DIY HD HTPC Extravaganza - Part 1: The Cases

Silverstone LC16M-B: Sleek, Massive, Expensive

The most expensive case in this review, Silverstone's LC16M-B manages to be both sleek and massive. It looks like a cross between a high-end server and A/V media center, which is not a critique - Silverstone did a great job of bringing the best of these worlds together. The interior is very spacious and can handle up to seven 3.5" drives next to a single 5.25" drive bay. It is a server or is it an HTPC?

The front panel includes a built-in iMon VFD that places an IR receiver next to its two-line display. The bundled iMon software helps turn an HTPC into a multimedia hub, ready for the IR remote control to drive it wherever you want it to go.

Silverstone LC16B-M
Manufacturer Silverstone
Pricing $270
Materials Aluminium / Steel
Weight 16.5 lbs / 7.5 kg
Dimensions 16.7" x 6.7" x 16.7" / 425 x 170 x 425mm
Equipment details
Motherboards supported (form factor) ATX, Micro-ATX
Total Slots 7
PSU Form Factor ATX
5.25" drive bays 1 x
3.5" drive bays 7 x
Front connectors 4 x USB, 1 x 1394, 2 x Audio, Card-Reader
Accessories / Retail Packaging Front VFD display with IR remote control