Joined on 11/24/14
I absolutely love this case
Pros: I was on the fence for a good long while about how much I wanted to buy this case and finally the right sale came along and I'm glad that I did. It really is meant to be a showcase PC, for system builders to really show off their skills. It's an art piece that I can't stop looking at. That being said, it is not the friendliest of cases, especially if you're doing open loop water cooling. Having built many systems before, going from steel and acrylic to tempered glass and aluminium is night and day, the metal panels pop off and assemble very easily, this thing is premium. I watched Hardware Canuck's review on this several times so I knew what I was getting into with the shortcomings of this case, so it did make my install go much easier, but had I not, it would have been a way bigger pain. This is really a case you build for aesthetics first, functionality will be there of course, but you're going to really plan out how things fit to really make it look like an art piece. Be prepared, PSU goes on last, you're going to be taking it apart several times. I ended up going with a Swiftech AIO for the aesthetic of an open loop, and a closed loop GPU (MSI Seahawk 1080), simply because I didn't want to deal with the labor for open looping this thing. Some of the newer to be released Lian Li's have pump mount plates but this one does not, so you're going to have to mod to fix a pump and reservoir on here. There also might not be enough clearance for the large 64mm thick radiators, the premium ones from EK and XSPC msy not fit. And you're going to have to plan out the tube runs and how many 90 degree fittings you'll need, and hardline tubing - buy extra, you're going to need it. But even with closed loop, this thing is just gorgeous, and perfectly worth spending the money.
Cons: The only grip I have is that there is no rubber padding between the glass and the metal to mount the front and sides. Phanteks does a great job of ensuring the rim where the tempered glass meets the case is lined with rubber, and the contact points are rubber lined for padding as well. Here, for this price, it's straight glass on metal, for something that costs twice as much as a Phanteks tempered glass edition, seems like they could do better.