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This review is from: nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 6000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Pros: ATX motherboard and power supply (main reason for purchase). Clean appearance looks like AV equipment, not computer. Rock solid with room to grow. Space for six HDD's. 1 USB 3 port. Well ventilated, 3 fans are quiet and move a lot of air. NO SHARP EDGES. More screws than could ever be used.
Cons: Very deep at 16.5”, add 2-3” for cables at the back. Power “light” is a display that says “Welcome to AV Center”. HDD led is invisible. Mounting Blu-Ray drive not easy. Break away slot covers cannot be reinstalled.
Other Thoughts: I waited a year to buy a HTPC case, and then waited five months to review this case. I needed a case that would take an ATX MB & PS from a retired gaming computer. This case fit my primary needs so well that the cons don't really matter. This is why I gave it 5 stars.
The case is large, and the depth requirements of 18 or 19 inches meant hacking a hole in the back of my AV stand. The 6 HDD slots allowed me to combine a backup server and tv frontend/backend into one device. I am running three HDD's and have room for expansion. If you can use a uATX MB, you might want to consider one of the many smaller and attractive cases available.
The power light looks okay but made me a little uncomfortable so I left it disconnected. My HTPC is not an “AV Center”. The wording is a little weird and seems like poorly translated Chinese. This is meant to be replaced with display option from nMEDIAPC that is expensive for what you get and probably should have been included with the case in the first place.
The HDD led is red and located on the front below the power button. nMEDIAPC's website says something about the led is painted black to reduce annoying blinking. I am not sure this can be reversed. No light from the led can be seen on the front of the case.
Getting the Blu-Ray drive set up so the eject button worked and the tray pushed the door open can be tricky. I had to remove the tray cover from the drive, slide drive forward and back while pressing eject button. Yes the cover was off with the power on(!)
This review is from: Logitech K400 2.4GHz Wireless Touch Keyboard
Pros: Perfect compliment to Home Theater system. Even works in BIOS and Post screens before windows loads on ASUS P5K-E motherboard. Wireless works anywhere in the living room. Plug and Play on Win 7 HP, no drivers to install.
Cons: The mouse cursor tends to jump around. Batteries last about two months with modest use. One egg off for this.
Other Thoughts: I was concerned about coverage with the dongle in the back of the HTPC while in a cabinet, but this proved to not be a problem. It works without hitch out to about 15 feet. Since this is near the visual limit of fonts and dialog boxes on my 55" HDTV, I did not knock off an egg (and the receiver is on the back of the case which is stuffed in a cabinet).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Thermaltake TR2 TR-500 500W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
Pros: This thing has more connectors than any PS I have ever owned. Two 6P for video, 4 SATA, 4 PATA. Black. No LED's. Long cables that are nicely sleeved. Snagged on sale for $44.99
Cons: Fan is audible, but not loud. Not modular. Not free.
Other Thoughts: Mounted in an NmediaPC 6000b ATX HTPC case. The fan is the loudest in the case, but my 7.1 Receiver covers it up.READ FULL REVIEW