Description

This is a Home Theater PC (HTPC) devoted to only media. Blu-Ray, Netflix, Hulu, MKV's etc..

I love this case. With the exception of the LED light around the power button, you can't even tell it's a PC. The only issue I had was lining up the Blu-Ray Player.. I had to remove the front plastic door off the optical drive to make it line up.

Lots of room inside, a lot more than I thought there'd be. One big fan in the back and two vents in the front, not sure about air flow issues yet, but there's more than enough space to drill a few holes in the wooden case and add some small fans, if needed.

Cords were tricky. Due to the positioning of the dive bays, cords had to be twisted around (some drives had to be installed upside down)

All and all, i'm very pleased.. I may get the optional LED Display for the front of the case - though having the case not look like a PC at all, is rather nice. and the display would be a dead give away. I'm also thinking about a Windows Media Center IR remote, so I can program it into my Logitech universal.

EDIT Tonight I added a 3rd 3TB storage drive to accommodate my growing digital movie library

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 14 points

Interesting idea for a build!

EDIT: I thought you converted an old radio. Still a really cool case though!

A few questions though:

Why a 750 watt PSU?

Why windows 7 ultimate?

  • 72 months ago
  • 9 points

Yeah, I know.. honestly, I forgot to order the power supply and had to go out and get one, because of the cramped conditions in the case, I had a need to go full modular, and that was the only one available in my area at the time. And, Windows Ultimate, because I already had it - I recently upgraded my primary PC with Windows 8 - so technically, the OS wasn't a price factor in this build.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah. Okay. That explains it with the power supply.

Ok. You had it, I guess might as well use it :)

I would recommend changing the windows 7 to free in the part list. Otherwise many may down vote. Then, most will assume without reading that comment that you had it already.

Overall, I love the build! Certainly something you don't see every day!

  • 72 months ago
  • 5 points

OK, I edited the prices to $0 for the items I already had from previous PCs

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok cool.

  • 72 months ago
  • 5 points

Panasonic Plasma ftw!

Nice build :)

You should consider upgrading to an SSD for the OS drive eventually for instant-on capability. XBMCbuntu is pretty lightweight too.

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

interesting case, I was fooled...I didn't know there was such a case.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

The case is what made me build the system from scratch, instead of repurposing an old Dell for the HTPC. Found it inspiring.

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

That is by far, the sexiest HTPC case i've seen.

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

Lol +1 for the movie +1 for the creativity.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

more like plus ten for the movie. ****.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the most creative builds I've seen on this site. +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I love these kind of builds, +1!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, that's awesome!

Love that HTPC case - very old school :P

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice HTPC +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for great movie.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude, this is awesome! You should mount some speakers in there! You'd really fool someone, lol!

This just reminded me that it's that time of year when I need to watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles again. I love that movie! I used to remember the entire line when Neil goes off on Del in the motel, lol!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Mounting speakers is actually a great idea, I'm gonna do that :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Voted up for the movie. Oh man that is a great one!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

<3 Interesting concept. Good job OP.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

This is by far, the coolest looking build I've ever seen.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! as I stated previously, it's the case that made me want to build from scratch, rather than getting a pre-built system.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

that is so ******* cool

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Interesting build. Looks great.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build +1 but maybe a fire hazard?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Perhaps if it overheated to the point of combustion, but so far the ventilation seems more than adequate, I've had to take the lid off a couple of times to swap out cables, etc. and it's always nice and cool inside. I'm also one of those people who never leave the computer on when i'm not using it.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That is an very interesting build for that style of case. I have an old radio from the early 40's that looks very similar to the case. I am shocked someone actually made a case like this. Looks roomy but placement of items seem weird.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I completely agree.. the layout of the harddrive bays are very odd. If I did any metal work, I would rearrange it so they were all facing the same direction, instead of back to back on the top.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm curious why you wanted 6 TB for an HTPC? can you explain?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I converted my 700+ titles (movies) to digital.. in fact, i'll be adding a 3rd storage drive soon to make the HTPC our house network storage.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Phewf that's insane thanks for the info :D

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

did that CPU cooler come with thermal paste

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Not in a tube, but there was a pad of it on the fan base

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

How are things holding up? Did the stock fan in the case continue to be enough to keep everything cool? Was considering picking up a fan along with everything, but if that fan is sufficient, it would be really awesome. I know this post is over a year old, but I'm asking because I'm about to build one myself & am planning on using the same case. Also planning on using an AMD A8-6600K possibly. Any thoughts or comments about the case and stuff?

Also, as for that optional LED, is that something you get to pick when purchasing it, or is it one of those parts you find & get yourself & install? Any help would be unbelievably appreciated ❤♡❤♡❤

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

The case, fan, everything is doing great! I never did get around to getting the optional LED display though. Absolutely no overheating.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much for the info. Puts me at ease, since we just finished most of the build! _^ You've really helped.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I used that case for my first build too! And I hated working on it, but loved showing it off! Man, was it nice to switch to a case with actual room inside. That sucker is punishing when you have to take out the drives.

I never got my LED screen to work either. I also found the outside screw holes to be pretty poorly drilled. It's a shame, the thing is a beauty when it's running. Just make sure to keep up with it, don't take it too much, and this sucker'll be a living room fixture forever.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is one heck of a pain in the butt. But, the looks are worth it.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the wireless adapter good?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It worked fine for me, but you have to consider that the wireless router is only in the next room.. so it's not a real test

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

You should put some incense in the case. That way when she gets up to operating temperature there's a rich fragrance wafting through the room as you watch movies.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Those aren't pillows!!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

did you see the bears?! theyre going all the way!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

FYI - Sorry to say that the nMediaPC 8000 HTPC Case is no longer available from the manufacturer..

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

would a cooler master hyper 212 evo fit in that case

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

There is very little wiggle room in that case, i doubt it

  • 72 months ago
  • -2 points

The power supply is quite excessive.

  • 72 months ago
  • -3 points

I love these kind of builds, +1!

  • 72 months ago
  • -3 points

I love these kind of builds, +1!

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