Reviews and Problems with Lian-li PC-7 Plus II Miditower
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Maybe a little too plain
Justin T., Newegg
2 weeks ago
Summary: Love most of Lian Li's products, but this is one of their lowest end cases (priced like a high end case of any other brand) and its got the same cons as many other brans low end cases.
Pros: - Great build quality overall - Paint finish is durable and looks great - Nearly 0 plastic - Can be completely dissasembled - 2 powerful fans (front and back), - Tons of room for a mid tower, fits extra tall heatsinks with no problem - Comes with all the extra screws you will ever need
Cons: - HDD and 2.5" bays are not tooless, plus you have to take off both side panels to secure a dvd drive. It is nearly impossible to properly secure anything, because after taking the back panel off, the motherboard tray is in the way for the front screws - If you take the hard drive bracket out of the case, and install the hard drive, its nearly impossible to screw the bracket back to the inside of the case, because the hard drives stick out too far - Top mounted power ...
Summary: I might buy Lian Li again because I like their simple designs, but I wouldn't expect the case to last more than 3 or 4 years before it starts to look and sound ugly.
Pros: Cheap, solid case. Black and square and not flashy. No jagged edges. Clean looking.
Cons: The fans are complete junk and need to be replaced. After owning this case for a while the case has started to develop a rattle. The front panel snaps on and has become loose and I think the vibration makes it develop this tinny aluminum rattling. Case was not quiet even new.
Pros: The light aluminum built is what I am looking for. Surface treatment is nice looking. Overall layout is convenient.
Cons: The front USB/audio panel is very tiny. It's difficult for me to fit my USB flash drive, CF card reader and my HD555 headset to the panel. I have to use an extension cable to use the front panel. It is generally a common problem for LianLi cases. So pay special attention if you want to use large USB/audio connectors. Another problem of this case is that the whole front panel is fixed by plastic bolt clamps, not by screws. The clamps are not very tight either, so the f...
Pros: My previous review about the shortness of the HD audio cable will have to be retracted somewhat. Although it's still short, it did reach the required plug on the MB after stretching past the graphics card.
Cons: The front panel cables still have to go through the HD rack taking up the space that would be needed for a 3rd HD. Therefore, this case will only accomodate 2 hard drives. My previous Lian Li case, however, has a very tightly stretched HD audio cable. I assume the cable is the same length. Perhaps the pin placement on the MB is slightly farther away since it's a different MB.
Summary: Cables a few inches longer would be required, at least for the audio cable, usually located near the back edge of a motherboard. The USB cables are OK since the connections on the motherboard are much closer to the front. Some larger holes should be drilled into the bottom supports of the hard drive cage, allowing the cable plugs to be inserted through the holes and directed below the 3rd hard drive slot.
Pros: Same as has been written, including nice appearance, aluminum, etc., etc..
Cons: HD Audio cable from front panel won't attach to my motherboard because it's not long enough since it has to get past the graphics card. The cable must also go directly through the bottom hard drive slot, making the slot unusable for a third drive. The hard drive cage screws stick out of the bottom of the case.
Summary: Lian Li, you set the standard; please don't start cutting corners. Raise the price if you have to.
Pros: Two large fans just where you want them. Combined with the case material you cannot beat the cooling potential. Solid Aluminum biuld with quality finish; no sharp spots. Both HD audio and AC-97 plug provided.
Cons: This case is the closest match to the famed PC-60 case that put Lian Li on the map and what I had used in two dozen previous builds. Unfortunately this case is a rather lame replacement. Motherboard tray does not pull out and this problem is magnified by the poor choice of motherboard hardware. It is very difficult to properly align the screws with the turn-bolts provided; very easy to over tighten and damage motherboard. Hard driver cage is not removal. No thumbscrew...
Summary: I'm not going to say the this case isn't worth the price that NewEgg charges for it; it probably is. However, the overall quality isn't up to the levels I previously experienced with Lian Li cases. I'm a home user and assembler, and typically build a new SOHO system just for my family and me every 3 years or so. I've used the Lian Li cases for quite some time.
Pros: Lightweight, good ventilation, all aluminum construction for better heat dissipation, top panel chimney, safety features (kerfed plastic binding around most edge interiors. Straightforward design overall (although probably not superior to other cases in this price range).
Cons: No MB tray, metal gauge now not substantial enough, MB standoffs included, but no screws to anchor board included; had to buy some 3mm sized machine screws @ local hardware store. Internal HDD bracket is just too flimsy now; I'm going to try to figure out a way to brace it to prevent possible vibration when the disk fires up.