Summary: More fans running slowly= good cooling with no noise. The entire right side is perforated. Keeps everything nice and cool. Power supply fan draws air from bottom and exhausts out back. Interesting plastic mount for additional 2.5" or 3.5" drive...or perhaps more...if you get creative. Rubbber shock mounts for 3.5" drive bay. 2 Fan filters included. I can't say enough good things about this case. It's pretty. It's well-built.
Pros: Beautiful low-profile case, exactly the same width as all my other A/V stuff- fits in the 19" rack perfectly. Well laid out- enough room for my 2.5"SATA SSD, 3.5" SATA HDD, standard DVD/CD burner (SATA), Digital PCIe CableCard tuner, MicroATX Mobo (Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H), and my Rosewill ATX power supply. I didn't have any problems with cable routing or fan placement. Strong case- nice and solid construction. Includes a nice (perhaps a bit too long) USB3 header cable A...
Cons: No included fan? Really? This case has (on the right side) 4 side by side mounts for 80mm fans. Using the old-style PATA cable might be...a bit rough...I used all SATA.
Pros: It looks great and matches my other Theater Equipment. Its very roomy for an HTPC case.
Cons: The USB 3.0 cord is absurdly long. If you install a ATX power supply a CD-Rom may not fit depending on how big the power supply is. If you buy the Silverstone SPX power supply like I did you will need an ATX power extender to reach most ITX motherboard power connectors.
Summary: There's no front to back airflow, which you know if you look into this before you buy, but the side to rear works for me for this install. I just worry about the SSD & HDD since there is little airflow in that area. Since this is an HTPC and those won't be under heavy use this is probably ok but I would like to see a fan mount on that side of the case too; right next to the HDD mount would be perfect.
Pros: Stylish, roomy, and fairly easy to work with. Takes a standard size ATX PSU Front USB3 ports.
Cons: There's a 3.5"HDD mount under the 5.25" mounting bracket but you have to remove the bracket to really have access to it and its 6 screws to take out that mount. Do this first thing and save yourself some time. LoL 80mm fan mounts don't quite line up with the fan's screw holes but I managed to get 3 fans in with a little force. Case is shinier than a black optical drive. I'm going to polish and wax my BDR drives face plate to try and get it to match better.
Summary: Make sure you are aware that any expansion cards need to be half-height. Several wireless cards and cable cards come that way anyway (or have optional plates to switch between half-height and full-height), but most high-powered video cards aren't going to fit. There's a front panel for an LCD screen, but you've got to buy it separately. We didn't do that. It doesn't look strange from the front without it, though.
Pros: Everything fit, including an Antec Earthwats 380W PSU. It looks really nice in a media center with audio hardware, DVD players, DVR, and things like that. This is a really small case, which is great for an HTPC. It's well-built, though. It just feels like a sturdy, quality case.
Cons: It's pretty cramped in there. We started to put things in at random and soon learned that things need to be installed in a particular order if you want to be able to reach. Just plan it out, though, and it will work out fine. It was a few years ago now that we put this together. I definitely remember it being one of the more difficult machines I've ever had to assemble because the case was somewhat unpleasant, but we got it all worked out. My only aesthetic complaint ...
Summary: Cooling could be a little bit better but, i modified mine, in such a way, that is sucks fresh form under neath and feeds it to the video card. I' also used some pretty crazy and un heard of wire management techniques to route quite few of the wires. I used a stock phenom II cooler on a 65watt regor and lapped them both, temps are acceptable. (overclocked to 3.6) [GT640 2gb LP] Ill be upgrading to a quad or 6 core in future with an AXP Muscle 200 CPU cooler.
Summary: I just finished building a HTPC/gaming PC but with my space limitations i had to be VERY careful with what components i chose but would give me the best bang for my hard earned $ & look right on top of my entertainment center. i found & ordered this after looking for @ 2 weeks of searching.
Summary: This is my 3rd Silverstone case in use. I have a GD08 as my Main HTPC and a PS07 for desktop duties. Love there stuff!
Pros: Excellent entry HTPC case! Takes a standard ATX power supply. Plenty of options to install HDD. USB 3.0 on front of case (2 of them). Read other reviews of installing DVD/Blu Ray Drive - just make sure the depth of your drive is 170mm or less as it will come in close contact with the power supply. You will need to make sure your SATA power connection angles down as well as the SATA data connection, make sure it angles down, plenty of room to run cables and keep them t...
Pros: Great case for an HTPC, especially for the price. Solidly built and looks nice.
Cons: This box is on the small size for a Micro ATX build, which makes it a little challenging. It's especially tight between the power supply and the DVD player. But if you're persistent, you can squeeze everything in and you end up with a nice, compact box.
Summary: This case was a great choice for my HTPC build. The internal space is tight but there are plenty of ways to configure your components and keep the cabling out of the way. Currently I have 2x 3.5" HDDs, 1x 2.5" HDD, 1x DVDRW, MicroATX Mainboard and PSU and 4 80mm case fans crammed in there.
Pros: Small form factor Good air cross flow Options
Cons: Small form factor Internal front panel cabling is thick and gets in the way