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PC-V351 Component Installation

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Several packs contain separate screws and standoffs for each component, and Lian-Li includes exactly one spare screw of each type.

With 300mm clearance between the intake fan and rear mounting surface, the PC-V351 supports modern graphics cards of nearly any length. Difficult connector access for some motherboard and expansion card combinations requires the tray to be slid partway out for cable installation.

Rubber vibration dampeners prevent hard drive noise from being transmitted into the PC-V351’s panels, but the optical drive’s slide-screws lack this feature.

Each drive slides into place, with security screws mandated on external bays and optional for internal drives. Adding the security screws to hard drives defeats the purpose of their rubber dampeners but prevents the drives from falling out when the case is turned upside-down, such as during shipping. Though Lian-Li includes thumb screws for installing optical drives, we used standard screws to provide additional room behind the power supply.

We frequently criticize motherboard manufacturers for putting any front panel connections on a motherboard’s bottom-rear corner, and here’s photographic confirmation of the problem: the PC-V351’s front-panel audio cable was too short to pass around the front of the motherboard, so that installation required pulling it around the memory slots and under the graphics card just forward of the card’s slot. Remaining expansion slots were thereby blocked by the cable.

It would be easy for us to blame case manufacturers for making cables too short, but with so many cases providing front-panel connections at or above the motherboard’s center line, we’d rather have the motherboard’s cable connector in a more convenient location.

The PC-V351 has space for huge graphics cards, but power supply space is a little tight with oversized units. At 7.1” installation depth, our 850W unit is about 1/2” too long to install easily.

Several hours of cable nightmares rewarded us with a beautiful running system. If we were going to build another LGA 1366 system in this case, we’d instead choose EVGA's X58 SLI Micro motherboard for its audio connector placement, and find a shorter mounting-depth power supply.

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