mongol05 wrote:Over at the Quakecon forums, they have thread right now where they're debating which is better: the Antec 900 or the Lian Li PC-V1200Bplus II.
I personally prefer the Antec. I'm gunna go to Frys over the weekend, and if they have it for close to the Outpost price, I'd be tempted to pick it up.
Interesting comparison. I just sold my V1200B Plus a few weeks ago after 2 years with it, it was a beautiful case, very high quality, aluminum, etc... everything you expect from Lian Li. One thing I hated about the Lian Li was the finish on the edges of the case doors, I can't tell you how many times I scraped a leg or arm across them and was ready to get out the belt sander. I also had a lot of problems with the door latch slides rattling with just about every 120mm heatsink I used. There is no reset button on the case which is annoying when you're playing with overclocks. The size of the case makes it difficult to transport and set up in confined areas.
Filling all of the hard drive bays meant that the 3 drives on the rack closest to the the PSU got hot, the front three weren't exactly cool either.
While the Nine Hundred isn't aluminum it is without a doubt a better cooling case than the Lian Li, no contest at all. It's also smaller in all dimensions which is important for a LAN rig.
Is the 900 better? That comes down to where your priorities are and is subjective in some regards.
Looks? Lian Li in my opinion
Material? Lian Li
Hard drive install? Toss Up, I always had problems with cable length in the LL.
Ease of installation/room to work? Lian Li
I sold the V1200B Plus to make room for the Nine Hundred and couldn't be happier.