Summary: I was trying to build a small HTPC and discovered that I couldn't get Linux Mint 16 to work without freezing with my motherboard/CPU combination (Windows was fine, but we prefer LM for security). I finally decided to abandon my compact iStarUSA case to try a case supporting a discrete graphics card. The Antec case was the smallest reasonably-priced case I could find that supports a half-height graphics card.
Summary: i think most people's complaints about mini itx is the fact its hard to reach and connect things with normal size hands. the frame of this case comes apart in every way so that you can easly connect each facet of the motherboard without using needle nose pliers or tweezers. the optical drive mount and the hard drive mounts both sit right on top of the mobo, which would making connecting all the fans and sata ports impossible, except you can unscrew and remove the optical...
Summary: a bit of a pain to get all the cables routed in this thing but that is already accepted when you are talking about a small form factor case like this. one thing to note if you are using this as an HTPC you will have to cut off a latch the install the cable card into the ceton tuner card, if youre using a USB card then dont worry about it.
Summary: Case is nice looking. Very pleased with the mobo Windows 7 64 bit WEI 7.4 CPU 7.5 memory at 2133MHz 6.8 Aero graphics 6.8 3D Graphice NEAR SILENT HTPC: - ASRock FM2A85X-ITX mobo - A10-7850k - G.SKILL Ares 8GB DDR3 2133 F3-2133C9D-8GAB - Noctua NH-L9a 92mm SSO2 CPU Cooler with LNA - Antec ISK 300-150 (it now has front USB 3.0) - SAMSUNG Internal Slim 8x DVD SN-208DB/BEBET - Qty(2) Noctua NF-R8-1800 with LNA fed by fan splitter - Silverstone Model CPF01 PWM Fan Splitter...
Pros: - Now has front USB 3.0 - Sturdy and well built - Fit and finish are good - Two 80mm case fans keep it cool and can be silent
Cons: - Front ODD door is a bit flimsy and the latch somewhat cheesey
Pros: Everything fits. Powersupply seems solid. Surprisingly roomy. Cables for everything you need.
Cons: I feel like a huge idiot... I thought the top was on a hinge, pulled it back a bit then rotated the cover like I expected only to realize I was bending the S@#$ out of the hooks. Make sure you don't make the same mistake I did... slide it off all the way!