On wednesday, I received the Lian Li PC-A10 for my new computer. The package was well made and the case was very secured inside the box to garanty that the product won't be deteriorated during transportation.
The quality of the case is simply excellent, the aluminum feels really good and the colour make this case very classic. I particularly like the top openable area where sit 1 Firewire, 2 USB and the headphone and microphone jacks.
There is plenty of space in this case, particularly for a 8800 GTX !!! I like the fact that the case has been divided into sections, the bottom one for the hard drives (up to 5 in 2 hard drive enclosure (3xHD horizontally and 2 HD vertically) mounted on rubber ring to avoi any vibrations, and the PSU compartment. It is even possible to add a 12 cm fan from the HD section to the PSU to increase the airflow.
I like the fact that all fans are mounted using rubber rings to stop vibrations. Unfortunatelly, the fans manufactured by Lian Li are noisy and need to me changed if you want to have a quiet computer.
When I opened the door of this case, I was amazed by the quality of the design and the finition of the manufacturer. It looks great and feels great ! The 5.25 to 3.5 enclosure will be very handy when I'll get a card reader (there is no way I put a floppy disk drive in my computer). I really like the door system, very quiet when opening / closing and stay in place because of the ball system on the top and bottom of the door. The front panel has a 12cm in-take fan, a power and a reset button. The door has holes on the side to let the air in for the in-take fan. Well designed !
I was very surprised that the case did not correspond to the case advertised on Lian Li website. Indeed, the 2 watercooling holes on the top of the case are not mounted via a set of screws, but simply cut and put in place via welding. Another surprise, the backplate of the PSU area should present 2 holes with a removable plat in case you wanted to install a second PSU. On my version, the removable plate is not removable and welded to the case.
As I need to get the rig installed to test all components, I will keep this case and probably contact Lian Li in a couple of weeks to ask why this case is like this. The funniest part is that the Quality Control was done on the 27/07/2007, less than 3 weeks ago...