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==Introduction==
==Introduction==
The computer's case is especially important for home center PC's (like VDR) since it carries the acceptance of the HTPC and defines functionality and impression.
The computer's case is especially important for home center PC's (like VDR) since it carries the acceptance of the HTPC and defines functionality and impression.
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Furthermore your case has to fit to the form factor of the [[Mainboard]] and should offer enough place for pci extension cards like DVB cards or sound card.
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Furthermore your case has to fit to the form factor of the [[Mainboard]] and should offer enough space for pci extension cards like DVB cards or sound card.
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===Standard Form Factors===
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The Standard formats are
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* ATX
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* micro-ATX
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* flex-ATX
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* mini-ITX
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* nano-ITX
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===Requirements for your Case===
===Requirements for your Case===
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*not look like PC
*not look like PC
*should be matching to HiFi equipment and/or TV
*should be matching to HiFi equipment and/or TV
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*have a width of 16"..17"  
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*have a width of 16"..17" (~405mm - ~430mm)
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*have a depth of max. 17"
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*have a depth of max. 17" (~430mm)
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*should be as flat as possible, but have enough place for pci cards
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*should be as flat as possible, but have enough space for pci cards
*have interfaces like serial IO, A/V, USB..
*have interfaces like serial IO, A/V, USB..
*be as quiet as possible, but should cool down all things inside
*be as quiet as possible, but should cool down all things inside
==Problems==
==Problems==
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*the smaller the form factor of the case to more probably the DVB card doesn't fit into the case. Especially the height of approx. 15cm might be a problem.
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*the smaller the form factor of the case, the more probably the DVB card doesn't fit into the case. Especially the height of approx. 15cm might be a problem.
''Solution:'' Mount the card in horizontal position with a riser card. Attention: some flexible riser cards may cause problems with the PCI bus and are often difficult to locate.
''Solution:'' Mount the card in horizontal position with a riser card. Attention: some flexible riser cards may cause problems with the PCI bus and are often difficult to locate.
*Heating-/Noise problems: see [[Fan]]
*Heating-/Noise problems: see [[Fan]]
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==Tested combinations case-mainboard==
==Tested combinations case-mainboard==
Some cases like from mini-ATX to mini-ITX are easily combinable with a DVB Card.
Some cases like from mini-ATX to mini-ITX are easily combinable with a DVB Card.
Some sources for cases:
Some sources for cases:
* http://www.mini-itx.de/
* http://www.mini-itx.de/
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* http://www.mini-itx.info/
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* http://www.mini-pc-vergleich.de/
* http://www.techcase.de/
* http://www.techcase.de/
* http://www.alternate.de/
* http://www.alternate.de/
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Reviews of different cases are at
Reviews of different cases are at
* http://www.epiacenter.de/
* http://www.epiacenter.de/
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* http://www.epiacenter.com
An interesting solution might be the reusage of an old or broken CD or DVD player. Looks like HiFi and has Display, places for DVD and keys.
An interesting solution might be the reusage of an old or broken CD or DVD player. Looks like HiFi and has Display, places for DVD and keys.

Latest revision as of 13:21, 6 October 2009

Contents

Introduction

The computer's case is especially important for home center PC's (like VDR) since it carries the acceptance of the HTPC and defines functionality and impression. Furthermore your case has to fit to the form factor of the Mainboard and should offer enough space for pci extension cards like DVB cards or sound card.


Requirements for your Case

Your case should probably

  • not look like PC
  • should be matching to HiFi equipment and/or TV
  • have a width of 16"..17" (~405mm - ~430mm)
  • have a depth of max. 17" (~430mm)
  • should be as flat as possible, but have enough space for pci cards
  • have interfaces like serial IO, A/V, USB..
  • be as quiet as possible, but should cool down all things inside

Problems

  • the smaller the form factor of the case, the more probably the DVB card doesn't fit into the case. Especially the height of approx. 15cm might be a problem.

Solution: Mount the card in horizontal position with a riser card. Attention: some flexible riser cards may cause problems with the PCI bus and are often difficult to locate.

  • Heating-/Noise problems: see Fan

Tested combinations case-mainboard

Some cases like from mini-ATX to mini-ITX are easily combinable with a DVB Card. Some sources for cases:

Reviews of different cases are at

An interesting solution might be the reusage of an old or broken CD or DVD player. Looks like HiFi and has Display, places for DVD and keys.

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