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    What's the big deal about Lian Li?

    Not that I'm in the market for a new case right now, but I just visited the Lian Li website out of curiosity, and despite all the great things I've heard about their cases, I saw NOTHING special. Sure, a few different colors, and a lot of cases with clear sides (which would only prove to others what an inept PC builder I am), and even some of those where you can replace the window with an aluminum plate (which looks even worse than the window). But I was expecting - well, I'm not really sure. Maybe some oddball designs, or some outrageous color schemes, or maybe some unique gimmicks. But I saw none of that there.
    Of course it may be that they just make solid cases that are easy to deal with. If that's their bag, then that's fine. But I thought it was more than just 'sturdy design' that made them so well-known.

    If I'm wrong, please let me know - and if there are other 'popular' or well-reputed case manufacturers out there, I'd LOVE to know about them.

    Thanks, as always -
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    Re: What's the big deal about Lian Li?

    Hey Don,

    I think the single greatest thing about Lian Li is the fit and finish. The cases have no burrs to slice open your hands, they're easy to build a system in, and they are exceptionally flexible in that way. The all-aluminum construction allows the case to act as a giant heat sink and lowers your system termperature - a major concern for overclockers, who not coincidentally are a large section of the case-buying public.

    There are certainly others around. I have (and am quite fond of) an Antec case, and there are many others around - check PC mod websites with Google to get an idea. If it's all out flash that you want then hop over to Northward Graphics and take a look at those!! They're not a case manufacturer, but I couldn't resist throwing that link into the stew. There's also a brief listing of case manufacturers here. Chili, Enermax, Skyhawk and CoolerMaster cases also come to mind. There sure doesn't seem to be an end to the number of manufacturers!

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    Re: What's the big deal about Lian Li?

    In the system I built, the case was the 3rd highest priced component (the monitor and speaker system were the most expensive). If you're going to build a system with the highest quality parts, it just doesn't make much sense to stick it in a $39 case.

    I looked at Lian-Li and CoolerMaster and settled on the latter. I picked the CM because I liked the blowhole fan on the top. Heat rises, so a fan blowing outward on top of the case made a lot of sense to me. The case also included two fans that blow across the harddrive bays and a fan blowing out the back of the case. I don't anticipate having an overheating problem.

    Most shops will tell you that overheating is THE major cause for PC failure!

    The case (as well as high-end Lian-Li's) can be accessed without tools and cards can be inserted and removed without tools. The paint, the clearcoat finishes and no rough edges are all superior to cheaper boxes. And most high-end cases do not include a cheesey power supply, meaning that you can go for quality there, as well. And the fans (all of them, not just one) are high quality and run quieter. There is a total of six fans running in my case, it's two feet from me and I can barely tell it's on.

    Mark has already commented on the heatsink characteristic of the aluminum case but another attribute of the aluminum case is the light weight. When my box arrived at the door, I thought it was empty!

    It's the difference between a Mercedes and a Yugo. Get a great case and you'll be proud of it - you'll keep it clean and polished and finger prints on the case will drive you nuts. OR you can go to a discount retailer and buy an entire system for the price of one great case! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: What's the big deal about Lian Li?

    Thanks, Mark and Ricky -

    This is all excellent information, which (if I still have a job in the spring) I will certainly take advantage of!
    Up until now I was limited, through ignorance and $, to what I assume to be generic cases available through the
    wholesaler I was dealing with. I never even thought about the case until very recently, and I've been rebuilding
    and evolving my PC since 1992 (I'm only on my 3rd case so far). But the setup I have is VERY noisy, to the extent
    that I have trouble hearing MP3s above it if I'm across the room. And you're right - I'm the only person I know who still builds
    (or ever even knew how to build) their own PC, and I'm rather proud of the fact. I should go to the trouble of showing
    it off.

    Thanks again -
    Have a cookie -

    Don

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    Re: What's the big deal about Lian Li?

    Don, quite welcome. I figure I have to swallow my pride often enough that I should be able to take some in my PC's case!!

    I thought I would toss this link out for anyone interested - ThinkGeek is currently running a special on a Lian-Li PC65 case with a window and lighting. Danger, Will Robinson....this stuff can be addictive, but it's a better vice than gambling or substance abuse. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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