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Reviewed by: Mike Goyette [10.22.01]
Manufactured by: Lian Li 
MSRP: $200


Installation Notes

As with most cases, Lian Li packed the case with plenty of screws to fasten the motherboard and drives, there was even a spare thumbscrew. They also included three small tie wraps, and a three pin to four-pin Molex connector. The detailed instruction sheet explains the more mundane features of the case as well as showing an exploded view of every component.

After removing the components from my old system I re-assembled the system in the PC-60.

The PC-60 does not come with a power supply, so I took the PC-Power and Cooling 450 watt supply out of my old case. The aluminum plate that attaches to the power supply fit tightly over the fan, but didn't impede airflow. Besides securing the hard drives this was the only time I had to use a screwdriver. Lian-Li uses a motherboard stand off that pushes through the rear of the tray. These were not as nice as the solid standoffs of yesteryear, but they work well enough.

There is not much to say about setup. Installation of the motherboard, expansion cards and heatsink were a breeze. The ability to work "outside the box" is a Godsend and I will never get another case without a removable tray.

The hard drives mount vertically, which seemed odd to me, but did not pose any problems. I arranged the drives to get as much airflow over them as well as past them. Placing the drive cage in front of the intake fans helps to keep high RPM drives cool, but it also heats the only source of fresh air coming into the system. Whether or not the aluminum can cool this air remains to be seen. Though most people would care less, I noticed the slots for the drive bays screws are very long. This gives you a little bit of room to slide the drives back and forth. Not really worth mentioning, but I did anyway.

Once the drives were installed, I routed the power and drive cables. There is a large cable tie up near the power supply convenient for looping the excess power leads. When the cables were all routed I slid the motherboard tray in, connected the drive, power and motherboard cables and closed it up. The only problem I ran into was connecting the front USB. The cabling provided has two less connectors than the front USB connector on my motherboard, causing me to guess which pins to leave unconnected. Fortunately for me, I guessed correctly.

As you can see the system looks pretty sweet even with the nasty beige and white drives.

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