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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
nMediaPC HTPC 8000 Wooden Media Center Case
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: nMediaPC HTPC 8000
Wood Media Center Case Features
HTPC 8000 Interior Features
HTPC Case Final Thoughts
nMediaPC HTPC 8000 Conclusion

HTPC 8000 Interior Features

Once the top panel of the nMediaPC HTPC 8000 is removed, a large open space inside the wooden enclosure is filled with a small steel drive rack. This steel rack fastens to the case with one wood screw at each side, and aligns with the front bezel optical drive tray door. A small decal points a red arrow to the front of the case, so that the cage will fit properly with the bezel.

After the drive tray is removed, the large open volume inside the HTPC 8000 becomes apparent. There's enough room for an extended ATX motherboard, with clearance for tall CPU coolers.

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Although it was a tight fit, the Prolimatech Megalems, Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme, and Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384 all fit beneath/beside the drive cage. A word of caution though: not every motherboard locates the CPU in the exact same place. Some mainboards locate the processor socket closer to the rear of the case, and some move it down and over to the front. While nearly any thin/wide CPU cooler with a 120mm fan (similar to the three noted above) could be used depending on socket orientation, square coolers (such as the Cooler Master Hyper Z600) may not fit beneath the drive cage.

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Light weight felt is stapled behind the mock 'speaker' grill, which helps restrict the amount of lint and dust that might collect inside the HTPC 8000. An energetic enthusiast or case modder could easily see potential changes waiting to be made, and even the novice craftsman could craft themselves some very nice additions. Even with my limited experience at modifying computer cases, I'm already looking for ways to fit a home theater component inside the HTPC with another system.

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Perhaps it's overkill, but the nMediaPC HTPC 8000 Media Center Edition case fits up to four 3.5" drives along with a single optical drive mounted in the middle. Most computers have one or two drives, since the price of storage has come down while the capacity has gone way up. Rubber vibration-dampening grommets help keep the HTPC 8000 motionless on the inside, and quiet on the outside.

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Somehow the drive cage received ventilation holes on one side, but not on the other; not that it will matter since the area beneath each drive cage is not meant to hold any hardware (although it clearly offers the possibility).

In the next section, my final thoughts on the HTPC case industry are shared editorial-style...



 

Comments 

 
# Wow.Martin van Buren 2010-04-04 11:59
Most pretentious piece of hardware EVER.
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# RE: nMediaPC HTPC 8000 Wooden Media Center CaseBest HTPC 2011-01-05 08:07
This is an amazing piece of hardware. Your comment is pretentious, and lends nothing to the discussion.
Good things:
1) Air Flow / Cooling - Amazing for what it is, high-end components with NOT overheat. Comes with a 140mm fan, you can also add 2x 92mm fans
2) Noise - Wooden case, plus lots of silicone/rubber gromments that come with it
3) Full ATX - allows for FULL ATX MB/Power Supply
4) Room - Roomy enough for all full-sized graphics cards
5) Price - easily competes with other HTPC cases. You can find this for under $100.
6) It's not PVC/Plywood. It's REAL FREAKIN WOOD.
7) It has STEEL. Not cheap aluminum.

Cons:
1) DVD drive alignment - Easily fixed with a 1/8" shim
2) DVD faceplate says DVD instead of Bluray
3) Power Knob doesn't act as a dual-purpose power/volume knob. Could be accomplished via USB volume controls. Sad that it's not.

If you are looking for a "retro" case for HTPC, this is your ready-made guy. You can build one yourself, but for it's price, just buy this one unless you have specific custom applications and hardware.
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# Very CoolJeff DeWitt 2011-05-14 21:03
Considering all the crazy, expensive cases out there, some of which look like they fell off a UFO this is a refreshing change.

First time I read about this case I knew it's just what I needed for my new HTPC. The case should be here next week and I'm looking forward to building my new PC!
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