If you’re thinking of building a new PC it’s worth giving some thought as to what case you’re going to be putting your components into. The first thing to consider are it’s aesthetics as the thing will most likely be on show for much of the time so you don’t want to go for something that’s going to turn your stomach. Then you’ll need one that will have enough room for expansion and one that’s not too difficult to work with. But then you have to take the cost into account. If you’re not prepared to put much of your PC building budget towards your system then look away now – this SilverStone case will set you back £100. You can get it for £10 less if you forgo the front panel LCD display but it seems churlish to pass on a neat little feature. You can also get the case with a windows panel but Scan is asking a full £40 more for that, which seems well over the odds to me.
We’ve looked at a couple of SilverStone cases before and generally have been impressed by them and judging from first impressions of the TJ05 that’s not going to change. The TJ05 is a large case and quite heavy at 13.45Kg. At 504mm it’s also quite tall and extremely deep at 617mm – that’s a whole lot of case. With that in mind SilverStone the feet at the bottom can be splayed ensuring stability. No PSU is provided but anyone interested in a case like this will want to pick and choose they’re own high-quality unit.
The front is solid aluminium and the whole thing is set off nicely by the blue LCD screen. The top half of the fascia curves inwards and acts as a flap that covers the four external 5.12in bays and the two 3.5in bays. This cover is held in place by a clip and pops open when you push it in. The bottom half features a central post with the silver power and reset switches and two power and hard disk activity lights. On either side of this central section are four air vents used by the front intake fan. This whole front section is hinged and is held in place by a lock with two small keys provided. Once this is open you can get access to the front drive bays. To the right of the bottom half are four USB sockets, one full size FireWire 400 port and microphone and headphone sockets.