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Solid HTPC foundation
Pros: This is a solid case for an HTPC build that is sleek and low profile. Like the other reviewer said, it's one of the easiest builds to just drop components in and go - with the exception of maybe stiffer cables such as SATA connectors; the height not lending itself to the most robust bend radii for cables. Right angle connectors are your friend.
Cons: Cannot fit a 3.5" drive in this case without a modification of the optical bay bracket. I took some sheers and clipped out a .4" square out of the bracket to fit a 3.5" drive into the case - it's not possible otherwise. If it were longer you could also fit in an optical drive, but this modification makes it impossible.
Other Thoughts: Easy case to work with, just wish it was longer so I could fit everything I want into it. That low profile intel heatsink (Intel HTS1155LP) takes up a ton of real estate and makes packaging more difficult I imagine. Shorter rubber feet would be cool too - especially for those not using the included VESA mount. Overall a solid case, should be priced cheaper (~$60) given the amount of material and the easy sheetmetal bends and fabrication. I can understand why it's not though - it caters to crowd where it will see smaller production volumes.
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Awesome case and so well thought out!
Pros: This case is awesome. Made specifically for the Intel DQ77KB and similar board with matching low-profile cooler (this is not optional).
Cons: I have found none. If I had to change one thing it would be to have a dimmer LED. I may sand the face on mine to diffuse the light. While subjective, I think that the very-bright LED's are distracting. It would take a bit of effort change this is the design (special LED attention), but I think it would give the case a classier look. Simple to fix by the user.
Other Thoughts: USe the Intel MB, with 16GB of latop ram (SODIMM) and an i3, i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge and you have a very nice HTPC.
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Pros: Form factor is good for living room HTPC
Cons: It's hard for consumer to find power supply to fit this form factor. Also the Intel H61 board is little popular unless one searches for it.
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“This case is awesome. Made specifically for the Intel DQ77KB and similar board with matching low-profile cooler (this ...”— SE 12/26/2012
“This is a solid case for an HTPC build that is sleek and low profile. Like the other reviewer said, it's one of the easiest ...”— 4/17/2013