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help looking for a case

Hi, Im looking for a computer case.  actually Im looking for two diffrent cases, the first one I would like to look almost industrial, maybe metal.  as far away from one of those plastic gamers cases as I can get.  the seccond one I would like to fit into a entertainment center.  the same with as a dvd player, and the same look to.  something to look like a tuner not a pc.  I thought about rack mountable for this, but its too wide.  

Thanks - pca
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woodendudeCommented:
ASUS DIGIMATRIX Digital Entertainment PC , something like this?
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wompeyCommented:
Hi pca,

The entertainment PC you want to make is usually called a HTPC (home theater PC).   I did a google search for HTPC and http://www.htpcnews.com/ was one of the top links.  They have forums and reviews for cases (look on the right hand side of the screen for the "cases and cooling" link.  They're usually designed to fit in with an entertainment center.

For an industrial looking case, I like the Lian-Li V1000 and V1100.  The 1000 looks very similar to the newer Apple designs.  The 1100 is based on the 1000, but has a door covering the front and extra soundproofing.
http://www.overclockercafe.com/Reviews/cases/Lian_Li_PC-V1000/
http://www.overclockercafe.com/Reviews/cases/Lian_Li_PC-V1100/
(both are available in black or silver.

Have fun, and shop around!  You're probably gonna have the case for a long time, so make sure it's one you don't compromise on too much.
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J-A-LCommented:
You probably want an aluminum case then but not just your average thin aluminum but something thicker.. up to 1mm thick.  You may want to try a lian-li case, or possible a Thermaltake Shark case.

http://www.overclockercafe.com/Reviews/cases/Tt_Shark/

Lian-Li makes real heavy duty and modular cases too... they are not cheap but really really nicely put together and everything fits sooo nicely.

http://www.lian-li.com and look under products

You'll then end up purchasing your own power supply of course.

Jeff
at yourtechonline.com
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Tag_MarkmanCommented:
I actually rack mount all of my entertainment center equipment. I can't imagine a system setup without it anymore. I have small pull out lights that light up the panel as well. Definately a professional look at feel and they fit in my entertainment center perfectly. They are shorties and are often used by the music industry for their setups. I have a slim line rackmount that fits in it as well. You might want to look down that route. Many of the component based systems you buy can be converted to rackmount easily.

For my gaming system, I go Aluminum all the way. I swear by Thermaltake. I never had a cooling issue since I got this case.
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fadixpCommented:
i can see no comments from the author ...but any ways i know exactly what you need
try to check those websites and let me know if you like them ;)

http://www.zalman.co.kr/eng/eng_index.asp
http://www.thermaltake.com/

those are the best i believe you wont ever regret it if you got a part from them .
i took like 4 parts from both of them last month
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pcavenueAuthor Commented:
thanks guys, that really helped..
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