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The main problem that I encountered when building the system was the sheer mass of cabling inside. SilverStone does provide a clip at the back panel, which enables you to keep most of them out of the way but as you’ll see from my pictures I couldn’t keep things tidy internally, though those more skilled might have better luck. Two of the cables you’ll have running across the motherboard are for the side mounted USB and FireWire ports.
What bothers me is that each of these require you to attach multiple small connectors next to each other in a very small space, while having to interpret the labelling with differences between the labelling on the cables on the case and the labelling on the motherboard pins. Every time I have to build a PC I find this part of the process teeth grindingly irritating. Couldn’t case manufacturers and motherboard manufacturers get together and come up with a unified standard for this to make it a single plug so we can save time and stress? Thank you people, that would be nice.
As for the front LCD panel, it adds to the look with its blue backlight. Viewing from an angle you can see every readout so for an accurate reading you have to look at it from head-on. Thermistor temperature sensors are provided and are labelled for CPU, HDD and SYS and these cables have to be placed by the relevant components for the readings, displaying in Celsius, to mean anything. It’s not perfectly scientific but it will give you a better idea of what’s going on inside your case. The display also displays the time and date. The unit has its own battery set behind it and beeps when you power on the PC. An alarm can be set to beep at a given temperature for each sensor.
The SilverStone TC05 is an impressive case for those looking to build a powerful PC or workstation. It large hard disk cage will accommodate five drives making it a good option for video editing or RAID setups. Where it really excels its cooling options and while there are two 120mm fans included at front and rear there’s also space for a further three 800mm fans. With the side mounted vents it will also appeal to those looking to build a high-end gaming system. The only negatives are a lack of finesse in fitting the optical drives but this shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the type of person who will go for a case like this.