Lian Li PC-7 Plus Aluminum case
Posted by: Rack on: 29.01.2006 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Installing into the PC-7 Plus was easy considering how few ‘tool-less’ features were included. There is no removable motherboard tray. Any cards need a screw-driver. All drives require 4 screws, However it was all fairly painless. Lets start with the features that did help:
First off, the PSU is easy to install with removable aluminium plate for mounting the PSU before installation. With thumb screws, there’s a lot less hassle holding a PSU up while trying to screw screws into it.
Secondly the whole front panel comes off as easy as anything. Just pull a bit and hey-presto. Next up, all those nice aluminium drive bay covers just pull out, and there’s your free slot for any drives. This also exposes the cover on the front fan, for easy cleaning.
Both side panels come off with the same effort – it’s only 10 seconds work with thumbscrews, giving good access to the other side of the drive bays.
In fact, I even managed to fit a simple H2O setup in the case with relative ease – single radiator only though. In some situations a tool-less card holder can have it’s advantages, but most of them just cause trouble when installing – the brackets and screws used in the PC-7 Plus just looked nice too.
So far with drive installation, even when cases use the slide rails, those still need screws. The weight of the case and the easy access to drive rails meant that this was not such a problem. Good design over complicated over-design. For me however I would have really liked a removable motherboard tray, but I can understand that it would have complicated the design a great deal – perhaps destroying the other features.
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