Stealthy HTPC: Two Cases To Hide Your Inner-Geek

Lian-Li PC-V351

Also available in dazzling red and basic silver, the all-aluminum PC-V351 uses 2.0mm-thick face and side panels plus 1.2mm-thick formed components to provide the quality and durability for which Lian-Li is famous.

By putting its drive bays on the side and designing the case to be nearly cube-shaped, Lian-Li was able to make its PC-V351 appear to be something other than a PC. This author is reminded of mini-subwoofers so often tied to modern home-theater audio systems.

Reduced length and width compared to traditional home-theater cases is made possible by a two-level design, with the power supply and the drives mounted above the motherboard and its expansion cards. While limited to micro-ATX motherboards, there’s otherwise enough space for large components.

External drives can be mounted for right-side or left-side access. Though the PC-V351 appears to support up to four external drives, its 11" width prevents these from being installed back-to-back. A 3.5” to 5.25” drive bay adapter is pre-installed.

A slide-out motherboard tray is required because the case has limited motherboard access from the top.

Two 3.5” internal drives can be slipped in from the rear after removing an 80mm exhaust fan. Labeled as part number LI128025BE-4, the fan is rated at 0.1A, 1,200 RPM, 15 CFM, and 13 dBA.

Two slide-in 120mm intake fans feed air into the CPU and graphics card coolers. Listed as part number LI1221225SE-4, each is rated at 0.8A, 1,000 RPM, 44 CFM, and 19.8 dBA.

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  • cyber_jockey
    Looks sexy only wish they could make LCD TV using these old skool style
  • LePhuronn
    Heaven forfend you'd ever let anybody know you were a geek and had a COMPUTER DOWNSTAIRS! Oh the humanity.

    Surely dressing your HTPC up in these crazy cases makes you MORE of a geek? I love that black one though…
  • will_chellam
    imo the wooden case looks awful, cheap and nasty, poorly designed and incohesive - if you are going to do something like this, do it yourself or pay a carpenter to make it out of decent materials like hardwood mahogany or oak, with stealthed bays etc.

    if anyone cares what i think, i reckon a hiper media case or something similar is going to fit in a lot better with most peoples electrinics than either of the two options presented here.
  • jimmyboy_87
    When is there going to be a company that releases a decent case???, IMO the 2 displayed here are horrible, all I want is something that is going to look similar to an AV piece of equipment, but these companies just keep on banging out, oversized ugly boxes. Ive not yet found a single HTPC case that is asthetically pleasing.

    The closest ive seen to something I like is :


    I would buy one of the above, but alas, they seem impossible to get hold of in the UK, unless anyone knows of anywhere?

    The choice of (or lack thereof) really annoys me, as I am wanting to build a HTPC, but I just cannot find a case that looks nice, surely its not too much to ask for a case that isnt oversized and completely ugly, and yes ive checked out cases by OrigenAE, Silverstone and Antec.
  • Anonymous
    That wooden case is freaking gorgeous! My perfect case actually.
  • devilxc
    I can't believe they have an i7 in a HTPC! I have an i7 and a HTPC but do not have the money to combine the two.