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5 out of 5 eggs Nice case, but be careful! 11/09/2009

This review is from: Sunbeam UV Blue Clear Acrylic ACHT-HUVB ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros:

Having a see-through case is neat as hell! And when it's in the middle of your living room it makes a great conversation piece when guests come over (and you get to show off and say "I built that! :D". If you can put the extra effort into owning a case like this you will be well rewarded.

Cons:

Some people don't know how to take the proper precautions with an acrylic case. I listed these precautions under "Other Thoughts" because they aren't really cons, they are just part of owning an acrylic case that you should be aware of before buying anything it - certain things that are taken for granted with metal ones.

Other Thoughts:

Remember that you're working with acrylic here. Normal metal cases use the chassis as a ground just in case there's any ESD, but acrylic won't do that. So to make sure that your components are safe, connect a wire from the power supply's chassis (a bare metal part, not a painted part) to one of the screws that hold down the motherboard. If you want to put the effort to be EXTRA safe, connect that same wire to the shielding of the front USB ports, the rear I/O panel, and to a screw holding down each hard drive/CDROM. This will ensure that your components are safe.

Also, acrylic in itself can be dangerous - it can build up a static charge over time (especially in dry weather). To stop that from happening, every once in a while you should polish it with Novus polish and a microfiber cloth. Not only do you get rid of the static charge that way, but you'll also restore it to a brand new condition after months, or years, of scuffs and scratches settle in and ruin the luster.

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