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SilverStone Grandia GD05 HTPC Case Review
|Date:||Thu, Jun 24, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Shane Higgins -|
Installing parts into the Grandia GD05
SilverStone provides all the mounting hardware you will need to mount up hard drives and an optical drive. They also provide reusable wire ties and a nice 4 pin molex to triple 3 pin fan connector for powering the case fans. The power adaptor came in handy as my board I’m using doesn't have 3 fan headers.
I started by first installing the motherboard and connecting up the front panel wiring. The wiring is very long; once I had it all hooked up I tied it up to keep the case tidy. I was able to run the two right side fan power cables under the motherboard. This made connecting all 3 fans together in one spot easy.
While looking at my CPU cooler I was wondering why there is a 70mm height restriction for the cooler.
Then, I put a full size DVD drive in. At 58mm tall the Scythe Big Shuriken is only slightly taller than the stock Intel HSF. Without the full size optical drive you can use a cooler up to 120mm tall. Even that restriction will limit the field of coolers that can be used. Silverstone has a guide on how to install a DVD-ROM into the GD05 here if you want to see what they suggest.
With the power supply installed what seemed roomy now looks cramped. A modular PSU or a PSU with only a few connections is a must. There is room to stash some wires, but it will completely block the single 120mm fan on the left side.
Speaking of blocking, the XFX PSU I’m using has an entire column of connections blocked. Not that would need this many in a case this small, but it does make you pay attention to the placement of the plugs. If I had to use these ports the side fan would have to be removed or replaced with an 80mm fan.
Next Page - Intstallation Continued
Page 1 - SilverStone Grandia GD05 HTPC Case
Page 2 - Retail Box and Packaging
Page 3 - External Impressions
Page 4 - Inside the Grandia GD05
Page 5 - Installing parts into the Grandia GD05
Page 6 - Intstallation Continued
Page 7 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions