Lian Li 70 case w/ USB

Admin - 2007-04-15 08:10:04 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: February 23, 2002
Lian Li
HighSpeedPC.com
Price: $250.95
Introduction

When I got my Lian Li 70 case a few day's ago, I felt like a 10 year old boy on Christmas day :) I have been wanting one of these cases for a very long time.. and I finally have one! Lian Li has been around for almost 20 years now, and they say that they pay alot of attention to the quality of their products, design, process and develop of products. This is the reason why they produce such a high quality case such as the Lian Li 70, and why they are still in business today. The Lian Li 70 case that I am reviewing today is very famous for it's size, looks, and inovative design. However, it's not so famous for it's hefty price tag of $250 USD. Let's get in to the review, and find out if it's really worth such a price tag!



Features

  • All-Aluminum
  • Four USB Ports in the front of the case
  • Four case fans included
  • 3 position adjustable fan speed control
  • Tooless removable front bezel
  • Tooless removable side panels
  • Bright blue LED's!
  • Lots of space


  • The Case

    I must say, that this case is huge! I have seen pictures on the Internet, but pictures don't really show how big this case really is. When I compared it to my Full Tower In-win 500, it's 1/3rd bigger! Like they always say, "Bigger is Better" Since this case is bigger, your system shouldn't get as hot, as it has more room to breath.



    Lot's of holes where the motherboard goes, this makes sure just about any type of motherboard will fit in this case.



    If you take a look at the top of the case, actually it's on top of the bezel. You will notice that it is black. That is probably the first thing you see when you look at the case. I don't preferably like it, however I think I can live with it. Hey, we could always mod it and take it off :)




    There are a total of 6 visable 5" 1/4 bays in the front of the case and 3 floppy bay's. Who uses 3 floppy's anyway.. maybe a floppy and a zip? I wish there was 7 visable 5" 1/4 bays, because my LCD takes up two bay's by itself!





    There are a total of 7 PCI slots, and each slot has a thumbscrew! This is a great feature, because you don't need any tools to take your PCI/AGP card(s) out. Also in this picture notice all of the holes above the slots. This helps make your case breath. You could always install three 40mm fans too :)



    Beside the PCI slots you will find two more fans! These even come with their own fan grills, and they are pretty aluminum one's too!



    Ahh, what's behind the little hidden door? Try, four usb ports! I absolutely love front usb ports! More and more case manufactures are starting to install front usb ports. The other day my friend Josh bought a cheap-o-generic case for like $30 bucks and it even included front usb ports. Now day's if the case doesn't include front usb ports, I'm not that interested.



    One nice feature about the Lian Li 70 case, is the tooless front bezel. You can simply pop the bezel out, and snap it back in.




    Once you get the bezel off, you will notice another hidden feature! The Lian Li 70 features a 3 postion adjustable fan speed controller. This allows you to change the fan speed on the two fans in front of the case. It's too bad they don't control the back two fans either.. If your an overclocker or your case is in a hot enviroment, then you would want to leave this setting at 3. If you don't overclock then you could run the setting at 1 or 2, and it should be much quieter.



    The two front fans also have a removable filter that you can clean when it get's dirty. This filter should help keep your case free of dust!



    In the back of the case you will notice 6 screws that holds the power supply bay. I'm not really sure why you would want to remove the power supply bay, but this case let's you do it!




    On the very bottom of the case, you will find a total of four, swivel feet. What good are feet? Well, the main purpose is to prevent your case from falling over, as it helps stablize it. Another reason, is for the looks. I personally like the look of little feet on my case :) If you don't like them, you can take them off very easily, no tools required :)



    You will notice the normal wires coming from your bezel, which are your power switch, hdd led, power led, speaker wire, ect.. but you will also notice a whole bunch of other wires. The other wires, 16 in total, connect to the four usb ports in the front of the case. You must have a motherboard that has onboard usb headers so you can plug these 16 wires in to them. System
  • Tyan Tiger S2640 Motherboard
  • Kingston PC2100 DDR ECC Registered memory
  • Geforce 3 ti 500 (Review here)
  • SB Live! X-Gamer (Review here)
  • NewQ Gold EQ
  • CrystalFontz 4x20 LCD
  • TDK 24x10x40 CDRW (Review here)
  • Hitachi 16X DVD
  • NetGear 10/100 NIC
  • Enermax EG465P power supply (Review here)

    Installation
    Moving your computer from one case to the other, is a pretty big job. It takes a lot of time and patience. It doesn't take as long as it does to build a computer, because you don't have to take off your heatsink, cpu, and memory off of your motherboard. When moving parts to a new case, make sure you remember where all of your PCI cards were. If you put your sound card were your network card was, and boot in to windows, you might have conflicted driver errors. If not, you will have to reinstall both your sound card and network card drivers. However, if you install your PCI cards in the same slots they were in before, you shouldn't have any problems.

    This is my Tyan Tiger S2460 motherboard installed. The motherboard lined up with the holes perfectly.


  • Here is my hard drive installed in the hard drive cage. I think I'm going to get a RAID card, because this cage would be perfect for a RAID setup!




    I have used all but one 5/25" bay. I have a NewQ Gold EQ, TDK 24x10x40 CDRW, Hitachi 16X DVD, and on the bottom there is my LCD that takes up two bays, but it's worth it! :)



    Next thing I did, was install my Enermax power supply. It's pretty, huh? :)



    Here is an overview of the entire case with all my junk in it. Really messy, but I don't care until I get a window in it :)



    An awesome case! I think the LCD tops it off! (Check out the LCD Review!)



    Conclusion

    All I really have to say about this case, is wow. It's truley the ultimate aluminum case, but such a case doesn't come without a price. As I said earlier your expected to spend about $250 for it, but you'll get what you pay for, that's for sure. If your buget can't justify paying out $250 dollars for a computer case, then I suggest your check out the Sky Hawk Aluminum case, as it only cost $99 bucks. It doesn't have all the features that this case has, and it's not as big, but it's still a great deal. If you got the cash, go for this case, as I highly recommend it. I can't wait to get a window in it, and mod it out :) With all of it's splendor and beauty, there are a few things that it lacks. One the price, it's an expensive computer case and the "plastic" feet is cheaply done. I wish Lian Li would have used aluminum feet. It wouldn't have cost them much more to do that, and it would have made the case that much more ultimate! The case doesn't come with a power supply, and for $250 you would think it would. Lastly, there is no slide-out motherboard tray.



    Overall, I loved the case and everything it has to offer! I'd like to thank Scott over at HighSpeedPC.com tenfold for providing this product for us to review.


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