Lian Li PC343 ATX Case

Internal Appearance & Installation

Internal Appearance
 
This is again very simple. The case is split almost perfectly down the middle, one side for the motherboard and one side for the PSU. The dividing tray stands 36cm high, this still leaves a 10cm gap above it to house the 240mm radiator and some beefy fans if you so wish. There is a cut out in the dividing panel for cable routing, although due to the room available it not really an option for hose routing when installing your watercooling. There are some vent holes in the floor to allow the PSU to draw in cool air from outside the case.
 
Lian Li PC-343 Internals Right Lian Li PC-343 Inside Left

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.

Lian Li PC-343 Front Removed
 
 
Installation
 
To start off with I fitted the accessories, the fan blinds do a nice job of tidying up the look of the back of the case. I decided to put both the HDD cage and the 120mm fan mount on the mobo side of the case to help with airflow over the motherboard.
 
Lian Li PC-343 Install Lian Li PC-343 Back Install
 
Lian Li PC-343 PSU Bay
 
Now the parts going in to this mammoth case:
 
CPU: Intel Q6600 @ 3.4ghz (1.45vcore)
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.
 
Lian Li PC-343 Fully Installed
 
But something else caught my eye while the roof was off - the dividing plate does not sit perfectly in the middle. Now the mobo side you can just get your hand down with a thumb screw to fit the cages, the PSU side is a different matter all together! I couldn’t even get my hand down there let alone hold a thumb screw. On closer inspection after another cup of coffee to wake me up the drive bays have rails that run to the outside of the case. Then in a moment of inspiration I realised you can fit rubber grommets and mounting screws to the dvd drive ect and just slide it in place! Some thing I thought was so difficult just became very simple. Thank you Nescafe!
 
Lian Li PC-343 Divider
 
With the main components in the case I turned my attentions to what Aqua said on there website about this case and I quote:

“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.
 
 Lian Li PC-343 Triple Rad 
 
Lian Li PC-343 Radiator Problem Lian Li PC-343 Radiator
 
Another issue for fitting a radiator in the drive bays is airflow. You would need to buy some perforated bezels to allow the rad fans to draw in cool air from the outside, even with the 240mm radiator that means 6 bezels which is another £30 to add to the shopping list. Could be a very clean and tidy way of getting a big rad internal if you want a smooth look.
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06-04-2008, 11:27:36

JN
"We take a look at the Lian Li PC-343B"

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...081528100s.jpg

Lian LI PC343 Review by Tom Logan

06-04-2008, 11:34:25

Toxcity
Looks to be a fantastic case!

Very pleasurable read Jim.......Tom!?!

06-04-2008, 11:37:13

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Toxcity'
Looks to be a fantastic case!

Very pleasurable read Jim.
Not my review mate

06-04-2008, 11:51:49

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Not my review mate
Who's Tom Logan??

06-04-2008, 12:22:42

tinytomlogan
That would have to be me!

So what do you think for my 1st review on oc3d? Ive put poor old Jim through hell getting this done!

06-04-2008, 12:29:11

lasher
Excellent review.

Im sure will help many when making the decision between similar specced cases when it comes to cooling options and build quality.

Its amazing stuff that Nescafe isnt it

Keep up the good work and look forward to many more reviews.

06-04-2008, 12:33:25

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='tinytomlogan'
That would have to be me!

So what do you think for my 1st review on oc3d? Ive put poor old Jim through hell getting this done!
Cool.

Good job mate

06-04-2008, 12:52:26

ionicle
damn good review

and a quality product

need to see more reviews of good stuff, not just mouse mats

06-04-2008, 16:43:23

tinytomlogan
Thanks guys, means alot I was nervous about what you would think.

Really enjoyed doing it actualy.

*hopes to get another?*

06-04-2008, 16:44:35

FarFarAway
That's a nice review mate, well written

06-04-2008, 17:35:02

Kerotan
Good review, but sheesh is that case expensive, by the time you'd bought all the accessories as well! I like the idea of interchangeable parts to suit user's custom needs but I think they could include a little more in the bundle tbh. I'm not sure about the PSU shroud either, I can't help but think it would affect the other components having all that hot air diverted elsewhere, as the PSU can generally take a bit of a beating compared to say, a GPU when it comes to having to shift hot air, but I guess provided there were enough exhaust fans it would make sense if you had a hot running PSU to seal it off.

06-04-2008, 18:23:38

tinytomlogan
Case is expensive mate your right, but if you need to build a rig to your own individual spec then its perfect. I suppose this rig just needs alot of planning and saving!

The psu shroud is a great idea sucking in cold air to the psu can only extend its life?

The case can have too much exhaust if you use all the fans so the psu not sucking air out isnt really an issue?

06-04-2008, 18:37:59

Kerotan
I guess if there is enough cold air coming through it would be an advantage, I was just unclear on how the shroud would work out from the picture, I couldn't visualise it. I guess with a case like that exhaust fan isn't really an issue lol, with all the fan bays occupied it would be nuts! I think it's up to the overall design of the case, some integrate the PSU as part of the cooling, others just seal it off in its own compartment so it's down to personal choice/needs really.

06-04-2008, 18:58:16

tinytomlogan
The shroud just seals off the psu fan, there are cooling vents directly below the psu so it can draw cool air in front underneath the case not warm air from with in the case.

I think a 360mm rad in the 'psu' drive bays, and 2x fan mounts and a hdd caddy in the 'mobo' drive bays would be perfect for this case.

Theres always the roof plate for a 240mm rad 2nd loop if needs be

07-04-2008, 04:19:53

-VK-
A very nice review, well done.

07-04-2008, 14:14:02

Aqua-Pc's
not a bad first review - but next time drink the coffee first

07-04-2008, 15:12:43

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Aqua-Pc's'
not a bad first review - but next time drink the coffee first
Point noted!

Thanks for the comment, was great fun to do actualy :hands:

Hope to make the next one better, Ive bought an expresso machine :sleep:

11-04-2008, 14:31:49

Hassan
Nice case, but I dont think that Ill need it tbh.

Great review to read like all the others

12-04-2008, 05:04:23

PV5150
Excellent first review Tom...Well done! The LiLi PC343 is a gorgeous looking chassis, but the initial outlay for it and the necessary accessories is certainly a sharp hit to the back pocket.

09-03-2010, 06:51:09

CHRISTINA100
Thought it might be of some interest to have a reference guide here for peeps, on the history of the Nvidia GPU

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