By now my readers ought to know, I am a huge fan of brushed aluminum over black paint on a chassis exterior, and I don't really care so much about the interior, as long as it isn't plain primed steel. Lian Li really steps up to the plate and offers a sleek all aluminum interior even though unless you are building, cleaning, or showing it off, you will never see it. From everything I have seen to date from Lian Li and Lancool, they don't know how to cut corners in production; even their budget minded chassis' are top notch. The PC-X1000 of the Tyr series of chassis is no exception to that rule.
During my time with the chassis I only had one issue, and it was more a matter of my brain absorbing the design of the chassis. Once I figured out I couldn't get to the optical drive bays from the front, there was only one logical answer as to how to install them. Construction throughout is superb, and I was all over inside this chassis, leaning on the floor and even the top separator as I was trying to tuck and hide wiring. Let me tell you this, I have been inside many chassis' with floor panels to separate the PSU, and some of them are scarey with the flexibility of them. Lian Li does not have this issue; the gauge of aluminum and the way it's all assembled makes this chassis solid as a rock and vibration free during use.
Since I housed known components in the chassis that I use daily, well, I should say my girlfriend uses daily, I have overclocked and monitored this system under F@H and OCCT testing at both stock settings as well as in an overclocked state. While I haven't had the time to re-clock her system, over the past couple of days I was able to monitor the CPU and GPU temperatures under load at stock settings. I am pleased to say that with the fans on high, controlled with the switch, testing reports a six degree drop in OCCT on the CPU, and an eight degree drop in my GPU temperatures while running F@H (yes on the same WU even). In my opinion a great concept has been implemented and brought to realization in the PC-X1000; there are only two reasons why there shouldn't be one in your home; size and/or price.
If you don't have a special place to house your rig, like under a desk or inside a cabinet, then the height of the PC-X1000 doesn't come into play. The second, and most important factor, is pricing. I have had more expensive chassis' in front of me, and to be honest, they aren't still here in my PC room like the Lian Li is, and I feel it has a comfy home for quite some time to come. It is tough to beat what Lian Li offers inside and outside the PC-X1000. I mentioned that this chassis can be found near $500 at some e-tailers. But the best deal on the internet has to be the $350 USD pricing. My thought is to save the $150 and buy more components by grabbing the PC-X1000 at Newegg for $349.99, plus shipping. This chassis is worth every penny!
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