Date Joined: 04/30/12
*superb build quality and finish
Cons: *Front Lianl-LI sticker
*Non PWM fans
*No included lid screen
Overall Review: This was my very first build, and a challenging one at that since I wanted a HTPC on steroids. This case made my dream possible!!! Its not easy to make a mid grade to high end gaming rig and or OC friendly rig in a htpc platform when obviously space and airflow is always a compromise. You have to do a lil measuring and carefully chose hardware.
Asrock Z77 OC Formula (EATX form factor)
Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU cooler
8g's (x2 4g) of G.Skill 1866 sniper ram
Asus DUII GTX 670 GPU
Ceton InfiniTV 4 tuner
ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM
256GB Samsung 840 pro SSD
2T WD green
x3 Rosewill 140mm Hyperborea PWM fans
Inteset CIR receiver
SeaSonic SS-750KM3 750W modular PSU
Razer Orochi Gaming Mouse
Azio Bluetooth keyboard KB228BP
I have my GPU in the PCI slot that sits directly under the center drive bay mount/support brace with a .25" of clearance from both the brace and HDD bay. The cpu cooler is an updraft cooler that almost lines up perfectly with the lid vent, close enough to be functinal. Althogh your limited to 3 sticks of ram since the tubes on the cooler cover the first slot. With this cooler, you have .75" of clearance from the gpu, .125" from the odd, 1" from the chassis fan, 1.125" from the back, and .5 from the lid. Nedless to say, its a tight fit. One thing I did to help with cooling, I basically cut the bottom half of the ODD tray off, but left about .625" of material to retain rigidity. This obstructed quite a bit off the right front fan. Another thing to consider is some silverstone FF141B magnetic fan filters (obviously aluminum = non ferrous) as well as Lian Li's lid screen (PT-AF14-1B). Then use the included filter screw plate to attach both the screen as well as magnetic filter.
Thats about all I can think of. I hope this reveiw helps someone, even though my HW is a lil dated and obsolete, you can atleast use it for reference. Next to water cooling, its as good as it gets. Nonetheless, I am more then pleased with my purchase and you will too.