Description

I decided to update my HTPC/NAS. Rather than have two separate systems, I like having one simple system handling all the work. So far I've very happy with it. Never gets higher than 35c and runs dead silent.

The graphics card was a test fit for clearance. I wanted to see how well it fit and it cleared everything fine. Currently the system runs with onboard graphics. For the ssd I went with the cheapest 128gb I could find which was a refurb corsair neutron. Haven't had any issues with it so far.

"Mods" Surprisingly this case doesn't have some of the simple things that other similar cases from lian li have. So I drilled out some holes on the bottom of the case to mount a case fan and drilled some holes on the bottom of the drive cage to mount the ssd. Everything worked great.

Future upgrades: I have a perc 6/i raid card ready to take up the pcie slot once I decide what drive/array setup I want to go with.

Overall it's a very clean looking case. The front led was super bring so I just unplugged it. This is a 24/7 on system so silence and low power usage are nice to have. The case is roomy and easy enough to work with with some proper planning.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool mods! I dig the bottom fan and the SSD location!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you like that motherboard?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a good solid board. I can't say I've messed with too many of the features on it, but I haven't had any issues with it. I think the only thing I'm really using is the onboard raid for a raid 0 array across 3 drives. It's good enough, but I'm not a fan of software raid. Everything was easy to set up and plug in. For the price and the purpose of this build I have no complaints. I got it mainly because it had 6 sata ports.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

i was gonna use it for my htpc build as well. glad to hear it is a solid board. Nice build by the way :) +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

quick question. im building something along the lines of what you have but i have yet to begin my research on NAS. are you able to use this a a HTPC and still have access to the storage from other computers on the network?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

The way this system is set up is pretty basic. I don't have time to mess around with learning different OS's and tinkering with NAS systems so it's set up just like a regular desktop. I'm running windows 7 with network shares for whichever directories I want to be shared across the network. So to answer your question, yes. This functions fully as a HTPC while I'm still able to access my shared directories from any pc in the house.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I am in planning for a NAS/home server, and liking this case for how compact it is.

I find it surprising that there is a grille at the bottom ostensibly for a fan, yet you had to drill some holes to mount said fan.

Also, clever way to add an SSD at the bottom of the drive rack. Was wondering how one could fit an SSD on top of five HDDs and a bottom fan. Now I know! How hard was that mod to do?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The bottom fan was easy, the ssd was a bit more of a pain in the ***.

Since the drive tray is riveted on there was no good space to fit a large drill. I made the holes a bit oval and had to drill in at an angle. The rubber screw grommets help clean up the look, and as I swapped out the ssd for a 500gb laptop drive, they'll help with any vibration. I'm using it as a cache drive with unraid now.