Reviews and Problems with Lian-li PC-7 Plus II Miditower
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7 years and going strong
Alex M., Newegg
28 June 2013
Pros: I've owned this case since 6/27/2006, and this is still a great case for my Core i7 3770 based system. I've converted the case to accept a combination radiator/reservoir on the rear 120mm fan slot for water cooling. I've also added sound dampening material to keep it as quiet as possible in my office. This case has now held 3 different combinations of motherboards/CPUs, and I plan on keeping it for years to come. Front USB3 functionality has been added via a Lian Li c...
Cons: My only con is that it only has 3 x 3.5" hdd slots together. I use this as my file server with a PERC 6i, and could use as many as 8 3.5" slots. I've added 2 x 3.5" slots with an adapter from another Lian Li Micro ATX HTPC case that I own. Lack of USB3 support, but then again this case came out around 2006.
Summary: - The two grills on the rear exhaust fan restrict air and add noise. Both the silver fan grill inside the case and the black fan grill on the exterior should be removed and thrown away. Replace them with a standard 120mm fan grill (N82E16811988017) on the exterior only.
Pros: + Clean lines and brushed aluminum give it an elegant, refined look.
Cons: - The bottom 3.5" drive rack doesn't have anti-vibration grommets. I use this area for SSDs, so that doesn't matter to me.
Pros: I have the first generation of this case and have owned it for about 6 years now, purchased right here at Newegg. I'd review it directly but they don't exist anymore and this is the closed case. Same internal layout.
Cons: Mine has 2x 90mm fans up front and 1x 90mm in the rear. I finally had to replace my rear fan a couple months ago because it was getting noisy. Other than that its been an amazing case for all these years.
Summary: I have build about a dozen or so systems over the years and here are a few cons.
Pros: If you're reading this then you're likely doing your research as I do. I spent a good amount of time reading NewEgg reviews and reviews on other sites before buying hardware. This is my first 'high-end case' and in the past I would just use "whatever" - because it's just a box... right?
Cons: It's a little pricey but pick it up on sale and it won't be too bad. One 6-page review (out on the web) mentioned that this is a case that you can keep for life. He's probably right.
Pros: aluminum, rubber guards for sharp areas, no side window or blaring LEDs for those of us who dont want a flashy case, great construction (does not flex like other aluminum cases.) also the rounded edges in this case allow for minimal air resistance, basically the airflow in this case was designed beautifully.
Cons: can't really think of any except that my memory card reader/usb port that i bought for the floppy drive doesnt have any screwholes which means its slightly moveable in the floppy bays. i guess thats more of a problem with the manufacturer of the memory card reader though.
Pros: Good lookin, conservative case. Has everything I need for a simple yet powerful system. Every switch and cable worked, and worked flawlessly. Coulda been a 5 star item
Cons: I have checked, rechecked, removed and reinstalled everything and tightend and retightend, and the thing vibrates like a wash machine out of balance. Ok, maybe not that much, but it is embarassingly loud. I built this for my brother telling him of LIan LI's quality, and now I feel like a dumb***
Pros: I was a little irratated that the front fan grill collected so much dust. I began to disassemble the case to clear the dust off of the grill but then i realized that the entire front bezel unclips very easily.
Cons: Hard drive attachment cage can be a little difficult to secure the screws, depending on your setup.
Pros: Outstanding build quality- Lian-Li really pays attention to the little things, from the die-cast FP door, to the very nice front panel mounts, quality fan-guards and grilles, the attention-to-detail inside & out, metal drive-bay covers that lock solidly into place, real PCI slot-covers(!), thumbscrews in all the 'important' places, good front/rear fans with plenty of cable, a 'joy' to work in even without a removable mobo tray! Side panels come off very easily, and th...
Cons: Not Many! No PS, obviously, but you already knew that; the audio connectors aren't Azalia/HD-audio compatible (since this IS an older case design, naturally- I'm still working on a way around this for my mobo); black thumbscrews would look better IMO, but the threading on these doesn't match any 'aftermarket' t-screws I've found (a minor quibble; hey, I'm diggin' here! :P ); they had plenty of room to add a fourth HD mount to the lower bay, but didn't (I'm really reac...