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mATX HTPC / NAS case options

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I'm looking for some advice on what current case options there are for a secondary PC that can sit in the living room for HTPC use, but doubles as a NAS.
I'm personally looking for the following:
  • Must support minimum 4 x 3.5" HDD's for Raid
  • Something that's aesthetically pleasing (Sitting in the living room it needs to be "wife friendly" if you know what I mean)
  • Compact, with some decent cable management
I've looked at a few options like
  • Fractal Design Node 804
  • Thermaltake Core V21
  • Fractal Design Define Mini
  • BitFenix Phenom
But I can't find anything that's fresh/modern.
I'm also undecided about a cube case vs a normal standard tower design for the living room, and looking for advice from anyone who's built something similar.

Thanks!
 

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I'm kind of sad that Fractal discontinued the Define Mini, because it was a pretty darn good fit for exactly what you want. If you can find one, that is what I'd go with. It has the HDD space you need, but also looks classy and fits in a livingroom setting pretty well, and it has good cooling too.
 
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I'm kind of sad that Fractal discontinued the Define Mini, because it was a pretty darn good fit for exactly what you want. If you can find one, that is what I'd go with. It has the HDD space you need, but also looks classy and fits in a livingroom setting pretty well, and it has good cooling too.
I literally stumbled across it yesterday, being such an old product of theirs and it's basically perfect, but lacks any form of PSU shroud for better cable management. But acoustically it's probably the best. I was just unsure about it being a really old school PC tower in the living room if you know what I mean.

I've seen some on Amazon available and keeping an eye on it, still very undecided.

Fractal if you're reading this, update this frigging case! :)
 
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