 04/17/2013
This is a solid case for an HTPC build that is sleek and low profile. Like the other reviewer said, it's one of the easiest builds to just drop components in and go - with the exception of maybe stiffer cables such as SATA connectors; the height not lending itself to the most robust bend radii for cables. Right angle connectors are your friend.
The option for an optical drive give it the edge over its competitor (PC-Q05B).
Cannot fit a 3.5" drive in this case without a modification of the optical bay bracket. I took some sheers and clipped out a .4" square out of the bracket to fit a 3.5" drive into the case - it's not possible otherwise. If it were longer you could also fit in an optical drive, but this modification makes it impossible.
Hey that sweet 2.5" drive bracket? Make that a double decker so you can fit two 2.5" drives in. The height of the case would permit this.
Decent ventilation for a case this size.
Easy case to work with, just wish it was longer so I could fit everything I want into it. That low profile intel heatsink (Intel HTS1155LP) takes up a ton of real estate and makes packaging more difficult I imagine. Shorter rubber feet would be cool too - especially for those not using the included VESA mount. Overall a solid case, should be priced cheaper (~$60) given the amount of material and the easy sheetmetal bends and fabrication. I can understand why it's not though - it caters to crowd where it will see smaller production volumes.
ECS H61H2-TI (this motheboard fits!)
Intel HTS1155LP CPU cooler (thanks to other newegg users who posted this cooler in their reviews)
Core i3-3220 (perhaps overkill)
Dell LA65NS0-00 19.5V adapter from an old laptop
Team Xtreme 2x4gb ddr3 so-dimm kit
Seagate 1.5TB green drive (3.5" drive)
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