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This review is from: LIAN LI PC-X500FX Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: I love this case. It has no nonsense style, which is the main reason I went with Lian-li. I do not like the "extreme" look of most other cases, namely the CM HAF's and the Antecs. I owned two Antecs before this one, and always had to change cases with each build. I was sick of that and wanted something that would last a long time. I am also not 13 anymore and don't need an "edgy 1337 case" anymore. Lian-Li was suggested by a coworker who lives by them, and now I do too.
It's almost 100% aluminum and almost 100% toolless. I only used a screwdriver to help tighten the screws. It wasn't necessary but I am like that.
Cooling is absolutely excellent. And it's fairly quiet.
Cons: These aren't really cons, more like "annoyances"
I liked the vertical PCI video card holder. It is a vertical peice of metal with little plastic "arms" you can attach that help hold up the video cards. However, when I added a CoolerMaster 212+ heatsink, it was too big to allow the bar to fit. Just be aware of this if you want to use the PCI support that it may not work with the heatsink you want if the heatsink is too tall or too wide.
The power supply fits on the bottom, which I love. I have a Corsair HX750, which is the one with the modular cables (NO MUTANT SQUID PSU'S EVER AGAIN!), and the cables buts up against the lower HDD caddy. It seems like a tight fit but it's fine really.
There are lots of holes for the cables to run behind the case. However, the back case only has like 6 pegs, and is flexible, so if you stuff too many cables or don't do a good enough job of stuffing them down, it will bulge. I was able to make it not bulge so you should too.
Other Thoughts: I would rather buy one 400$ case and have it last me for eternity than a bunch of regular cases that I need to replace every time I rebuild.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's big. It's affordable. Once you game on this you will not be able to game on any one else's rig. The monitor is as tall as my original 22"-widescreen is wide. You don't have to spend $1,500 to get a big monitor experience. Movies look great, even from my bed.
Cons: Refresh is good and no ghosting, except if the pixels are black on light colors, then there is a barely noticeable ghosting, but you really have to be on the look out for it. Also It's 1920x1200 instead of it's 30" cousins which are 2650x1600 but It's a fine trade off if you ask me.
Other Thoughts: You can easily afford 3 of these for Eyefinity for racing and FPS and that's what I intend to do next time I get bitten by the racing bug.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's huge! It's really bright. It's LOWEST brightness is the same as HALF brightness of my old monitor. The height of this monitor is the same as the width of my old 22" widescreen, so a vertical 22"widescreen fits PERFECTLY next to this one. Contrast ratio is awesome. Dark parts in games and movies aren't washed out or greyish. Games are AWESOME especially racing games. 1080p movies look great too, but I'm spoiled by our 120hz TV so I'm spoiled by it's smoothness. The image is also uniform brightness unlike my last monitor.
Cons: You might need a bigger desk. It sometimes seems TOO bright, even at lowest brightness, but it's still comfortable. Keeping a dim desk lamp on helps alleviate any eyestrain. Everyone of your roommates and friends will be jealous and tell you "hanns-g is no good", "you didn't need to buy that", etc. But they just have e envy :)
Other Thoughts: I did not try the build in speakers. Honestly you shouldn't be using build in monitor speakers anyway so it's really a moot point. I know I've only had it for a day, but I like what I have seen. I bought this on sale, and used the money I saved to buy the two year extended service plan from Newegg. I have been eyeing this monitor for almost a year, but have seen the mixed reviews. This has a three year Mfg warranty so that with the ESP will protect be from having to buy a replacement monitor. My eventual goal is to get two more of these monitors and some ATI cards with Eyefinity. That will be pure awesome.
If any more thoughts come I'll update this review.
Display Name: tim d.
Date Joined: 11/13/09
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