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PC-9F
PC-90
PC-A05FN
Arc Midi (yes, it's now in)

They're all great except for the fact that I don't like one thing about the case. Arc Midi is not being alu but they did try to do a brush alu affect on the front. PC-90 since it uses top mount PSU. PC-9F uses 2x120mm front instead of 2x140mm. PC-A05FN is use of 120mm exhaust (at front since it's back to front) instead of 140mm. They're all even. Some things aren't as big as a deal as others. Price is the only main difference here.
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I plan on buying the arc midi next month. I think its just looks good.
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post #93 of 107
Not sure if you are still considering the V1020 since it may be out of your price range (I just saw you mentioned it), but quality wise the V series is in Lian Li's top tier of cases. I think even the aluminum is possibly thicker than the Lian Li PC cases as I've heard from people who've owned PC and V series cases. (Not 100% sure on that, but something worth researching.) Regardless, there is a definite quality difference between Lian Li V series and the PC series. All the reviews I have read (there are a good number of reviews) online of this case are stellar. I also have read that pics online don't do it justice. One of the owners of this case (Spykerv) said it cools very well. This is the type of case you could own for multiple builds it seems.

Another new Lian Li case that recently came out is the Lian Li PC-Z60 (and big brother - PC-Z70). However, it is pricey as well. It seems to have the look you might be going for, but since its relatively new, not too many reviews are out there. It uses an unconventional method of cooling, so that's something to check out.

If you are looking in this price range, is Silverstone FT02 a possibility? Not sure if you mentioned that yet.

Good luck with your search!

EDIT: If you don't go with the cases I mentioned, then the 4 cases you picked are all great choices and have their own advantages for sure. However, after reading the thread, it seems you really want the extra space with an aluminum finish, so I would pick the PC-90. I think it's a GREAT looking case..love the front design. It also has updated tech...I'm sure you know it mounts HDDs/SSDs on a side mounting tray for added cooling, so that means you have to remove it to get to the motherboard, gfx card, etc...something to think about.
Edited by ChaiBear - 10/31/11 at 12:17am
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post #94 of 107
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Originally Posted by ChaiBear View Post
Not sure if you are still considering the V1020 since it may be out of your price range (I just saw you mentioned it), but quality wise the V series is in Lian Li's top tier of cases. I think even the aluminum is possibly thicker than the Lian Li PC cases as I've heard from people who've owned PC and V series cases. (Not 100% sure on that, but something worth researching.) Regardless, there is a definite quality difference between Lian Li V series and the PC series. All the reviews I have read (there are a good number of reviews) online of this case are stellar. I also have read that pics online don't do it justice. One of the owners of this case (Spykerv) said it cools very well. This is the type of case you could own for multiple builds it seems.

Another new Lian Li case that recently came out is the Lian Li PC-Z60 (and big brother - PC-Z70). However, it is pricey as well. It seems to have the look you might be going for, but since its relatively new, not too many reviews are out there. It uses an unconventional method of cooling, so that's something to check out.

If you are looking in this price range, is Silverstone FT02 a possibility? Not sure if you mentioned that yet.

Good luck with your search!

EDIT: If you don't go with the cases I mentioned, then the 4 cases you picked are all great choices and have their own advantages for sure. However, after reading the thread, it seems you really want the extra space with an aluminum finish, so I would pick the PC-90. I think it's a GREAT looking case..love the front design. It also has updated tech...I'm sure you know it mounts HDDs/SSDs on a side mounting tray for added cooling, so that means you have to remove it to get to the motherboard, gfx card, etc...something to think about.
I'm not a big fan of the V1020. The inside is great but the outside...meh. The Z60 is also meh to me. FT02 is okay. I liked it for a couple of weeks and then started. I just don't like the look of it and the 180mm fans kill of the possibility for future water cooling. Even though you can mount IIRC a 360 and 120, the rad in front of the 180mm fans , it blows hot air everywhere.

The PC-90 is really evolution. The new mounting system saves space and they receive enough air. The cable management is disappointing but it was made for HPTX so I let that one slide. Top mount PSU is disappointing but not as in top mount = end of the world. It draws air from where the CPU heatsink would be. They could have at least made it face upwards.
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post #95 of 107
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First post at the top of this page lists the current cases.
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cooolermaster 430 black is only 40 GBP including pp
    
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post #97 of 107
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Okay, PC-A05FN or Arc Midi? Basically, go compact or full air cooling. Full air cooling will be costly since I'm gettin Sanyo Denki's.
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Arc Midi, compact water cooling
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post #99 of 107
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Arc Midi = 1
PC-A05FN = 0

I kicked out the other because 1. they're too expensive and 2. they always had something that ticked me off. The PC-90 was the top mount PSU with no top intake for the PSU, the PC-9F is no 140mm front intakes, and the PC-V1020 just looked horrible IMO.
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