You want to build a home theater PC, and you want the case to blend with your living room decor. It needs to have enough room for your hardware, but it must not shout that it's a PC. It should be built to last, because you expect to use it for entertainment as much as, or even more than, your normal PC. Quiet PC may have just the case you need. Jkabaseball checks out the Ahanix MCE601.
I wrote an article on building a media center PC a while back. You might recall that I said the case was up to your own personal preference. You could go for a cheap generic case, or go for one of the nicer cases made for media PCs. Today we have one of the nice cases made for media PCs and Home Theater Systems, the Ahanix MCE601 HTPC case.
As I first took the case out of the box, I was attracted to its brushed steel look. It definitely looks more like a super sized set top box than your normal bling-bling computer case -- and it should. One of the companyís biggest problems is the size vs. hardware factor. The bigger the hardware, or the more hardware going into the case, the bigger the case needs to be. Companies like Ahanix face this problem with every HTPC case. The MCE 601 has room for a full ATX motherboard, but goes skimpy on a PSU. You canít put as much hardware in it as with a full sized case, so it should be interesting to see how the PSU fares.
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