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

5 out of 5 eggs Sweet Case. I have this rackmounted 03/23/2013

This review is from: SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel Grandia Series SST-GD07B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: This case is amazing for the price. Silverstone never lets me down with their quality cases.

I built out a home server with this build. The best part that I like about this case is that after I'm done using this for my VM machines and networking studies it came be moved from my office rack into my living room and look great with my Yamaha RX-673 receiver. It's already acting as my music / DLNA server that streams to the receiver. Anybody in the house can also access the HDD's as a simple home NAS solution too.

Air flow is great. I only added 2 x 80's fan in the back to create the push & pull air flow through the case.

Cons: The ONLY con I can think of, is that if you get a large PSU AND add on the hot-swappable 3.5 bays, there is no room to mount a fan on the back of the Silverstone FP57B's. Like I said, that is really reaching for a con and most people will just mount the HDD's inside the case (plenty of room, believe there are 7 slots for HDD's and 2 internal slots for SSD's. I just wanted to have the option of having hot-swappable HDD's for the future in case I needed it.

Other Thoughts: Home DNLA Server/ VMWare Workstation 9.0

Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge
Intel BOXDQ77MK LGA 1155 motherboard
CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB)
Sivlerstone SST-GD07B HTPC case
Silverstone RA02 Rackmount Ear Kit
2 x SilverStone FP57B (Hot Swap 3.5 HHD bays)
2 x ENERMAX UC-8EB (80mm Case Fans)
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
ASUS ENGT430 GeForce GT 430
Crucial 64G SSD (Windows 7 Pro)

ASUS G75VW-DH72 17.3
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: i7, 16 gig RAM, 256 SSD, & 3gig NVIDIA 670 GTX. Very responsive system. I'd give it a 92/100 score.

Cons: Power brick is massive. Nothing like you've seen before. Windows 8 is also tricky at first, but with some tweaks (add start button to desktop to simulate Windows 7) and getting used to the new GUI it's not bad. I know a lot of people are complaining about Windows 8 because its difficulty to navigate, but it's a very nice interface once you get used to it. I'm personally a power user so Windows 7 Pro would have been the best option for me, but I'm happy with this so far. I haven't found any compatibility issues with my programs yet so keeping my fingers crossed. Give yourself about 1-3 weeks of getting used to Windows 8 before bashing it. I think that is reasonable.

Other Thoughts: I did want to want before I gave a review on this due to the learning curve of Win8, but overall I'm very satisfied. I use this laptop for gaming (BF3, Team Fortress, AC3), VMWare (Player, Workstation, and ESXi), GNS3 (network simulator), and Adobe products. Due to the 16Gig of RAM and beefy graphics card I'm flying through all of my daily activities. This laptop is very big and heavy, please keep this in mind. If you want this to be a very portable laptop, I would say go with a MAC or ultra book. If you are a power user, this one is for you.

Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound, Wireless Headphones with Microphone
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Going on 2 years. O.M.G. I still love this headset 12/17/2012

This review is from: Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound, Wireless Headphones with Microphone

Pros: 1. Incredible sound (everybody complements how good I sound)
2. Wireless
3. Good battery (10 hrs)
4. Comfortable (seeing some people say differently, that is so surprising to me)
5. Great GUI to check power, settings, etc.

Cons: Only con, is that the range can be limited if you have a lot of walls or appliances (ie, kitchen). I can take calls and roam around about 80% of the house with no issues. You will know if you come into interference or gone to far, the sound will drop.

Other Thoughts: I can honestly say that I would buy this again in a second. I use these almost everyday for work (remote Network Engineer) and they are vital to my career. Just an amazing product. I can't see how anything like this could get better. Well worth every penny.


Brandon U.'s Profile

Display Name: Brandon U.

Date Joined: 09/30/03

  • Reviews: 46
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  • First Review: 02/03/04
  • Last Review: 03/23/13
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