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Pros: - This case can handle any graphics card load you can throw at it, even with the single fan. I re-purposed an R9-280X and paired that with an i5-4690K CPU, and temps are fine. The GPU gets a fresh supply of air from the bottom of the case, and with the vented top, the CPU stays cool as well. Add in a 2nd fan on top, and it runs even better.
- Very high quality, awesome design, compact form factor, looks simply awesome.
- This case actually has about .75" room behind the motherboard to hide cables. So cable management can't be beat for a case as small as this. I ended up with a completely clean looking install even without a modular PSU.
- Rotated motherboard allows for a mid-sized CPU cooler. Take a close look at CPU cooler heights when designing your system. I'd highly recommend the Noctua NH-D9L as a perfect CPU cooler for this case.
Cons: - Lian-Li missed one (as Lian-Li cases always seem to have a single fatal flaw) with the placement of the front panel controls. If they had placed the controls vertically along either side of the front panel, you could fit an entire 1" longer GPU. As it is, the front panel connectors are exactly where the GPU extends to, shortening the usable GPU space inside the case. I decided to risk it and try the 11.2" Gigabyte R9-280X GPU (.7" longer than spec'd for this case) because I had one laying around not being used. I ended up having to trim up the cooler frame of the Gigabyte R9-280X to fit, but it managed to fit. As long as you stay within the case spec'd 10.6" GPU length, you're fine. I'm not docking any stars because GPUs in spec will fit. It's just that Lian-Li had the opportunity to turn this into a case that could handle any GPU on the market and they missed it.
- Advertised for water cooling. I wouldn't bother with a 2x120MM cooler on top - the PSU exhausts out the top, so you'd be pushing hot air through the front part of the RAD. I think water cooling is realistically limited to a 120mm rad hooked on the back-side. But then you'll be restricting airflow through the case. This is a much better Air-cooled case. The Noctua NH-D9L is perfect for this case, and looks awesome with the large window.
- I wish Lian-Li had allowed the PSU to be mounted with either the PSU fan facing forward or back (it can only be facing forward). I would have elected it to be facing backward just to allow the cables to be coming out of the PSU on the back-side of the case, which would have made cable management much easier.
Other Thoughts: - PSUs are not as limited as other reviewers are saying. I re-purposed a Corsair CX-600M (which is 150MM non-modular). The Corsair even has the power plug rotated in the direction specified in the case manual as "not compatible", but it is still compatible. I just means the extender cord has to make a tight turn to get plugged into the PSU, but it's not overly cramped and it works fine. Not sure why Lian-Li put that as a hard restriction in the manual.
- Bottom line is that I was able to use the full-size CX600M with no problems. It took some work with cable management, but with the 3/4" space behind the motherboard, I ended up with an extremely clean build and no visible extra cables. So, a modular PSU is recommended, but not necessary for this case.
Overall, this is the best overall case design to come out of Lian-Li since the PC-Q25 (which I also own). I keep a close eye on Lian-Li designs, and they have been somewhat lacking over the last year. Hopefully this PC-Q10 is a sign that they're back!
Pros: - Low profile 14.37" Height, very compact design
- Clean design, looks better than price
- Packed full of functionality
- Awesome cooling
- Liquid cooling AIO capable
Cons: - Cable management will be a challenge, but it's doable
- Old style top mounted PSU that exhausts hot air out of the case (but it's been fine for me for ~3 years)
- Included fans are low quality (but that's expected of a budget case)
- Slightly flimsy design (but consistent with price)
Other Thoughts: I have owned this case for close to 3 years now. When I first purchased, I was looking at this or the Silverstone TJ08 or this case. I was restricted by height (<15") and these two fit the bill. The TJ08 was $100 and this one was $50 at that time. I purchased this one, thinking it would be temporary.... Here I am almost 3 years later.
In this case, I am running:
- 125W AMD CPU Overclocked
- 120MM AIO Cooler. Contrary to what other reviewers indicated below, you can run an AIO here in multiple places. I have had my LQ-510 in the front and in the real fan positions. In the real position, you need to turn it upside down, but it has still kept my overclocked Phenom CPU cool for 3 years just fine.
- 3.5" card reader in the external 3.5" bay
- Blu-Ray burner in the top 5.25 bay
- 2x3.5" HDDs
- Overclocked R9-280X (During the LiteCoin bubble, I mined in this case four 4 months without any cooling issues)
- 600W PSU
Try to find a uATX case today that can pack that much stuff in such a small package at this price.
Cable management will be tough. I fed all of the power cables through a very tight to a cavity that exists on the right side of the 5.25" Bays down to the 3.5" Bay. From there, I fed all cables to their location on the Motherboard or drives and bundled up the rest with cable ties. It was a challenge, but the end result is a VERY clean interior with no disruption to airflow.
The fans it came with are cheap and make more noise than needed. They are fine, but I upgraded to Noctua fans. When I was mining with the R9 280X, I installed 2 120mm fans on the side panel. The lower one was intake and the upper one exhaust. Cooling is not a problem at all.
In summary, this case has been well worth the $$. I am looking to upgrade, and I am having a tough time finding a replacement - it's been that good.
Pros: - Height, swivel, and rotation adjustment
- Best price for a fully adjustable 1440p monitor
- Easy to use controls - easy to switch between inputs
- Lots of included cables!
Cons: - Speakers are completely useless. Another reviewer compared the speakers to placing ear-buds on the desk, and he's absolutely correct. Do not buy expecting to be able to even use the speakers.
- I'm not a display expert, so I'm not really able to comment on the quality of the display. Colors, brightness and contrast all look good to me. There is probably just a little bit of bleeding in the lower left corner that's noticeable with very dark backgrounds.
Other Thoughts: I read the reviews going in, but I thought I'd at least be able to get by for a while until I bought a better speaker system.
I was looking for a 1440p monitor with height adjustment, and this least expensive one available with or without the speakers, so I still would buy this regardless. But after receiving the product, I'm still docking just for the fact that they try to market this as a monitor with speakers. They really just do not work.
They could have added decent speakers (like on the Asus monitors) for a few $$ more and still would be at a similar price point compared to other options, or they could have just gotten rid of the speakers and lowered the cost just a little bit more.
Overall, I'm enjoying 1440p productivity and gaming! But now I need a bigger GPU - hmm......