Lian Li PC-A58 Casehardnrg - September 6, 2007
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Action time! Time to load up this case and see how it performs.
First you take the handy screwdriver provided to install the motherboard stand-offs. The stand-offs themselves are M3 threaded and tapped. Stand-offs are usually cut with 6-32 threads on the shaft, and the inner thread can be M3, but 6-32 is again much more common. Metric threads seem to be more common in Asia and Imperial threads in America. The M3/M3 stand-off will almost certainly be a pain in the arse to replace if you lose one. Lian Li supply 12 stand-offs with the case so you should have a few spare for most motherboards.
Determine which locations need a stand-off and use the provided screwdriver to secure them in place.
Pop out the case's I/O backplate, and replace it with the I/O backplate supplied with your motherboard.
Now you can install the motherboard, secure it with the M3 screws provided, and then install the CPU.
With the CPU installed, you can now see that the CPU-to-PSU gap is a mere 80mm. So your heatsink and fan have to be less than this in total height to allow some clearance for air movement through the CPU fan. A common recommendation is a minimum of an inch (25.4mm) of clearance from CPU fans, so that leaves you with about 55mm of heatsink/fan. Not very much at all!
So, I had to use a semi low-profile heatsink for this case review. I chose the Akasa AK-955 as I expected it to be slightly better than the stock Intel heatsink, and about the best I could do given the space limitations.
With the heatsink/fan and RAM installed, it was time to move onto the installation of the other components of the system.