|FC5OD EVO Silver Fanless HTPC Aluminium Chassis |
37 in stock
|FC5WS EVO Black No Optical Fanless HTPC Aluminium Chassis |
18 in stock
|FC5WS EVO Silver No Optical Fanless HTPC Aluminium Chassis |
26 in stock
|FC5OD EVO Black Fanless HTPC Aluminium Chassis |
40 in stock, 6 more due on 9 Jan
Streacom FC5 EVO Full Aluminium Low Profile Fanless Chassis
The shot-blasted FC5-EVO makes its presence known in the HTPC market with its low profile look, fanless cooling and 100% aluminium construction! Looking for a new HTPC case? You just might have found it!
PLEASE NOTE: The only difference between the FC5OD and the FC5WS chassis is that the FC5OD has a slot for a slot-loading optical drive, where the FC5WS does not.
Introducing Streacom's updated version of the FC5, the new and improved FC5 EVO! It boasts 100% fanless cooling of CPUs with a TDP of up to 65 watts and is constructed solely of aluminium. It has a super low profile look with a slot-loading optical drive bay slot and is able to accommodate a range of different hard drives.
- Build a completely fanless media centre PC
- Extremely low profile chassis
- Supplied with fanless heatpiped CPU cooler
- Side heatsinks cool CPU without the need of fans
- Compatible with Micro ATX or smaller motherboards
- No optical drive slot for minimalistic looks *
- *FC5WS EVO Black, FC5WS EVO Silver only
Many home theatre chassis are finished with the brushed aluminium effect, but the FC5 is not like other home theatre chassis. Streacom have finished the FC5 in a very fine shot-blasted finish which gives an elegant pitted look to the aluminium rather than a lined look which brushing produces. It is all down to personal preference as to which looks better but one advantage that a shot blasted finish has over a brushed finish is that it does not leave visible fingerprints behind as brushed aluminium finishes often does.
Streacom have a comprehensive build guide that provides general tips and suggestions on what should be considered when building in a Streacom case and how to achieve the best results.
Motherboard and CPU - The FC5 EVO is compatible with Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards. Depending which motherboard you opt for will determine which CPU to use. The case is capable of cooling virtually all CPUs that have a TDP of 95W or lower.
One important point to note when selecting a motherboard is that the board must not have the 24-pin ATX connector (shown in red in the image below or any tall heatsinks) located under the heatpipes otherwise the nano / pico PSU adapter will obstruct the them and it will prevent the CPU block from being fitted.
Note: Although the new design improves the overall cooling ability of the case and allows the use of 95w processors we would strongly advise using a processor with a TDP of 65W or lower to avoid using more power than a nano or pico PSU can provide. This means that the Intel i7 3770S, i7 3770T or i5 3450S processors would be ideal for a socket 1155 motherboard.
Power Supply - We recommend using a fanless nanoPSU which can provide up to 150W of power. This is more than enough to power a CPU that has a TDP of 65W along with suitable peripherals. It is recommended not to overload the number of peripherals; two HDDs (or one SSD and one HDD), one optical drive, a TV tuner and obviously a motherboard should not be a problem for this miniature PSU.
Optical Drive - The FC8 EVO uses a new universal eject mechanism so it will work with any slot loading laptop drive regardless of where the eject button is located on the front of the drive. Streacom have already sourced the perfect drives for these cases, whether you require a Blu-Ray or a DVD player.
Remote Control - If you are looking to take control of the PC with the use of a remote control, then look no further than Streacom's solution. It is supplied with a PCB that fits neatly behind a small circular window in the FC8. This means there are no unsightly boxes or wires running out from ports and it is fully compatible with Windows Media Center.
Thermal Paste - These cases are supplied with thermal paste.
SSD/Hard Disk Drives - The FC5 EVO cases can house up to five drives depending on which size motherboard is fitted and whether 2.5 drives (shown below in pink), 3.5 drives (shown in blue) or a combination of the two sizes are being used. Overlapping areas in the diagram below indicate that either a 3.5 or 2.5 drive can be installed but not both at the same time. Drives marked ITX ONLY can only be used when a Mini-ITX board is fitted rather than a Micro-ATX motherboard, (which is larger). See the specifications table at the bottom of the page for summarised details.
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|Specifications||FC5OD EVO Silver||FC5WS EVO Black||FC5WS EVO Silver||FC5OD EVO Black|
|Chassis Material||All aluminium, 10mm thick front panel|
|HDD/SSD Bays (mITX motherboard)||1 x 3.5" (rear) + 3 x 2.5" or 1 x 3.5" + 1 x 2.5" or 1 x 3.5"|
|HDD/SSD Bays (mATX motherboard)||1 x 3.5" + 3 x 2.5"|
|Side Ports||2 x USB2.0, right side (USB3.0 Ready, cable sold separately)|
|Expansion Slot||1 x full height/half height expansion slot (riser cable required)|
|Cooling||Heatpipe Direct Touch 4 Pipes – recommended CPU TDP: 65W|
|Dimension||450 x 345 x 72mm (W x D x H)|
|Power Supply||Not supplied - consider a Nano PSU|
|Remote control||Not supplied - consider the Streacom IR Receiver and Remote|