Summary: I was debating between this case and the GD05. Both cases were very similar but I got this case because it had the front bezel for the optical disc drive because I don't like seeing the LED flash every time I would be watching a DVD/Blu-ray movie. The case is very well built. The paint is even and it arrived without any scratches. The fans have filters on them. There were many places for wires to be tied down to.
Summary: This was my fifth or sixth PC build over the last 20 years. I bought this case because it was one of the few micro-ATX cases that is shallow enough to fit shelving for home theater components. Compared to all cases I've used in the past, for the money the GD04B has exceeded my expectations by far. Build quality is excellent, right down to the countersunk screws which hold everything in place better.
Summary: I've got this bad boy loaded up with all my HTPC gear, and love the finished product. The case looks great and stays fairly cool. The fans were a little load for my tastes, so I have them undervolted (5v). Before running them at 5v, I probably would have given this 4 stars due to the fan noise. They're silent now. 5 stars.
Summary: This case looks great & works well. I added a Bio-star Th61 ITX board and it fit, I was also able to still utilize the pcie slot on my board. The fans are fairly quite, I would compare all the fans running to sound about the same as my Xbox (slim) the black metal strip that sticks to the DVD drive is slightly off color, but as long as you don't have it in direct light you will not be able to notice it.
Summary: I got this case for my first HTPC build and it is well build functional and attractive. I decided to get the GD04 rather than the GD05 because it was cheaper and had a solid aluminum front panel. The GD05 has USB 3.0 connector on the front panel but I couln't find an 1155 motherboard that has a USB 3.0 header. Installing the components was easy without any issues.
Summary: I bought this case to replace a more sophisticated LC11B-M case I bought a long time ago. That previous one was much smaller, had a remote, VFD, etc. Because it used riser cards and opened from the bottom, it was a hassle to service. It also was really cramped inside. This new case was much less expensive, roomier, quieter and more. I was really impressed with the temps inside the case now, as well as the overall noise level.
Summary: One of the main reasons I bought this case was it's depth - I only have 15" or so available depth in my A/V cabinet - and it fits perfectly with my other components. If you have a limited depth as many of us do, this is something to take into consideration when building an HTPC. PROS: - Solid construction. Attractive and well designed. Looks great in the A/V cabinet. - The black stained brush tectured aluminum finish looks great.
Summary: This is a great case for an HTPC due to its silent design and the shallow depth. It is the same depth as my receiver which makes it fit into my cabinet. I had gotten a different case before which was too deep, but this was about the only microATX case I could find that would fit. I had to modify the way the fans are hooked up to make it quieter. I moved one of the pins on the 4-pin connector that splits the power to the three case fans.
Summary: Sturdy, tons of space on inside, great layout and internal configuration options (especially that it accepts a 2.5 in SSD out of the box). 3 120 mm fans also a huge bonus - very cool and very quiet. Looked at cases for 3 yrs before finally building my HTPC and only recently decided against a fancy display and knobs on the front. What good are they if you're always 10+ ft away from the box? Even if this case cost 2x as much, it would still be the best option out there.
Nice Case ...... Not Quite as deep as the Typical HTPC Case
Phillip A. Engel, Amazon
27 December 2010
Summary: I did a lot of research before choosing this case and it paid off. I wanted a nice solidly built, good looking, quiet case that would last for many upgrades and that's exactly what I received. I also needed a case that would fit on my TV stand and most of the other cases that I considered were too deep.