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Old October 31, 2011, 08:33 PM
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Hey guys, so I am going to be building a new HTPC and have a few pressing issues regarding it.

First things first, the case. I have narrowed things down, at least I think I have, to a few different ones.

NCIX.com - Buy Silverstone Grandia GD06B mATX HTPC Case 1X5.25 3X3.5 Hot-Swap 2X2.5 3X120MM USB 3.0 Fan No PS Black - Silverstone Technology - GD06 - in Canada
NCIX.com - Buy Silverstone Grandia GD04B Black HTPC mATX Desktop Case 1X5.25 2X3.5INT 1X2.5INT 3X120MM Fan No PS - Silverstone Technology - GD04B - in Canada
NCIX.com - Buy Silverstone Lascala LC13B-E Black HTPC ATX Case No PS - Silverstone Technology - LC13B-E - in Canada

Now from those I think you can tell that I want a very minimal front without anything flashy. Also I will be getting a mATX board so really the smaller the case the better. Out of those 3 I like the front of the LC13 the most but I like the size of the GD04 and 06. One other thing is that I would normally like to get the case locally but Memory Express only has the GD06 and LC13. Really I am quite torn. I like the way they have a cover that attaches to the dvd/bluray drive on the GD04. I also want the quietest case and the less changing of fans to achieve that the better. Oh yea, I don't care about drive space as I will only be putting in a single 2.5" drive and a single dvd/bluray drive. Other than that I just need space to put cables from the psu.

Anyone have any experience with any of these cases or any other case like these and around the same kind of price?

As for what exactly is going in to this case, I am also a little torn. I am looking at either an Intel i3 2100/2120 system or an AMD A4-3400/A6-3500. Really from what I have been reading these are all capable of playing 1080p bluray quality without issue. I know the cost of the Intel most likely will be higher but I am also a lot more used to Intel then AMD. I already have a thread sort of regarding this choice:
AMD or Intel for new HTPC

So anybody able to chime in on these? Also as for boards, if I go with the Intel, I think I would go with this:
NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM REV3.0 H67 mATX LGA1155 2PCI-E16 2PCI HDMI DVI Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard - ASUS - P8H67-M PRO/CSM REV 3.0 - in Canada
or for AMD this:
NCIX.com - Buy ASUS F1A75-M Pro mATX FM1 DDR3 AMD A75 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 1PCI USB3.0 SATA3 HDMI DVI GBLAN Motherboard - ASUS - F1A75-M PRO - in Canada

Thoughts on those boards or any other part of this build? Keep in mind this is only getting used for playback of networked media using Mediaportal and minor Internet usage, it will not be used for live tv and will use the integrated video only.

Thanks for any and all input.
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Old November 1, 2011, 06:52 PM
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to me the best bet is to go for the a-series apu since it has a much stronger gpu, and since your just going to be doing playback and internet surfing it'll last you alot longer in terms of capability for many more years. and now a days alot of adobe and java based stuff are accelerated by the gpu so that's there too, and that board will do fine you may even be able to get a way with an a55 chipset
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Old November 1, 2011, 09:04 PM
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I bought the Lascala LC13B-E last week. I don't have it yet but if I remember I can let you know what I think of it if you wish. I picked it because it's clean looking, has 2x5.25 bays, and accepts ATX motherboards.

P.S. - I price matched mine with direct canada and saved about $10.
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Old November 1, 2011, 09:32 PM
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What I really want is the front of the LC13B-E with the size of the GD06/04. But yea please let me know what you think of it when it comes in.
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Old November 3, 2011, 05:47 AM
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I got it yesterday. It's a really nice case. Seems very solid and of excellent quality as most Silverstone products are. I'll be installing my HTPC's components into it tonight. Hopefully it goes smoothly.
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I can only speak from personal experience of the Grandia 05B, it was a rather great case. It was very sturdy, rather robust and had quite a bit of room to place everything. It also came with dampeners for the hard drive screws (to mount them) to decrease the amount of sound they could make in the case. Also the default fans they come with are really quiet too.

I can only assume the 04 and 06 are the same kind of quality from Silverstone.
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Old November 3, 2011, 06:37 PM
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I think I am starting to lean more towards the GD06 as I did a double check on the measuring and the LC13B is just too deep for my tv stand.

Arinoth, how bright are the power/hdd leds on the 05B? Anything overly bright or are they bearable? Basically I would still like at least a power led but I would like it to be not very bright.
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Old November 4, 2011, 05:51 AM
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The LC13B IS a deep case. It hangs over the front of our entertainment stand by almost an inch, but it's near floor level so it's not that noticeable. I can likely push it back a bit more.

A full ATX board does fit but things are a bit crowded. I opted to install a 92mm fan on the front of the HDD cage, but doing so forced me to mount the HDD's in such a manner that they stick out further (yes further because they would stick out either way) over the motherboard. Cable routing? Well it's an HTPC case so forget about that haha. I just did what I could to keep them out of the way.

Other then that, the case is sturdy and it looks sweet once set up. The front door and panel has a nice finish. The case has some nice rubber feet too, something you don't see that often.
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Old November 5, 2011, 10:07 AM
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I think that is the one I would have gone with, but it is just too deep. I think my wife wants me to go with the GD04, but of course that is the one I can't just get in town.
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