Summary: I'd like the newer model with front panel USB 3.0.
Pros: Fairly roomy. Do you need more than 6 HDD's + Optical drive in an HTPC? Stylish. Quiet when used with intelligent fan control from Motherboard. Matches with modern AV components. People are always surprised that it's a PC.
Cons: No removable intake air filters. Cable management leaves something to be desired. Just need to use a modular PSU and wire ties.
Summary: It's got it's faults, but not enough of them to lose a star. I would purchase it again. ASUS P8Z68-M Pro LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100 Kingston HyperX...
Pros: Good looking case. Room for 7 HD's!
Cons: Tight cabling. Wish it was 1" deeper. I have to take my graphics card out to get the power cables on the drives I have in the center cage. And yes, the motherboard power connector is right under the optical drive. And I.m real tempted to remove all the PSU's cables I,m not using (except the 3 con...
Pros: This is the second case in this series that I've owned. The first being the SILVERSTONE CS-SST-LC10B which has served me faithfully for nearly 3 years now. I ordered this case to overcome the other cases main shortcoming limited HD space. By switching cases I now have space for 6-8 Hard Drives, u...
Cons: The 7th 3.5" bay is badly placed. Its mashed up against the MB. The space above the optical bay is usable for a 7th/8th drive and would be my first choice for placement.
Summary: Sadly, if you want a HTPC case with lots of elbow room, you'll be paying over $100 no matter what.
Pros: Roomy and fairly good quality. Looks good.
Cons: Basic, no frills. Not a toolless design. Expensive for what you get. It's essentially an empty metal box. Why does it cost over $100? Reset button is big and placed right beside power button on front. Stupid! And yes, the blue LEDs are so bright they are actually painful to look at.
Summary: If you are going to fill this bad boy up with Hard drives Do not forget to buy the two fans as recommended by Silverstone Model Suscool 81 its really quiet and worth the extra cash.
Pros: Solid build and space for 7 Drives was the main reason I purchased this case. I was able to install an 8th drive in a small slot underneath the DVD tray. You will need a small drill if you wish to add the 8th drive.
Cons: Space inside is a little cramped. So be careful in selecting large parts.
Summary: Had it for 1 year now, dust tends to slowly collect on the outside vents, and is easily wiped or vacuumed off. The inside stays pretty clean. Very happy with this purchase. The HTPC is a family favorite.
Pros: Sturdy, beautiful, and well-designed. Standard ATX parts fit in perfectly. Plus I love the way it blends in with my Plasma HDTV and surround sound equipment.
Cons: The often criticized blue led. Not a deal breaker here, in a cabinet and behind smoked glass doors it's not really noticeable, but a softer more pleasant color would make it perfect
Summary: Take your time and you will end up with a nice HTPC build.
Pros: Nice looking case. I had everything in it in another case but it looked like a computer. Go figure, so I decided on this case after reading reviews and appearance. I wasn't disappointed.
Cons: Paint is rather soft and easily scratched. I used a full ATX MOBO and it is tight. I got a smaller CPU fan, lower profile, and I had no problem with the memory install (two 2G). Removed one of the hard drive cages and stuff the wires out of the way there. The plate for the drive is a little touch...