[mythtv-users] Your thoughts on Cases .. The hardest part of the whole HTPC Process

Yan Seiner yan at seiner.com
Fri Sep 14 19:26:05 UTC 2007

Doug Young wrote:
> On 9/14/07, *Ben Kevan* <ben.kevan at gmail.com 
> <mailto:ben.kevan at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Let me first add.. I am on a budget.. Now on to the rest
> [snip
>     They current case I am looking at is the following:
>     nMEIDAPC HTPC 200BA Black Aluminum / Plastic / Steel Micro ATX Media
>     Center
>     http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204004
>     <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204004>
>     First things I notice are:
>     No front IR
>     What the hell good do the front AV Capture ports do?
>     Under "Features" it lists S/PDIF Output Jack, but I didn't see it
>     anywhere..
>     Must be on the back somewhere
>     Also under "Features" it lists Universal Internal IR Rack.. What the
>     heck does
>     that mean? Would I just have to run the IR and lay it on the top of
>     the unit?
>     Strange..
> OK...first off, check 
> http://www.virtual-hideout.net/reviews/nMedia_HTPC200BA/index.shtml.  
> They have a review of that case, and it shows where all the headers, etc 
> are located.  It also shows the IR tray and the S/PDIF out.  Make sure 
> to look around and ensure motherboard compatiblility with those features 
> (ie, if your mobo / sound card don't have an internal s/pdif connector, 
> what good does that port do you?)
> I am in the process of making that same decision.  However, I am looking 
> at the Silverstone LC11M case.  First, it's smaller, which is fine.  My 
> VCR doesn't need all those gizmo's on the front, and neither does my 
> Myth FrontEnd.  While the $180 pricetag is daunting at first, realize 
> that it -comes with- a compatible IR receiver, remote, and power supply 
> (all of which aren't included in the NMedia case above), as well as a 
> Linux compatible (and mythtv compatible) VFD, rather than an LCD that 
> shows a pre-defined set of parameters such as temp, speed, etc.  If you 
> figure $30ish for the remote, and $40ish for the power supply, then 
> you're only spending an extra $20 for that VFD, and you get a nice sleek 
> design.

Anyone know of a "backward" case?

For a backend, I'd like to have a rackmount case with the connectors and 
the drives all poking out the same end.  No more dinking around with the 
back of the cabinet.

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