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Pros Beautiful Design, Fits all standard ATX components, Darn near Silent.
Cons PSU positioning, resulting in a length restriction of the video card. Bright LEDs, too many loose wires inside (LC16BM-R)
Summary Overall, I'm quite please with this case. I fit some unconventional components into an HTPC Case, and its come out quite well. This was my first build, so I had some figuring out to do, but the main problems I encountered were relating to cable management. With the Asus P5QL-E motherboard, the 8-pin spplemental connector to the board was at the top of the board (when standing vertically), a great position in a normal case, but with the PSU mounted at the bottom with a full-length, full height Video Card, the cable barely reaches. The ATX 24-pin connector used to let the VFD and power switches stay active cause another issue, as it is an inflexible extension, that makes cable management difficult. The IEEE1394 connector had 8 extra wires coming out of it, which are currently lying unabated inside the case. I don't like that. There is no documented use for these either. Likewise with the HD audio cable.
With research, I found a specific Palit HD4850 which fit within the length restriction. Even with a BD-RE drive, it fit, with the PCI-E power cable bent after the plug.
Everything appears to be high quality, and once I get the cables routed more efficiently, things will look nicer on the inside. The manual was vague, and didn't give clear uses for certain things. The included case fans are silent, or at least extremely close. Finally the LEDs are so bright, that if they had 1 or 2 more watts, the wall opposite the computer would have a hole burned into it...
I love the look and build of the case. It has allowed me unprecedented specs for an HTPC. The VFD is effective, and the IR software is quite customizable, and completely compatible with Microsoft MCE Remotes and IR keyboards. I highly reccommend it for anyone who wants a high-powered, yet silent Front-end HTPC.
CPU: Intel C2Q Q9550 CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer7 MB: Asus P5QL-E RAM: GeIL 4GB (2x2GB) Esoteria DDR2-1066 GFX: Palit Radeon HD4850 (Only 4850 that fits) PSU: Corsair HX520W ODD: LG GBC-H20L BD-RE : Microsoft X360 HD-DVD Drive via USB Tuner: Hauppauge HD-PVR OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Pros Lots of room for hard drives and solid cooling for the hard drives. Looks great. Easy to install DVD drive and hard drives. Front panel detachable.
Cons Cannot use the 8800 video cards as the DVD drive blocks the way. Buttons are a little odd.
Summary This case looks very good. You can fit up to 6 hard drives (3 on each side) and add an optional fan to each side to keep all the hard drives cool. The hard drive cages and DVD cage come out very easily so it is simple to add extra hard drives. Also the front panel is basically a 3.5" bay. I removed the front audio/usb and added my own internal 3.5" card reader/usb hub and it works great.
The only problems with this case is that you cannot fit the 8800 series video cards as the DVD is centered so it blocks the way of the video card. Also, for the buttons, there is a Vol +/- and mute button in addition to the big knob so it is a bit odd that they didn't use the extra buttons for another media center shortcut.
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