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Item#: N82E16811112173

LIAN LI PC-V1000Z Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
  • USB / Audio / IEEE 1394 / e-SATA Front Ports
  • 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 6 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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ATX Mid Tower
Case Material
With Power Supply
Power Supply Mounted
Motherboard Compatibility
With Side Panel Window


External 5.25" Drive Bays
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
Expansion Slots

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB / Audio / IEEE 1394 / e-SATA

Cooling System

120mm Fans
1 x 120mm front fan
1 x 120mm rear fan
140mm Fans
1 x 140mm rear fan

Physical Spec

8.3" x19.3" x 21.6"
18.7 lbs.


Lian Li Fine Craft Products
Silent Performance
Creative Thermal Solution
User Friendly Design

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/17/2009 4:32:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMotherboard tray not removable

Pros: Great quality, hot-swappable HD cages. Top panel connectors have it all. (4 USB-e-sata-1394-etc...)

Cons: The motherboard tray IS NOT removable. I had to RMA this case because I have to have a removable mobo tray or at least a large hole to change backplates for the cooler. This has neither. I could not believe when I got it and discovered this fact. I have never seen a Lian Li this pricey with a fixed mobo tray and no hole for changing backplates. I was stunned.

The PSU sticks out the back and looks worse than I had envisioned.

The wheels at the base suck. I didn't think I would mind but I didn't like them at all. If I had kept it I would have had to remove them.

Other Thoughts: I left this review because I tried to find out if the mobo tray was removable and could not find the information.

This is a good case and I love the quality and window. It will be a great case if you don't need a removable mobo tray or large hole in the tray and don't care about the wheels and PSU sticking out.

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  • Fred S.
  • 5/5/2009 8:04:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsA great case - PC-V1000Z

Pros: Lian-Li is a top name case manufacturer. They have years of experience making computer cases, and this one is one of their top-of-the-line models. It is designed similarly after the Apple PowerMAC G5 with a fully perforated front grill and separate component areas for thermal isolation. The case feels really well thought out and designed. Other features include
- All aluminum solid construction w/ brushed anodized coating
- Great ventilation
- Pre plumbed for water cooling
- external manual fan control switch (L - M- H) for the front, rear, and expansion card fans.
- Side view panel
- Hot Swap SATA hard drives
- great expansion ports on the top (4 x USB, Firewire, eSATA)

Cons: There are some complaints.
- The price. This is a "designer" case, and as such it carries a heavy premium. You are getting some quality parts and design, but there are many other aluminum cases out there for less. Also consider the Best Buy brand Rocketdog which is made by Lian Li costs a lot less.
- The motherboard mounting holes cause the motherboard to not quite line up with the rear panel holes. In my case the motherboard was just a tad low, and could have moved a milimeter or two higher.
- There is not a lot of room to route cables behind the motherboard. Especially the 28 wire eATX power cable - which takes up almost the entire pass-thru hole.
- The front power / reset buttons feel loose and cheap.
- The top expansion port cables have no way to get into the bottom of the case from behind the motherboard once the eATX power cable is where it is. This meant I had to notch a slot behind the 5.25 drive cages for my cable routing scheme.
- Power supply sticks out the back

Other Thoughts: The case is marketed as a top-tier case. Few people can justify spending $200-plus dollars on a case, although it is probably the one component that will get carried on to your next PC build. However, for that kind of price, you expect everything to be A+ grade. While aluminum cases command a premium over their steel counterparts, Al does provide better thermal dissipation and is lighter weight. The side panels are nice and thick and the case feels solid in construction. The only complaints are mostly with the motherboard not lining up properly and lack of space for cable routing. These issues should have been addressed in the manufacturing process. Also, the front power buttons feel cheap and although the picture shows the rear expansion card covers are slotted for ventilation, my case came with solid covers. Slotted covers cost more, and vent better, and I'm surprised that I did not get the covers shown. I would rate this case as a 92% because of these niggles.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/8/2009 10:43:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTypical Lian-Li

Pros: Sturdy, tight tolerances, looks great. Nicely ventilated and lots of room. There are cheaper cases and there are more expensive cases, but for pure practicality I prefer Lian-Li over everything else.

Cons: Two things. Firstly, the side panel locking mechanisms are very tight. Secondly, the PSU extender seems like an awkward solution to an avoidable problem.

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  • Rasch Y.
  • 12/5/2008 1:12:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggseggceptional case

Pros: Great case. Build quality is very high. Mine had the reset button and the rubber sleeves for the feet. You can remove the drive cage closest to the power supply with a screw driver. This leaves one cage intact. I removed mine and installed the Corsair hx1000 without the external extender. There was plenty of room. It actually looks better than I thought is would. I'm using 2.5" intel ssd drives in a black supermicro 8 drive rack that mounts in 2 - 5 1/4 bays.

Cons: None of these are even close to huge issues. Very minor at best. My power button is just a hair loose. All my previous ones had a solid feel. I can probably fix this if it bothers me.

Other Thoughts: The way I have mine setup I wish that the second cable routing hole was bigger. The power cable to the fan controller on the back could be longer. I routed mine behind and it was tight. I would prefer black rivets instead of the silver ones. I would move the motherboard tray up about three millimeters to ease cable routing behind the tray. I probably wouldn't if I knew how much it cost to change the die though. The model sticker on the back doesn't quite fit where they put it and it covers the slots by about two millimeters. I would either rotate it or move it. I would include 8 black thumb screws for power supply mounting.

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  • Jarad C.
  • 12/3/2008 12:42:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsKiller Case

Pros: Very well built case, great layout, and some really nice cable routing options, both behind the motherboard and through the thermal divider. I was surprised how light this chassis is, given how much aluminum its packing, but having a sturdy case was one of my few must haves and this case definitely covers that. The 140mm fan that covers the SLI ports is especially nice. For a mid tower it has plenty of motherboard space and enough room to fit my super long gtx280 gpu. So far I haven't had any issues with airflow, everything is nice and cool. Also of worthy mention is that all the 5.25 panels on the front have dust filters on them that aren't really visible in the pictures, might come in handy if I decide to add another intake fan behind them. Also, I was skeptical about hot-swappable HD brackets being too loose but they are suprisingly very sturdy and as far as I can tell have virtually no vibration when mounted. Overall, awesome case.

Cons: Minor issues, as some previous posters mentioned, the motherboard placement for the I/O slots was a little off. It feels like the motherboard plate is a mm or so too deep in the case. I can still access all the slots, but its a little tight.
The case's power switch also had a severed cable on the switch housing so I had to break out the soldering iron for a little repair.
If you have a large power supply be ready to have it sticking out the back. It doesn't bother me, but for aesthetics it could be a major drawback for others. It also becomes pretty hard to route psu cables if you already have the psu mounted, so I would suggest routing the cables first before you slide it in.

Other Thoughts: It's a tad on the expensive side for a case but I think it was worth the price. You definitely get a well built chassis with some great features. Oh, and the wheels do come with rubber covers if you are going to use it on a desk/hardwood floor that make it nice and sturdy when you have the wheels locked.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/23/2008 1:36:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPC-V100Z a real winner

Pros: overall layout is excellent; included power supply extension bracket a plus (allows 180mm PSU to fit comfortably); dual 3-bay eSata HOT-SWAP hard drive cages; included 140mm PCI area exhaust fan; 3-speed controller for ALL fans; placement of fan speed control (top or fear panel instead of behind front panel); addition of an eSata port to the auxiliary I/O panel; overall build quality; ease of use. included window is a bonus. in spite of my very minor quibbles, this case is a real winner and a bargain (it was on sale f/ $250 when I ordered it).

Cons: very MINOR quibbles - dust control is better in the v1010 and v2010 versions (however, they do NOT have hot-swap drive cages); optional rubber/damped case feet to replace casters would have been nice (my case is not on the floor); alternate front panel placement for the auxiliary I/O panel would have been nice (again, my case is not on the floor); 4-conductor PSU extension cable ought to be an 8-conductor cable these days; a 3.5" bay adapter would have been nice - it's a $15 extra from other sources (floppy drives may have gone the way of the dinosaur, but other 3.5" devices still exist); mounting a pair of legacy PATA devices meant I had to chase down an EX-23NB ($25 extra) because I dudn't want to block those nice eSata hot-swap slots.

Other Thoughts: addressing complaints by other reviewers -- nothing missing; nothing misaligned; power supply cables a tight fit but possible if you route them BEFORE pushing power supply into final position and bolting it down; there IS a reset button (at least, mine has one); considering the efficiency of air flow in this case and assuming one uses the 140mm PCI area exhaust fan, there's really no need for an extra intake fan at the front of the case -- ventilation is excellent (now if you don't want to block the view of your PCI & PCI/e slots with that humongous silver 140mm exhaust fan housing, then maybe you have a problem).

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/12/2008 10:25:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsOkay but not for price

Pros: Nice black aluminum case with lots of ventilation (maybe too much???). Awesome Lian Li build quality. Good positioning of the power supply, some nice cable routing features. And the option to put a nice fat cooling fan next to your video cards with good ventilation out the side (but that's extra).

Cons: No hard reset button, which would have been nice in several instances. Lacks good "wind tunnel" effect because of over abundant ventilation holes. Single thumbscrew door panel sticks and is impossible to open somtimes, for some reason I sometimes can NOT open the panel because the screw is stuck or I have to screw it and unscrew it several times, totally annoying. No other options but to use wheels to set case on, went and bought rubber feet that worked as I have it sit on my desktop and the wheels look absolutely rediculous. No other front case fan options but to buy Lian Li's 120 3 bay fan or some other 5.25" fan bay device, the lower fan ONLY cools the hard drives and provides no direct airflow over the motherboard/video card/cpu so the back fan is doing all the pulling, no very efficient in my mind.

Other Thoughts: I'd give it 2.5 eggs if I could. Its a designer case really (which seems to be the way Lian Li was going until recently), other cases provide better air flow and more features than this Lian Li case, but you probably won't get the same build quality and sheer amount of aluminum that this case has.

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  • John S.
  • 10/7/2008 4:00:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLian Li Case

Pros: Great lay-out, Quality inside & out, Hot Swap harddrive cage, USB on top of case, Wheels with Locks.

Cons: small scratch in window most of which buffed out, also missing harddrive screws, went to Lian Li website left a message, & had screws in 1 week from over seas, Nice suprise Lian Li came through.

Other Thoughts: Taking my time with this build,MB Asus Rampage Extreme, Intel Q9550, 4 750 GB HHD Raided 5, Ati 4870,
4 GB 1600 Memory, 30" dual link Monitor

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/22/2008 2:05:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMissing Hardware

Pros: None yet..... still waiting on hardware from Lian Li to get PC together.

Cons: Missing hardware and power supply extension cable.

Other Thoughts: Surprised that a high end manufacturer like Lian Li would not have the quality control to make sure that there is the correct hardware shipped in each box. Ive bought $50 cases that always had extra. Otherwise the layout and case construction seem good.
When I asked New Egg if they would check another box, the answer was we cant do that. Other than emailing Lian Li, New Egg would only rma this case and send me a new one. Well if I order a new one I guess theres a 50 50 shot that one will have what I need seeing as I'm not the first one to have this problem(check other customer feedback).

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/24/2008 6:09:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMissing Screws

Pros: Now that I have all of the missing parts, this case is awesome, that is if you don't mind having the PS stick out the back, (to me, it's no biggie). I have space for 6 SATA drives which I will fill soon! It is nice and cool... Even though the alignment of the IO ports is not perfect, it's not too bad....

Cons: none now...

Other Thoughts: I was missing the screws. If you go to and fill out the web form in their contact section, they'll happily send you the screws via Fedex... NewEgg did the same and sent me screws but they were the wrong type of screws and not the special ones that were supposed to come with the case, I'll still give the 'Egg an A+ for effort... Anyone wanna buy some screws ;)

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