Summary: This has been the best case I have ever had. It is a good split between cost and features, and it more than holds all my components. I hope Lian Li makes more mid-range cases like this because this one is awesome. It would be nice if they included a top fan instead just having the option for one, but the three that are included are very good, and they keep my computer running cool without much sound.
Pros: Lightweight, cool, clean look, easy to get stuff in and out of, and it is cheap for a Lian Li case.
Pros: I have built many computers in my life. this case has the most room, easiest mechanism for hard drive mounting. PSU on the bottom, which makes sense to me so it is not top heavy. Plenty of room for pci cards, graphic cards, etc. I use an i7-sandy bridge 3930K 6 core, 32 GB, ASUS Radeon HD 7790. I have swapped out countless drives with only needing to remove the side panel. Headache of upgrades removed! Placement of commonly upgrade components perfect for minimal to no...
Cons: Cost, but you get what you pay for. I wish it is easier to get all the little power, reset, hdd, speaker leds plugged into the motherboard, but there is no real solution to sovle that.
Summary: I've used this case for over two years now and it's been excellent. The filters protect the interior from probably 85% of the dust that would otherwise enter the case. I don't overclock much, but my temps are always very low. Much lower than any other setup I have had. Additionally, the modularity makes working w/ components much easier. For example, the hard drive locking slider is mechanically simple yet, brilliantly effective.
Pros: - Solid high quality materials and construction - Well-planned design (cable management, drive locking mechanism, airflow) - Small touches like removable / cleanable fan filters make this feel like you're getting a lot for the money. - Very cool case with my setup (augmented stock fans w/ a few Silverstone 120mm) - Decent amount of space and expandability. - Very modular and easy to work with in terms of opening and securing the various pieces. Both sides and the fron...
Cons: - Power buttons are little cheap feeling - Front of the case pops off a little two easily for my taste
Summary: I really like this chassis. It's not a M1 tank, but now 2 years on, mine is still very solid. As another piece of advice for anyone looking at computer cases... positive air pressure is your friend. You want more fans pointing in than you want pointing out. That ensures that the fan filters catch the dust & that dust isn't sucked in through any gaps.
Pros: Wow, it's truly an excellent case. The brushed aluminum finish is very handsome. It doesn't show many fingerprints. The front fascia (incorrect term) pops off nice and easily. It's a quick job to clean. The included fan filters are pretty nice and trap a lot of dust. Cleaning them is easy too--just rinse them under tap water for a minute each, then air-dry them. They don't catch 100% of the dust, but they'll keep your internals MUCH cleaner. USB 3.0 upfront is great. ...
Cons: Don't plan on using a 140mm fan up top. When I did that, the top of the case got this annoying rattle. Maybe I messed up screwing it in, but it was annoying enough that I removed it. It didn't really do anything.
Summary: True story: I've been buying Lian Li for my own cases for years now. I was first exposed to them by my college roomate who was building a watercooled computer in the classic Lian Li case that has evolved into the PC v1020 we see today. I've been hooked on their beautiful design and quality of craftsmanship since.
Pros: Everything about this case, nay Lian Li, screams quality and minimalistic design. In the high end computer case world there are two types of cases: one that screams "HEY LOOK AT ME!" and the beautiful brushed aluminium finish that doesn't show off, but upon close examination shows its beautiful quality nature. This would be the latter. I am not one for flashy lights all over my cases, nor would I put spinners on my car. If you're into spinners, you are probably into y...
Cons: I have to nitpick when it comes to cons. Anytime you purchase a bottom-mounted case, understand that it is not yet the industry standard and that PSU manufacturers may or may not be thinking of that when making cable lengths. Measure your PSU 4/8 CPU power lead and make sure it is long enough. I had hoped to route mine under my motherboard and back out the top to keep it out of the way, but it wasn't even close to long enough. I had to route it right by my video card ...
Pros: Got this recently from Newegg for $79 with a $20 rebate making this the best case ever bought for $59 out of pocket. Not sure what the complaints are.....there are little openings all over the motherboard mounting side of the case so routing cables is very possible if it is thought through before hand. I'm also not sure why the front would be falling off all the time as has been cited in other reviews.....I mean how much "moving" does one have to do with a case of thi...
Summary: cable management is not the greatest, and it really irritates me that LIAN LI cannot be bothered to include rubber grommets for the cable hole cutouts like you see everywhere in many cases the motherboard cuttout does not line up well on the asus p8 z68 making it so installing a back plate for a cpu cooler difficult. defeats the purpose of having a hole there.
Pros: It is a beautiful elegant case obviously. i'm not into cases with martians and other ridiculous bells, lights, whistles etc. what i like is a classy look with quality and for the most part LIAN LI delivers. With this particular case and build i did have some issues however. But as for the good things about it the hard drive cage is terrific enough room to hold all. The 2 front 120mm fans are another big plus, drawing in all kinds of air to the inside.
Cons: my biggest issue, unable to install the corsair h50 with the radiator inside the case. i supposed its to be expected to a point considering it is a mid-size however if lian li had simply placed the rear exhaust fan "1 lower and switched position with the positions of the rear holes with the rubber grommets, then it would have fit and would have give the consumer the choice of where they wanted the raidiator. really poor design choice here -1 egg
Summary: Always thought Lian Li cases were supposed to be great, but this is the worst case I've owned (including ones half the price).
Pros: Looks nice, lots of drive bays. The buttons / ports on top are convenient.
Cons: I've had this case for about 1.5 years. It rattles and buzzes non-stop (four hard drives and a Cooler Master Hyper 212 cooler installed). Front panel is not well attached and doesn't sit flush against the case. Case is made of aluminum and gets scratched / marred easily. Drive bay covers don't fit tightly and come loose / vibrate.
Summary: I bought this case in April, 2012, and still love it. I installed some Noctua fans in it and it's super quiet, if not silent. The LED's are not super bright, which is a good thing. The removable top is a great idea, because it aids in the installation of the CPU cooler. I'd buy it again!!
Pros: Solid build quality. Removable top. Removable top fan cover.