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FT02 vs pc90 - Final Choice

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September 3, 2012 5:20:43 PM

Ok Everyone!

I have narrowed down 2 choices for Cases (both will have no windows as they may be unseen in the future). The Fortress FT02 by Silverstone, and the PC90 by Lian LI. :o  This will be for an audio workstation, not gaming. A workstation board, passive video card, lots of memory, HD's, So i wanted a case that's fairly silent, no doors, excellent cooling, low temperatures. and no windows on both. These 2 seem to be the closest in terms of silence, great cooling, low temperatures.

Lian li pc 90


FT02
http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=242&area=


FT02 Pro's:

-Excellent Cooling due to rotated board design
- Fairly quiet, as the case is covered in soundproofing foam inside (great for an audio only workstation)
- Fairly Roomy (modular power supply also allows it to have even better cooling) and Cable management
- Dust filters!!

FT02: Cons
- Don't Know if this is a con really, but the top cover, im afraid of this wearing out due to pulling the top off so much, dont want it to eventually "Break" ( I have had this experience with Doors on cases :ouch:  )

PC90 PROS:
- ROOMY
-Great Airflow as well due to "open" design
- Can be farily silent due to fans
- Lighter than most cases
-Basic internal design- great for a workstation type build

PC90 Cons
- No cable management (not a big deal really)
-One review said the PSU may get hot due to airflow (heat rising)
- HD's are mounted on the side, some users reported that this can cause a Hum as its right on the side, and may be prone to heating up (Although I think you can mount the drive facing inwards)
- No Soundproofing (heard its fairly quiet though and im sure i can add this myself)
-Only Has 2 Drive bays at the front...wont be expanding too much, but still kind of an annoyance for future expansion if needed, the top drive bay is an htpc type of bay which i dont really like, Maybe this bay cover can be removed?

Both Cases are fairly Good, Similar pricing, good airflow, kinda quiet, and I wont be going into the case much once built. This is my final decision when it comes to cases, im going to make my purchase very soon. I also chose these specifically because of ability to handle larger than Atx (my motherboard is SSI-CEB standard) , quietness, dustfree.

What would you finally recommend as a final decision? Provided I have heard good things about both cases, and not soo good things, but when there both similar in pricing...makes it a little tricky.

Anandtech refers to the pc90 as a Workstation branded type of case.

More about : ft02 pc90 final choice

a b ) Power supply
September 3, 2012 7:17:29 PM

both good cases

but the silverstone would be my choice--quality built case with great cooling

had the raven rv02 and was always removing the top cover and it never broke

really liked the rotated motherboard silverstone use--as my case is on the floor made it much easier to plug/unplug stuff

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a c 263 ) Power supply
September 3, 2012 7:55:20 PM

Have to agree with McNumpty here, my personal choice would be the silverstone also.
my $0.02 worth
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September 4, 2012 2:33:30 PM

Hmm, ok leaning in that direction,

I also like the pc90 due its simplicity, a basic layout. Quick questions about the pc 90 though, hopefully someone can give me a hand,

- Would the PSU be affected by heat if its top mounted?

- Can the 3.5 standard drives be mounted on the inside of the mounting plate? as I would buy foam insulation for the sides of the casing.

- From some reviews the case should be quiet as is with the fans, and cooling should be good, i assume it should be good for a passive 7750 as well?

- And for the front filters, i would just find it kinda annoying to pop off the front panel each time to clean them. Is the bottom of the front panel opened? for example, would i be able to just use compressed air with little tip in the grate and spray them clean? and the dust would fall through the bottom of the panel?. the ft02 has simpler easy to access filters

I will be running a noctua dh14 se2011, a passive video card as well. Some reviews i have read rated the pc90 as being slightly cooler than the ft02, due to the open design and straight through air path

I really like the FT02, i just don't like the top cover too much,, its tricky because i went with a CEB motherboard, and choices are rather limited for a smaller sized, and professional looking case.
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a c 87 ) Power supply
September 4, 2012 5:02:53 PM

audiodude1 said:
- Would the PSU be affected by heat if its top mounted?

Depends on the PSU, however I would say that it used to be very common for PSUs to be mounted above the motherboard. And if anything PSUs these days are better at dealing with heat.

audiodude1 said:
- Can the 3.5 standard drives be mounted on the inside of the mounting plate? as I would buy foam insulation for the sides of the casing.

Have you read the manual? This information might be in there.
http://www.lian-li.com/v2/tw/product/upload/manual/pc-9...

The closest thing I've found in a review so far is this:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/LianLi/PC-90B/5.html
Quote:
The front of each part can hold up to 3x 3.5 inch units, while the rear will only allow for 3x 2.5 inch ones to be installed.


audiodude1 said:
- From some reviews the case should be quiet as is with the fans, and cooling should be good, i assume it should be good for a passive 7750 as well?

So would I.

audiodude1 said:
- And for the front filters, i would just find it kinda annoying to pop off the front panel each time to clean them. Is the bottom of the front panel opened? for example, would i be able to just use compressed air with little tip in the grate and spray them clean? and the dust would fall through the bottom of the panel?. the ft02 has simpler easy to access filters

No the bottom of the front panel doesn't have an opening like that. Having used a Lian Li case where the front panel has to be removed to clean the dust filters, I can't say that I find it annoying.
Pictures which show the front panel at good angles:
http://www.chiphell.com/article-1921-4.html
http://www.chiphell.com/data/attachment/portal/201110/0...
http://www.chiphell.com/article-1921-3.html
http://www.chiphell.com/data/attachment/portal/201110/0...
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