Rated 5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5 out of 5 by Edwish Almost as good as its photo
My setup: MSI H87I + i5 4670K Haswell. Didn't bother with an optical drive and saved a few quid getting a big hard drive instead of an SSD (but the thing still flies). Was originally going for the Lite version and a separate PSU but the bundled 300W one has proven good enough and it is, along with the case fan, very quiet. Building is quick & easy, no sharp edges, wire management not too difficult but mobo screws on the edge are almost directly under the top rail so ideally you want a very long or very short screwdriver or one that doesn't have a fat handle (but not a big issue). Mine came without screws or feet which I'm guessing was a one-time oversight but it would have be annoying if I didn't have plenty of spare stuff. I mainly knocked off a point because this case lacks polish: the one-piece pressed metal cover is kinda bendy and the front is quite coarsely brushed which is noticeable next to my quality brushed silver HiFi.
05 September 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ColGadget Excellent Case and PSU
I have been looking to upgrade to a Haswell chip for some time and eventually settled on an ITX system because i wanted to save space.
My setup is i5 4670, Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI motherboard, 16GB Corsair CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP memory, Samsung SSD 640 pro, and a Toshiba TS-T633 Slot Loading x8 optical drive.
I toyed with adding a graphics card, water cooling and modular PSU, but eventually decided to stick with on-board graphics, the intel stock cooler and the supplied PSU. I am very happy with the setup which is compact, very fast and pretty quiet. I am particularly impressed with the ease of shut down and restart and while I used to leave my old system running 24/7, I now shut it down when I am finished (using the power button) because start up so rapid.
I have added a 2TB external USB 3 hard drive which is quiet, has extremely fast transfer rates and provides secure back up with bags of capacity.
Note that you will to buy a longish cable for the slim optical drive (available from scan). You do not get one with the case, the motherboard or the drive.
06 August 2013