Simple and stylish, and with aluminum construction with lots of vent holes, the cute, cube-styled LIAN LI PC-V353A HTPC case presents a minimalistic aesthetics that adds a touch of elegance to your home theater system and seamlessly blends into your house decoration. Inside and outside the chassis, you can find a wealth of features that surpass your expectation, such as slide-out motherboard tray for easy installation, 2.5"/3.5" feasible, easy to mount HDD cage, up to 300mm video card support, and USB 3.0 plus eSATA connectors on side panel. All these vantages make this case a second to none choice for building your home theater center.
Pros: 1. High airflow - the perforated sections are in the right places to provide appropriate directional airflow. This case stays extremely cool.
Cons: 1. You have to bend the 6-pin PCIe power cables at a 90 degree angle for long graphics cards (I have a RADEON 7950). This actually worked okay for me, but some may be uncomfortable with it.
Other Thoughts: You can install full 120 MM fans with some work on the front air filter plate. Just cut the tips off the rubber grommets that come with most high quality fans to feed them through the small whole.
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Nice looking case, poor design
Pros: Looks nice. Very happy they got rid of the annoying 6 screws to open each side panel. Quality is a lot better and sturdier than previous Lian Li cases I bought. Not as flimpsy.
Cons: Poorly designed layout, specifically speaking, the video card power plugs. I have an MSI GTX 560 TI 448 Twin FRZ, it does not fit. Only 1 power plug would fit, the other did not. Perhaps because my card was too long, however I did not see the reason why the cutout couldn't have been extended. It would not have taken away anything from the case functionally and aesthetically. The card barely fit in vertically. I had to remove the video card casing to get it in. I had to use a dremel and cut the case in order to fit the second power plug
Other Thoughts: Why did I buy a case that was supposed to be passively cooled without all the bells and whistles of liquid cooling and push pull and extra large video card? I liked the very clean and simple look in a small package. I couldn't find another case that was as aesthetically pleasing in such a small case.
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Not perfect, but almost!
Pros: - HIGH quality craftsmanship
Cons: - Ugly side panels (in my opinion)
Other Thoughts: Ok, so while this case has several caveats, I can still without reserve give it 5 eggs! It is a beautiful case, surprisingly versatile for an mATX case, and incredibly made. This is my first case above $150, and I do not regret it one bit!
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