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Lian Li PC-V1020 Review

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[PUNK] crompers 6th January 2011, 12:22 Quote
if i had the money and the space i'd buy one tomorrow love the mesh front and the rounded feel to it, layout is excellent as always.

its lian li so its very expensive for the job it does, but if you can afford one you never look back, mainly because they last forever but also because they generally make life a lot easier in terms of building and lifting your pc.
slaw 6th January 2011, 12:33 Quote
This is a truely beautiful case. I know £250 is a lot but a good case will last for years. I still have a 10 year old Lian Li that I still use to hold my old/backup machine.

Its a shame that they didnt include a window in that price though!
Sleepstreamer 6th January 2011, 12:40 Quote
Thank you LianLi for making proper cases again!
robump 6th January 2011, 12:41 Quote
Looks awesome and you could mod it beautifully with water cooling in there!
Steelez 6th January 2011, 12:42 Quote
£256.47 or $249.99!

Guess we'll have to get used to that kind of price difference with the way they are going in the UK.
M7ck 6th January 2011, 12:47 Quote
Just a mention that Scan has them in stock for £216, the red version is a further fifty quid though.
Kasius 6th January 2011, 12:57 Quote
I love LianLi's kit, the beauty always brings a tear to my eye. That, is alot of money however. Definately not a modders choice, you'd be crazy to take a dremel to it
mi1ez 6th January 2011, 13:06 Quote
Gorgeous case. I'd stick with black, the red is probably pink again!

Pity about the price or I'd be ordering one!
Bindibadgi 6th January 2011, 13:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by M7ck
Just a mention that Scan has them in stock for £216, the red version is a further fifty quid though.

Black and Silver will always be cheaper than red, which will also be cheaper than white versions. Lian Li outsources its anodising and it simply costs them more because of that and the quantities are much lower. Lian told me it used to be the case that they sold 50:50 silver to black, but now it's 1:9, with a fraction of red.
eddtox 6th January 2011, 13:32 Quote
Lovely case, but for £250 I would have liked to see a matching interior. Even my Mini p180 manages that at a quarter of the price.
[USRF]Obiwan 6th January 2011, 13:37 Quote
Not worth 250 pounds. (when is BT going to add the euro pricing to the top of reviews?)

The interior looks like a 80's BG Cylon
PureSilver 6th January 2011, 13:49 Quote
Hmm, I rather fear I'm going to buy one of these to replace my V1000B+, which is almost a mirror-image of this case (it's inverted-ATX) but lacks the removable motherboard tray and other features - that's how good the V1000's been.

There will have to be interior modding, though - or maybe I'll just get the red one.
Fizzban 6th January 2011, 15:07 Quote
Beautiful case, shame about the price. Still, if I was loaded I'd probably buy one.
lga45 6th January 2011, 15:43 Quote
I love Lian Li cases. I havent bought one yet, because - sadly as someone else points out - cases last for so long, I cant justify throwing away a 2 year old beautiful case I already own.

One suggestion: stop marking beautiful luxury cases down on price: 5/10 on value is simply not fair. You cant mark down a high level product like that; if you want to best graphics card, and everyone agrees its the best, then you dont mark it down on price; you get what you pay for.

All your Lian Li reviews, you talk about how beautiful, and what a pleasure they are to work with; then you mark them down. its not fair. Give them a 9/10, crazy but cool award. You get what you pay for, and I, for one, am not shy to call quality out for what it is, and pay accordingly.
M7ck 6th January 2011, 16:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Black and Silver will always be cheaper than red, which will also be cheaper than white versions. Lian Li outsources its anodising and it simply costs them more because of that and the quantities are much lower. Lian told me it used to be the case that they sold 50:50 silver to black, but now it's 1:9, with a fraction of red.

Yeah I realise that, I wasn't having a go at the increase in price for the red one. Most negative comments were regarding the price so I was just pointing out that it is available for £40 less than the review price.
Ross1 6th January 2011, 16:24 Quote
Red is the most expensive colour to make, I remember that from QI.

I have a PC-A77B, which is a very good case, but still flawed in many areas. At least it holds 15 hard drives nice and easily.
Skibo1219 6th January 2011, 17:08 Quote
Sad to see this not compared to Lancool K-62 since its close enough in design.
Matticus 6th January 2011, 17:12 Quote
The case is wonderful, I expect nothing less from a high priced Lian Li. I am going to have to get a Lian Li at some point in the future, still haven't owned one :( Haven't driven an Alfa either, what a terrible life I have :)

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Originally Posted by PureSilver
Hmm, I rather fear I'm going to buy one of these to replace my V1000B+, which is almost a mirror-image of this case (it's inverted-ATX) but lacks the removable motherboard tray and other features - that's how good the V1000's been.

There will have to be interior modding, though - or maybe I'll just get the red one.

If you decide to get rid of the V1000B+, hit me up with a PM ;)
M7ck 6th January 2011, 17:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skibo1219
Sad to see this not compared to Lancool K-62 since its close enough in design.

You can't reasonably compare an aluminium high end case to a mid/low end steel and plastic case.
azrael- 6th January 2011, 17:20 Quote
2 comments and 1 question from me.

First, yes the case is expensive, but as others have written you're likely to keep that case for years to come. I've had mine for almost 10 years now and I haven't found a 100% suitable replacement yet. You might pay the same for e.g. a high-end graphics card, but that's going to be outdated in 6 months.

Second, there's a HUGE difference between an *anodized* and a *painted* interior. While painting the interior black (or red or white) might not be very costly it would definitely detract from the classiness of the case. I'd much rather just have aluminium "au naturel".

And then there's my question, which I still haven't been able to get answered for any V-Series case (the ones with wheels). Is it possible to replace those wheels with those case feet Lian Li offers? One of the things holding me back from getting a V-Series case has been just those wheels, considering the case would be standing on my desk.
Taffy 6th January 2011, 18:34 Quote
I have replaced the wheels with Feet on an earlier case but the feet were not manufactured by Lian-li, have also put the rear wheels with the brake on the front of the case, and the front wheels at the back to make it easier to roll, the holes and screws fit both ways.
Ficky Pucker 6th January 2011, 19:00 Quote
nice case, but not £250 nice.
azrael- 6th January 2011, 19:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Taffy
I have replaced the wheels with Feet on an earlier case but the feet were not manufactured by Lian-li, have also put the rear wheels with the brake on the front of the case, and the front wheels at the back to make it easier to roll, the holes and screws fit both ways.
Thanks for the info. :)

I was thinking of Lian-Li's own case feet, though.
r4tch3t 6th January 2011, 20:22 Quote
I would say you could, but the wheels are attached using 4 screws and the screw positions would likely not be in the best position for the feet. As for the size of the holes matching you could always e-mail them to ask.

This is the case I will most likely be getting for my next build. I only wish they still made the old V2000s, basically the same but bigger, the new ones just don't have the same look. I want my 12 HDD bays, 2 PSU mounts and a crap load of room upstairs. (Dual PSUs so I can house a mini-ITX server in the 5.25" bays and let it have it's own PSU.)
azrael- 6th January 2011, 20:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by r4tch3t
I would say you could, but the wheels are attached using 4 screws and the screw positions would likely not be in the best position for the feet. As for the size of the holes matching you could always e-mail them to ask.
<SNIP>
I've emailed Lian-Li on several occasions, but I've only ever got a reply once. That's why I'm asking in this context, as A) bit-tech currently has the case and B) bit-tech is much more likely to get a response from Lian-Li.
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