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Component Installation

The Lian-Li Memorial PC-777 includes a hardware installation guide, a brochure for other Lian-Li products, two packs of screws and one of standoffs, a pack of cable ties and hangers, and a small socket driver for installing standoffs.

The hard drive rails use special screws for slides, an installation method similar to what Compaq used around the turn of the century. Drives slide into and out of the cage easily, but only after installing these tiny screws.

With the motherboard installed over standoffs and the hard drive slid into its rails, I screwed down the power supply and routed wires. Though I no longer use a floppy drive during testing, I installed a black Samsung floppy this time, simply to fill the hole.

The Memorial PC-777 easily swallows up the large Asus Striker Extreme motherboard and oversized Foxconn 8800GTX, with a full sized power supply beneath it, and enough room above it for at least two more power supplies - this is photographic evidence of the case's enormous size.

A little more reflective lighting shows the true beauty of Lian-Li's craftsmanship on the running system.

Memorial PC-777 Test Notes

The Memorial PC-777 puts its faster fan in the intake location, where it will also be most easily heard. While it's not noisy by typical standards, some users may chose to disable it. Those who prefer to have at least some active hard drive cooling with a slightly better noise balance may choose to switch the intake fan (~1540 RPM) with the exhaust fan (~1080 RPM). Both fans use 3-pin connectors compatible with the automatic speed controllers of many motherboards.

The closed system temperatures reached only 39°C for the CPU and 38°C for the chipset with both fans running. Disabling the front fan and closing the system again allowed temperatures to rise to 40°C CPU and 40°C chipset, still perfectly adequate for most people. Popping both side panels off with both fans disabled allowed temperatures to drop to 36°C CPU and 34°C chipset, a surprising result given the PC-777's mesh side panels.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.