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Summary Overall, a nice looking case with plenty of cooling, decent airflow. It's rather niche though, so I can't imagine it being hugely popular. Layout is definitely interesting and kind of like a breath of fresh air. It's not without it's issues though. The cabling from the PSU to the different devices is a bit odd since the cables come out from the PSU essentially in the middle of the case. Horizontal MB means footprint is bigger than your avg tower, but it's a lot shorter. Would be okay for an HTPC case, but I suspect there are better options. Having the optical drive go out either side is a cool feature and helps keep the tower shorter. Keeps the front of the case looking cleaner.
Pros Lightweight Clever Design Aesthetically Pleasing Can Fit A Full Sized Graphics Card
Cons Challenging Build You *Will* Need A Modular PSU Not Going To Cool A Heavy Gaming System With The Stock Fans Some Fancier Components May Not Fit So Many Damn Screws! ( Like 6-7? per side panel ) THE POWER LED IS WATCHING ME SLEEP
Summary Tiny, lightweight and you can fit a good gaming build into it. I was looking to downside to something more portable and less desk dominating than my 600T and decided to give this a whirl.
The case itself is alarmingly small when you first get it out of the box. Smaller than my microwave, weighs as much as my cat ( There's a sales pitch ). Its quite cleverly designed however once you get inside. The pull out motherboard tray is a godsend, as this is a challenging case to build with. You'll need to plan your cabling well ( and you'll need a modular PSU, I can't imagine fitting a non-modular one in here without risking air flow ). The 5.25 drive bay cage has lots of cable routing holes though and you can tuck much of your cabling out of the way by routing it up through the extra space on the opposite side of your 5.25 drives.
You'll need a low profile cooler ( I slapped a Scythe Big Shuriken in ). I ran into trouble here as I had G.Skill ram with the big fancy fins on the top and had to swap the casing on one stick of ram with some old G.Skill ram I had that was lower profile. If you have an XFX Radeon with the copper heat piping at the top, it will be a tight fit getting the mobo tray back in as well. There's space enough inside for them, but the cut out for the tray at the back has a lip that sticks down which will snag the piping. You can get it in with with careful wedging but you'll have to be careful as not to damage the case.
Build order is *very* important with this case. There are a few naggling pitfalls such as it being impossible to secure a 5.25 drive in the left bays if you installed the PSU first. All in all its like trying to solve some sort of ancient Chinese puzzle box. However, once you do solve it, you can revel in some geeky smugness.
I'd swap out the stock fans if you're going to cool any sort of gaming build inside of it. I stuffed a 955BE and a Radeon 6870 into it and swapped the stock fans for a pair of GELID Wings and a Noctua for the rear exhaust.
The power led is HELLA bright, however.
All and all, I am quite pleased ( both with the case and myself for managing to put the case together neatly. +5 Geek Cred. ).
Pros Great look Feels solid Fits large GPU Well thought installation Removable mobo tray
Cons Lots of screws for a side panel (not terrible actually) Side panels can scratch easily Little trouble with cable management
Summary I got this case for my friend who really liked the looks of it and she wasn't dissapointed when she saw it in real. She wanted to be able to fit a large GPU and that really fits the bill.
I enjoyed building the computer, but there is one little dissapointement. The front audio cable was a little short the way I chose to place it, which is to pass it next to the fans, I wasn't able to plug the HD audio, I had to use the Realtek (if I rememeber correctly) end and then it will be problematic when a GPU is inserted. I feel like this cable won't be able to be routed to be concealed like the other cables.
I like how you install the drives, how the cable management can be done.
I have installed an Intel i3 530 on a Gigabyte H57M-USB3 mobo.
Summary Holy heck there are alot of screws to screw, I think 7 screws for just 1 side. Its like they never heard of thumb screws. The side panels are a bit wobbly as they are just a flat sheet of alum and seems like if your not careful, it'll bend. Other than that, its roomy inside. Stuffed a powercolor Radeon 4850, 1 HD, 1DVD drive, ASUS M4A78-EM mATX, AMD X2 black and 2x corsair ram, corsair VX4XX ps. Room in the front to stuff extra wires. Semi square shape
"There are plenty of mATX enclosures using the shoe box design and the Lian Li PC-V351 is by no means the smallest of them all. But instead of trying to shrink things down and creating limitations and problems with the internal parts, the company has made the chassis as compact as possible without h
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