- Brand Name: SilverStone Technology
- Model Number: GD04B
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Color: Black
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: one year
SilverStone Front Panel and SECC Body Micro ATX HTPC Computer Case GD04B (Black)
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- Micro ATX HTPC
- Three Silent 120mm Fans Included
- Positive Air Pressure Design
- Support Expansion Cards up to 10.5 inches
- Support 2.5 in HDD or SDD
Top Customer Reviews
This case is a marvel in packaging design, and should be on anyone's short list where depth is a major consideration. It's smaller than most audio receivers, yet has space for a Micro-ATX motherboard, a full-size power supply, a full-size DVD/Blu-ray drive, two hard drives and three full-length expansion cards. It has amazing airflow management, with three 120mm fans literally pushing air through the case at all times. The front of the case is brushed aluminum, and looks right at home next to my Denon receiver. While it's a little more than twice the height of a cable box, the trade-off is more than worth it insofar as I have much more expansion flexiblity (e.g. low profile cases don't support full-length cards or Cross-Fire/SLI configurations, both of which this case can easliy accomodate.)
There are two odd quirks that peoople should people should be aware of with this case. While neither, in my opinon, is a show-stopper, they are unique aspects of this design that anyone doing a build should be aware of:
First, to give the front panel a uniform appearance, there's a piece that attaches to the front of the optical drive with double sided tape. This setup doesn't work with full-width drive doors, like the ones found on most LG units, but shouldn't be a problem with any Lite-On or Samsung drive I've seen.Read more ›
The only issue I had was that the CPU on my MB is directly under the DVD drive, which prevented good airflow. This caused the CPU to overheat and the system to periodically shutdown. I never used the DVD drive, so I just took it out. Since then I haven't had any problems.
This was my first time building a PC and it was very easy with this case, with a few minor issues. I took all of my original components out of a factory HP machine and moved them into this case, while adding an additional TV tuner card. Like some others, I had to glue extra material on the optical drive button to get it to reach all the way to the "real" button on the drive. I also had to buy a longer SATA cable for the hard drive. For some reason, when I tried plugging in one of the fans that are included with the case into the MoBo, my HP didn't detect it and wouldn't boot up. So I had to add a rear fan that the HP would recognize. This left the 3 fans included with the case plugged directly into the power supply, which keeps them running full speed all the time. As a result, the fans are a bit too noisy. I have the PC inside a cabinet with a glass door and I can still hear the fans. I bought a fan speed controller to lower the fan speeds. However, this case does not offer any extra bays to mount a fan controller so I cut a hole in the side of the case for the fan control knobs. Next time, I would probably buy a case with a spare slot on the front available for a fan controller.
With one exception, very easy to install all the components.The one exception ia the optical drive. You have to attach the included faceplate on top of the already existing faceplate of your optical drive. Presumably this is to match the rest of the case. In my opinion, this is an utterly unnecessay and clumsy design (the provided faceplate is attached to the existing one with two pieces of double scotch tape). It's not difficult to find a drive with a black faceplate. As it is, however, it's fairly tricky to properly align the faceplate and the drive. It also covers the the drives' activity LED. The case itself doesn't have the hard drive activity LED as well. Despite these two cons, I judged not to take off any stars as it is so much better than what I dealt with before.
- Solid construction. Attractive and well designed. Looks great in the A/V cabinet.
- The black stained brush tectured aluminum finish looks great. Please note that the front is not real aluminum, it's a textured plastic.
- Small but with plenty of space for Micro-ATX motherboard, full size ATX power supply, full size optical (DVD/Blu-Ray) drive, two HDs and three expansion cards. Did not use all of it, I only have one HD, Blu-Ray drive, and no expansion cards. If you're gonna use all slots it might be a good idea to get a modular power supply.
- Lots of internal space. The inside arrangement of the case is great, it all makes sense when assembling it.
- 3 120mm internal fans (included) make this case pretty quiet - but not silent, you can't hear it when watching a movie, but once everything else is powered off, you can hear the fans a bit.
- Optical drive stick-on panel is a bit different color than rest of the case. Hardly noticeable but it bugs me a bit. Maybe it's just my case since I have not heard anyone else complaining about it.
- READ THE MANUAL. It's pretty well-written and it will make the whole process painless.
- Not related to the case but if you are building an HTPC get a nice HTPC motherboard with on-board video and you will not need any graphic cards. I got the Intel BOXDH55TC motherboard with Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz processor and it all works like a charm. No problem playing anything including 1080p videos or Blu-Rays.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This case is built well, but I was not a fan of the design. Not enough storage space for multiple hard drives (3.5" FF). Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by Bretma
This will hold the basics pretty easily. Not sure I'd want to wedge a video card into it but I have an SSD, and 3 full size HD's along with the normal stuff (power supply, mother... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by AbsoluteRock
I was debating between this case and the GD05. Both cases were very similar but I got this case because it had the front bezel for the optical disc drive because I don't like... Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Calvin
Nice look, metal construction that matches components well, small size allows it to fit nicely on component rack as well. Looks durable and likely to last. Read more
This is case is very quiet (with appropriate fan control) and has a nice layout. It's all screws (that require a screwdriver), inside and out, so quick changes are a little bit of... Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by Justin Ford
This was my fifth or sixth PC build over the last 20 years. I bought this case because it was one of the few micro-ATX cases that is shallow enough to fit shelving for home... Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by D. Nash
The case has a really nice to look at, is very well made, and has good air flow but the interior layout leaves a lot to be desired. Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by M. Fugarino
I've got this bad boy loaded up with all my HTPC gear, and love the finished product. The case looks great and stays fairly cool. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by RP+BP
This case looks great & works well. I added a Bio-star Th61 ITX board and it fit, I was also able to still utilize the pcie slot on my board. Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by raginbullsht