dodecahedron wrote:i was wondering if you had been considering the Lian-Li V1000 case, if not why not and if so why you didn't choose it in the end.
LoneWolf wrote:I looked a little at the Lian-Li. My first reservation was that it came with only one CD faceplate. I never have less than two drives in my system, and I want a clean look. It doesn't have as many external drive bays as the Antec either, though if expansion isn't the biggest deal to you then that's not an issue. I'd rather have the power supply on top, where it's exhausting already-warm air out of the case (I use dual-fan power supplies); the Lian-Li's config puts the power supply on the bottom, where the air is apt to be a little cooler. Its cable routing looks nice though.
LoneWolf wrote:Dodec, I got my Antec P160 case, and knew you'd want to know. I'll post pics if you want when I have a chance.
LoneWolf wrote:Antec has listened to a number of reviewers, and made a few nice changes. First of all, there are two 120mm fans now, as opposed to one like the case originally used to come with. The early P160 cases came with pinned-out USB and FireWire cables for the front-mounted ports, where each individual wire had to be plugged correctly into the mainboard. The current layout has a pre-molded plug for each, but also trunks off into the individual wires still in case you have an unusual mainboard.
LoneWolf wrote:The case is decent sized, but incredibly light, especially when compared to my heavy steel AOpen HX-08 tower. The front CD doors look really good, and have spots for the lights to shine through from the drives. I'm waiting on some additional cooling gear from Plycon and a fan grill from Coolerguys, when that gets here I'll start work on it. I'm tempted to get some UV reactive paint for some of the components and put a blacklight in to give some components and cables a blue glow; I'm still thinking that one over.
LoneWolf wrote:most have said you can remove the drawer faceplate of your drives if they don't fit, and then things will work fine.
LoneWolf wrote:The fans are Antec
LoneWolf wrote:Some vendors sell both versions with the window and without; some only sell the version without the window. The actual Antec side window panel (as opposed to an aftermarket mod) looks just like the one on NewEgg.
LoneWolf wrote:Antec's connectors for their front-mounted ports were originally pinned out so that each wire had to be plugged in separately; you had to figure out the correct setup for your mainboard wire by wire, a real pain.
LoneWolf wrote:Antec's new setup uses connectors that are all-in-ones that should fit most mainboards, but still branches off a set of wires that will allow you to go one-by-one if your mainboard is an oddball.
LoneWolf wrote: Antec's connectors for their front-mounted ports were originally pinned out so that each wire had to be plugged in separately; you had to figure out the correct setup for your mainboard wire by wire, a real pain. Antec's new setup uses connectors that are all-in-ones that should fit most mainboards, but still branches off a set of wires that will allow you to go one-by-one if your mainboard is an oddball.
dodecahedron wrote:congrats, Monkey! it's a really nice case, from what i hear (reviews, plus a friend of mine has one). enjoy!
LoneWolf wrote:BigMonkey, that's exactly what I mean.
Went to the auto parts stoor last night and bought door edge molding for the blowhole on my case. Still deciding whether to use black or chrome (decisions, decisions).
BigMonkey wrote:I read that you're thinking about the P180... It has a nice interior but I think you forgot how good looking the P160 is on the front face. When I look at the P180, me thinks it's a beer cooler
I take that you haven't ordered your case yet?
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