Originally Posted by MasterKromm
Right... But how much does the name Lian Li "cost"? Sure Rolex makes a fine arse watch, but is a used submariner(solid gold band) worth 7.5K? No not really, but do I like my new watch and not give 2 shats what others think? Damn straight. I'm also hoping that in time as the economy rebounds I can sell it for more than I paid if not I'll keep it.
That's just your personal sense of value and does not apply to everyone else.
Can you honestly say any ~$400 Lian Li is hands down better than CM's ~$250 ATCS 840 or some of Silverstone's equivalent offerings?
Yes I can honestly say from my heart that my Lian-li was worth every penny. When I first used a Lian-Li (PC-777) and witnessed anodized brushed aluminum I told myself I am never ever going back.
First of all you're comparing apples to oranges. CM's 840 is a steel case, a $400 Lian-Li case is aluminum. You are not comparing in the same class. You want to talk about functionality
? My Lian-Li V2110 has anti-vibration rubber rings for hdd mounts, has a 140mm b-pillar fan that blows directly on my northbridge and RAM, the same b-pillar also provides VGA support, supports E-ATX, has built in fan controller, has dual-zone heat zones, supports dual PSUs and the list goes on. Does the CM 840 offer that? I don't think so.
Like this CM I saw on Newegg: COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 Evolution RC-830-KKR3-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower
. That costs more than my Lian-Li, yet at least 238 people purchased that case.
Back to the cost issue yes it's a big deal for some people and if they can get 95-99% of the performance or *gasp* the case they find asthetically pleasing for half the price it's a no brainer(to those people)... I bought my Cosmos for $54 shipped after MIR so, yes, price was a huge selling point for me. It was the same thing when I bought a rocketfish for my dad's build.
For some, price is a big factor for others' it's not. It all depeneds on a individual's sense of value. Some people are willing to pay a premium and other's simply won't.
To reiterate Lian Li makes great cases, heck amazing cases. I don't think anyone disputes that, but they aren't that much better than the competitions' highend cases either. At least not to warrant a $100+ price difference. In fact if I could afford to shell out more money(that watch wiped out my me funds ) say $500+ I would buy one of Mman's Soldams. Those really are worth the premium and truly separate themselves from the rest. Scarcity alone(outside of Japan) make them all the more desirable.
Lets compare a few manufacturers high end Full Tower Aluminum cases (Limited and Special Edition cases DO NOT COUNT
Thermaltake SwordM VD5000BNA Black/ Silver Aluminum Extrusion ATX Full Tower $499.99
COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 Evolution RC-830-KKR3-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower $439.99
NZXT Khaos Series CS-NT-LEXA-BLB Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower $439.99
LIAN LI PC-V2110B Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower $379.99
(The LIAN LI PC-A20B which costs $10 more is classed as a Mid-Tower on Lian-Li's website)
When comparing cases from the same class
(Full Tower Aluminum
) I do not know where you are getting the $100+ price difference when in fact other manufacturers cost $60-$110 more than the top-of-line Lian-Li.
*edit* You guys want to know who's a real rip-off? Zalman cases! $450 for a Aluminum Mid-Tower?!?
Now you have to really be crazy to buy one of thoseEdited by OpTicaL - 1/28/09 at 3:04pm