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Old August 25, 2008, 04:17 PM
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Default Recommend a CHEAP and GOOD HTPC case for me please!

So I'm looking to buy an HTPC case but am on a tight budget.

I don't necessarily need one with a PSU because I have an Antec Earthwatts 380w PSU that I could stick in an HTPC case.

Can anyone recommend something for under $100?
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Old August 25, 2008, 04:26 PM
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Aerocool M-40. - Stylish, LCD temperature monitor, mini-cube split-level design AND can fit a full size ATX PSU: Link:

NCIX.com - Buy AeroCool M-40 Black mATX Cube Case 2X5.25 1X3.5 2X3.5INT No PS LCD Display Front USB & Sound - M40-BK In Canada.

Don't mistake if for a cheap Apevia QPack or simliar clone, the build quality of those cases is garbage (the whole case flexs if you pick it up the wrong way).

Hope it helps!
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Old August 25, 2008, 04:38 PM
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Aerocool M-40. - Stylish, LCD temperature monitor, mini-cube split-level design AND can fit a full size ATX PSU: Link:

NCIX.com - Buy AeroCool M-40 Black mATX Cube Case 2X5.25 1X3.5 2X3.5INT No PS LCD Display Front USB & Sound - M40-BK In Canada.

Don't mistake if for a cheap Apevia QPack or simliar clone, the build quality of those cases is garbage (the whole case flexs if you pick it up the wrong way).

Hope it helps!

actually that's the case I originally was going to get but I can't find it in stock anywhere.
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Old August 25, 2008, 06:23 PM
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This is a good case.

Nmedia HTPC-1000B Desktop Media Centre Case mATX Black 1X5.25 4X3.5INT Card Reader No PS - DirectCanada
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Old September 1, 2008, 05:23 PM
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I recently got an Antec NSK2480, and it seems like a great buy as long as you don't mind silver trim (or have friends/family members that are into airbrushing ;) ). The size is the same as A/V Receivers, and it uses 120mm fans for cooling so it's easy to get it nice and quiet. I got mine for $85 but it seems to have gone up to $99 now...
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Old September 7, 2008, 01:29 PM
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Another vote for the NSK2480. It's as cheap as it can get without looking outright ugly. Doesn't have many bells and wistles but the case is well designed, airflow is excellent and the two 120mm fans will be very silent. It's a bit big though, but the 120mm fans are worth it.
If you want smaller, the NSK1480 uses 80mm fans, but has low profile expantions in the back.
There's the Lian Li PC-C36 was recently released, slimmer than the NSK1480, and it can take full length cards with riser, that should be interesting, but it costs twice as much (~220$).
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Old September 21, 2008, 10:30 PM
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I use and Antec overture 2, can't complain at all about it really and it was just over $100
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Old September 22, 2008, 06:56 PM
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Antec Fusion Black 430 which is the same as far as I know as a NSK 2480 with a different PSU to swap out ;) I bought it for the reasoning that it has 120mm fans and good design for airflow. They've already renamed it the Fusion Remote Black cause it comes with it's own remote now.
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Old September 23, 2008, 09:08 AM
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Since a lot of these are already over $100, this Silverstone usually goes on weekly special for $114:

NCIX.com - Buy Silverstone Lascala LC17B Black HTPC Case 2X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT W/ 2X80MM Case Fan - LC17B In Canada.

It may not have 120mm fans, but the 2x 80mm are quiet and can hold 90mm.

The big benefit is that it fits a full size ATX mobo. So if you are using a mATX mobo, there is gobs of room in it. It is a little bit tight fit with a full size ATX, and if you try to fill all the HD slots things also get cramped.

It's about the size of an A/V receiver. They have one of the demo units running out of this case at the Broadway location. I've always been partial to it.

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