Summary: Well worth the money. Parts I've used in this testbench: - GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX motherboard - AMD FX-8350 - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO -Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM HDD -2x EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB -EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze ATX Power Supply
Pros: -Very high quality parts -sturdy -very easy to use
Cons: The bar with the "Lian-li" branding on it can't be installed with very large heatsinks. My Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo wouldn't fit under the bar, but a heatsink a few mm shorter would probably fit. This test bench took me an hour and a half to build....
Summary: I was worried about dust, but it hasn't been a problem.
Pros: Open Air design is great for keeping cool. I have a monster-sized SILVERSTONE HE02 CPU Cooler with a 120mm fan straped to it that stands up proud on this test bench and two 140mm fans on the front panel keeping everything cool.
Cons: When I show this off to my friends and neighbors I have to remind them not to touch.
Pros: This bad boy test bench is very sturdy! Has a handle so if you ever need to move the test bench on a fly, you can do so. You can use this test bench with a ITX form factor to a full fledged ATX mainboard. Cant beat the deal. Promise you wont be disappointed.
Cons: Only thing would be the instructions are printed black and white and not as clear with putting everything together.
Summary: The instruction sheet could be a little more clear but it was no problem really. You should have some patience though when putting things together, even this. I noticed others had a few problems with one thing or another but patience and organization is key to anything you're working on. Make sure to keep your screws separated as they are in the packages as you are putting this case together.
Pros: This went together really easy with no problems at all. I sat here while working and put this together. It really didn't take long to put together but lost track of time while working on putting it together and working at my actual job. Everything was in the package, no missing parts and easily found or labeled.
Cons: No cons here really other than the fan attachment could be more easily found or even included with the case.
Pros: Solid Aluminum construction ,Easy to swap out computer hardware.
Cons: I wish it came with the 140/120mm fan mount for the front of the test bench, to mount a H100,H100i, or custom water cooling radiator. Also It would have been nice to get the USB and audio ports included with the T60, but those are available separately. I wish they would just include both the fan mount and front I/O and just up the price a bit.
Summary: I firmly believe that most of the complaints about things not fitting under the handle of this case are due to the support panels being installed backwards. I've seen them installed backwards on many sites. When installed correctly, the handle is near the front of the case and doesn't interfere with anything. I've owned this case since it came out (about 2 years).
Pros: QUALITY QUALITY QUALITY Every piece on this case is of impeccable quality. I don't know what other benches some of these negative reviewers have used, but I find it ridiculous that they say there are better alternatives when there's nothing on the market at this price point that isn't made out of plastic. These people whine about needing to take the handle off to add/remove the mobo. What? There aren't even any standoff holes on the mobo tray directly below the handle...
Cons: I wish Lian-Li would have omitted the optical drive cage for more HDD's/SSD's or an option to have them mounted underneath the mobo tray. When I'm installing something from an optical drive (haven't had one permanently installed in like 5 years), I just put a drive on my desk and plug in the SATA/power. I don't like how they charge extra for the front panel input addon... while having all the holes drilled out for it. They should have included it as a standard feature...
Summary: the key to my build was keeping the screws unmixed and noticing the psu standoffs are right/left/
Pros: Arrived in two days with super saver shipping Not a scratch on it, each piece is in plastic Each screw size is in its own bag And on parts still in stock from other vendors More pictures on Lian Li site http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=519&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=62&g=spec
Cons: no mini atx mounting no backplane for hhd,ssd cages I feel it could use more cable management tricky build no dust cover
Summary: After owning the case for a while, I would say it is a little on the expensive side (I paid $89). I still like the case though, and would buy another one. Keep in mind, everything is exposed, so if you care about aesthetics like me, try and match the color of the power supply, motherboard, drives, and cables. I went for an all black scheme, including the power supply, cabling, drives, case, and gpu.
Pros: Awesome look. Hole under motherboard with the included standoffs makes for excellent cable management. I paired it with the Asus Z77 Sabertooth motherboard, which looks great out in the open. Handle on top is actually a handle and strong enough to carry the computer around. Open design is super easy to tweak things on the fly. Add ram, swap the processor, adjust fans, all in a matter of seconds, not minutes. The PCIe supports look cheap and flimsy in the pictures, but...
Cons: Assembly instructions were annoyingly generic. There are simply too many pieces to assemble to not have a good instruction manual. There are youtube videos on how to assemble, which I used. Once the case was assembled, everything else was a breeze. Also the rear leg which supports the whole unit from potentially falling backwards is weak. One must be careful when moving case around to not put too much backwards pressure or it will bend the metal support.
Summary: Other reviewers complained about the assembly process. Take it as an acit test: if you're not up to the task of assembling this, you should probably stay away from the tasks, this test bench is supposed to facilitate. Oh, and stay away from the swedish furniture store, too.