Lian Li still builds the most elegant cases in the market. The PC-A75's biggest problem is that for AU$100 less, you can get a more innovative, refined steel case whose only sin is that it's heavier.
It's clear that a lot of thought has gone in to the Obsidian 550D. If your ultimate goal is quietness and you can get away with a mid-tower, definitely give this one a look.
The Shinobi XL has quite a bit of flexibility if you choose to build up a highly custom rig — we'd just like a little more attention spent on the fit and finish.
The Sabertooth is a high-quality board with a unique aesthetic that demands a windowed case. If you're modding up a storm and have your case lit, this Z77 board could be the finishing touch.
At AU$59, it's hard to complain too much about the Elite 120 Advanced's lack of flexibility. A mid-ranged system should be perfectly happy inside it. Still, unless you're space challenged, it's worth springing more cash on BitFenix's Prodigy instead.
If you need to update today, there's no doubt that Intel's third generation Core products are the top of the pile. If you're a Sandy Bridge owner though, there's not much here that will tempt you over.
The DZ77GA-70K is going to appeal to a specific subset of people: those who are looking for expandability and features more than anything else.
There's a tendency among hardware reviewers to use the word "solid" as a stand-in for something with no surprises, that does the job it's asked to do and has no real peaks but no real troughs, either. Larry is "solid" — a little board that will likely see you through to the end, if the features satisfy your checklist of needs.
The UD3H is the perfect all-rounder. It ticks the boxes for gamers, the mainstream, overclockers, and with its mSATA slot maybe even the low-profile crowd, or those who need caching drives. Those hungry for bandwidth and falling into the hardcore gamer category will want to step up to higher tiers, but for the rest of us, this is a nice board indeed.
The UP series comes with an inbuilt question: are you happy to spend more money for the best quality components, or would you prefer to spring for boards that offer better bang for buck?