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SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel Lascala Series SST-LC10B-E-USB3.0 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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Pros: Heavy duty solid case
Front panel design great
Takes ATX motherboard
Takes ATX standard PSU

Cons: Horizontal configuration build challenges

Selection of CPU coolers is limited by space even in this relatively large HTPC case. CPU fans are notoriously loud as well. I found the Silverstone NT01-E, Item#: N82E16835220032 cooler to be perfect for this case. It is designed to work with the rear twin 80mm fans provided.

Other Thoughts: This is a solid case with a beautiful and functional front panel. However the horizontal configuration of the case causes build challenges for those of us use to building vertical desktop PC's.
First, read the build instructions that come with the case. I did not, and had to take apart and reassemble several times because I followed the wrong installation order.

The DVD/BD drive is forced to a low internal mounting position because of the front door location. I had no problem with the installation or operation of the optical drive however the bottom of the drive is directly above the 24 pin ATX power plug. I found the best way to route the 24 pin ATX cable was through the small space under the optical drive and onto the motherboard from the side.

The ATX power supply unit is very close to the motherboard and the connections on this side of the mother board should be made first if you are adding any cards that ride close to the PSU.

The biggest issue I had was cabling up the SATA connections. Mount your drives in the removable fixtures first and then install them in the case as suggested by the instructions. There is room on the front of the drive fixtures to mount 80mm fans if you like and there is an intake grill surrounding the front plate. After everything is in then run your SATA signal and power cables. If you attempt to take out and re-install drives and drive fixtures, plugging and unplugging SATA cables, you have a much greater chance of breaking the plastic guides around the SATA plugs. Like I did. This is not a big deal if you break a cable (which I did) but popping off the SATA plug guides on your new 2TB HDD is, well, bad. I have built a lot of PC's and I attribute this problem to the horizontal arrangement of the drives and the limited vertical room to access the plugs. Also the standard power SATA plugs are spaced for a vertical arrangement and I found it impossible to power drives in two separate drive fixtures with the same SATA power line. Bottom line - if you have to plug or unplug your SATA connections in this case be careful.


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Display Name: John T.

Date Joined: 04/12/10

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