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LIAN LI PC-A70A Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

  • Aluminum ATX Full Tower
  • USB / Audio / IEEE 1394 Front Ports
  • 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 10 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Learn more about the Lian-Li PC-A70A

Model

Brand
LIAN LI
Model
PC-A70A

Spec

Type
ATX Full Tower
Color
Silver
Case Material
Aluminum
Motherboard Compatibility
Extended ATX
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
5
External 3.5" Drive Bays
No
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
10
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB / Audio / IEEE 1394

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
6

Physical Spec

Dimensions
8.7'' x 23.4'' x 23.2''

Features

Features
Removable fan filter
Removable 3.5 internal HDD tray x 3
Removable MB tray
Anti-vibration rubber rings
HDD cages can be turned 180 degree
Movable VGA card pillar extension
Washable fan filter

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Barney B.
  • 2/26/2009 1:32:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

Pros: Took my liquid cpu cooled set up internally
with room to spare. Great finish, professional
and nice conservative looks.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I think this will last me at least five years,
considering the construction and flexibility,
and room provided.

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  • Carlos G.
  • 1/20/2009 8:21:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsQuality Lightweight Construction with room for Improvement

Pros: A very lightweight for the size, spacious and well thought out case with plenty of room to expand. What I like:
Washable Air filters on the intake fans are great.
Huge with plenty of drive bays.
Deep for large power supplies.
Well thought out interior.
Removable MB tray.
Very nice aesthetically, this almost belongs in a museum.
Accessible USB/Firewire ports on top covered by a door.
Easily removable side panels.

Cons: A few issues I have:
The knurled knobs are a bit annoying; I would like to see latches, especially for the price point where this resides.
It would have been nice if the drive bays had removable sleds, similar to the Mac Pro.
Removing the stock fans is annoying.
Stock fans are VERY weak, especially when you put in a couple of 4870x2's 6 hard drives and 24 gb of FB-DIMM ECC memory.
Optional side window would have been nice, but can order that separately, I believe.

Other Thoughts: This is a very good case and certainly worth consideration. The few nits I've picked cost it an egg, but certainly not a deal breaker. If lightweight and expandability are key considerations, I would recommend this case. This is a good marriage of price and design.

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  • Andrei S.
  • 1/12/2009 9:35:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsIncredible quality

Pros: This is a very spacious case, with plenty of room for tweaking and hiding wires. The finish on the aluminum is incredibly smooth. I've had silver aluminum cases before, but this is definitely the smoothest finish I've ever touched. The interior layout is also very well thought out, and relatively easy to rearrange with a bit of time and patience. I love the placement of the HDs, as it makes sliding them in and out of the bays extremely easy, and allows you a much clearer view of their labels.

Overall, the fans are fairly quiet. It's not a quiet case, but I'd say pretty average. This is pretty good considering the fact that there are 6x 120mm fans inside.

The door for the USB/audio port at the top is quite well made. It also doesn't damage the top plate, as it doesn't touch it at all when open. It gets stopped on the edge.

I love how the entire front panel detaches with a click. It's a very smart toolless design, and it makes changing the dust filter very easy.

Cons: The power and reset buttons are very flimsy. They look nice, but they are very loose in the socket when pushed, and the power button lacks any sort of "click". It also tends to get stuck in the edge when pushed, as it goes in too far.

The edges aren't rounded everywhere. There are sections where they're still quite sharp, the most obvious one being at the top-front of the case. The corners are rounded to some degree though, which reduces the problem.

Other Thoughts: It's definitely a larger case than the normal mid-towers, but I got used to the size fairly quickly. Looking back at my old case, it just seems too small now.

I've installed my PSU (Corsair HX620) in the bottom tray, and overall it went pretty good. The only problem I had was getting the 4+2pin power connector to the motherboard, like someone else mentioned. The cord was only long enough to go over the video card and sneak past the CPU heatsink. I don't have a side window, so the aesthetics aren't an issue, but in terms of cable management it was somewhat annoying. I would probably have to disconnect it in order to replace the video card or the CPU heatsink. This isn't a problem with the case, but it's something to keep in mind, as I don't know if there are any PSUs with all cables long enough to have everything go around and nicely tucked away.

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  • Zachary P.
  • 12/15/2008 11:33:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsMassive and awesome.

Pros: Best case I have ever owned. It's huge, spacious and is the best configured case I have ever seen. Access to all drive bays is easy, and the depth of the case allows you to hide wires and cables very well, leading to good airflow. Due to it's depth it easily accommodates the largest air-cooled heatsink and the largest gpu's. I had 8800's in sli and am now running a Radeon 4870 X2 and have several inches clearance to the walls of the bay drives.

Unlike most other cases (including the v1200) the power supply bay will accommodate the longest PSU without an issue. The PSU can also be placed on either the bottom or top, depending on your need.

I prefer the HDD's facing out, making them easy to label for referance as to their suze and port on the MB, which then makes adding and editing raid setups a snap.

The openings for tubing allow easy access for an external water-cooling setup, or you can place your psu at the top of the case and place your setup on the bottom.

Cons: Just pet peeves. It's HUGE, needing about 32-33" in depth, and would benifit from a set of wheels like on some other Lain-Li cases. The expansion card bar just gets in the way, but is easily removed. I also removed the two fans on the inside by the hard drive bays because I found they were not needed and wanted extra room for burying cables. Because the HDD's face out, I wish the case was about 1-2" wider for easier clearance for their cables. A side-fan to help blow some cool at the gpu's would be nice. The only thing that truly drives me nuts is trying to attatch the 4-pin 12v connector to my MB, which ia at the top-left corner, and threading it past the heatsinc is a pain.

Other Thoughts: Evga 790, q6600@3.6 on air; Diamond 4870 X2 via HDMI to 7.1 channel Sony ES; 55" Sony Bravia XBR as monitor; Definitive Technology Mythos ST; 4gb ddr2 1200; Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W psu; 6 WD 750gb hdd's; internal Blu-ray, and a rabid pit-bull gaurding it.

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  • Erik W.
  • 11/4/2008 3:33:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely Amazing

Pros: This case is incredible. I've never seen any computer case designed so well. Pretty much everything can be modified or changed to suit your needs. And yes, this thing is HUGE, so be prepared for that. Lots of screws of all kinds included, and they even included a tool for tightening the motherboard fasteners. For those of you looking to add a large fan to the side (I haven't gotten to this point quite yet), a 250mm fan would fit easily and a 360mm fan could theoretically fit, but it might be tight. Removing the two 120mm fans behind the primary harddrive stack would give some more space (yes, they can be easily removed, as can the vertical video card support bar. just need to remove a couple screws). The fans included are okay for being stock fans (quiet but not high CFM fans). The front faceplate simply pulls off for easy access, so no more messing around those with annoying plastic clamps that hold most PC face plates on.

Cons: The primary harddrive bay stack can be rotated 180 degrees, but make sure you take your time as there are several parts which connect to it and it can be a little confusing. The only other complaint that I have is that the harddrive and power LEDs aren't long enough to be snapped into the wire holder at the bottom front corner with the power and reset switch wires, but its not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: If you're wondering about the funny harddrive bays, the case is designed so that there is a rubber o-ring between the harddrive screw and the case to eliminate vibration noises.

Again, this case is mind blowing. I heavily modified my old case, and this is like upgrading from a BMW to a Ferrari. I got it on sale ($50 off), but knowing what I know now I would even pay full price for it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/30/2008 8:45:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsCase Question

Pros: Beautiful Case

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Question B4 buying: It'd be a shame to much up the sleek silver face with a black DVD drive. I could find a drive (here) that had a silver face plate.

Anyone find a solution for that?

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  • William H.
  • 9/18/2008 9:44:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Design, Great Case

Pros: Excellent case design that supports a variety of needs. HUGE inside with lots of room to work. Fit 10 drives a DVD player, full atx board, full size video and zalman cooler on the CPU easily. Still have room for at least 6 more drives. The large fans do a great job keeping things quiet and cool.

This case comes with all the parts you would need and then some. Well worth the cost.

Cons: this case is LARGE, just something to keep in mind. About the height of a full tower but easily 1.5x longer. Stylish even in silver.

Other Thoughts: You get what you pay for and with this case you really get every penny.

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  • Deian T.
  • 8/27/2008 11:36:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSteep price for a high-quality product

Pros: Extremely well-thought case. The components are all high-quality aluminium, and the design is quite modular. For example, the PSU bay can be moved from the bottom to the top, and the 3-drive cage can be moved to the bottom (where the PSU normally is), or inside the 5.25" cage. There is a generous supply of screws, posts, brackets and whatever you might need. The HDD mounting mechanism is very clever and almost instantaneous. The fans are very quiet.

Cons: The high price is the only thing that I can quote as negative.

Other Thoughts: This is a huge case. Mine is intended for a file server. Obviously you don't need to spend the big dinero if you are looking for a desktop case.

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  • Ethan S.
  • 8/13/2008 5:38:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFile Server

Pros: Very well ventilated and silent running 120MM fans. Good construction quality and light weight. Lots of space.

Cons: LED/Switch cables are slightly short but can be routed to reach out more to the front panel pins on the motherboard. Front HD bays slightly cramped when doing cable management.
No 3.5 tray adapter for 5.25 bay. Just a friendly reminder if you need a 3.5" spot open for a floppy driver, card reader.

Other Thoughts: Fits the design of a home file server. Nice locations of the 120MM fans for the HDs. All SATA 8x640GB WDs, 1x320GB WD. Intel 45nm E8400, 2GB PC2 6400 Intel S3200SHV mobo, SATA Samsung 22x DVD-RW. 3ware PCI-E 8Port raid card+BBU.

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5 out of 5 eggsPC A70

Pros: Excellent case. It truly is a work of art. I was simply amazed after pulling this thing out of the box. During installation, I found there was plenty of room to run cables and fit the larger style Nvidia cards. Unique hard drive cages are easy to work with and the rubber mounted grommets do a nice job of dampening sound and vibrations. The six 120mm fans are silent and move a decent amount of air. The doors slide on and off very nicely. All the necessary hardware is included to mount your components.

Cons: The twisted cables for power buttons and front panel LED's could have been a little bit longer. I would have liked the USB and Firewire ports somewhere on the front to save cable length.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this case with the side window and it really does look amazing with everything installed. The fit and finish of this case are next to none. This is my first time owning a Lian Li product and I am impressed. I'd recommend the aluminum bezels to finish off the look of the case.

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