so along with my Seasonic S12II I ordered a new HTPC case for myself. My old LC03 had serious airflow problems and I was planning on getting a TV card which would have added more heat inside. So I got myself the Silverstone LC20 and I have to say it really is a nice and well designed case.
The components are still the same (edit: here's a link to the old HTPC thread http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?p=166653
): Abit NF7, underclocked and undervolted Barton 3000+, GF6800, 1GB of Kingston DDR and 160GB Maxtor. The new Seasonic found a home in this setup. Like I said, future plans are to get the TV card and also a 500GB SATA drive. I found a cheap (10â‚¬) PCI 2x SATA card for this setup that works nicely with Debian. Oh, and I also picked a 52-in-1 card reader to go into the 3,5" bay on the front panel.
First a pic off the overall case. It has dedicated PSU and CPU air intakes.
Here's the HDD bay. It will take two 80mm/92mm fans. Unfortunately suspension is a bit hard if you have a fan in place, so I once again used a little airguide to solve the problem. I have NMB-MAT 92M1A at 5V blowing on the right side. The airflow is directed left over and under the suspended HDD.
For the case cooling I got myself a real treat, two new NMB-MAT 80L1A from Dorothy Bradbury which are simply great. Very very smooth, which allows me to run them at 6V without any real noise.
The CPU has a small airguide,that prevents the fresh air from the side vents being sucked straight out of the case. The CPU cooler has a 80M1A at <6V and naturally soft mounted with fan mounts.
The PSU is the new Seasonic S12II 380W, modded with a low speed NMB-MAT 120mm.
And here's a few overall shots of the case... I will redo the cabling after I get the SATA drive, simply because the PSU cable along with HDD IDE cable are a bloody mess. But overall, even with all the fans and the Maxtor HDD I have to say the setup is very quiet. The most audible part is, as you probably guessed, the Maxtor HDD. With a good, quiet HDD the thing would probably be silent (and that's the magic word I rarely use).
Thanks for looking!
PS. I hate IDE cables....