Lian Li PC343 ATX Case
The front panel is also removable to gain access to the drive bays a bit easier. The roof is held on with 6 screws, at 1st it wasn't thought this was going to be needed to be mentioned. But later on during installation is became apparent that this might actually be removed a lot more than you may have thought.
CPU Heatsink: Stock!
Graphics Card: Gainward Bliss 8800GT
Motherboard: Asus P5K Premuim
Hard Drives: 37gb Raptor (system Drive)
2x 750gb Seagates (storage)
Nothing out of the ordinary in the parts list other than the fact that everything is on stock cooling to help test the airflow in the case. We also used 2 extra 750gb HDD for that extra bit of heat and to test how effective the hdd caddy airflow is when fully loaded.
The case comes with the usual Lian Li box of screws and fittings plus that handy tool to fit the motherboard stand off's.
The motherboard was easy to fit, but the 1st problem came with my choice of placement for the HDD caddy. I fitted this before the motherboard due to the lack of space between the dividing plate and the drive bays. But now I needed to move it and I’m not taking all of the motherboard ect out (you wouldn't do this day to day) so I had to remove the roof to get easy access. Its only 6 screws so not too much hassle. I swapped the cages round and the GPU issue was fixed.
“It’s the Ultimate case as it is able to take the highest performance pc with plenty of room to fit extreme cooling in there as well”
I set about trying to find a home for a second radiator. Extreme cooling to most is a well built custom water cooling set up. We already know this case can mount a 240mm radiator in the roof so I got the drive bay radiator mounts out and set about fitting a 360mm XSPC radiator to the drive bay. We only had a XSPC R120T radiator here and a Thermochill pa120.3 but sods law these are the only radiators that do not fit straight in. Pretty much every other 360mm radiator will fit straight in but if you do feel the need to have one of the larger rads then you can remove the roof support with 4 rivets, if you mount the radiator right up against the roof this can act as the missing roof support so you will have no structural issues. I didn't want to start drilling the review sample but there are a few pictures for you to get the idea.