Antec Fusion 430
Antec's entry into the media center arena, the Fusion 430, looks like a sensible choice. With a handsome but reserved face, a simple VFD display, a volume control, and a handful of face-mounted audio and USB ports, the Antec doesn't attract a lot of attention at first glance. In fact, compared to offerings from competitors, it looks a bit dull.
But is that really a bad thing? After all, an HTPC case which attracts too much attention defeats itself. Ideally, you'll be focusing on the beautiful hi-def content your HTPC is producing, not the HTPC itself. And while the Antec's list of features probably doesn't include anything you want, it does include everything you need. Volume knob, basic display, audio ports, and a slim optical drive panel are all included. An IR Receiver is optional. Open up the case, and the utility theme continues. The Antec features HHD brackets designed to reduce vibration, 120mm side fans, and enough space to make building your HTPC simple.
The real argument for the 430 Fusion, however, is value. The case itself is as very well constructed and sturdy, and Antec provides a 430W power supply. Combine that with a price of under $200 dollars, and you're getting a lot for your money.