DIY HD HTPC Extravaganza - Part 1: The Cases

nmedia HTPC200: Nice case, unattractive doors

This light aluminium case puts a multimedia card reader that can handle all common card types next to a nice front panel VFD display. Behind a swing-down cover, you'll find not only USB and Firewire ports, but also various AV ports. Specifically, this means an S-Video port, coax composite video jack, and standard coax/RCA stereo jacks.

An internal connector cable can be used to bridge input or output ports from TV, graphics or sound cards inside the case as needed. The insides of this case are made of steel, and its interior is easy accessible and can accommodate up to three hard drives. The side panels on the case incorporate plenty of ventilation slits to help conduct heat outside the case. Both case fans, designed to exhaust heat dissipated from system components, work nicely with the VFD's built-in fan controller.

nMedia HTPC200
Manufacturer nMedia PC
Pricing $115-125
Material Aluminium / Steel
Weight 11.03 lbs / 5 kg
Dimensions 16.9" x 6.7" x 17.9" / 430 x 170 x 452 mm
Equipment Details
Motherboards supported Micro-ATX
Total Slots 4
PSU form fact ATX
5.25" drive bays 1 x
3.5" drive bays 3 x
Front connectors 2 x USB, 1 x 1394, 2 x Audio, Card-Reader, RCA video/stereo, S-Video
Accessories / Retail Packaging Front display, optional HTPC Suite (keyboard, remote control, TV tuner)