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Written by Mathew Williams   
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Silverstone LC10B-E HTPC Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Interior

After removing a few screws, the top cover of the SilverStone LC10B-E slides off nicely. What's nice about this cover is it wraps around the sides of the case by about an inch. It's not much, but that extra inch translates into a little more elbow room when the cover is removed.

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With the case opened, we can finally take a look at the internal layout. A long brace stretches across the top, adding some strength in the event you stack other components on top of the LC10B-E. Toward the back are the two case fans we saw from the external photos, along with the power supply, rear I/O, and expansion slot brackets.

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The two 80mm fans included at the rear of our LC10B-E are rated at 2050rpm and 21dBA, while a third fan can be mounted on the side. I already mentioned the fan grills on the exterior side of the case, but it looks like SilverStone also included fan grills in the interior. This should keep any stray wires from getting caught in the blades, but I still recommend secure any loose cables with zip ties.

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Turning our attention to the other rear corner, we see the power supply mounting area and vent. One of the benefits of this case is the ability to use a full size power supply. This means that virtually any ATX PSU you buy today will fit, even 1000W+ units. If you plan on filling up the hard drive bays, though, I recommend getting a modular PSU as cable clutter will quickly add up.

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Flipping the LC10B-E around, you can see how SilverStone managed to fit so much 3.5" drive space into this HTPC case. A total of six 3.5" drives can fit into the two smaller cages, while a seventh can be installed into the spare 5.25" bay via an included adapter. If you plan on running a high-end video card, pulling out the center drive cage will provide considerably more space. You could even remove the other 3.5" cage and run multiple GPU's. That would only leave you with room for only one hard drive, but there are many out there willing to take that trade-off. The bottom line is the LC10B-E can be customized to fit your needs.



 

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