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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: This case fits nicely in my entertainment center. The 5.9" height with beveled edges gives it a nice "component" appearance. The brushed aluminum covering on the front looks high-end. I can't tell it's over plastic at all. My 4.4" x 11" EVGA GTX 780 (Centrifugal cooler fan and no heat pipes on top) fits easily lengthwise with about 1/2 or so to spare. No pressing was needed. It fit height-wise but the ATX power cables at the top of the card need to be pressed a bit to fit the top over them. This is preferable in order to keep the case height down. The case fans are very quiet with only a slight hum in a completely silent room. I can't hear them while gaming. The skeleton is quality steel. All screws lined up perfectly. There is plenty of room at the front of the case to route cables. Ensuring good air flow was a minimal effort in this build. The Power and Reset buttons are quality - slight click and push in only a millimeter or so - nice. I don't foresee them malfunctioning in the future.
Cons: Unfortunately the right front USB 3.0 port doesn't work. The left one is good-to-go.
Other Thoughts: Make sure you use flat, not L-shaped, SATA and power connectors for your HDD. I have a 256gb SSD that sits flush on the hard drive mount. I suppose I could have tried raisers on it - maybe later. This case is replacing an nMedia case that I had to RMA for a defective power switch. This build was going to hold me over until I bought a mini itx mobo for Silverstone's ML07 case but looks good enough that I think I'm going to stick with this for at least a couple years. Additionally the SFX power supply limitation of the ML07 pretty much restricts builders to a 450 watt PSU - which is not powerful enough for a 780, let alone Titan video card. The beveled edges make the difference for a streamlined appearance in a case over 5" tall imo. Windows 7 and Steam in Big Picture Mode + this case = neither of the new game consoles for this guy.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Pros: Windows 7 is stable. I use it primarily for gaming and don't recall it crashing. It boots up within a few seconds with my Intel SSD. Very fast boot. It's not Windows 8.
Cons: None that come to mind.
Other Thoughts: I like this OS so much I'll run it until Windows 9 is well established and has the inevitable bugs worked out. No reason to upgrade. It is much easier to navigate than 8 or 8.1. A few folks have said Win 8 is fast but with an SSD the Win 7 OS is greased lightening.READ FULL REVIEW
Cons: Power button does not work. The PC will not power up. The PSU power connectors to a GTX 780 (4.4") stick up to high thus the top of the case will not fit, at all.
Other Thoughts: The piece of plastic on the front (that has the labels on it) is kind of cheap and started to come off when I peeled the protective piece of plastic off of it.READ FULL REVIEW