PCApex demonstrates the benefits of choosing a purpose built HTPC enclosure instead of just using a small case. The investment will cost you more up front, but read the article and see if they can convince you the Cooler Master Media 260 is worth it.
“The idea behind a home theater PC is to make it as inconspicuous as possible while able to handle a plethora of different media types. Anyone can take a small form factor case, slap the right gear in it, hook it up to different types of media input, network it, then call it a home theater PC. So why should someone shell out the money for a case that is specifically designed for HTPC? It’s all about the control…”
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- Zalman HD160 HTPC Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
- Lian Li PC-V600 Mini Tower Case @ Systemcooling