As we installed our test bed, we noticed it took less time to install the components in the PC-V1000 than in a standard style ATX chassis, at about 10 minutes for all necessary hardware. The 3-1/2" drive bays faced the side, which made HDDs extremely simple to mount.

To install the 3-1/2" floppy drive, the drive bay converter needs to be removed by unscrewing it from the bay. Place the floppy drive in the mount and insert a floppy disk to displace the eject button. Use this as a measure of how far to place the drive from the front of the mounting. Then screw the drive in place using the provided drive screws.

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Mounting an optical drive with the included matching bezel is slightly different in that the eject button remains in the same position at all times. To mount the drive, slide it in from the inside of the chassis until the front bezel of the drive is flat against the bezel, making sure not to apply too much pressure (pressing the eject button). Then, screw the drive in from both sides as needed with the provided screws.

One major flaw in the design of the power supply compartment was the size limitation. We tested an oversized power supply, TTGI TT-550SS, with the PC-V1000 and it would not fit. About an inch of the unit hung out the back and there was no space for the internal wiring, as you can see in the picture below.

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The motherboard consumed most of the installation time, since the tray was not removable and the mounting nuts were a bit tedious to install. But when in place, everything fit in perfectly.

Motherboard Tray Benchmarking


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  • beachbum86 - Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - link

    this case both looks and performes GREAT. the only problem that i havnt seen anyone point out is...dust.. with all those holes your bound to get dust build up... but this case is great. everyone posting obvioulsy just slappes in components to a case and calls it good.

    if you dont like the look...change it. add a front blowhole. put some lighting behind those holes to make some glow effect. alot of you guys that are complaining about looks, are what i like to call "lazy builders". so who cares if it looks like a G5. what about all the other cases that look like ...well, all the other cases. lian li helped break the mold of the normal case look that you guys are so intent on sticking with..your bunch of fallowers is it...learn to be a leader.

    the case performes great (better than the rest) and it looks exactly how lian-li wanted.
  • racolvin - Monday, July 26, 2004 - link

    Personally I'm ok with G5-copy look to it (aluminum, lots of hole .. you can't tell me this isn't "inspired by a G5). I'm even ok with the price for it.

    However ...

    I will not now nor will I ever buy a tower case with the USB/Audio/Firewire ports on BOTTOM of the friggin case! As much as I would love to buy a new tower case and build a new system, this floor placement of the ports it totally unacceptable. Heck, the cable for my headphones would never reach from the floor to my head! Much less the task of plugging/unplugging my digital camera or iPod. No, I'll keep my $200 thank you very much
  • melgross - Sunday, May 9, 2004 - link

    This case seems to be ok. The one thing it tends to prove is that off the cuff ideas of what is correct is often proven wrong by real engineering. Just looking at a case and thinking,"I don't know, it doesn't look like the cooling should work", is meaningless.

    By the way, having holes all over the front is not a new idea. Dell's servers have a fully perforated front just like Apple's do.

    Most other servers I have seen over the years either have a mesh front, or a completely open front with the hard drive cases constituting the front panel and such. The idea isn't to create a tornado, but a constant flow over all areas with several fans in the rear. I've never seen these servers using filters, as that just cuts the air flow. Usually these are in conditioned, and filtered rooms to begin with, and aren't on a dirty floor. Vacuum once a week!
  • MajorKong - Wednesday, May 5, 2004 - link

    How do you manage to review a case, complete with a dozen or more pictures of the empty case, but then provide NO pictures of the case with installed motherboard and other components?
  • MWWInc - Saturday, May 1, 2004 - link

    #9 - I would like to see pics of the assembled system as well. I bought one of those floppy bezels on my PC69 and happen to think they don't look good when there's an actual drive installed there.

    #13 - I agree that they could be more creative with the placement of the USB/audio ports, especially with the new "upside-down" layout where the extra USB headers on the board will probably be closer to the top of the case anyway.

    And speaking of the layout, it seems like if you install hard drives in that bottom cage, your ATA cables are going to go on forever. (Pic:

    It definitely borrows from the G5 look, but I have no problem with that, and seems to perform pretty well. But no removable motherboard tray, no reset button, no 2nd 5.25" bezel, and the cabling nuances mentioned above keep it from being the perfect case. And I would only consider spending $200 on a perfect case. ;-)
  • Brucmack - Saturday, May 1, 2004 - link

    Something tells me the case would look better in black. Then the holes wouldn't be quite so loud, if you know what I mean.

    At least they put a filter over the intake fan, since that's where most of the air would come into the case, I would think.
  • Eug - Friday, April 30, 2004 - link

    This is definitely a knockoff of the G5 externals, except that it doesn't look anywhere near as good.

    I like the G5 case, and I like Lian-Li's other cases, but this one is just Meh.
  • KristopherKubicki - Friday, April 30, 2004 - link


    It is pretty simple; the case isnt a G5 knock off (thats why it wasnt mentioned). Please check this out:

    Besides the little ventilation holes, there isnt a single resemblence between the two cases.

  • LoneWolf15 - Friday, April 30, 2004 - link

    One more thing. Thanks Purav, for clearing up that power supply question. Much appreciated. Reply
  • LoneWolf15 - Friday, April 30, 2004 - link

    I think it'd be a decent case, but it falls short on several things. Number one is price. That's ridiculous, and I'm not willing to pay it.

    The second issue I have is the cooling design. Separation of the hard disks from the rest of the system is a good idea in my mind provided it actually separates their heat from the CPU compartment, but both areas have to have ventilation systems dedicated to cooling them separately. I don't see that this case is really well designed for that. I was surprised by the cooling results being as good as they were, while the holes probably allow for good circulation, I was sure they would hamper adequate suction for the fans.

    Finally, most serious enthusiass now have both a CD/DVD-reader, and a separate writer. A second CD-door faceplate ought to come with this, especially at that price..

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