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Categories > HTPC / Media Center Cases > Fractal Design > Fractal Design Node 605 Black Aluminum/Steel ATX HTPC/Media Center Computer Case

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Awesome HTPC case!
Pros: I have been looking at this case for some time and waited patiently for it to go on sale, and finally it did. Got it ordered and I just got my case last week. Upon opening the box and removing it the protective material I got my first chance to gazing upon its exterior and admire its modern yet simplistic beauty. The exterior is everything I expected it to be. The face is a smooth with an understated brushed texture and a solid feel, and will pair well with most any home theater system. The paint on the rest of the exterior and interior is a great black satin and smooth finish. It paired very nicely with my Corsair PSU; matter-of-fact if you didn’t know better one would think it was all one piece along the back.
Cons: Construction wise everything is very solid and engineered excellently, but some of these tight tolerances have created some issues. The door on the front panel has a slight bow to it; now, while this is not noticeable when it’s closed it is noticeable when the door is open. There is enough of a bow in the door that it rubs on the case as it opens and closes. It’s not a big enough problem to render the case unusable but enough to notice that something is off. The only other drawback to this case is the arrangement of the interior. While some areas of the case are free and open other parts are very cramped; namely the side with the slim dvd opening. Once a power supply is in there, along with the hard drive(s), slim dvd drive, connection cables, you will have a wiring/routing challenge on your hands. And as others has pointed out, if you use a full size ATX board the dvd slot will be unusable. As much as I like and appreciate the hanging HD cages I feel they are the biggest hurdle to deal with in this case. If the HD cages were to occupy the other side of the case above the mother board or mounted into the lid of the case I feel the wiring/routing and air circulation would be much better.
Other Thoughts: Something I would consider when using this case. First and foremost; use a modular PSU with this case. The fewer “loose” wires you have hanging around in this case the better; it will reduce the amount of routing you will need to do and increase the airflow in the area around the hard drives. Next, I would strongly suggest using a micro-ATX board with this case. Not only does the smaller board allow for easier routing and storage of possible loose cables, it also allows the use of the slim dvd drive bay. Finally, I’d suggest using SSD’s with this case; simply to reduce the number of spinning/vibrating parts within the case.
Finally, I know I haven’t made any comments about the fans but at the time of this review but I didn’t have access to an outlet to power on the system at the time of the build. However, I’ll try to remember to add to my review once I got the system up and running.
Reviewed By:michael m.,9/20/2016 7:20:55 AM
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Categories > HTPC / Media Center Cases > Silverstone > SILVERSTONE Grandia Series GD05B-USB3.0 Aluminum / 0.8mm SECC micro-ATX / Mini-DTX / Mini-ITX MB, 1x5.25", 2x3.5"+1x2.5"HDD or 1x3.5"+2x2.5"HDD, 3x120mm golf bladed fan, 11" expansion card capable HTPC Case with 2X USB3.0 ports (Black)

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 Looks great on the outside, poorly designed insides, You should heed my warnings before buying!
Pros: You can fit a lot into it, looks really good, steel case is strong and durable
Cons: Inside of the case is not made well

Has a weird rubber cable management thingy that is supposed to be glued into the HDD bracket, it wasn't attached when I opened the case and took my 15 minutes to figure out what it was and where it went. It got in the way anyway so I didn't put it back in

Stupid fan filter design, the filters are on the inside and attached to the fans with screws. To clean or even remove the two filters next to the motherboard, requires removing the motherboard, I removed the internal filters and replaced them with external Silverstone FF122 magnetic filters, and they look good on the case too

Power supply install had major issues, you can only install the power supply fan side down and you have to put stupid rubber feet on the power supply to give it enough height to put it in. I have a EVGA 500W in it and the rear holes didn't line up, nor did the screws supplied with the case fit. Luckily the screws that came with the PSU fit, but I had to push and pull a lot to get the screws in and it took me 30 minutes of cursing to install it (THE CASE WAS EMPTY HOW HARD IS IT TO INSTALL A PSU IN AN EMPTY CASE?). To top it all off the fan intake holes on the bottom DON'T LINE UP AT ALL with the fan in my PSU and because of this about 1/5 of my fan is blocked by the case.

The rubber pads separating the frame/brackets from the top panel fall off because of the same horrible glue that the cable management thing is on them.

CAME WITH A MOLEX ADAPTER FOR THE 3 CASE FANS! If I wanted to have an extremely loud HTPC with 3 case fans running at 100% speed ALL THE TIME, I would have bought the adapter myself! My solution was to buy the Silvestone CPF02 1 to 3 way PWM splinter so I can control fan speed in Windows

Case paint is horrible, it peeled off around some of the screws in the back, but it's in the back.... so.

The standoffs for the motherboard are slightly off and because of this the I/O on my board is slightly off center for the I/O shield and the expansion card slots in the back of the case don't line up very well with the PCIE slots making it difficult to install the cards (Yes I took the board out multiple times, it's the case)

Has a HDD activity LED but no cutout in the front of the case for it? WHY??? Speaking of LEDs, the case wires are too long! Who needs front I/O wires that stretch form one end of the case and back again? Or fan wires that also stretch from one end to the other and back? Now I see why they have the cable management loops on the bottom, not for the PSU wires, but for the comically long case wires!

Weird airflow design, especially if you have a long video card installed

Can fit most full size video cards but the power plug can interfere with the center support bar and you have to remove the optical drive/center support bar to install said card. The plug may interfere with closing the top too
Other Thoughts: It looks really good fully assembled, after all the hell I went through I'm happy with the case's end result, but would I recommend some one else hell no unless you can get it for half off, and would I consider buying it again? DOUBLE HELL NO!

feel this case should have been half the price I paid for it especially since I had to buy extra parts to make it work like the fan adapter and filters
Reviewed By:Gregory H.,9/16/2016 4:24:33 PM
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Categories > HTPC / Media Center Cases > Fractal Design > Fractal Design Node 605 Black Aluminum/Steel ATX HTPC/Media Center Computer Case

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Great HTPC
Pros: This case is attractive and the best quality i have ever seen in a computer case! the case is made of solid heavy steel. and it looks like a piece of stereo equipment which is what i was looking for, and it fits 120mm fans, so it can still get good airflow and yet be quiet. which is also another reason that i bought it. when building a HTPC for audio, you can't have your computer sounding like a vacuum cleaner. It has a fan speed controller located on the right side, when paired with a few quiet fans this case is practically silent.
Cons: The fans that come with the case are decent but could be a bit quieter, i can hear them in a quiet room. the white metal brackets that hold the hard drives in place could be a bit more sturdy. also, when using a cd/dvd rom drive you cannot fit a full atx motherboard in this case.
Other Thoughts: I have purchased other cases in the past through online retailers and sometimes when they arrive they aren't the same quality as the images lead you to believe. (cough cough Lian-Li) I found this case in a local store on display and as able to check it out. i could tell this was a much higher quality product than the other ones i saw, so i bought it right then. if i had known at the time it was available here @newegg i would of bought it here and saved some money.
I bought this to fit in my entertainment center with my stereo equipment, and it does nicely. it looks great. if i ever have a need for another one like this i won't hesitate to buy it again, this time it will be from newegg.
Reviewed By:john m.,9/13/2016 5:23:35 PM
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Categories > HTPC / Media Center Cases > Silverstone > SILVERSTONE Grandia Series GD10B Aluminum HTPC for ATX / Micro-ATX / SSI-CEB Computer Case

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Nice and compact!
Pros: Seems to be plenty of room unless you get carried away adding hardware! Simple, doesn't look out of place.
Cons: Cost too much, but it is still worth it!
Other Thoughts: I may purchase again. My next build will probably need a bit more room.
Reviewed By:J B.,9/11/2016 4:29:12 PM
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Categories > HTPC / Media Center Cases > Silverstone > SILVERSTONE Grandia Series GD05B-USB3.0 Aluminum / 0.8mm SECC micro-ATX / Mini-DTX / Mini-ITX MB, 1x5.25", 2x3.5"+1x2.5"HDD or 1x3.5"+2x2.5"HDD, 3x120mm golf bladed fan, 11" expansion card capable HTPC Case with 2X USB3.0 ports (Black)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Everything works perfectly.
Pros: A really nice looking case with breathing room. The beveled edges on the front give it an even sleeker look. The front is brushed black. Solid construction.
Cons: Check your video card measurements before buying. I have a Zotac GTX 1060 AMP Edition and had to press the power wires down a bit to slide the top of the case on (same with my GTX 780) but it's worth it for the shorter case height.
Other Thoughts: This is my second GD05B. I bought it to replace a mATX case that had the PSU mount over the CPU cooler. I suspected that was the cause of high CPU temps (i7 4790K/Noctua NH-L9i cooler). CPU temps dropped over 10c at idle and 20c under load. 26c idle and in the 60s under load - ambient room temperature 78F. Since I don't have a video card that expels air out of the back of the case I changed Silverstone's airflow setup and have the fans bring in air over the mobo and expel it out the other side.
Reviewed By:Scott F.,9/8/2016 11:00:11 PM
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Categories > HTPC / Media Center Cases > APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED) > APEX DM-318 Black Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V TFX 275W Power Supply

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Great Case
Pros: Great looking little case .
Sweet lift-out drive tray.
PSU that's great for meddle range builds.
Cons: The clips for front panel is too weak, be careful taking the plastic front face panel off.
Other Thoughts: Good for the price.
Reviewed By:Yuriy Z.,9/8/2016 1:24:41 PM
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Categories > HTPC / Media Center Cases > Silverstone > SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Great size and ease of use. Just a few hiccups.
Pros: USB 3 front connections.
Cable management area was actually useful.
It's not to deep to stick out on most standard HT cabinets.
Comes with a bracing bar so you can stack on it if you want to.
Rubber HDD mount to lesson noise.
Cons: Only 2 front USB ports and both are USB 3. IF you don't have a motherboard that supports them you'll need this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812201039
LEDs are VERY bright. I disconnected the HDD light because of this and all but blacked out the power LED.
HDD and Optical drive are super close to PSU making connections difficult and potentially troublesome if you don't have an accommodating PSU cable system.
Be sure to make sure your CPU cooling system fits. There is good room with a Micro ATX board to install a liquid system on the right hand side of the case. Most air cool solutions will require a low profile fan.
No matching cover plate for the optical drive. My LG blue-ray sticks out like a sore thumb.
Other Thoughts: I think they stopped making it which is a shame. It looks nice and it's dimensions are great for most home theater furniture. With minimum fans (just PSU intake and CPU exhaust) it runs quiet and relatively cool. It's a good enclosure and one I would recommend if you have a tighter spot in your HT experience. Beats the cube cases that are becoming popular.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,8/26/2016 1:46:27 PM
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Categories > HTPC / Media Center Cases > APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED) > APEX DM-318 Black Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V TFX 275W Power Supply

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Had this for 4 years now and its still great!
Pros: Looks like it belongs in an entertainment center.
Case is easy to work with inside.
Drive caddy is very easy to take out.
Power supply lasts.
Hides drives behind a cover and the buttons don't break!
Cons: Has no 2.5" for a SSD, but there are so many convertors it doesn't matter.
Stock fan is a bit loud (so add $10 for quiet 80mm)
Other Thoughts: Here in 2016 its hard to get a good low profile video card, especially one that will really do 4K.
Reviewed By:James I.,8/23/2016 11:08:30 AM
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Categories > HTPC / Media Center Cases > Silverstone > SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Plastic Grandia GD09B ATX / SSI-CEB Media Center / HTPC Case

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Best Case ever
Pros: Easy access the inside
Good Manual
Light
Easy installation of mobo and drives
Cons: None
Reviewed By:Claus K.,8/22/2016 6:01:00 PM
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Categories > HTPC / Media Center Cases > NMEDIAPC > nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 6000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 This is a GREAT case...
Pros: Solid, rolled edges, more room than needed for a HTPC case.

Anyone that gave a poor review was obviously using this for the WRONG application.
This is a rock solid case, well built, and roomy enough for a troop of Howler monkeys.

In twenty years of building PC,s, this is the best value for the dollar of any/all components I have purchased.
Buy this with all good confidence... You can't be let down. (unless you plan to store Chimps in it Howlers are as big as I would go.).
Cons: The bad reviews.

There are no cons. It's a HTPC case.
A good one at that.
Other Thoughts: I can't find my monkeys...

It's all good!
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Reviewed By:Ken M.,8/22/2016 2:55:14 PM
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