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SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel Grandia Series SST-GD07B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very nice case if you want to have all your Media in one box. Front LED is Dim with door closed & can be completely blocked as if its off. Power button on the front door can be locked so it isn't functional if you have children. 3 120mm fans are pretty quiet & all are filtered. You can have up to 6 fans, 2 80mm & 4 120mm.

Some look at the vertical 5.25in drive bays & think Why???. Don't think optical, think external Hot-Swap 3.5in HDD. You can install 2 single drive hot-swap trays or a double 5.25in that will hold 3 HDD.

I intend to build another dedicated Media Server & will buy a second GD07 case for that. I am already out or HDD room on my HTPC (5 hdd 10TB) It will be simple C2D & integrated vid But RAID card & packed with HDD. Matching cases will also look nice in my entertainment center.

Cons: Beware of the Width of this case... It is slightly wider than the normal AV equipment platform & you need some side clearance for air intake & exhaust.

This is a BIG HTPC case but you still need to plan your parts selection. You can pack a Full Tower of parts into it but its not the easiest build.

Cable management could be hard with a normal PSU. Especially with Hot Swap trays in the vertical bays. However I used a Corsair Modular 750 watt & Made all my own cables So I have no Excess length to tuck or hide.

That also reminds me... there are no fan grills on the bottom 2 120mm fans. Install some to keep the cables from hitting the blades.

Everything does fit & you may need to take it apart & change the install order a couple times. But this is a "BIG" HTPC case...any other case will be smaller & even harder to build.

Other Thoughts: Don't be in a hurry to build this case. Make sure the parts fit before you buy.
HDD hot swap cage in the vertical 5.25 bays is limited in depth. I could not use a fan cooled tray type because my PSU is big.
CPU cooler height is limited... Consider a blow down style like Zalman or some of the Silverstone coolers.
Graphics Card; You can run a longer high-end card but you WILL loose some internal HDD space. I am running a PNY Gforce GTX 660 Ti & it is 9.75in long.

Silicon Power 32GB microSDHC Flash Card Model SP032GBSTH010V10-SP
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: none at all

Cons: Had trouble formatting & should have quit right there. Bought for a tablet & spent too long trying to get it to recognise let alone copy files. Gave up & sent it back.

Bought Sandisk & no issues at all.

Other Thoughts: 2 eggs because Newegg was easy to deal with. Instant RMA & prompt refund

Rosewill RX-358 U3C SLV - Silver External 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: works & is fan cooled.

Cons: Annoying LED lights are too bright.
Too many screws to install or swap a drive.
No rubber feet or protection for the surface it sits on.
Drive is mounted solid in the case & offeres NO shock protection.

Other Thoughts: Only other thought is getting a different case.


Nicholas F.'s Profile

Display Name: Nicholas F.

Date Joined: 07/20/08

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 01/06/09
  • Last Review: 02/03/13
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