Speaking of better cooling cases, I'm amazed that I never see anyone talking about the Koolance water-cooled cases. They cost the same and are supposed to provide superior cooling to everything else short of a pelltier.
What gives you guys?
I realize that the Lian Li is a quality case. My computer buddy rubbed one in my face and I ogled it for quite awhile.
But there's plenty of well-made steel cases out there for a fraction of the cost, so what's the point of aluminum?
1. Something unique and pointlessly extravegant, much like that black CUSL2-C motherboard.
2. Cooling, or perceived cooling potential.
I think that I'm going to have to whip out the temp sensors and do a little comparing, although my big steel case will never look as bitchin' as my pal's Lian-Li.
Which is great......if you schlepp the computer up the mountain on your back. Or if you have it precariously perched on a shelf made of the same craftsmanship as some of the ducting and watercooling projects that I've seen proudly displayed on the web.
I don't mean to be a pain. All I want is for someone to admit that they're attracted to the latest, greatest, most expensive goody that the magazine writers go on about like a monkey is attracted to a shiny, colorful bobble.
C'mon, admit it.
I have a Cooler Master ATC-201 which you can check out on their website: www.coolermaster.com. I preferred the look of the Cooler Master over the Lian-Li. It is somewhat larger than my old case making it much easier to work in. You can find them at www.compuplus.com and at http://store.yahoo.com/thechipmerchant/cases.html which also has Lian Li aluminum cases.
Sure, we're all attracted to the newest, greatest stuff. But I bought the Lian-Li mainly for its great looks, excellant cooling and quality of manufacture. The weight is a help since I DO in fact cart my machine around sometimes.