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SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel Grandia Series SST-GD08B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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5 out of 5 eggs Excellent gaming case in HTPC format 06/08/2014

This review is from: SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel Grandia Series SST-GD08B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: High volume case with lots of room - easily fits ATX board, dual video cards, optical drive and SSD.

Cons: Though it is roomy, you do have to pay attention to how components from the front of the case will meet with components from the motherboard. For example, HDD(s) need to be offset to avoid conflict with video card(s). Connectors on back of optical drive may conflict with CPU cooler. Choose components thoughtfully.

Other Thoughts: Case height limits air-cooling options and using water cooling is not an option without major case modifications; however, with the ability to have five 120mm case fans, this case allows plenty of air movement. I chose a 92mm air cooler and replaced the stock fans with slim profile push-pull fans. Combination cools a socket 2011 processor (not overclocked) to 35c idle and 65c under gaming load.

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KINGWIN PEC-04 9.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Just what I needed 04/06/2014

This review is from: KINGWIN PEC-04 9.5" ATX 8P(M) to 4P(F) Power Extension Cable

Pros: Purchased a mATX case that I liked only to find the included power supply only had a 4-pin CPU power connector and my board had an 8-pin socket. I needed a 4-pin to 8-pin adaptor and I found that in the Kingwin cable. I thought this one was nicer looking than the competitor's version.

Cons: Would have like something shorter - really didn't need another 8" of wire in a mATX case, but that's not the end of the world.

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IN WIN H-Frame Mini Red Aluminum Mini-ITX Computer Case 180W Power Supply
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4 out of 5 eggs Like Nothing Else 03/15/2014

This review is from: IN WIN H-Frame Mini Red Aluminum Mini-ITX Computer Case 180W Power Supply

Pros: All metal (optional glass side panel included) construction. Nicely crafted - nothing "cheap" about this case. Small form factor to match mini ITX board; nice arrangement for SSD(s) and slim line optical drive. Open design for good ventilation/cooling.

Cons: 180w power supply has only a 4-pin CPU connector, which is kind of funny, because In Win's supporting documentation shows an ITX board w/ an 8pin CPU power connector. That stopped my build; had to order 4pin to 8pin adapter. USB 3 cable is just a little short to reach over top of tall memory on my install.

Other Thoughts: I'm building a small form factor HTPC using an EVGA z-87 Stinger w/no graphics card - hoping to take advantage of Intel 4770 on-board graphics processing / HDMI output. This case is small and stylish - helping to improve the Wife Acceptance Factor. Overall, I'm pleased with the case.

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Display Name: Mark W.

Date Joined: 10/04/03

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 11/29/08
  • Last Review: 06/08/14
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