Silverstone Tek 3.5-Inch Bay Device for USB 3.0 Front Ports and 2 x 2.5 Inches Hard Drive Mount with 19pin USB3.0 Internal Adapter Cable (FP38)
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- Support USB 3.0 for maximum data transfer
- Support two 2.5-Inch hard drive mounts
- Easy to install and compatible with most cases
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USB 2.0 is the most widely used port in modern computers, but with USB 3.0 emerging to provide up to ten times speed increase, the move to upgrade to USB 3.0 becomes more important. The FP38 is SilverStone's solution for users to quickly upgrade cases that lack front USB 3.0 ports. With the internal 19pin cable that connects directly to the motherboard and mounting slots for two 2.5-Inch hard drives. This is a must have accessory for any case.
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nVidia 790i SLI LGA 775 ATX motherboard
Gelid CPU Heatsink fan (side mounted fan, fairly tall)
500W ATX Power supply
Radeon HD 7770 GPU
4x 160GB Hitachi Deskstar HDD
2 Sticks of DDR3 with heatsinks
I have built many computers and was able to pull the parts from the original case and get this together in about an hour and half.
I recommend following the directions to make sure that you don't have to disassemble to get back to something. The configuration of my motherboard made things pretty tight in spots, but that wasn't always the cases' fault.Ultimately there is lots of headspace inside for the excess cabling.
The manufacturing was top notch and it's got a really nice aluminum face plate that's actually fairly heavy duty. I have owned 3 different Silverstone cases and this might be the best quality one that I have gotten, and I was very happy with my others.
I especially love that there is not a front cover over the front USB ports because I use a wireless keyboard mouse that has a usb receiver. This is a major plus over some of the alternatives that I was looking at.
As long as you have some space on the sides, I don't think that airflow will be an issue at all. There's plenty of air space inside the case since it stands high enough for normal PCI/PCI-E cards. In fact my power supply's with fan on the bottom could suck air directly from the side and send out the back.
Screwing back in the HDD racks was a bit tricky because the screw holes are a little inset, and a slip of the hand sent a screw into a crack between the different racks, which was tricky to retrieve.
BOTTOM LINE: There's always potential for something to not lineup with all the different hardware options, but I think this is a fantastic looking case that's ATX sized and has plenty of room for hard drives and graphics cards. A little patience and you will have one of the best looking computer cases available.
But this is a 5-star review because:
1) The case looks great on my media shelf, even the hokey CD-Rom false front-- the stick-on trim plate was the main reason I hesitated to buy this case, but in the end it looks nice.
2) Front panel USB3.
3) Bundled hardware kit is extensive, including 5.25/3.5" converter rails.
4) So many hard drive bays, even if it takes SO MANY SCREWS to get to. Especially in the sub-basement under the optical drive-- we needed that 3.5" bay and it's clever the way they made space for it. You gotta want it, though-- lots of screws, in case I didn't get that point across previously. Some of the screws are tough to reach at a straight angle.
5) A CNPS9500AT Zalman CPU cooler fits in this case!
It's a tight fit between the drive bays and the front edge of the motherboard. SATA ports could be an issue in some configurations.
It's great the way two case fans are included but they are not silent and I think my motherboard is running the second fan on high, so this might be addressable.
I really wanted a modular power supply for build, but more than that I wanted a 80PLUS Gold at 300w for energy efficiency. That PS is working great, but it's a mess of cables inside. With the lid on, of course no one cares and cooling isn't an issue, so I think I made the right choice. When I first opened this case I was surprised at the apparent acres of space, but now that it's assembled I'm no longer thinking along those lines.
So I'm glad I bought this and can recommend it to those that are considering one. BTW, Amazon sells screwdrivers...