[mythtv-users] Recomendations for FE/BE case in the UK?

Mark Garland mythtvusers at markgarland.co.uk
Sun Nov 15 19:20:23 UTC 2009


I'm UK based, and I've recently purchased a Silverstone GD04:

Video review:

So far, I've been pretty impressed.  

- It has a nice finish.  It's quite sleek and unassuming (no flashing
- the 3x120mm fans are filtered (so the case should dust-up less often) and
they do shift a fair amount of air allowing me to install the Silverstone
NT01-E passive cooler
(http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=NT01-E&area) on
my 5050e AMD CPU - again reducing noise and hopefully maintenance.
- the case takes a fair amount of storage (2x3.5 drives, or a combination of
laptop drives) and full size ATX bits (with a mATX motherboard), yet seems
to have a smaller footprint than others.
- the hard disk sits in/on rubber mounts - meaning that my WD Green drive is
now nearly inaudible.

- The fans aren't "silent".  They're quiet, IMO, but not "silent".  That
cooling does make some white noise.  I'm sure you could get a regulator or
fan-mate to wind down the RPM, but that would hurt cooling.
- The switches on the front do look/feel a little cheap, and my first case
was returned as faulty because one of the switches was broken.  Though, for
a htpc, you shouldn't be pressing them too often.
- It still looks very much like a computer.  It's unassuming, and maybe
sleek, but definitely PC-looking.  IMO, Antec does a better job with
something like the fusion which looks more like a piece of audio equipment.
- I would have liked an integrated IR receiver.

Hope that helps - happy to take further questions.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org [mailto:mythtv-users-
> bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Robert Longbottom
> Sent: 15 November 2009 18:49
> To: Discussion about mythtv
> Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Recomendations for FE/BE case in the UK?
> Mike Dent wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I've had a myth system running for 2 years or more, this has been a
> > combined FE/BE in a large Antec case at the side of the TV.
> > Whilst it is not pretty it is quiet.
> >
> > I would now like to build a new system, I want to run a combined FE/BE
> > again but I would like a smaller case, one that
> > the wife thinks is somewhat prettier! :)
> >
> > I am in the UK and would welcome any recommendations you have for a
> > new build 0.22 system.
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Mike
> >
> I like my Antec case. See,....
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129034&Tpk=NSK%20
> 2480
> <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129034&Tpk=NSK%2
> 02480>
> http://www.amazon.co.uk/ANTEC-NSK-2480-UK-DESKTOP-CASE/dp/B000VUI1Y6
> http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/407961
> Robert.
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