DIY HD HTPC Extravaganza - Part 1: The Cases

Side And Interior Views

Connectors and memory card reader are behind a swing-down front panel door

The front panel door is attached using simple pin-mounted hinges, which is a nice-to-look-at feature. Beneath that aluminium swing-down cover you'll find front ports for USB, Firewire and audio on the left hand side. On the right, you'll find a memory card reader that can accommodate most common form factors. Note that inside the case, the card reader must be attached to an unused USB pin header on your motherboard, as must the VFD display, which also works with USB. The Soundgraph module that's built into this case also works as an infrared receiver for the remote control.

Front panel ports for USB, IEEE1394 and audio

All common types of multimedia memory cards are supported

Cage for two stacked hard drives plus one optical (DVD) drive