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Found another case; the Lian Li PC-7H.
http://lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=631&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=62
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112389
Looks like Lian-Li's version of the Fractal Design Arc Midi (except with 3 x 5.25 inch bays). Has two 140mm front fan mounts, what seems like two 140mm top fan mounts, and a removable fan grill in the back. smile.gif Price is around $20 more than the Fractal Design Arc Midi when both are not on sale.

You can't really compare a Lian Li with a Fractal IMO...
For example; the fractal arc has an aliminium looking plastic front plate, while the lian li is full aliminium.
I've just received my first lian li, the pc-v600fx, and it's the best money I've ever spent on a computer part. (Even at 240 eu)

But yes, the design looks like the arc, and they nailed the pricing for a more mainstream public.


Only thing I hate about that new case is this top part:
7hx-22.jpg
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post #1642 of 2110
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You can't really compare a Lian Li with a Fractal IMO...
For example; the fractal arc has an aliminium looking plastic front plate, while the lian li is full aliminium.
I've just received my first lian li, the pc-v600fx, and it's the best money I've ever spent on a computer part. (Even at 240 eu)
But yes, the design looks like the arc, and they nailed the pricing for a more mainstream public.
Only thing I hate about that new case is this top part:
*snip*

I'm not really comparing. I'm just saying that they're similar and some small differences. Those difference are obvious.

The top part is optional IIRC.

I actually prefer the looks of the Arc Midi though. I don't know why. Maybe the top?
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post #1643 of 2110
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Found another case; the Lian Li PC-7H.
http://lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=631&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=62
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112389
Looks like Lian-Li's version of the Fractal Design Arc Midi (except with 3 x 5.25 inch bays). Has two 140mm front fan mounts, what seems like two 140mm top fan mounts, and a removable fan grill in the back. smile.gif Price is around $20 more than the Fractal Design Arc Midi when both are not on sale.

You can't really compare a Lian Li with a Fractal IMO...
For example; the fractal arc has an aliminium looking plastic front plate, while the lian li is full aliminium.
I've just received my first lian li, the pc-v600fx, and it's the best money I've ever spent on a computer part. (Even at 240 eu)

But yes, the design looks like the arc, and they nailed the pricing for a more mainstream public.


Only thing I hate about that new case is this top part:
7hx-22.jpg

That is an accessory. The case looks like this:

 

(from the Lian Li product page).

 

I got my daughter a PC-7FN a couple of years ago. It and the PC-7Hetc. are variations on the PC-7 master chassis. Aside from the fact that I had to remove the top of the case to get the EPS12V plug to the motherboard, it was a delightful case to work in. The fact that the PC-7Hetc. comes with two front 140mm fans is good for airflow. You can remove the exhaust fan. There is no grill:

 

 

The PC-7Hetc. looks to be a nice case with lots of options -- including that top "fan air duct," the 7H-1.

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post #1644 of 2110
Looks nice, I also found another one at ocf. Looks good, but may need some modding.
Nanoxia Deep Silence 1: review here.
post #1645 of 2110
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Looks nice, I also found another one at ocf. Looks good, but may need some modding.
Nanoxia Deep Silence 1: review here.


Thanks for the link. It does look nice, but as I said in the review, it's not really a case for air cooling. It's really a case for . . . deep silence.

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Looks nice, I also found another one at ocf. Looks good, but may need some modding.
Nanoxia Deep Silence 1: review here.

I feel strange for thinking of a refrigerator after seeing how the front panel is split into two panels that open up.
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Looks nice, I also found another one at ocf. Looks good, but may need some modding.
Nanoxia Deep Silence 1: review here.
IMHO it should have been designed with 140mm front fans. Simply move 5.25 bays up a little. And HDD cages designed to for better airflow. wink.gif
post #1648 of 2110
Yep, that's what I thought. It looks nice, but the design needs some modernization, for air cooling that is.
post #1649 of 2110
Did notice the feet are taller so better bottom airflow clearance than most.

Just don't understand the front fan / HDD rack snafus.

I in the process of modding my Define R2 for 140mm front fans and moved HDD cage back 15mm. The difference is amazing. smile.gif
You can see now nicely the fans fit setting on a 19mm block. wink.gif Hardest part is making up fan mounting system. rolleyes.gif Maybe make a new front panel that mounts with existing screws leaving 45 degree corners in vent openings for fan mounting with longer fan screws. Have a pieces of 2mm black plastic that should do the trick... or maybe make metal triangle bits for corners that mount with existing screws and longer fan screws... would allow use of magnetic filters on front. smile.gif
post #1650 of 2110
That looks great, sporting ty140's and all...thumb.gif
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