Pros: This is a nice case for the cost. It's well built, sturdy, and fits nicely into a media center setup (both in terms of size and looks). I found that it was big enough to accommodate all the components I wanted to install, though I did have to be very mindful of neatly cabling everything in order to provide decent airflow. That said, I've found that this case runs sufficiently cool (cooler than expected actually, considering all the stuff I crammed in there). It's on t...
Cons: As mentioned in some other reviews, there is no HDD LED on this guy. To be more accurate the HDD LED is there, but there is no hole drilled in the front of the case (so you can't see it). Kind of silly... But actually I don't mind - the only other status light is a faint blue LED that indicates the power is on, so it's not distracting when you're trying to watch a movie or something. My only other real complaint is that you can't have a large CPU cooler and a full-siz...
Easy to work in, quiet, and elegant all in one package
B. Beck, Amazon
7 October 2013
Summary: I got this case to build an HTPC to sit in my media center. The case is a joy to work in - all the right access points and cable routing points make it easy to get everything set up and cleaned up. The stock fans are quite quiet - I've felt no need to replace them. Finally, the case is simply beautiful to look at with its black brushed aluminum exterior. It fits right in with my home theatre setup and is one of the best-looking pieces there without sticking out at all.
Summary: I've built many computers over the years, and I'm very particular regarding case quality. Typically, I go with Lian Li products which I think set the bar for case manufacturers, however I could not find a HTPC case at a reasonable price. After much research, I decided to go with the GD05 and couldn't be happier. My setup required room for (2) 3.5" HDD and (1) 2.5" HDD along with a Blu Ray optical drive, for which there was ample space without the need for much planning.
Summary: If I wasn't putting this where it could be seen, I would have used a regular case size, however, this is a great case. It is quiet and cool. Very well constructed and looks great with the other equipment (better actually). A little tight in the build, cable management was tough, extra HDDs would be very tough.. I would use a modular if I did not get such a great PSU for such a good price. Plenty of room to add a GPU later.
Pros: Excellent ventilation, case fans included, roomy interior (especially for a media center case), solid construction, beautiful brushed aluminum texture on the front, not too bright hdd/power light, and a very nice interior layout.
Cons: Dust covers for fans require you to open case and remove fans to clean (simply silly)! Be smart and remove them when building your media center. That's it, absolutely nothing else wrong with this case.