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SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel Grandia Series SST-GD08B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: * Full ATX Motherboard
* Large Video Cards will work
* 2 Optical bays (but probably can't use one)
* Full ATX power supply
* up to 5 120mm Fans + 2 80mm fans (3 x 120 included)
* 2 x USB 3.0 front ports
* Power and Reset buttons
*Many possible storage configurations.

* Nice looking in a media rack

Cons: Instructions are inadequate when installing an optical drive (though I may be last person on planet to want to do this).

It wasn't clear that the eject button (pleastic and right angled rail with slider) had a slider element that you can align with the optical drive button. I actually removed one of the eject buttons entirely before discovering this. Clear instructions would be helpful here.

Con #2. Cable management. Get a modular power supply and don't connect cables you don't need (or yours will look like mine--I just stuffed the cables up in the drive cage at the end where 3 drives might otherwise go.

Other Thoughts: I am actually very happy with the case and was able to fit quite a bit in the box (with room for another SSD at least) despite my non-attempt at cable management in this case.

Fans : /3x120mm included with case
Motherboard: ASROCK Extreme6/ac
SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB (used for Intel RapidStorage and RapidStart implementation).
HDD: 2 x 2TB Seagate Baracuda 7200 rpm SATAIII.
CPU: Intel Core I7 4770 Haswell, socket 1150 84w
CPU Cooler: SilverStone Argon Series AR02 CPU Cooler
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2771-KR GeForce GTX 770
Pwr: SILVERSTONE Strider Gold Evolution SST-ST75F-G Evolution 750W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified 100% Modular, Active PFC Power Supply
Memory: Kingston HyperX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Optical Drive: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40)
OS: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM
Primary Input Devices: Logitech MK710 Black 7 Function Keys RF Wireless Ergonomic Desktop

EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2771-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Honestly, overkill for almost everything I have done with the card so far (including running some games).

We'll see how it holds up for video editing soon, but I really anticipate no problems. Wanted a one fan-exhaust-out-the-back design to preserve my case's positive airflow.

Cons: Doesn't have 3 or 4 GB GDDR5? More is better, right? I don't seem to need it, but hey/

SilverStone Argon Series AR02 CPU Cooler with 92mm Fan for socket LGA775/1155/1156/1366/2011, AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I put this on a Core I7 4770 (Haswell, 1150 socket) and an ASROCK Extreme6/ac Z87 MB which live inside of a Silverstone GD08 Home Theater Server case.

I think the thing is pretty much designed for that case, so it's short enough for the case (138mm), and it's narrow enough that even with it mounted so that the fan blows through the heatsink toward the back of the case (to preserve the GD08's airflow) that it doesn't block a DIMM slot (I worried about that, and it was fine with Kingston HyperX DDR3 DIMMS anyway).

Lowered CPU temps by about 20C under load. Some folks complain about the fan being loud, and I have seen benchmarks where the fan at high RPMs is louder than the stock Intel fan, but... I have to say that your chances of reaching higher RPMs are much lower than with the stock Intel fan, and the stock Intel fan would disrupt my airflow, so I am really pleased with the cooler.

In all honesty, you'll never hear it over your GPU fan if you get a decent GPU; it's pretty darned quiet.

Fan mounts are a feat in engineering simplicity. Others should copy this idea as clips are a pain.

Cons: The biggest con is that the instructions are nearly microscopic, so trying to figure out exactly which backplate holes to use for the 1150 involved squinting (but there are online docs if squinting doesn't work).

Not tool-less. Back-plate means you must access back of your MB, but that was not an issue for me because this was a new build.


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Display Name: Gregory B.

Date Joined: 01/28/08

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  • Last Review: 10/25/13
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