Summary: I know Fractal includes 2 Fractal fans but even at high speed they're only pulling 40cfm (they're the FD Silent R2 fans) and that wasn't enough imo so I replaced them with some Cougar Vortex fans.
Pros: Just a note on the video card situation, i've got a matx board in the case and am able to stick a powercolor 6970 inside without the hard drive bays being a hindrance and i've still got room to run cables, etc in front of the video card.
Cons: The fan controller in the case has 3 Fan connectors but they only fit 3pin connectors (i bought 3, 4pin fans -_-)
Summary: also, when using a cd/dvd rom drive you cannot fit a full atx motherboard in this case.
Pros: This case is attractive and the best quality i have ever seen in a computer case! the case is made of solid heavy steel. and it looks like a piece of stereo equipment which is what i was looking for, and it fits 140mm fans, so it can still get good airflow and yet be quiet. which is also another reason that i bought it. when listening to high end audio, you cant have your computer sounding like a vacuum cleaner. It has a fan speed controller located on the right side,...
Cons: The fans that come with the case are decent but could be a bit quieter, i can hear them in a quiet room. the white metal brackets that hold the hard drives in place could be a bit more sturdy.
Summary: - Can't install slim optical drive with full ATX motherboard and can't install a full-sized optical drive ever. I opted to skip an optical drive entirely since I haven't used a disc in years.
Pros: - Plenty of room for my components. I got a standard ATX power supply (Antec EA-380D), a relatively short video card (MSI N640GT-MD2GD3), and a MicroATX motherboard (MSI H77MA-G43), and I had more than enough space for everything.
Cons: - The included dust filters can negatively affect airflow quite a bit. Thankfully, each fan has a 2-screen combo, so I simply took one screen per fan out. Airflow was much improved while retaining some dust protection.
Summary: It took a lot of tweaking to get my ODD level and at the correct height. Due to the issue with the too-long mounting screws, I eventually just left the short side unattached, which is fine for my purposes. If you intend to play DVDs or Blu Ray disks, I'd suggest choosing another case anyway... I don't think a slimline drive would be very good for that purpose.
Pros: This thing is SHARP. Has the look and feel of a high-end AV component.
Cons: Slimine optical drive mount is extremely finicky and needs vertical play to allow for height adjustment, as the short side mount was too low and made the drive scrape the opening. This single component took longer to mount than all other components combined. Included mounting screws were too long, jammed my drive.
Summary: My Seasonic PSU came over-cabled, which made the installation a little tight/untidy, but that was more a compatibility issue.
Pros: This was my first experience with an HTPC case. The Node 605 turned out to be substantial. The thick aluminum front is reminiscent of very high end audio components. The brushed front is beautiful; and the lower front panel cover that folds out and down to reveal an SD card reader, audio jacks, and USB 3.0 jacks matches up tightly with the main body. The action on the fold down is smooth and weighty, and also with some resistance. The fans are dead silent and there is...
Cons: Be forewarned that the DVD drive slot on the bottom (also behind the front panel drop), while well-machined requires a slim(line) (laptop-style) ODD form factor. You can pick these up for $25 for DVD+RW; however the cheapest workable Blu-Ray solutions (which may be important to you for a HTPC) are about $80 and also require a separately-sold micro-sata adapter ($10). At that price, they also don't come with the encoding software. Further, even with the slimline drive ...