Summary: This is a very nice and high quality casing I owned. Stock fans are sufficient and quite. This is very suitable for a person who have kid/s who loves to touch things especially the HTPC because it has a lock with keys which you can hide the drive bays but not the power button..
Summary: This box was a challenge. It is definitely not the easiest system I built. However, the final product is what ultimately counts and it looks great and that is why I gave it 5 stars. My setup: Asus Gryphon Z87 MB Intel i7 LGA1150 G.Skill DD3 1866 8mb x 2 Zalman cnps8900 low profile CPU cooler BluRay Drive Corsair HX620W Modular PS Silverstone 3 dial FP33 rear fan controller SSD drive Tips: 1. Keep track of all the screws and where they go.
Summary: I wanted a case that would fit into my home entertainment cabinet. The issue was case depth and this is one of the very few units that fit the bill. I also wanted at least 1 external 3.5" disk bay as I like to do my backups this way. A second one was a nice bonus - I can keep my movie library in one of these and remove it for safe keeping when on vacation or to take it with me to friends.
Summary: I wanted to build a gaming machine that can serve as a multimedia player as well. I bought this case because I wanted to install a lot of HDDs and a decent GPU. I placed it in my home theater table (a small cheap besta from ikea). hooked through onkyo receiver to my HDTV. can't be happier with such a powerfull steambox that fits in such place. I hardly need anything else around the TV now other than my new toy. pros: + saved space. + looks nice.
Great case! tight fit for various components but if careful, you should be good to go
Mark Femal, Amazon
4 January 2013
Summary: Nice fit for everything I needed to plugin to this case. The only minor complaints (holding me back from 5 stars) I have are: 1. the top support braket is hard to work with when doing general maintenance (e.g. doing cleaning or replacing things once you initially have things connected). I also wish there were screwdriver-less screws for at least the top part of the case.
Summary: When i installed the 2.5" ssd drive, it had to be mounted upsidedown on the drive mount bracket. For some reason I can't recall, I had to leave the front cover the hot swap bays. Those are covered by the main front panel though, so no big deal. Also, in my home theater which I run quite dark, the bottom led lights for power/drive activity were a little to bright - they would basically light up the room with the lights off.
Summary: Pros: 1) Stylish; Able to hide front ports which tend to be dust collector points. 2) Barely audible fans. 3) 2 Hot swappable drives. Easily removed. 4) Has adequate ventilation routes. 5) Fits nicely with other HT equipment, essentially same width and depth as other common devices. 6) Can use Corsair CX series power supplies, although it is a fairly close fit.
Summary: First off, this case is awesome sheerly for the slick profile it cuts. It just looks cool. The solid design with the built in system fans, hot bays, and locking front panel make for a versetile case. It does feel a bit cramped when you get any number of decent components into it, but what space it uses, it uses well. Opening it up for later work is relatively simple, which is always a plus for mod-monkeys like me.
Summary: This was my first HTPC build. Everything went OK, but the next time I won't spent that much money on this type of case form factor. I didn't feel that it was worth the price that I paid. Next time I will look into the $40 to $50 dollar range and do case modding. This case has two hot swap-able bays that are very chinsy. They also block 90% of the air flow that should be going to the video card.
Summary: This case has gotten nothing but good reviews from most other hardware sites and I wasn't disappointed. It was my first build on my own, and the manual was well written and the FAQ answered some of my questions before I had them. There have been plenty of long reviews so I will only add a few notes. I got the Silverstone PSU and a the short modular cords to go along with this.