People these days are starting to see computers as more than just a box they type their documents up with. With the introduction of things like DVD players, TV-Capture cards and other technological advances, computers are now more of a multimedia-system. Now a days computers are becoming home theater extensions.
The only thing that was really holding them back was the fact that no case manufacturers supported this idea. Sure you could pick up a desktop system, but it never matches your fancy home theater equipment. Sure you could make something, but do you really want to spend all that time making something that probably still won't fit in properly. Added to that, I know I don't have the time to custom design a computer case. So what can you do? You want to make a HTPC, you want to jump on the media PC bandwagon, but you don't want it to stick out like fly in your soup. You need a case that has similar dimensions and style to your other home theater components, but it has to hold all your pieces and perform awesome. Cooler Master may just have the answer for you.
The Cooler Master Cavalier 4 (Part #CAV-T04) is a case that fits all of these specifications. It is the same basic size and style as most home theater components. It's available in black and silver to match your components. It fits standard ATX components, and looking from the outside, it should provide adequate cooling for your components.
||420 mm x 438 mm x 135 mm (D x W x H)
||Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis
||ATX ; 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.5cm)
|5.25 Drive Bay
||2 ( Exposed )
|3.5 Drive Bay
||2 ( Exposed )(br)1 ( Hidden )
||USB 2.0 * 2(br)IEEE 1394 (FireWire) * 1(br)MIC * 1(br)SPK * 1(br)VR * 1
||One 80 x 80 x 20 mm Front Fan ( intake )(br)One 120 x 120 x 25 mm Rear Fan ( exhaust )
Cooler Master Cavalier 4 – Exterior
Might as well start with what you will be looking at most of the time.
As you can see in the pictures below the Cooler Master Cavalier 4 definitely has a home-theater look to it. The front bezel is made of aluminum, while the chassis is standard steel found in most cases. To the left is a medium sized plastic power button. Underneath the power button are two blue LED's which are the power and IDE activity lights. These three items are the only thing shown on the front of the case with everything closed up. The case's front panel is split, with the right side taking up about four-fifths of the total width.
To the right is a really differently hinged door. By simply pushing in where the eject symbol is, this side of the front panel lowers itself down to reveal the two external 5.25 inch bays, two external 3.5 inch bays, and the front USB, Firewire, and audio as well as a smaller reset button.