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FC5OD ALPHA Black Fanless HTPC Aluminium Chassis
90 in stock
£183.07
(5 customer ratings)
FC5OD ALPHA Silver Fanless HTPC Aluminium Chassis
42 in stock
£183.07
(1 customer rating)
FC5WS ALPHA Silver No Optical Fanless HTPC Aluminium Chassis
28 in stock
£172.61
(1 customer rating)
FC5WS ALPHA Black No Optical Fanless HTPC Aluminium Chassis
13 in stock
£172.61
(9 customer ratings)
B-Grade FC5OD ALPHA Silver Fanless HTPC Aluminium Chassis
1 in stock ?
£157.50

Streacom FC5 ALPHA Full Aluminium Low Profile Fanless Chassis

- Replaces the Streacom FC5 EVO Full Aluminium Low Profile Fanless Chassis

The shot-blasted FC5 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.

The new FC5 ALPHA follows in its predecessors footsteps with the same minimalist styling, the updated version brings even more refinement to this timeless sleek design. At the heart of these improvements is the updated bottom panel which is not only more robust but has been redesigned to optimise airflow, reducing internal temperatures. Motherboard size and drive storage options also benefit from this new design, with the FC5 Alpha now accommodating an additional 2 x 2.5" drives and a full size motherboard. A single USB3 port is now located on both sides of the case for easier access and balance.

Features

  1. Build a completely fanless media centre PC
  2. Extremely low profile chassis
  3. Supplied with fanless heatpiped CPU cooler
  4. Side heatsinks cool CPU without the need of fans
  5. Compatible with full size ATX motherboards or smaller

BUNDLE AVAILABLE - The FC5 chassis’ are now available in a bundle with the NANO160 160W PSU, saving you money! Click here for more information.

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.

Recommended Components

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 ALPHA is compatible with Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX and ATX motherboards. Depending which motherboard you opt for will determine how many HDD/SSDs can be installed (more info on this below) and 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 the red shaded section in the image below) or any tall heatsinks are located in this area otherwise the Nano-PSU adapter may obstruct the heatpipes, preventing the CPU block from being fitted correctly.

Note: Although it is stated that the overall cooling ability of the case is 95w we strongly advise using a processor with a TDP of 65W or lower to avoid using too much power than the Nano-PSU can provide. We have a selection of Intel LGA1155 CPUs available that produce 65W or lower which can be found here.

Power Supply - We recommend using a fanless Nano PSU 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.

Alternatively, Streacom now has available a 240W Internal fanless PSU, the ST-ZF240. That extra 90W (compared to the Nano-PSU) will allow for even more drives to be connected to the system or you may want to opt for a CPU that has a maximum TDP of 95W for greater performance. The ZF240 works best when installed into the FC5 chassis.

Optical Drive - The FC5 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, take a look at the available drives here. Obviously the FC5WS does not support an optical drive.

Remote Control - If you wish to take control of the PC with the use of a remote control, then look no further than the Streacom Flirc IR receiver. It is designed to fit all Streacom chassis and will work with virtually any remote control. If you don't have a remote then you may want to consider this.

Thermal Paste - These cases are supplied with thermal paste.

SSD/Hard Disk Drives - The FC5 cases can house many drive combinations depending on which size motherboard is fitted or which PSU is used. The instructions from Streacom's website go through in detail the options that are available. It is highly recommend that you take a look at the images below, or alternative feel free to look at the instructions.

FC5 Image Gallery


SpecificationsFC5OD ALPHA BlackFC5OD ALPHA SilverFC5WS ALPHA BlackFC5WS ALPHA Silver
Manufacturer Product CodeST-FC5B-OPT-ALPHA ST-FC5S-OPT-ALPHA ST-FC5B-ALPHA ST-FC5S-ALPHA
Chassis Material Premium Grade (6063) All Aluminium, 10mm Thick Front Panel
Drive Capacity Minimum 1x 3.5" + 2x 2.5", Maximum 3x 3.5" or 6x 2.5"
Optical Drive Capacity 1x Slim Slot Loading Drive (FC5OD Version Only)
USB Ports 2x USB3.0, Left & Right Side
Expansion Slot 1x Full Height Expansion Card, Flexible PCI-E Riser Required
Cooling Heatpipe Direct Touch 4 Pipes – Recommended CPU TDP 65W, Max TDP 95W with good airflow
Socket CompatibilityIntel LGA1151 and AMD FM1/2, AM2/3/4 *
Dimension (W x D x H)435 x 325 x 60mm, 450mm Width Front Panel
Power Supply Streacom ZF240 or Nano PSU (Not Included)
IR Receiver Streacom Flirc (Not Included)
Net Weight 4.2KG
Warranty24 months
EAN barcode8718469090907 8718469090914 8718469090884 8718469090891
  • *AM4 users require the ST-AM4 bracket
 

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