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Published October 12, 2010
For a mATX case, the Mini Q PC-V354 is very flexible, supporting even top contenders such as the GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 5970. Installing a 23cm or shorter graphics card into this case can be done without sacrificing any of its storage capabilities. However, you'll have to remove one cage to use larger 24-31cm cards such as the GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 5870.
The biggest problem we have with gaming computers is their sheer mass, but Lian Li's subtle design makes it a breeze to move. Fully loaded, the Mini Q PC-V354 weighs just 9.7kg, which includes a pair of 3.5" hard drives and the Radeon HD 5970. To accomplish such a small footprint, the Mini Q PC-V354 is extremely well thought-out. Most compact cases are a nightmare to work with, but we found this product to be headache free.
The Silverstone SG04 was (until now) my favorite small gaming case, but it's simply been outclassed by Lian Li's latest offering. The SG04's steel construction makes it 40% heavier, it's a hassle to swap components by comparison, and it has lackluster cooling. When you look at what the Mini Q PC-V354 brings to the table, you have to wonder what Lian Li might be charging.
With its crosshairs set on the SG04, the Mini Q PC-V354 is now available for just $150 ($180 red) and although it's among the most expensive Micro ATX mini towers, we believe it's one of the best!
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