Iíve been tinkering with the idea of building an HTPC (Home Theater PC) for a while now. So when we received the Silverstone LC20, I leaped at the chance to write a review on it. Read on to find out how this HTPC case fared.
The idea of an HTPC is not brand new. Since video cards were created with TV output, people have been interfacing with their television sets. With the advent of TV Tuner cards, people have actually been able to use their computers as televisions directly.
But things change, and the area of computer and television integration has been no exception. New hardware and software allowed us to crawl out of the Stone Age and put one more foot into the Digital Age. Computers can now be used not only to display output on a television, but to act as a complete entertainment platform. You can watch movies, listen to Internet radio, and play PC games, all on your TV. In addition, your computer can act as a PVR (Personal Video Recorder), recording your favorite shows to hard drive for you to play back at a later time. All this is just touching the surface; there is much more you can do with your HTPC. You may even find yourself replacing some of your existing home entertainment components altogether.
The Silverstone LC20 is a computer case, designed to be used as the home for an HTPC computer. The case is sleek and attractive, so it won't look too out of place among all of your other home entertainment products. Before opening the box, I took a quick trip to Silverstone's website to grab the specs on the LC20:
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