I would have loved to have ended the build section with some images of the LCD screen in action. The reality of it is that I was never able to get it to run correctly. After installing the software I was greeted with a hardware error, which I researched to be a possible optical drive failure. I then tried three updates that I found for the software, still receiving the same error. I then went and got a new drive and tried it all over after removing all the software and starting from scratch. After three to four days of trying I finally gave up on the idea of getting it to work.
I know I chose to use an IDE hard drive in my build, but even a mechanical SATA hard drive is going to create similar heat. I found that during prolonged use, the right side of the aluminum chassis was almost too hot to touch. This isn't really an issue if the HTPC is on a shelf and out of reach, but the lack of cooling is evident. Only using two 50mm fans to cool this chassis is just not enough in my opinion.
That combined with the lack of any real venting in the LM100 Mini. I realize also that this chassis is more tailored to the low powered build, and I was using some higher power requirement components, but not everyone is going to have an HTPC with SSD's in it, not to mention the capacity of those drives for the dollar. I feel most users are going to use a mechanical drive in this build.
Finding the Luxa2 LM100 Mini or any of their other chassis is a non-issue. Google shows them just about everywhere. This chassis is sexy, and with some patience and careful selection of components, the LM100 Mini makes an attractive addition to any home theater. The fact that they require such a premium price for this "component warmer" leaves me feeling that it is a bit high. There are a few select e-tailers that are cheaper, but with shipping they about equal the $299.99 price at Newegg, which is currently showing as deactivated. I assume they are awaiting a restock of the LM100.
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