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hec Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC 7K09 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case with 270W FLEX Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small and quiet.

Cons: A little bit of a tight fit, but I knew that going in

Other Thoughts: I had looked at all the Antec and Silverstone models, and I just couldn't justify the prices to myself. I found this and thought I would try it.
I have paired this with an E8400, Asus P5Q-EM Motherboard, a Lite On Blu-Ray Drive, 2 GB Ram, and a single 500GB HDD.
So far, I love this case. Now obviously the PSU isn't going to power a high end video card, or fit tons of HDD's, but if you are simply looking for a case to play back DVD's and Blu-Ray's stored on a server, it is a great buy.
The case itself is well built, though a bit cramped inside. You will want to be neat with your wiring, and you will want to follow a sequence during installation of MB, CPU,RAM, front panel cabling, CPU Fan, HDD, Optical Drive, otherwise you may have trouble fitting everything.
Once everything is installed, the case runs very quiet, and cool. I am using stock cooling for everything and I cannot here it all from my seating position. In fact the Optical drive is by far the noisiest component in the sys

Fantom Drives Titanium-II 500GB USB 2.0 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs 1 out of 2 crashed 07/14/2008

This review is from: Fantom Drives Titanium-II 500GB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive TFD500U16

Pros: Lots of storage, good price

Cons: First of all, the brightness on the LED's is absurd and there is no way to turn them down. Beyond that, I bought two of these in the fall to house movie backups for my HTPC. One died this weekend. They are still under warranty so I can get it replaced, but re-ripping the movies is going to be a pain. I really need to switch to RAID

Other Thoughts: Hopefully someday we will get a storage medium that doesn't have a 50% fail rate.

Cavalry CAUM Series CAUM37500 500GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Lot's of storage

Cons: I had this drive going for 6 months to house my TV recordings for my HTPC. It crashed on me over the weekend. I sent a request for RMA, but I doubt I will get any data back. I know drives crash, but it is very aggravating when it does. I can't think of any other consumer product that has a failure rate as large as hard drives.

Other Thoughts: Hopefully will be corrected soon.


David D.'s Profile

Display Name: David D.

Date Joined: 09/02/04

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 01/02/08
  • Last Review: 12/30/08
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