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Daniel K.

Daniel K.

Joined on 08/21/04

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Awesome, but room for improvement

SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum front door and plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body Grandia Series GD06B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum front door and plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body Grandia Series GD06B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Very nice looking case inside and out. Not low-profile, so there's plenty of room for upgrading hardware. Holds up to 5 hard drives, which is more then most HTPC cases. You can even fit a full size 11" graphics card in here, though it will be cramped. The included fans move a lot of air, but are kind of noisy, especially plugged directly into the PSU. I converted the fan splitter into a 3 pin connector and plugged it into the motherboard so the fans can be controlled by BIOS, and this seems to have helped some. The filters that come with the fans are nice, but I wish they were easier to get to in order to clean them. USB 3.0 front ports! So it will be ready when motherboards start including headers for USB 3.0. Until then, there is an adapter included with the case to connect the front ports to USB 2.0 headers.

Cons: The biggest problem with this case is wire management. A modular PSU is pretty much a necessity, and even then, you have to make sure that its is 150mm or less deep or the hot swap bays will not fit. I used a Cooler Master SilentPro M600 which is exactly 150mm and the PSU is resting against the hot swap bays, so there is no leeway there. The internal cables that come with the case are longer than they need to be. The USB 3.0 cables for the front panel could reach past any spot that motherboard connectors would be. The SATA cables for the hot swap bays really only need to be 6-10" max, because of how close they sit to where motherboard SATA connectors are, but these could reach to the other side of the case. All this made for some creative cable management to get it looking nice and clean. Nothing in this case is tool-less, which is not necessarily a con, but there are a lot of screws to keep track of while building.

Overall Review: If you stuff underneath the hot swap bays with extra cabling, the side fan next to the HDD cage is pretty useless. I was able to cut down significantly on the excess cabling I had in there by making my own wiring for powering the HDDs and fans. You can mount a total of 5 HDDs in this case, 3 mounted internally and 2 hot swappable. Of the 3 internal drives, they are all mounted upside down, which makes those 90 degree SATA connectors very inconvenient. If you use a 2.5" HDD or SSD, 90 degree connectors will not fit at all. It's also a good idea to make sure you don't use RAM or a CPU cooler that is too much taller than standard, otherwise they will obstruct the optical drive cage. The case could have been a little deeper in order to accommodate slightly larger power supplies.

Tiny

Spider E-BTKB-B001 Black Bluetooth Wireless Ultra Slim Keyboard
Spider E-BTKB-B001 Black Bluetooth Wireless Ultra Slim Keyboard

Pros: Easily paired to my media center PC running Windows 7 Pro, no drivers needed. Everything worked right off the bat, including the media keys along the top. Easy to charge, and nice battery life, although I haven't had it very long yet.

Cons: This thing is tiny!! It's hard to hold it in my lap as I type, and the keys are very small which would make it hard to type on it if you have small hands. it's comparable to a netbook keyboard. The button to put it in pairing mode has to be pressed with a little metal rod that comes with the keyboard, but the rod is very easy to lose. Also, no F1 - F12 keys, which means no alt+F4 or F5 refresh (mainly what I use them for)

Overall Review: Bought this for a HTPC. The small size takes some getting used to and also it's hard to type with it on your lap. On a table I don't think it would be so bad.