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This review is from: 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)
Pros: I searched the whole internet for cases that would fit in my entertainment center (it's a Hemnes shelf from IKEA) with only 350 mm of depth. There are many Mini-ITX cases that would fit, but there are exactly two on the whole internet that support Micro-ATX. This is the only one that also has an optical bay.
Cons: I recommend you put this case in the center compartment in the three-shelf Hemnes. It doesn't fit behind the lip in the left and right compartments. I have mine in the left compartment, and the two case fans on the right are nearly right up to the shelf divider.
I'm not very happy with the fan arrangement of the case. There is room for extra PSU cables in this case, but if you use it you are blocking the left case fan. There isn't much airflow for the HD once that is blocked, and even this would be additionally blocked if you have a long graphics card. I'd prefer the case was taller to support some top fans - the only place there is any room in my entertainment center.
If you're using a Hemnes, you'll also want to buy right-angle cables or it won't sit flush. Note that our universe's physics does not support right-angle optical audio cables (use HDMI or analog).
Other Thoughts: The other case that I think is shallow enough to fit in a Hemnes shelf is the Rosewill Legacy U3-S, which does not have an optical bay.
Newegg, please please please let us sort by case dimensions! You have by far the best searching and purchasing experience out of all the websites I tried, but we need case measurements! I had to eyeball cases from the category to see what looks sort of shallow, and then click through to the specifications :(
Pros: My HTPC build was going to just barely fit into my entertainment center. I only had about 2.5 cm of depth clearance, so I couldn't afford cables - particularly stiff power supply cables - pointing straight out the back of the case. This cable fit the bill.
Cons: Ideally, this cable would point the other direction as the plug on power supplies is usually near the bottom of the case. It still fit for me though.
Other Thoughts: A little expensive, but when you have the only one on the market I guess you can charge what you want.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I'm personally of the opinion that the i3 has been the best price-point in processors for the last few years. The i3 is so much better than my last high-end Core 2 Duo (E8200), that the choice is very simple; particularly in the Haswell generation.
I have this paired with a GeForce 650 Ti. I think they are about evenly matched for gaming (right below the power of the One and PS4).
Cons: The stock heatsink is a stock Intel heatsink, but it stays plenty cool in my (admittedly large) case. If you need better cooling, you will want to throw away the stock heatsink and buy something after-market.
Other Thoughts: Has the low-end i3 ever been priced something other than a little more than a hundred bucks? I'm glad to see Haswell continues the tradition. If you're also thinking about a more expensive processor from an earlier generation (Ivy Bridge), I highly recommend you get this one.READ FULL REVIEW