Nov 2019 Update: I have uploaded Youtube video of the rebuild:
Opening video: https://youtu.be/Xyd_YEjj0hw
Old/New Running: https://youtu.be/pjEfyxVli9E
Background / Story of the build:
I bought a Lian-Li PC-60 case back in 2003 because it was a well-regarded aluminum case for the enthusiast PC building crowd. My original build can be found at https://pcpartpicker.com/b/Ts7WGX.
I had decided at one point that I wanted to build a PC with a lot of storage space to act as a home media server. I started looking into obtaining new parts back in 2018, but wasn't certain how much of a rebuild I would need, in part because I wasn't certain what OS I was going to use. In the meantime, my wife's HP notebook died and I ended up giving her my Dell notebook, which meant that I had nothing to use at home to work from home. I brought home from work an old PC that nobody liked because it was so slow, but seemed to work ok for remote connection. At least, that is, until we moved and changed how we connected to the remote server. The old machine just seemed to be too slow to consistently connect via the VPN we had set up. So, that meant I needed a new machine at home and rather than buy a new machine I decided to build a machine using the Lian-Li case.
Originally I thought I would re-use at least some of the parts of the old machine, but times have moved on to such an extent that the old hardware was really almost entirely incompatible with modern hardware. In my searches I found this site and posted in the forum seeking help on coming up with a build. I got three different build suggestions - a current gen Ryzen 3, a current gen Ryzen 5, and a prior gen Ryzen 7. I went with the Ryzen 7 together with a X370 chip Mobo because it has the most cores (recommended for streaming) and because the motherboard didn't have RGB and did have 8 SATA ports (instead of 6).
A couple weekends ago I built it up using the parts list below, though I did add three additional drives I had lying around (a 500GB, a 320GB, and a 250GB). So at the moment I have 500GB for the SSD for the OS and apps, 8.5TB of main storage, and 250GB of mirrored storage that I may use for what I consider the most critical of data (generally old photos and video of the kids).
I plan to put one of the DVD drives into an external case with a USB connection to use to download music CDs and video DVDs onto this machine. I may see if I can get a BR DVD drive to off load the few BR titles I have. I also plan to get a converter to record old VHS tapes onto this machine (esp. VHS-C home movies of the kids).
So far the machine works really well. The M.2 SSD is super quick.
Installation issues: All my installation issues have to do with cables.
The new PS is longer than the old one and right now the modular cables, esp. the ATX cable, run up against the top-side fan. I discovered that Lian-Li has an adapter to extend the PS out the back a couple inches. I may buy one, though presently I can only find them in black and I would prefer to stay with brushed aluminum. Whether I do this will also depend upon whether moving the PS aft will partially block the PS fan or put it outside the case.
The SATA ports are all at the bottom right side of the motherboard, which means the attachment points are within an inch of the hard drive cage. This has made installation of the HDDs difficult.
The video card extends to about the end of the motherboard, placing it within a couple inches of the external 3.5" bay cage. This would not be a problem for external drives that mount fairly far forward in the cage. However, it means I have cable routing issues when installing additional hard drives, because the design of the cover plates for the external drive bays forces the HDDs to be mounted further back in the cage, causing interference between the cables and the double-height video card.
Though the PS uses modular cables, I am generally using just about all of the modular ports, which means I have a lot of cables inside. Meanwhile, this case was designed before cable management really came into vogue, which means there aren't too many ways to conceal or tie-down cables. I have been able to tie up the power supply cables to keep things reasonably clean and maintain some airflow. It probably is a good thing this is not a display case, though, as the cables are tied somewhat haphazard and don't give the best appearance. If I could get some cable ties that mount to the spare mobo backplane standoff holes, I might be able to do a better job of management.
SATA cables -- all of the SATA cables are of the ribbon type. This makes it difficult to move or tie them up. Right now they are a bunch of snakes in the bottom of the case. Also, the modern ones that came with the motherboard have retention springs, which is nice. The older ones I have do not and don't seem to mount as securely. If there are round SATA cables out there with retention springs, I think I may substitute.
The only other difficulty I encountered was screwing down the fan/heatsink to the motherboard, due to the springs on the screws. I ended up holding the metal plate with the screw mounts and supporting it while attaching the fan to make sure the metal screw hole fittings didn't bend back out of alignment while I was screwing down the fan.
Overall it went together rather well, and start-up and installation of Win10 was simple and painless. I did end up using a PS2 keyboard and wired USB mouse to get things started, but once Win10 was installed the wireless USB keyboard and mouse worked fine.
I took a lot of video of this build, but don't know that I can upload it here. I may do some screen captures of photos and upload them here.