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I have had an original Cooler Master Stacker since 2005 and I am recently been entertaining the idea of replacing it with something new. I want a case with classy subdued looks, high air cooled performance, and a solid high end feel. I want to use this on my gaming system that uses a Hyper 212 CPU cooler and a GTX 670 and a ATX mobo. I have 1 HDD, 1 SSD, and 1 DVD Drive so not a lot of components overall. I prefer no window, no LEDs, and no cheap plasticy feel (ie HAF X). I love Lian Li style, but the air cooling performace of the Silverstone FT02 seems hard to beat.

I know the Lian Li is new. It is a nice looking case and should have decent cooling (but how good?), but I have heard that even though their cases are all aluminum, they can be thin and therefore feel cheap. I have also heard they are sometimes lacking in features.

The Silverstone seems to be about the best cooling case on the market (for air) and seems well made, but I worry about the top and the power button area feeling cheap and plasticy. On a $250 case you would think there wouldn't be any plastic! I have also heard this design is getting a little long in the tooth.

Your thoughts? Other cases to look at? I prefer amazon or tigerdirect as I have to pay almost 10% tax from newegg.

Thanks,
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If you're looking for classy and subdued, check out the lian-li PC-Z60. I love mine.

Yes, the aluminum is not super thick, but it still feels solid, and the surface finish is second to none - you really have to see it to appreciate it. I had a hard time cutting it up to WC it, but it was the only case I found that I thought looked "good enough" for my project.

It has other nice features as well - , tooless PCI card retention, a hotswap sata backplane, fan filters (for both the side fans and bottom mount PSU inlet), excellent home theater style feet, and it's quiet (2x 120mm side fans, 120mm exhaust, 140mm exhaust)

I'll even whore out some pics - apologies for the finger prints, I hadn't cleaned it yet.

Just imagine it with a flat black top with a 140mm exhaust instead of a dual 120mm rad/pump/res combo shroud. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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they are really 2 completely different cases... here are the main differences

PC-A75
3x140mm filtered intake fans
11 expansion slots
all aluminum construction
standard mobo orientation
2 x 5.25 bays
11 3.5 bays

FT02
3x180mm filtered intake fans
7 expansion slots
steel chassis with aluminum unibody construction
rotated mobo orientation
5 x 5.25 bays
5 x 3.5 bays

simply looking at the difference outlined... the PC-A75 is building a case that for all intensive purposes will never be used entirely. 11 expansion slots.. entirely outside the ATX specification and EVEN if it does become some kind of XL-ATX... good luck finding a mobo for it.

11 HDD bays.... i honestly can not think of any situation where i'd ever use 11 mechanical drives from this point forth... large raid arrays are not something anyone would use at home and it is simply not practical to build a large array like that. (have you priced out 11 HDD's? yah it's not cheap) old/small capacity mechanical drive are simply not worth installing into a machine these days. it's too loud, use too much power and slow down your machine...

size wise, both cases are pretty close in size, however, the FT02 offers 3x180mm intake fans instead of 3x140mm intake fans... don't need to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out biggrin.gif

as far as classic styling, that is a personal taste so cant really be compared fairly. personally i prefer the FT02 look, but i can see how some people can be attracted to the old school look of the PC-A75...

what it comes down to is this. there are more options when it comes to aftermarket fans for the lian li, but AP181 aren't bad fans to begin with so its up to you as to what you wan.
post #4 of 5
The Lian Li is a no brainer here. The FT02 while it has a pretty cool design is a bit less than ideal IMO. Also being it has a steel chassis it will be heavy.

The Lian Li is timless, tried and true airflow and plenty of room for any water cooling project that may come aloge down the road.

Once you own a Lian Li, you will be hard pressed to ever buy anything else

They do live up to their reputation
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post #5 of 5
The Lian Li is a kind of niche market due to its storage capacity while the Silverstone is another niche (best-in-class air cooling) because of its mohterboard orientation.

Considering you won't be using the Lian Li's strength, if feels a bit over-the-top.
The FT-02 has a weird size factor but feels somewhat better suited to your needs. It also is the best high-end air cooling case available on the market.
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