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SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel Grandia Series SST-GD07B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Most likely HTPC case to accommodate your hard core gear. Smooth look with front panel closed. Plenty of cooling.

Cons: Not designed to support water cooling* (more below). A bit tall, check dimensions of your shelves.

Other Thoughts: After deliberation this case gets the full five stars for being best in class for an HTPC that can house serious equipment. This comes with significant caveats though.

On the plus side it fit a Sapphire Radeon 7970 OC, power cables and all. The drive cage shroud drops down neatly over this 11.5" card with power cables coming out of the top and leaves a bit of room to spare above and plenty of room to the front. Awesome. I replaced another Silverstone case with this one. That was the biggest HTPC case available at the time (2008) and the only way I could get a 10.5" card into it was to perform surgery with a Dremel tool and a metal cutting blade.

The case looks great with the panel closed. Not so great with it open. The little locking mechanism works fine. Wouldn't stop a thief, but it should keep kiddies and puppies out.

There is room to install 4x120mm fans, 2 on the sides and 2 on the bottom as well as 2x80mm fans at the back. It looks like you can install 3x120mm fans in front but one space is actually blocked by the drive cage. If you have a weird configuration you can replace the 120mm fans with 80mm ones. Sadly I could not through any Tetris zen induced mysticism get a Corsair H60 water cooling radiator/fan installed inside this case with an Asus ROG Hero mobo installed. The fan could be mounted but the radiator would interfere with either the mobo or the cables or the drive cage. This is pretty much the smallest water cooler available so don't expect to get hydro easy. For my part I got out some tools and partially removed one of the grill grates on the side then ground the edges smooth. I routed the water lines outside of the case through this new aperture and mounted the 120mm fan/radiator for the water cooling block externally. Good night warranty. The radiator is on the fan which is on the case and points in drawing air over the radiator and into the case. Maybe a little counter-intuitive as this is warming the intake air, but the cpu reads 33C in the BIOS at idle which is sweet and chilly. The kit's manual actually recommends mounting the fan as an intake anyway so no worries.

There is room to drop in a bunch of drives. I went with 3 (2.5" hdd, 3.5" hdd, dvd 5.25"). Simple no trouble to install these. The 5.25" drive in the horizontal mount is only held in place by the plastic bracket. Feels a mite flaky. Doesn't move when spinning, but a little hand pressure can displace it easily. Need to double check that I didn't miss a securing mechanism but I don't think so. The vertical 5.25" drive slots can be screw secured, but vertical drives bite. You inevitably drop your precious, precious media to it's scratchy doom.

Front panel cable routing is done for you very neatly. Replaced all 120mm fans with high grade silenced ones and the build is dead quiet. It's lighter than expected.

Rtm! A long tricky build with sweet results on a glorious large screen tv. Screwdriver needed.

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HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Beautiful visuals, advanced texture handling makes everything look brand new compared to previous generation cards. HDMI sound quality is excellent on a two speaker system, with clarity and depth above and beyond the onboard hdmi sound previously used.

Cons: Significant compatibility issues and poor performance in WoW.

Other Thoughts: Loaded WoW @ 1920x1080 over HDMI. I could not raise graphics settings much above what I was using on a previous 9800gtx card without getting jerky framerates. Picture quality and textures were hugely improved though. Card started showing an all pink screen and then dropping BSODs after a couple of hours. Talked to HIS tech support they told me exchange it. RMA'd for a new one and that started throwing BSOD's as well. Flashed the mobo BIOS, tried all the newest drivers, win updates etc. Still couldn't go for more than a few hours without BSOD. Finally gave it up as a compatibility issue. Beware if you are a World of Warcraft player or using similar hardware. Also much praise to Newegg for their customer service in resolving my problem. I have been loyal to them for yrs, will continue as long as they keep it up.

System: Asus M3NHT-Deluxe mainboard, AMD 9850 cpu (2.5ghz x 4), OCZ GameXStream 700W psu, 8gb CORSAIR XMS2 DHX ram, 2x WD Blue 500gb hdd raid 0, Win Vista 64 Ultim

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TomTom ONE XL 4.3
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Spoke too soon 03/02/2008

This review is from: TomTom ONE XL 4.3" Automobile GPS Navigation

Pros: I complained in a previous review that the satellite reception was poor in my area. This was corrected easily enough by running the satellite configure app in a sub menu. Sorry TomTom, yall are ok.

Cons: As mentioned in previous review some maps are not up to date.

Other Thoughts: The backup feature can save you a ton of frustration, I suggest using it, and also just copying all files to hard drive in case of snafu.

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Alfred W.'s Profile

Display Name: Alfred W.

Date Joined: 08/30/01

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 05/21/06
  • Last Review: 08/02/13
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