SilverStone Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX HTPC Computer Case GD05B (Black)
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- Three silent 120mm fans included (Also compatible with 80mm fan)
- Positive air pressure design for excellent cooling/quietness and dust-prevention
- 325mm depth to fit inside home theater cabinet
- Support expansion cards up to 11 inches
- Support 2.5" hard drive or SSD
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|Item Dimensions||17.32 x 12.8 x 5.91 in||13.78 x 7 x 4.29 in||18 x 22 x 11 in||17 x 22 x 10 in|
|Item Weight||10.36 lbs||—||9.26 lbs||8 lbs|
GD05B has the same beautifully proportioned exterior and powerful thermal capability that rivals the best tower chassis. However, the front panel of the GD05 was designed to be more flexible so that its 325mm depth can be utilized in more places than just home theaters. Even though GD05's diminutive size allows it to easily integrate into any home theater cabinet, it can still accommodate an impressive list of standard components such as 5.25" device, two 3.5" hard drives, a 2.5" SSD, a standard ATX power supply, and two high-end graphics cards up to 11 inches. Cooling duty in the GD05 is handled by three filtered 120mm fans designed with the same positive air pressure to enable class-leading cooling efficiency, reduced dust buildup, and silent operation.
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I have been looking for a HTPC case for about a year now, have looked at and read reviews on a plethora. I took a leap with this case, partially because of the reviews, but also because I was tired of looking. Man did I come out on top. It does not have any of the bells and whistles of a lot of the HTPC cases out there, but who actually uses any of those features anyways? Volume knob on a case, lcd display? Most people just end up complaining about them. The case layout was fine for me. I was not building a super high end PC as I will be using it mainly for movies, so i do not have any oversized extravagant components. If you do, you may run into problems with space.
Airflow and noise were a great concern of mine. This was one of the reasons I ended up going for this bad boy. Most of the other "nice", more expensive cases came with a couple 80mm fans, and you know they are going to be way too loud trying to keep you system cool, and you're eventually going to have to mod the case to add larger quiter fans. The GD05 comes stock wth three quiet 120mm fans that do an excellent job of cooling and maximizing airflow. The HTPC is in a smallish enclosure with limited airflow, and so far these fans have done an excellent job.
There is not much info out there about the CD/DVD tray difference between the GD04 and the GD05. I ended up going with the GD05 because my brother has a case with the fold down door, and it has caused him nothing but problems. I wanted to stay away from that, and was fine with the look of the drive mounted and showing on the front of the case. I have a black drive, and it actually looks good.
Some people may complain about the option of only having space for 2 3.5" hard drives, but to be honest who is actually going to install more than that in the case itself. I have 1 drive running the OS, and one as storage. If wanted more I would buy a NAS box. Keep the noise level down, and run the drives in RAID as back up.
If you have been looking at cases for a while, you can't go wrong with this on. I am extremely happy with it and for me, can't think of any cons.
so let me get it straight, IF you just building a HTPC, this case offers more than enough. it is the perfect height to adapt full size graphic card (but you wouldn't need one if you go with AMD APU solution).
but i am not just building a HTPC, i am building the most powerful compact machine in existence (as of Feb 2012) here is my spec, you may find it rivals and surpasses many 1000+ dollar gaming tower for any brand name.
CPU: Core i7-2700k Overclocked
GPU: SLI EVGA 560 448 core Ti Overclocked.
HDD: 128G Solid State + 2T regular HDD
PSU: 1000W OCZ ZX full modular
RAM: 16G CORSAIR Vengeance DDR3 2000
MB: Asus P8P67M Pro
cooler: Cooler Master Vortex Plus
ALL in a A/V receiver like, low key case in stead of monstrosity cases that look like your file cabinet.
if you want to build a monster, you can reference my design as i did a lot of research/ trial/error. so let's talk about it.
not too much to say about CPU, 2700 is the fastest air cool cpu available on market at this time. nothing from AMD can touch it.
PSU: it HAS to be modular if you want to put more guts in the system. i know with all the non-modular PSU on sell it is hard to resist, but modular is your only choice due to the EXTREME TIGHT fit of this case. i would day 600W is probability good enough, but i get 1000 W.
RAM: 16G DDR3 2000 should be sufficient for almost anything you do, even with the most memory intensive programs. NOTE: don't be turn off by the high profile heat spreader on those vengeance ram. they won't get in the way (or better yet, you won't be able to put anything on top of those ram, might as well just get a high profile ones for cooling)
MB: ASUS P8P67 is based on Intel P67 (basically intel has P67, Z68 and H67. the H67 is low end and does not support over clock so just forget about it. P67 supports OC, but you need a dedicated graphic card for video out. Z68 board can use graphic core in the Intel CPU while supporting dedicated GPU). Asus P8P67 is the BEST MATX board you can find . it is not cheap but it is the only one that support SLI/C-Fire AND provide x16 speed/X1 speed or x8 speed/x8 speed on its PCI express. not a issues if you gonna go with SLI/X-Fire, but big difference if you only use single card. the product succeed this broad (P8Z68 M) only support X8 speed even if you only need one card, and only support X fire but not SLI.
GPU: the GTX 560 TI 448 core is not the fastest kid on the block. BUT it is the fastest card that is less than 10 inches. <<<<THIS IS THE KEY>>>>. with with case, you need card that doesn't exceed 9.5 inches or it will be nearly impossible to install. the 560 TI 448 core has the same performance as 570 but shorter. it is, after all my research, the most powerful card that can fit in the case. EVDA cards are designed to be SLI. so as of today, the SLI 560 TI 448 core is the fastest solution and should be able fit you need for quite a while.
SSD/HDD. not too much to say about those.
CPU cooler: cooler Master Vortex Plus. VERY IMPORTANT. this is the ONLY after market product that will fit EXTREMELY tightly in this case while giving you the option to have a disk drive. and with powerful setup, you know you need a cooler to replace stock intel cooler (as they are absolutely crap).
one more thing: put the system outside of the case first to test they all run correctly, and then put it back in the case. if you forget a cable (say SATA cable) after you install the M/B you will have to uproot the entire thing just to add that cable.
and here is my design flaw i am talking about:
1. HDD are mount up side down in this case. not a big problem you say? well it is. because none of the 90-degree bent SATA cable can fit. and you cannot fit that end on the MB either since you have no room. silver stone should at very least include some 270 bent SATA cabe.
2. Disk Drive location. IF the disk drive on the left side, you will have TONS of room to install decent low profile cooler (like CM GeminII. forget about hydro 212 as those cooler is taller than the case), However, right now you are limited to super super low profile cooler. BIG MINUS... (and you cannot use water cooler either, see below)
3. power panel: there is a module inside of the case that host the power button, reset switch and etc. the problem is they are unnecessarily close to the fan. they could at least move one inch over to the right. so why is it a problem? because it give you no option to use water cooler. with any internal water cooler, you will have a fan followed by a heat exchanger. so you need some room for it. so forget about water cooler. not gonna happen with this case.
at the end of the day, i have to thank silver stone to make something like this. my machine would otherwise be impossible. i do have to say the choice of the screws for this case is chaotic. it should only use 2 type of screw instead of 6 types. this case would be absolute perfect if the disk drive can move above PSU to allow more room for Air cooler, or leave enough room for a water cooler.
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