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LIAN LI PC-V358B Black Aluminum Computer Case
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5 out of 5 eggs Pretty decent case 12/10/2015

This review is from: LIAN LI PC-V358B Black Aluminum Computer Case

Pros: Space! Glorious Space! This is a pretty good size case to be honest. Well crafted, sturdy aluminum case. Tons of 3.5" drive room. Motherboard being mounted towards the top of the case makes for plenty of breathing room for drives and PSU below.

The 3 included fans are fairly quiet, and seem to move plenty of air. Has lots of ventilation openings.

Was able to mount all my hardware and the system worked out perfectly!

Cons: For me, it was a big issue. This case is listed as supporting mounts for 6 x 3.5" drives and 4 x 2.5" drives. Well that's not exactly the case. There are places where you can physically mount 4 x 2.5" drives, but Lian Li only includes enough hardware for 2! Even listed as so in the included instruction guide. Not only that, I spent a couple hours looking to buy the correct hardware, only to not find it on Lian Li's website, or any other website.

But that was corrected by mounting all 4 drives on the top front inner panel (where you would normally mount 2 flat) by using 2 screws each on the edge of the drive and snapping them in vertically. It also made cable routing for 4 drives a ton easier. (SSD RAID 10) They aren't as secure as using 4 screws each, but its not like the system is going to move around or be subject to issues, and they are SSDs, not mechanical drives. So, it works. But it would have been nice to have gotten all the hardware, not half of it.

The hinge open front is nice, but be careful. My biggest issue was the mini-sata connection for the optical drive. Had to connect that last, and have to disconnect it to open, but that's fairly painless. They could have prevented issues with the cabling for the front panel if they simply had routed the front wiring to have enough and be pinned near the hinge point.

And yeah, on the side panels, open them straight out. I didn't have an issue, but you definitely want to be careful with them.

Other Thoughts: Overall, case works fine, looks great and my customer is pleased. And with the system being a RAID 10 SSD, its hilariously fast.

Gigabyte 1150 mATX board.
Intel i5 3.2GHz
Corsair 16GB DDR 1600 (2 x 8GB)
4 x Samsung 250GB SSD
1 x WD 1TB HDD
Corsair 600W modular PSU
Samsung slimline optical drive
Windows 7 Pro x64

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GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very easy to work with board. Fast, seems pretty stable. See other thoughts for the build info.

Overall I was very pleased with how this board performs coupled to an i5, and an nVidia 660 along with an SSD. It blisters into the Windows 7 desktop in less than 20 seconds from pressing the power button on a cold start.

Cons: Didn't really encounter many cons. I'm not a fan of the SATA headers they use these days, but not much I can do about that. Just seem easier to break if you aren't careful. Large board though. It JUST fit in the case I had picked for it, but was unable to use any of the drive mounts due to the RAM location, had to be creative. lol

Other Thoughts: This was a system for my brother actually. i5 4590 Haswell, Gigabyte nVidia 660 Video, 8GB of DDR3 1600, Muskin Chronos 240GB SSD, 1TB WD Black, Blu-Ray Combo drive, Cougar 600W PSU, Rosewill case, Windows 7.

System was setup with SSD as OS drive, WD drive was for storage of files.

System tweaks:

Disabled Superfetch. Disabled virtual memory. Disabled System Restore (System Protection). Disabled Windows Search. (these are often recommended for many SSD drive setups). This particular SSD used didn't have overprovisioning, so no option for that.

With the above settings on this motherboard it will boot to the desktop in 15-20 seconds with only basic common programs and all updates. That is pretty darn fast folks.

Very happy with this motherboard!

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Lenovo IdeaTab S6000 10.1” Entertainment Android Tablet with MTK 8125 Quad-core ARM Cortex A7 1.20 Ghz, 1GB LPDDR2 Memory, 16GB Storage, 1280x800 IPS Multi-Touch Display, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
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Pros: These are in nice, brand new looking condition, and well packaged. Comes with tablet and charger only. This unit is pretty nice. Quad core processor, 1GB Ram, 16GB storage. Android 4.2.2. Nice camera, 5MP/2MP, onboard camera app even has an HDR tool. Was able to easily install apps I wanted, so far no problems with my second one.

Cons: The first one I got had a bad WiFi. Other than this, it was in excellent condition, like new. But it had nearly no wireless range. Even standing at the router it was lucky to have half strength.

So the con in this is the fact that you might get a refurb that wasn't quite refurbed completely, or has a greater chance of something not right. That being said, time is your friend here. Don't delay in acting on it, as Newegg will help you.

No keyboard or other cover. Nadda, zip. No screen protection. I purchased a simple stick-on shield and a couple days later bought the Lenovo keyboard/cover for it (from another vendor due to price) along with a simple neoprene sleeve to put it in. Together its now well protected.

Comes completely googlefied. If you hate google like me, its easy enough to disable some of it, and put in whatever apps you want that are similar. I dropped chrome, norton and a few other things and put in like Firefox, Avast and a few other things.

Cannot install apps like MS Office on it, due to it not having cell features All the compatible ones have cell carriers.. Lame. Mostly Microsoft's fault, but still. Its a con.

Other Thoughts: Now here is where I have to praise NewEgg themselves. When I ordered this unit, I was able to have it overnighted which was good cause I was hoping to have it for the weekend. And I got it in time, that was great. And it didn't cost me a whole lot for the shipping either or I wouldn't have. Anyway, after getting it and discovering it had a bad internal WiFi problem, I debated on calling Lenovo or the Egg. No real brainer, I called the Egg. Explained the issue, and that I was hoping to get this setup asap for the person that was going to be using it.

Fortunately, they once again reminded me why I enjoy having NewEgg as a retailer. Not only did they issue a call tag, and provide overnight shipping on the replacement, they also advanced shipped the replacement! Not to mention doing this and being pleasant on the phone to talk to. Now it must be said here, that I have been a long and loyal customer, and have spent many thousands of dollars buying hundreds of products for my various customer needs. I'm pretty sure that was a factor in this advance replacement, it is not something they do in all situations. But all the same, it was nice to see them go that extra mile to take care of me.

To end, the replacement arrived that next day, and it completely tested out fine and worked very well. I'm quite pleased with the overall experience.

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