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LIAN LI PC-A05 A Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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  • Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 x USB2.0 ; 2 x Audio ; 1 x IEEE1394 Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 3 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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Clean modern lines combined with ultra-modern performance, Lian-li's PC-A05-A is the ideal tower. Housing two 5.25" and one 3.5" External drive bays, it saves space by leaving out redundant drive bays made obsolete by today's multipurpose ROM drives.

It hasn't forgotten the internal hard drives that are so necessary today, leaving space for three 3.5" internal drives. It also gives easy access to two USB 2.0 ports ,an IEEE 1394 (Firewire) port and two audio ports up front. This case makes cooling a literal breeze. It has two 120mm ball bearing fans: one located in front of the hard drives for intake, and another in the rear of the case for exhaust.

This causes a constant cooling cross breeze over all your sensitive equipment protecting them from the ravages of heat. The A05-A supports ATX Motherboards 12" x 9.6" or smaller, with 7 PCI expansion slots in the rear.

  • newegg Expandability with 6 Drive Bays The LIAN LI PC-A05A boasts two external 5.25" drive bays, one external and three internal 3.5" drive bays for hard drive expandability.
  • newegg Effective Cooling The LIAN LI PC-A05A features two 12cm ball bearing fans in the front and at the rear for the optimum cooling performance.
  • newegg Easy Installation for Hard Drives The LIAN LI PC-A05A features easy assembling modules for convenient and quick installation of hard drives.
  • newegg Anti-vibration Feature The LIAN LI PC-A05A features anti-vibration rubber rings in each hard drive assembling module for reduced vibration and noise.
  • newegg Multimedia I/O Panel The LIAN LI PC-A05 A's top I/O panel enables remarkably convenient access to two USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE 1394 port, one microphone jack and one headphone jack.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • charles g.
  • 7/11/2009 3:46:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggswhy buy steel when you get a Lian Li?

Pros: The reasons I bought this case where 1. Aluminum and small sizeI(I guess thats 2 things). 2 Firewire and front panel on top.
This is an excellent case as described and my temps are quite low. I have a 120mm copper cpu cooler. I also wanted a quiet box. It is all the above with one exception. I am happy with this case and would buy one again. Why pay almost the same amount for all those steel finger cutting case when this is about the same price or a little more.Buy the way the free card reader works in vista os x and windows 7.

Cons: One of the main reasons I bought this is because of the fire on the top panel, except it isnt there any more. This really miffed me as its a main reason I bought this box. They apparently changed the model reversing the fans for better air flow and omitted the firewire. I almost sent it backbut its to much work.

Other Thoughts: I can pick up the unbuilt box with one finger, it is very light.
While its strong enough you need to take some care or it could dent easily. I would nice if neweg sold the accessorizes for this case, like the dvd bezel.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/18/2009 7:22:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsfor my Ubuntu GNU/Linux build

Pros: Lian LI Quality. Compact and not flashy. fans have a molex adapter if you want to use directly with your power supply, remove the adapter to connect both fans to your motherboard.

Cons: Fans are loud. You can replace them with scythe FDB for about $30.

Other Thoughts: very nice

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  • Harold W.
  • 3/17/2009 5:38:40 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPretty case with heat issues

Pros: Good price for a nice case. Roomy and light. Took a bit of getting used to for the Lian Li specific HD mountings and the backwards facing Power Supply mount but no big deal. The design reduces the overall height by mounting the power supply in the bottom/front below the drive cages. It has a nice finish and very clean lines.

Cons: Heat. The design forces the power supply to draw warm air from the inside of the case and exhausts it into the front cover of the case where the 120mm front fan picks up this warm air to blow back into the case over the hard drives. You are essentially recycling the warm air. There are vent holes on the sides of the front cover but it's questionable as to how much fresh air gets to drawn in when a 120mm power supply fan (My PS has a 120mm fan) is force-feeding the 120mm front fan under that same front cover.

Other Thoughts: There is a 120mm rear fan blowing in air over the CPU area towards the front where the only place for it to go out is through the power supply, unless it manages to circle around in the case back to the back where you have the field of vent holes on either side of the rear fan's intake. Be sure to have plenty of clearance in the rear to help in ventilation since this may be your only source cool air. I bought the case to house an older set of hardware when I upgraded. Old case ran at 37C. This new case runs at 51C under similar load.

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  • Jameson B.
  • 2/1/2009 8:35:24 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUnique, well thoughtout case

Pros: Power Supply in front, below disk drive cage -- this makes the motherboard fully viewable and accessible,
unlike virtually all other cases, including the same sized Lian-Li PC-V600. I oriented my Enermax power supply with the fan down, sitting on a case bracket about 1" from bottom, rather than facing up against the disk drive cage.
This orientation may seem odd, was necessary, and works well. The somewhat long interior power cord I wrap around a bottom bracket to keep it out of airflows, so "long" was good.
With a front and a back 120mm fan, it runs reasonably cool -- 34 Centigrade for my disk drive.
I've bought a dozen cases over as many years.
After buying this small case, I probably won't buy another small case without the power supply in the front. Spacious!

Cons: I would prefer the front USB and audio ports on the front near the top, not on the top.
But this isn't bad -- I absolutely refuse to buy a case with USB ports in the front at the bottom.
I would prefer 4 USB ports on front, not 2 USB ports.
Put the model number on the case (PC-A05) -- a year later, I forget what case number I bought; I only recall the manufacturer Lian Li.
I prefer the single screw release of side panels, as in Lian Li PC-V600 case, but these 2 screws for each panel works well enough.
One of the raisers for the motherboard had a bad thread -- I threw it out.
The height of the motherboard to the back outlets (USB in particular) seemed low by about 0.3 mm -- probably the fault of my motherboard, Asus M3A78.

Other Thoughts: The aluminum could be somewhat thicker,
particularly in back.
In the back, I press many times on hardware to fit it into the case.
When the back's aluminum gives a little, I have more difficulty installing parts.
Despite possibility for improvement, perhaps necessary compromises, I have seen no better case, and would thrill to purchase another.

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  • Chris T.
  • 1/12/2009 9:45:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Case

Pros: Comes with everything you would like in a case. The HD's are mounted with the front case fan pulling air over them constantly. The Aluminum "silver" finish is awesome. There is plenty of room in this case even with it being a smaller foot print. It only has two 120mm fans in it and no additional places to put fans, but I don't fault this because the case stays very cool. I didn't find myself wishing for more anywhere.

Cons: N/A - unless you would fault the "only having two fans" statement above.

Other Thoughts: This case is just as the title says, fantastic. It is a beautiful simple case built very nicely as with most Lian Li cases. I would highly recommend this case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/4/2009 12:48:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This case is beautiful. The side and front panels are easily removed; the case itself doesn't take up much space but has more than enough room inside to fit full sized motherboards with full sized cards. It is very light as well. The fans included do a great job and are reasonably quiet. The hard drive install tools were quite handy and effective. Little details like the cable holders for easy cable management make me love Lian Li.

Cons: There aren't any real cons but a few things I'd like to nitpick about. The side panels seem a bit flimsy and the audio jack on the top of the case is a bit weak and requires jiggling for my headphones to work. I wish they included the same design and tools for installing optical drives.

Other Thoughts: All in all, this case is as close to perfection as it gets for me.

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  • Conrad P.
  • 1/3/2009 4:19:30 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDesign

Pros: It's a lian li....meaning it's well put together
I just liked the idea of this case...i like the brushed finish
The simple look and the front mounted psu

Cons: It does have some air flow problems.
If you have a hot running video card you should get some pci fans or the lian li fan that mounts next to the pci slots. (not sold on new egg)

Other Thoughts: Over all i'm pleased with the case.
Stock fans are quite. Not silent but quite. Which is good enough for me. I would definately buy lian li again.
Everything fit in there can put a large cpu cooler in there easily. And my psu mounted fine...mine is a zalman 500w with the heatpipe design. Unfortunately that puts the fan on it pointing down. You could prety easily modify it to point up...but i didn't feel like it.

As with all lian li the front bezel comes off just by pulling. And there are no wires hindering you from pulling it off.

I saw on some forums they suggest having both of the fans as intake fans and that dropped the temps about 5-8 degress celcius. Haven't tried as it seems like a hastle to do...because the front fan would be hard to get to...probably have to remove the hard disk drive cage.

Also...running a 4870 by saphire ("silent" version)
and idles at about 40c and 60c load with the fan at 40% after 40 though it gets too loud.

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  • Jordan G.
  • 10/17/2008 12:42:05 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful

Pros: I've built a few pcs with this case and it's spacious while being small, quiet, and provides good airflow with the right components.

Cons: Power led is a 3 pin connector! GAH!

Other Thoughts: I love lian li cases. I've yet to find a bad one.

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  • Dalmo V.
  • 10/12/2008 9:39:01 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood quality, design could be improved

Pros: Well made case, good finish. Roomy, easy to work with. Fits large video cards and CPU fans.

Cons: Old fashioned with respect to component mounting. A couple of disappointing points and areas that could be improved. Optical drives use screws, could be mounted on rubber grommets like the HDs for easier installation and less vibration. PCI cards use tiny screws, a real pain; a single lever would work much better.

Other Thoughts: The 12cm fan at the back makes the case wider than usual (See model A06, narrower & more attractive).
The front fan blows into the suction area of the PS fan, while heat could (in theory) get trapped in the rear, upper area. Could be developed into a even more compact design. Overall design needs some updating, but still one of the best choices.

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  • Stuart T.
  • 9/2/2008 10:57:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSmall case fits full ATX Mobo

Pros: This case has the usual virtues of the Lian Lee cases, elegant simlicity of external appearance, parts fit together precisely, air flow is excellent (back to front with two 120mm fans), etc. The real advantage of this particular case is that it stands only 15 inches tall but fits a full ATX motherboard. Width is 8.25 inches and depth is 19.25 inches.

Cons: I found no significant cons. The brushed aluminum looks great but does scratch more easily than the steel cases.

Other Thoughts: Both of the case fans can be replaced. Removal of the front fan is easy though it requires removal of the power supply.

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