SilverStone Grandia GD05 HTPC Case

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SilverStone Grandia GD05 HTPC Case

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Why make a HTPC case that looks like a PC on it's side? 

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A friend of mine put one together and the little square on button fell off within a couple days.

How do you not make it look like a PC on it's side without making it fit in with the standard dimensions of the rest of your audio equipment?

I think the cheap buttons and lack of a cover over the front ports is what makes that case look cheap.

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Zalman, Origen AE, and Moneual (off the top of my head, there are others as well) do a good job of making HTPC cases that look like they belong in the A/V stack.

Like you said, the front ports are the biggest problem.  Nothing screams "I'm a PC" like USB and FW ports on the front.

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Well, not ALL of Moneual's cases pull that off.  ;)  Man, I can't think of ANY place that case would look like it belonged.  One good thing... it doesn't have USB or FW ports on the front.  ;D

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Skirge01 wrote:

Well, not ALL of Moneual's cases pull that off.  ;)  Man, I can't think of ANY place that case would look like it belonged.  One good thing... it doesn't have USB or FW ports on the front.  ;D

Wow, I went blind for a second there.  That's just wrong, so very, very wrong.

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That's got Dubai written all over it. I can see it sitting next to a magic lamp.

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you guys are harsh! My first official HTPC case, which i got as a present, was the Silverstone LC-10M with the VFD display. It was really big, but i still liked it!!

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For a long time it was hard to find quality HTPC cases other than Antec and Silverstone.  While they both continue to make good products they haven't kept up in aesthetic value in my opinion which is a shame.

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Nothing wrong with big (my second case was an Ahanix D4), especially a few years ago when building a HTPC was a dark art and there were four cases to choose from.

But times have changed, and Mikinho is completely right - they just haven't kept up.

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oh, i agree. Moneaul's is way slicker than the silverstones. I think the Antec Fusion is pretty aesthetically pleasing though still, especially given the price range/competition.

I still want one with a touchscreen on it though...just can't get past the price!

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That is a good point, for the price the Fusion is a nice case.  But like Silverstone they put the USB and FW ports on the face of the case which kills it for me.

I'm a big fan of VFDs, but I'm not sold on the big touch screens.  I guess it depends on what it's used for, but I don't see myself touching it much.

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I have the Fusion Remote Max and the USB/FW ports (as well as filters) are behind a flip down door.

LCD/VFD displays and knobs are nice at first, but over time I have found them to be completely useless.  At least they make the case look less like a PC.

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Blue wrote:

LCD/VFD displays and knobs are nice at first, but over time I have found them to be completely useless.  At least they make the case look less like a PC.

I'll agree that a volume knob on the PC is about as useful as a volume knob on an AVR (not very), but I'd argue that you aren't using the right software if your VFD is useless.

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babgvant wrote:

I'll agree that a volume knob on the PC is about as useful as a volume knob on an AVR (not very), but I'd argue that you aren't using the right software if your VFD is useless.

Or, you have it in a closet where you don't look at the VFD very often.  ;D

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