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LIAN LI PC-Q07B USB3.0 Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This case is the same high quality I've come to expect from Lian Li. Very well machined aluminum with professionally tapped threads. Great sound/vibration isolation for the hard drive. No sharp edges to cut yourself on.

Cons: My only real complaint is the front panel USB connector. The cable is too thick and rigid. Because of the tight space inside a mini ITX case you need to squeeze everything in, but the front panel USB cables are hard to bend and flex. They should have made them thinner and more flexible.

Other Thoughts: The side panels do not come off with thumb screws from the back like most computers. Instead there are about half a dozen phillips screws holding each side panel on. Not a detractor, just not what I was expecting. This is my first mini ITX build. Wow, that can be a tight squeeze getting everything to fit. This isn't a fault of the case.

Oh, be sure and mount the CD/DVD drive BEFORE screwing the motherboard panel in place. The only way to access the second mounting screw for the CD/DVD is with the side panel removed, and since the motherboard mounts to the side panel, mount the drive before installing the motherboard. Instructions didn't say to do this.

GIGABYTE GA-H77N-WIFI LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: High build quality, good quality capacitors, and lots of features for such a tiny board.

Cons: My only real complaint is the BIOS screen. I'm not a fan of the GUI BIOS screen with mouse and keyboard access. It's all for show but it takes away from the experience. The BIOS lags when changing screens and settings, sometimes I have to click on something a second time because it didn't acknowledge my input the first time.

Other Thoughts: I use to always only buy Intel boards. But with Intel leaving the desktop board market I needed to find another manufacturer. I'm definitely impressed with Gigabyte.

Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Desktop Processor                                                                                   Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i33220
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast, low power consumption.

Cons: What's not to love. It was even on sale!

Other Thoughts: I wasn't sure if the stock Intel cooler would fit into the mini ITX case I selected. The case said I had about 70mm to work with. The CPU cooler ended up being about 50mm high. It fit in the case with room to spare.


Brian F.'s Profile

Display Name: Brian F.

Date Joined: 12/29/03

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 11/13/08
  • Last Review: 07/10/13
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