Joined on 09/06/05
Not perfect but best of the micro-ATX cases
Pros: Fans are quiet. Fits 3d card with room to spare. Fits full-sized atx psu. Easy build. Has room for smaller, non-stock cpu heatsink.
Cons: -Because of the fan placement near the hard drives you really need to have 90 degree heads on your sata cables. -It doesn't take much to strip the screw heads - you have to be careful.
Overall Review: I see the ability to have the 5.25 drives on either side of the case useless as the audio/usb/1394 jacks are on the right side of the case. Wish they would have used that room to give the hard drives a little more space. The cables to connect the case to the mobo (power, usb, firewire, etc) were routed to the right. I can't think of any motherboard that has these connectors on this side (near the cpu/ram). I was able to route the cables to the left w/ a little bit of work.
Pros: Good bang for the buck. Express Gate is a great! Easy to set RAM to 1066.
Cons: Has stability issues when using a Nvidia G92 GPUs... machine would freeze at random times when using DirectX. Once BIOS is patched (1406) it runs great.
Overall Review: Definitely a mobo designed for HTPC...northbridge runs a little hot, not a great board for overclocking.