Tiny HTPC Movie and Hulu Box Part 1 The CasePosted in Computers, HTPC by JarrettV on 6/1/2009 1:53:00 PM - CST
I'm planning to build a tiny computer for watching Hulu and HD encoded movies. The computer needs to be:
Shallow enough to easily fit on the fireplace mantel next to the TV
Powerful enough to play 1080p video's and HD online videos
Pretty enough to make the wife happy
HDMI, Bluetooth and internal PSU to minimize cable and power bricks
The case is from an old Dolby Digital decoder box from before that technology was built-in to receivers. It is dusty and needs to be cleaned.
16.6"W x 2.25" H x 8.25" D
The inside has plenty of room for a Mini ITX motherboard and there is probably enough room for a Slim Bluray drive and a Hard drive. I'll likely custom fabricate the front out of plexi-glass and reuse some of the old buttons.
In the next post, I'll look at the hardware I will fit in this tiny case. I'm currently looking at either the Intel platform with a Zotac GF9300 motherboard or the AMD platform with the Jetway 780G motherboard.
Here is a picture of it cleaned up:
It would be nice if I could reuse the old face including the LCD screen and the LEDs and knob but I lack the time to explore how to communicate with those electronics.