[mythtv-users] Asus Pundit vs CoolerMaster ATC 620 (WinTV 250 now, pcHDTV later)

Robert Kulagowski bob at smalltime.com
Tue Aug 17 13:53:06 EDT 2004

I've gotten a Silverstone LC03(V)
http://www.silverstonetek.com/products-lc03v.htm to check out.

Not sure why someone would design such a pretty case and put a _very_
noisy 60mm fan in it, especially since there's plenty of room on the
back panel to put in an 80mm fan.  I've disconnected the built-in fan
for now.

Nice things:
Supports full-size ATX motherboards and standard ATX power supplies.
Built-in 2x16 VFD.  (Connects via parallel; system comes with a
pass-through PCI bracket to connect the VFD to the external parallel
port; supposed to be HD44780 / lcdproc compatible)
Drive bays are covered with a smooth-opening spring-loaded doors
Removable motherboard tray
Comes with a nice assortment of screws and motherboard standoffs
Doesn't look out of place next to other A/V equipment - has those big
round feet like you see on bigger dolby decoders / receivers /
2x5.25" externally accessible bays, 4x3.5" bays, two externally
Good build quality.  It's obvious this isn't a $30 special, and besides,
how often does anyone see the inside of a case anyway?

Bad things:
Loud 60mm fan on the rear
No built-in front-panel I/O connectors like usb, firewire
Power LED uses a three-position connector with the actual wires
connected to the outside connectors and an empty center pin; my
motherboard uses a two position connector.

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