It is finally time to add a little bit of meat to this thread! Sadly, there won't be any modding...
Instead, I'll lead you guys on a little tour around the case so as to see what can and will be done. I should be able to get some stuff done this week-end since I don't have school tomorrow and friday! I'm also currently trying to decide between shrink-less paracord and shrinked plastic sleeving (either MDPC or FTW PC sleeving). Plastic sleeving looks way better IMO and is more durable but it's very expensive...
First look at the case
Below, you can see how clean this case looks. This is the main reason why I went with a Lian Li: It's pretty much blank so you can do whatever you want!
The front has a very nice door that covers the 5,25" bays and the power/reset buttons. It still has some very subtile "pass-throughs" for the power and HDD activity LEDs. Interesting point, the door can be locked and the case comes with two keys.
Once you open this door, you can see the 5 5,25" drive bays, including one which is converted to a 3,5" drive bay. There also are vents for two 140mm intake fans. Finally, we have a large power on/off button and a smaller reset button aswell as all needed LEDs. These white stripes are rubber bands which keep the door from scratching the front panel.
Here's a close-up of these buttons and LEDs.
When you look at the top, you will quickly see a little aluminum door. This is a very elegant way to hide the I/O which consists of 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, eSATA aswell as the regular audio jacks.
Once you remove the side panel, you can take a good look at the interior. It is also very simple which will make raising the motherboard fairly easy. I'll need to make a new custom back panel and simply drill new holes in the side panel.
The motherboard tray is also compatible with true E-ATX (12,6"x13,0") which will give me a lot of extra space to hide cables and cut cable management holes.
At the bottom, you can see one of the two power supply mounts. This one has rubber to keep the power supply from vibrating and uses a bracket to secure the power supply without screws. Unfortunately, this is all going to waste because of the modifications I will be doing.
At the top, you see the other power supply mounts. This is also a hard drive cage which will, of course, need to be removed if you decide to install your power supply there. These drives are cooled by a 120mm exhaust.
In between, we have the I/O area and the PCI-E slots. The case only accomodates standart ATX motherboards in terms of length and therefore only has 7 slots. These have a tool-less system which truely facilitates installation. Very good idea Lian Li! There's also another 120mm exhaust.
Here's a close-up of the tool-less system. Simply pull the lever to install a card and then push it back to secure it.
Here we can see the 5,25" drive cage. The top two bays use the same tool-less mechanism that we see in most cases.
This is the main hard drive cage which will accomodate 7 hard drives. Two of the bays (the ones with the little metal plates) will be able to house SSDs or other 2,5" hard drives.
Returning to the outside, this is simply a picture of the back of the expansion area.
This is the outside of the mount for the bottom PSU. It uses a removable bracket which allows you to screw the power supply with it being outside of the case, should you decide not to use the tool-less system.
Finally, this is the top power supply spot. It's currently occupied by a vented piece which allows better airflow for the 120mm exhaust.