HTPC Build (Part 1) nMediaPC 6000B HTPC Case Review


Uploaded by HTPCDIY on 09.06.2012

Transcript:
Hi, this is Tom for HTPC-DIY.com
Today I want to go over the chassis I selected for my MythTV build
the nMediaPC 6000B
It's an affordable HTPC Case that will look right at home next to your other media gear
The front of the case is nice and simple. You press down on the center of the front panel
to open it up. Underneath you'll find on the left, a reset button
followed by 2 audio ports, mic and HD audio.
2 USB 2.0 ports and on the right you'll find a mutli-card reader which is a nice
little bonus for a chassis in this price range.
Above the card reader is a space for an LCD panel. Above that is the door for
your optical drive which gives the case a nice
clean look
and then the last thing on the case is a volume control which is actually
just a power button.
I chose this particular case because it can accommodate up to
six internal hard drives
On the left is a 120mm fan which brings cool air into the case
and blows air right over the hard drives which helps keep them cool.
On the back
we can see a row of ventilation holes rover over the
PCI slots
this is where some of the air will
be exhausted the comes in from the front.
Most of the air however will
come out of the 2 80mm fans which are located above the I/O sheid.
Right next to that there's room for a full size ATX power supply.
There are two thumb screws on the back of the case which make it easy to remove the top cover.
On the right and side of the case
is a large array of vent holes which allows the power supply to
draw in cool air.
There's also another vent for an optional 120mm fam which is
not included.
I'm not sure exactly how I feel about the ventilation of the case.
There are a lot of vents on the sides and top and the back.
But normally you'd want to have cooler air coming in from the front of the case
and then pushing out the back.
So that it helps cool the components. But this case might be in an enclosed space and you
wouldn't want to have vents in the front to detract from the aestetics of it.
Having already unscrewed the case screws, removing the top just takes some gentle pressure.
Unfortunately, there really isn't any place you can grab on to unlike some
other cases.
For the price, this surely isn't a bad case. It's about what you'd expect to find
for a lower-end PC chassis except it has a nicer looking front bezel.
Inside the case you'll find a bag full of screws and cable ties to help with the installation.
There's plenty of room inside the case. A removable drive rack is mounted on the front.
4 2.5" or 3.5" drives can be mounted on the bottom with rubber
isolation mounts.
Two more hard drives can be mounted on the top without isolation mounts.
And on the side is where you mount your optical drive.
Two screws secure the drive rack to the chassis and are
easily removed with a phillips head screwdriver. terry frieden remove control sanskrit rougher
When you remove the screws, try and keep them in a secure place so you don't lose them.
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Once you remove the screws you just pull on the rack to remove it. It takes a
little bit of pressure but
it'll come out.
Now we can take a closer look at the drive rack and you can see where the
rubber isolation mounts attach.
These keep the
hard drive from having direct contact with the metal and this can reduce
vibrations to help keep your case a little quieter. The top ones
don't have these. So it's a good place to put your solid state drives if you
have them.
Now let's take one last look inside the case. Without the drive rack you can really
see how big the case is. The 120mm fan on the one side
and a space to install an optional fan on the other. There are plenty of wires for
the front I/O panel and fans and the case already has standoffs attached to the
motherboard tray. The motherboard tray is pretty much the bottom of the chassis. It's not
removable and there's no hole for installing a large CPU fan.
So once you put your motherboard
you can't attach anything underneat it. Althou the case is pretty good for the
price it's pretty descent, there's no sharp edges, it's solidly built and has
a lot of pretty nice features. Smaller chassis are available but I really wanted the extra hard
drive space.