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I've always thought those cases are garbage just by looking at pictures. Yes the box by itself looks nice, but once you open a panel omg, hello 90's
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Love my PC-A05. I had none of the build quality issues the OP mentioned. The quality is top notch IMO.

I like the A05 for its innovative design. It's the size of a microATX tower and yet has room for a full ATX motherboard and multi-GPU setups, along with the biggest heatsinks. The back to front airflow also ensures that the CPU cooler gets fresh air from the outside, without hard drives blocking the airflow path.

As far as cable management goes...you just have to exercise a bit of creativity wink.gif

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post #43 of 123
There's going to be a lot of defending of the Lian Li cases here, if there has not been already. But like the OP said. Cable management was no exsistant. This is not just a small feature when looking at a case for myself. I HAVE to have decent cable management capabilities. And unless you create an entire new rear panel for your Lian Li you won't have a deep enough area to run those cables behind the motherboard tray. At which point you probably should have bought something different anyway. No cable tie downs. This is something that even some of the cheapest cases are offering now. Not something one of the "Top End Case Makers" should be ignoring regardless of how much of a "Blank Slate" they are offerring the modding community.

In my opinion the Lian Li case are overpriced and extremely over-rated in the case world. But like I said. That's my opinion.
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Lian Li makes classy aluminum cases for modders and enthusiasts who do not want to deal with plastic steel crap filled with bling from head to toe like the cheap cases companies like CM and NZXT enjoy putting out. Sure some people may like that cheap shiny plastic wrapped around a much heavier steel frame. Sure some people may love the look and feel of orange peel from a crappy paint job. They are just like the types of people who enjoy rice rockets as well. If you want a classy, meticulously designed and constructed aluminum case, Lian Li is one of the top case manufacturers.
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post #45 of 123
Lian Li cases sport a nice luxury elegance with their cases, X V and A series

the rest of lian li's cheapy stuff are still slightly better than any of the cheapy stuff from antec, coolermaster, nzxt, alienware, raidmax, thermaltake, rosewill, apevia, Iwin

Lian li and silverstone still hold their place in the upper bracket of what is considered a "nice case" and not at all compared to the lower companies who use mainly a lot of plastic with some steel

Lian li's were never strong at Cable management but thats for us Modders to work on and make it possible.
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I've always thought those cases are garbage just by looking at pictures. Yes the box by itself looks nice, but once you open a panel omg, hello 90's

Well, being an owner of a Silverstone and Lian Li case I can say that the interior of the Lian Li indeed looks outdated but it offers far more secure mounting than the flashy plasticky gaming cases. Build quality is great, and you can make your PC seriously near soundless with such cases. There's almost no resonance. I worked in a PC store from my 16th till 18th and just by knocking on top of a case you'll hear if it's a Lian Li or not. I haven't tried Fractal Design yet though. I would give that one a try too. I will probably never touch those NZXT, Coolermaster, and plastic Corsair/Antec cases anymore though. I understand where people that are buying those come from, but for me it's either Silverstone, Lian Li, higher quality Corsair and Antec cases or Fractal Design.
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Well, being an owner of a Silverstone and Lian Li case I can say that the interior of the Lian Li indeed looks outdated but it offers far more secure mounting than the flashy plasticky gaming cases. Build quality is great, and you can make your PC seriously near soundless with such cases. There's almost no resonance. I worked in a PC store from my 16th till 18th and just by knocking on top of a case you'll hear if it's a Lian Li or not. I haven't tried Fractal Design yet though. I would give that one a try too. I will probably never touch those NZXT, Coolermaster, and plastic Corsair/Antec cases anymore though. I understand where people that are buying those come from, but for me it's either Silverstone, Lian Li, higher quality Corsair and Antec cases or Fractal Design.

Yeah I get your point, i bought this NZXT just cos i wanted to change my old case, and for the price I think is great, but it does feel cheep; thats why I got a TJ08-E on the way (and a new i5 build too hihi) thumb.gif
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Yeah I get your point, i bought this NZXT just cos i wanted to change my old case, and for the price I think is great, but it does feel cheep; thats why I got a TJ08-E on the way (and a new i5 build too hihi) thumb.gif

That's a beauty of a case. You'll probably be spoiled after this though. I must say that I do like the NZXT Phantom though it has a nice energetic appeal.
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It looks like a black box, as a computer should be. Done.
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Hands down the BEST tool-less PCI hardware.

You purchased a cheap, main stream, Lian Li case. Lian Li has always offered top quality products but the market has demanded more entry level cases as well. So that's what you got.

I've owned a Black Pearl, V2000, V1100, PC-A71, and PC-7FNWX.
I loved them all.

Yes, Lian Li has been slow to adopt new design touches such as
  • large space behind mobo for cables
  • Tool-less PCI and Drive bays
  • backplate opening on mobo tray
  • 120mm fan size

But as previously mentioned, they're an elegant blank slate. This whole LED fan thing is new to them.
My PC-7FNWX I assumed would be of lesser quality than my other lian li's because it only cost me $100. But instead it has tons of room for wiring in the back. Built in cable clamps, USB3 i/o, the bloody best PSI bracket EVER, and a nice side window.

My other lIan Li's were fantastic because when it came to modding, the only thing rivveted together was the frame. EVERY single other piece cam off with screws. Don't need space for 8 hard drives?
I could strip it bare and start designing.
Never has putting a 240 and 360mm radiator in a case been so easy. And then on the black pearl, a 360mm and 480mm radiator.

I just love these things.
It absolutely boggles my mind that people buy stamped steel cases for over $100 and sometimes well over $200 when they could have something this excellent.
If you're cutting your hands on edges, you're being too damn clumsy. Cat fit your cables behind the motherboard? Too damn lazy to do it right. These cases are not made for cramming things in to. You sit back and think about where every little thing is going because you enjoy it.
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