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Pros: Exactly what I was looking for to build a STEAM HTPC into and have room for a decent graphics card. Has room for 3 x 2.5" drives and 1 x 3.5" drive. Wire management is tedious but will pay off in the long run to keep away from fans etc. Comes with 2 x 120 mm slim fans.

Cons: Lack of space on the motherboard and power supply side of the case. However, after reading reviews I knew what I was getting myself into ahead of time. The exterior of the case is a finger print magnet so if this bothers you either wipe the case down or find something else. Not many options from the AMD house in way of ITX mother boards and processors VS Intel. Options are slim for slim slot load DVD+/-RW you will need to look around.

Other Thoughts: I did my research and looked for parts that would work together in this particular case. I wish there were more options available to fit such a small form factor. I mounted both 120 mm fans on the GPU side to provide airflow to the GPU. on the MOBO and CPU side I flipped my cooler fan to pull air thru the heat sink and pump out the adjacent vent.

Steam HTPC Build:
Silverstone Raven RVZ01
Silverstone SFX 450 Bronze
MSI ITX A88XI AC Rev. 1
AMD FM2+ 860k Kaveri QC 3.7~4.0Ghz
Gelid Slim Hero 120 mm cpu cooler
Gskill Ares 1 x 8Gb DDR3 1866
EVGA GTX 950 2GB SSC
Adata SP900 SSD 256GB
Seagate 1TB 64MB Sata 6Gb/s
HP Toshiba slim slot load DVD +/-RW
StarTech slimline Sata to Sata w/ power
Hauppauge 1595 HD Dual Tuner

In addition, I have added a wireless adapter for XBOX 360 wireless remote and using controller companion downloaded from STEAM. This is a great combination as it controls mouse functions and gives you the ability to select/type with a pop up spiral keyboard. If you need to type in a lot of information I recommend getting a wireless keyboard I am using a Logitech K360.

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EVGA GeForce GTX 950 02G-P4-2957-KR 2GB SSC GAMING, Silent Cooling Gaming Graphics Card
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5 out of 5 eggs Budget GPU + Bang 4 Da Buck!!! 01/16/2016

This review is from: EVGA GeForce GTX 950 02G-P4-2957-KR 2GB SSC GAMING, Silent Cooling Gaming Graphics Card

Pros: Core clock is lower but Boost clock is higher than GTX 960 less $40. GTX 950 has similar specs to GTX 960 minus some CUDA Cores/Stream processors and 400 Mhz of effective memory clock. I could not substantiate the additional $40 to move up to a GTX 960. Power draw for the GTX 950 is 125w VS 160w for the GTX 960. Came with badge and stickers for case etc.

Cons: No one uses DVI to D-sub connectors anymore!!!
Please change to DVI to HDMI connector.
Wasn't on sale when I bought it.

Other Thoughts: With limited space and options for my build I wanted performance without overloading my PSU or generating a lot of heat.

Steam HTPC Build:
Silverstone Raven RVZ01
Silverstone SFX 450 Bronze
MSI ITX A88XI AC Rev. 1
AMD FM2+ 860k Kaveri QC 3.7~4.0Ghz
Gelid Slim Hero 120 mm cpu cooler
Gskill Ares 1 x 8Gb DDR3 1866
EVGA GTX 950 2GB SSC
Adata SP900 SSD 256GB
Seagate 1TB 64MB Sata 6Gb/s
HP Toshiba slim slot load DVD +/-RW
StarTech slimline Sata to Sata w/ power
Hauppauge 1595 HD Dual Tuner

In addition, I have added a wireless adapter for XBOX 360 wireless remote and using controller companion downloaded from STEAM. This is a great combination as it controls mouse functions and gives you the ability to select/type with a pop up spiral keyboard. If you need to type in a lot of information I recommend getting a wireless keyboard I am using a Logitech K360.

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GELID Solutions CC-Shero-01-A 120mm Hydro CPU Cooler
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Met my expectations!!! 01/16/2016

This review is from: GELID Solutions CC-Shero-01-A 120mm Hydro CPU Cooler

Pros: Heat sink with 120 mm fan which can be flipped over easily to pull air thru the heat sink and out of the case.
The ability to mount the heat sink in one of four positions to optimize in ITX case for wire management etc.
The price is lower than most slim line CPU coolers in the 120 mm range.

Cons: The fins of the heat sink in the corner zones can be bent easily. Had to bend a few fins back into place.

Other Thoughts: I was looking for something that provided flexibility of mounting positions. I optimized the heat sink and 120 mm mounted fan position allowing for good wire management and not interfere with the other components on the motherboard.

Steam HTPC Build:
Silverstone Raven RVZ01
Silverstone SFX 450 Bronze
MSI ITX A88XI AC Rev. 1
AMD FM2+ 860k Kaveri QC 3.7~4.0Ghz
Gelid Slim Hero 120 mm cpu cooler
Gskill Ares 1 x 8Gb DDR3 1866
EVGA GTX 950 2GB SSC
Adata SP900 SSD 256GB
Seagate 1TB 64MB Sata 6Gb/s
HP Toshiba slim slot load DVD +/-RW
StarTech slimline Sata to Sata w/ power
Hauppauge 1595 HD Dual Tuner

In addition, I have added a wireless adapter for XBOX 360 wireless remote and using controller companion downloaded from STEAM. This is a great combination as it controls mouse functions and gives you the ability to select/type with a pop up spiral keyboard. If you need to type in a lot of information I recommend getting a wireless keyboard I am using a Logitech K360.

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Date Joined: 09/09/05

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  • First Review: 09/20/05
  • Last Review: 02/25/16
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