Thought I would share my thoughts and comments on Silverstone's GD08 HTPC case. This was my first purchase in regards to a HTPC and I had searched ALL over for the multiple options in HTPC cases. I checked out OrigenAE, Wesena, Lian Li, Monurel, and Silverstone. At first I wanted a 7" touch screen option on the front (just for PURE "eye candy" purposes) but came to my sense and realized there was no actual gain from it. I really wanted a CLEAN looking case to integrate within my current equipment rack. My color choice was black and wanted something metal - either steel or aluminum and had to conform to my Micro ATX motherboard choice.
I decided with Silverstone GD08 which had a really clean look to the front panel, 2 bays for 5.25" drives and ALL the necessary buttons/inputs for a front panel.
Made my purchase through Newegg - just so everyone knows, when I placed my order, Newegg doesn't stock these, they are "drop shipped" straight from Silverstone (based out of California). Once I had my tracking number from UPS - the wait started...........
Well, it came 7 days later to my house, it was packaged very nicely. The case was wrapped in plastic with styrofoam blocks at the corners to protect it.
When I took the case out of the box and set it on my desk - WOW this thing looks AWESOME! It measures 17.25" W X 7"H X 16.75"D - it will fit nicely into most A/V racks. The case looks very beefy and makes its presence known. The front panel is anodized aluminum with the 2 flip doors for the drives made out plastic and are also spring loaded. When you hit the button to eject the tray, the door flips down and you are ready to insert your media. There is a great adjustment feature to allow you to make sure the case eject button lines up with your drives eject button.
The rear of the case has your standard opening for your motherboard connections, has 7 standard "add on" card slots with an 8th slot going vertically across the others. The power supply opening will fit a standard ATX power supply and there is a perforated section to install 2 additional 80mm fans.
The left and right sides of the case (not shown in pictures) have openings in them as well. The right side has 2 openings for 120mm fans (1 comes standard with the case). There is a removeable filter on the outside that catches ALL the crap before in can get into the case. The fan mounted here is setup as an intake which draws air into the case. The left side has 1 opening for your power supply fan facing outward.
The bottom of the case has 3 openings for 120mm - 2 of which come installed from SIlverstone. The same applies here, both fans are setup as intakes to draw cool air into the case. This bank of fans also has a removeable filter you can clean - keeps all the crud from getting into your machine.
Here is a shot of the insde once you remove the top cover (held in place with 2 machine screws). There is PLENTY of room in here to hold everything and your kitchen sink
Motherboard standoffs are already installed for you - great if you are using a full sized ATX board. All the pre-installed wires are bundled and ready to attach to your MB. Here you can also see the bank of fans on the bottom of the case. Also, in the picture is the "drive bank" that holds your 5.25" drives (2 of them), and up to seven 3.5" HD (it can also accomodate four 2.5" HD too) - all with vibration control in mind. There is even 1 more HD slot that directly bolts onto the right handside of the case (no vibration control here)
Here is a shot of just the drive bank that can come comepletely out of the case - makes it soooo much easier to work on and install your gear versus having to do it inside the case.
Here you can see MB is inplace, power supply installed and there is stil plenty of room. My MB is a micro ATX and I needed to install additional standoffs which are supplied along with additioanl hardware needed to install your drives into the drive bank.
All in all, I am definitely pleased with this purchase. GREAT looking case, asthetically pleasing to the eye and very functional. The price was RIGHT as well - about $150 or so depending on where you purchase from. I am giving this case two thumbs up and would suggest it to anyone looking to get a HTPC case.