Summary: I bought the SST-SG08B black aluminum case in order to build a HTPC for my living room where I have a wall-mounted 50" Plasma TV. It's small Mini-ITX size and black color seems to fit stylishly with other equipment and with the Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI mobo, it provides an additional WIFI hotspot for use as a gaming server.
Pros: With this case, my HTPC build has an i5-3570K, 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, 1TB HDD, XFX Radeon HD 7750, and Blu-ray reader/DVD writer. Although the cables are busting out in a few places, it still has room and power to handle an i7 class CPU and a double-width, GTX Titan class video card. The case has a huge 180mm top fan with large grills on 4 of 6 sides. The included PSU has connectors for more than the above components (more than can be squeezed into the case). The NT06 CP...
Cons: The NT06 CPU Cooler is so close the back of the HDD, that you must get a left-angle SATA cable. Also as the case only has room for a laptop optical drive, you must get a slimline SATA to SATA cable (such as StarTech Model SLSATAF20 20 in 20in Slimline SATA to SATA with LP4 Power Cable Adapter) to connect the optical drive to a normal mobo. I highly recommend saving all of the twist ties that come with the case as you can use the various loops in the case frame to tie-...
Summary: Spent nearly as much time doing cable management as I did to install all the parts.
Pros: Case is sturdy, compact, and very stylish. The front panel really gives it some weight. The included PSU has all the connections you could want, including 2x6+2 pin PCI express power connectors. The shroud/duct for video cards is a great idea to keep warm air from recycling back through the video card cooling system.
Cons: The front panel cables (and PSU cables) are MUCH longer than they need to be. The front USB3 and audio cables can stretch several inches beyond the back of the case, and the PSU cables can be routed to virtually any position and still have slack leftover that need to be managed.
Summary: Sloppy soldering on the power LED. One cable was not connected out of the box. Easy to fix, but could have been caught in QC. MoBo screws in with four 6-32 screws. Asus P8Z77-I manual mentioned two 6-32 and two 3M. Not sure why the inconsistency. 2.5" drive bays are on the very edge of the case and only right angle SATA cables will fit. Get some extra unless you have them on hand already.
Pros: Big fan of SFF and the SilverStone SG08 fits the bill. Nice build quality. Very sturdy. Versatile and dynamic with room for a full size GPU. Very quiet. Almost eerily quiet. Had to lean in to hear the fans when not under full load.
Cons: I've been doing SFF rigs since 2008 and this is by far one of the wonkier I've had to work with. Cable management is a chore. Most cables are at least eight inches longer than needed and the bundle of excess cable takes up almost as much space as the PSU. Expect to spend a lot of time running cables in the box. The PSU has a power switch on the inside that is blocked by the main PSU cable plug and is very difficult to spot. The manual makes no mention of this either. ...
Summary: Silverstone sg 08 Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe I5-3550 Corsair Vengence 2x4GB Silverstone Slimline DVD drive MSI NS70GTX Twin Frozer II Seagate Barracuda 1TB
Pros: Great little case with room for a big honking video card. My system is basically a Video card with a computer attached to it. This was my first build and everything went together smoothly. Nicely detailed instructions.
Cons: The power cables are much too long. Also it would be nice if the power cables for the GPU were 90 degrees as you really after squish them down to the drive bay installed.
Summary: When purchasing a slimline adapter, I would recommend getting a cabled-type as there really isn't any room for a straight-through connector-type when the fan is installed. There are only SATA power cables present in the system.
Pros: The case is fairly well put together and putting in a 3.5" HDD, motherboard, and slimline SATA blue-ray drive was pretty simple. The case looks nice. The cooling fan is not noisy yet everything is staying cool so far. After a month, everything has worked well.
Cons: The only thing that is a bit disappointing is the lack of any slimline SATA connectors, especially given the presence of a slimline bay. Having to add a slimline adapter makes an already tight space even more crowded.
Summary: Excellent case, well constructed and feature packed, runs very quietly. Can be a bit tricky to fit some components due to Mini-ITX form factor. USB 3 front panel cables are 3 times as long as needed which adds to the mess.