Summary: This case is precisely what I was looking for. It works as intended and it looks good. I warn against using it for gaming because it will run hot. I have a Phenom 2 and a couple of old AMD 5670s and I had to reset all to stock speeds. It all runs well and quiet.
Pros: This is a solid, well built case. It looks great with my TV stand and looks like a piece of electronics and not like a PC.
Cons: Tight! No air! Do not use this case for a hot gaming rig! I won't dock an egg for that, it is a HTPC case and a nice one.
Pros: I bought this for my HTPC build. The directions where is and installing the components into this case was a breeze. My HTPC set up -------------- AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz GIGABYTE GA-F2A85X-UP4 Seagate ST3000DM001 Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 3TB CORSAIR Vengeance 16 GB(4X4) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 D-...
Summary: I build this system in 2010, and it is still running cool and quitet to this day. The reason I wrote this review is because of the two previous reviwers bad mouthing this case. I believe their criticism is unjustified. This is a quality product, and my build went together with out any problem.
Pros: Good solid case. Whisper quiet with solid state drives installed. By far the most attractive case I even build. And for the price, it's a steal! My build included: Creative Inspire T313 speakers, Gigabyte GeForce 9800 GT video, G.SKILL DDR3 1600 2 x 2gb RAM, LITE-ON optical drive, ASUS M4A79XTD E...
Summary: Great for first timer. Cable management is easy. This case is big (its an ATX case) so might be too big for a regular sized TV Stand/AV Stack.
Pros: Lots of Room for future upgrades. 1 Cage for Disc drives and 2 cages for HDDs. Has 2 fans in the case. A little expensive. Overall great build quality and sturdy. Front Panel cables are labelled well. Rubberized base for reduced vibrations. Nice black finish.
Cons: Heavy, not as good looking as the Moneual cases. Of course those start at $250.
Summary: First build, HTPC. Only spent about two hours building inside of this thing. Went great. Cages were easy to remove and install hardware. Couldn't be happier. Bought a modular PSU to cut down on extra cable laying in case.
Pros: Good looking case. No sharp edges. Lots of room for extra hard drives. Works great with a micro ATX mobo.
Summary: If you're using a full ATX or one of the latest GPUs, this is not the case for you. It's very tight fitting everything in. With my card--Nvidia 6800 and a hard drive, I couldn't make it work. I also used an SSD and could get it all to work. A conventional HD and this card just don't fit.
Pros: This is a very well made case; no sharp edges. Fit and finish makes it good looking too.
Summary: I used this case to rebuild my DVR of 3-years with a full ATX board 'upgrading' from a micro-atx (re-using older components). It has 2x PCI and 1x PCI-Express-x1 (dual) HD tuners (4x) total. The board has 2x more PCI-Express-x1 ports & 1x PCI slot still open! ;) I can go up to 9x HD tuners!.
Pros: This case is built like a tank. Has high HDD capacity (6x HDDs + 2 more with 5.25 to 3.5 brackets). Along with this, it's a super nice looking case! The brushed-aluminum look, painted black, with 2x simple blue LEDs indicating Power & HDD activity is clean and simple and doesn't need a special po...
Cons: Larger high-end video-cards may not fit with one of the 3x HDD drive-cages installed. This isn't a design-flaw. The case would have to be a good 3-inches deeper to accommodate these video cards with a drive-cage. HOWEVER, you don't need a gaming-quality video-card to render crisp, clear recorded ...
Summary: Otherwise, very nice case. Yes, I'd buy it again. I built for quiet operation and I typically install a passively cooled video card and a Xonar sound card. I appreciate the room and the two 80 mm fans running at ≈ 600 RPM still move enough air to allow me to run my Arctic Cooling CPU heat sink...
Pros: Very nice full sized case. (It really, actually, is 17.00" wide, not 17 1/8" or 17 3/16" like some of the cases.) It blends in with Audio components quite well. Fits most shelves, about 7 3/4" tall though, so check your available shelf height. The fans blow out the back, so close side & top walls...
Cons: The 80 mm case fans were loud on a build using an older Asus MB with poor fan speed control (couldn't run the fans slow enough to quiet them down. Installed two of the Arctic Cooling 80 mm case fans which ran slow enough to be almost silent at 6'.
Summary: These cases are amazing and further solidifies Silverstone as a company that makes incredible products. If you are looking for a medium priced case for a HTPC build I would say this is the case for you.
Pros: Sleek simple design. Multiple case fans included, with spaces for additional fans. Very high quality materials used in construction, you won't encounter any sharp edges on the inside. Can hold 6 Hard Drives.
Cons: The PSU grating could be larger to accommodate the sizeable fans being used in modern PSUs. There could be more space between the Hard Drives.