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Item#: N82E16811112144

LIAN LI PC-A71B Black 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-A71B

Model

Brand
LIAN LI
Model
PC-A71B

Spec

Type
ATX Full Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Bottom
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
2 x 120mm front fans
2 x 120mm rear fans
2 x 120mm mid fans
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
8.7'' x 23.4'' x 24.2''

Features

Features
Aluminum door with lock
Removable front panel
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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  • Kayla J.
  • 9/30/2009 7:53:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case, Great Price.

Pros: 1) Size: Big enough to easily hold sli or crossfire configs.
2) Quiet: 6 big fans and I don't hear 'm. (yet)
3) Space: Enough space to use it for either a gaming case or a server function tower.
4) Price: Great price for this size case.
5) Fans: Perfectly positioned, quiet and functional.
6) GPU: Simple and functional gpu support brackets.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: This is my first Lian-Li after having literally used over 50+ cases for my customers. From workstations to full server configuration with redundant power and drives. That's why I decided to buy this case for myself after having build a SLI configuration for one of my customers.
I have had not one bit of a problem working with any of Lian-Li cases. I used to get Thermaltake cases for my customers but they all like the Lian-Li cases better.

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  • Henry T.
  • 8/22/2009 12:22:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Giant case for giant builds. Room for two power supplies, or four if you wanted to.
I got this to hold the tyan s4985 + m4985 boards, dual motherboards, 8 processors, 5 HDs, gfx card, 2 power supplies, dvd rw, and a total of 8 case fans + 8 cpu heatsink/fans. Yea, its a monster build. The case is easily modified to fit any need, definitely 5 stars. If you want better airflow, 1 or 2 case fans should be added to the top panel, and also takeout the 2nd and 3rd bays to put another fan.
About the HD cage, I believe you are suppose to have the cable end of the HD facing to the right of the cage, there is more clearance on that side, plus it helps with cable management.
The case itself is holding up real nice, it probably weighs close to 50 lbs now. All the cables fit in nicely and the case design helps with lowering fan noise.

Cons: For $250, it should have included top panel with dual fans.

Other Thoughts: Great case, looks great, holding up nice, and surprised I fit everything in.

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  • Damian R.
  • 2/9/2009 12:36:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot all it's cracked up to be...

Pros: Not sure what happened to my previous review (very suspicious), but this is a nice case; but in no way worth almost 3 bills. It is rather plain looking (can be either a pro or a con). Pretty roomy inside. Name recognition.

Cons: It is with great sadness that this case is built very cheaply. The material is a grade above aluminum foil. Should you be unfortunate enough to bang into this case even in a gentle-like manner; you will be punished with a permanent dent in this case. The logo on the front of it came half hanging off.

Other Thoughts: I won't lie, the only reason I bought this case is for the name recognition. To be able to say I have a Lian Li. Well today I can honestly say..."whooopp dee dooo". I desperately miss my Cosmos 1000 case! It is to date, the best PC case on the planet.

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  • Craig R.
  • 2/7/2009 7:32:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsbeautiful but with a problem

Pros: Absolutely stunning case. Couldn't look better.

Cons: Side doesn't seem to fit using standard power and SATA connectors. Total shame as one drive fried immediately on power up and I can assume it had something to do with the side not fitting on with cable clearance.

Other Thoughts: I can reverse the drive section by changing dozens and dozens of screws but have measured it to give even less room. It appears to me (and I could be wrong somehow) that this case requires special right angle data and power connectors for each and every drive in it's vast array... nuts to that! For now it will just look stupid without it's side panel. What a shameful existence for a case so very elegant.

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  • Farrell D.
  • 12/14/2008 11:32:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRiding a fine line...

Pros: For the user that just wants to stick it flush to the side of the desk, without worrying about windows or a side fan, or a convex shape, definitely the case for those types of people.

SPACIOUS. If you are not doing 3x SLI, you will still find SOMETHING to stuff in there so your hardware does not feel lonely. Because of the many fans to cool RAM and HDD, then a fan where PSUs used to mount for getting all the warm air that settles at the top, no air gets the chance to settle and heatsoak any components you may have.

WATERLOOP HOLES. SCORE!

FIVE 5.25 bays. Need I say more? You're going to have a burner of some sort, and then a Blue Ray drive when the price goes down, of course.

Lastly, the option of mounting a SENCOND power supply in the system, which is HEINOUS, but definitely very inventive. Definitely for watercooling purposes, running HDDs continuously, or whatever.

All in all one hell of a case. Not for the casual build, MUST GO HARD OR GO HOME.

Cons: Even with that amount of good words, i do have some bad ones.

Case material. I understand for a case that big, you have to shirk on the thickness of the case, but with aluminum, the thinner, the flimsier. That is not cool.

The key is great for that door, but if the key breaks, and it did, it is USELESS. Make a better key for that system. In the meantime, dont lock your door on this case. Better yet, take it out so you're not tempted.

MANY rough edges on this case. After cutting myself opening the side panel, i put on some Mechanix gloves. On top of that , my door rubs against the front of a computer, similar to nails on a chalkboard. You may want to take a dremel to some of those rough edges to smooth them out.

Popping out the CD bay panels was a mission, had to come from the top of the case. Some people would have taken a flathead to it. Pet peeve.

OVERPRICED. I would lop off 100 dollars just because of the small design flaws. Slipshod on the part of Lian Li.

Other Thoughts: For watercooling my suggestion is the SWIFTECH APEX ULTIMA. Perfect for this case. Right lengths for everything. Follow instructions and MOUNT EVERYTHING. BTW, if you plan to use that kit, mount the radbox sideways. You'll see what i'm talking about. That is, if you plan on using the PCI slots. :)

This case BARELY eeked out a 5. I really expected a lot more from Lian-Li, but because it is really going more for function than fengxuei, just made a 5. I hope something better comes out to redeem itself.

Working with:
Intel Corei7 Extreme "Nail'em" 965.
Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600 3x 2GB
2x WD Velociraptor 300GB
3x GTX 260 Core 216 "3x SLI"
EVGA X58 Core i7 Board
Coolmax 1200 PSU

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  • Joseph A.
  • 10/18/2008 8:25:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Really clean design. The minimalist looks were important to me. Roughly the size of our average high-school auditorium. I could literally fit my old case inside of this one. Tons of fans and drive bays. I like the choice in power supply position. The motherboard tray is useful, as well as the front fan filters. The whole case is quite light, especially considering the size. The top audio jacks work very well, and the USB/Firewire was an easy install. The stock fans are fairly quiet.

Cons: Doors are a bit flimsy. It feels like the screws holding the vertical card support will probably strip out through its lifetime. The front fan filters can only be cleaned by removing the front panel, which is held in by four exposed screws. Time will wear away their paint, and probably strip out as well.

Other Thoughts: I really wish all cases didn't have a hard-to-push reset button.

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  • Clayton j.
  • 9/26/2008 3:48:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTERRIBLE Product and service

Pros: There are no pros to owning this case.

Cons: Where do i start? I guess because of neweggs policy i can`t begin to tell you how badly i was treated by customer service, so i`ll tell you about the case. The first case i received had a badly warped , mis-aligned door that wouldn`t even open or close right. So i had to send the whole thing back for another case . At least newegg is very fast at issuing RMA`s. The very same day i received the second case i found it to have scratches on it and also to have blemishes in the paint job.

Other Thoughts: This case is WAYYYYYY too expensive for what newegg charges. the case is cheaply made and also is very flimsy. Also Lian Li did not provide any kind of adapter so that you could install a floppy drive or any other kind of 3.5 drive (card reader, etc.). I could not find any of the Lian Li adapters from newegg so i had to go elsewhere to get them.

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  • Damian R.
  • 9/15/2008 10:08:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA nice case...but not all it's cracked up to be.

Pros: Clean and smooth look. Very spacious inside. Room for the biggest CPU coolers and PSU's. You can probably hide two or three small children in this case. Excellent air flow.

Cons: Cheap, flimsy aluminum. Weigh's almost nothing; making it feel cheaply made. Wayyyyy over priced.

Other Thoughts: Listen, I've been building computer for longer than I care to mention; and this is a nice case. It looks nice on the outside but really shines on the inside. My complaint is for $280, I expect a computer case to knock my socks off. This didn't even take my shoes off. Quite disappointed really for the price. Doesn't compare to the Cooler Master Cosmos case, which in my opinion is the best case ever built and sets the standards to which all should be compared. This case may be made with aluminum, but it is the cheapest, thinnest aluminum in existence. The case weighs like 12lbs empty. If you accidentally knock it over, I have no doubt the case would dent and crumble. In contrast, the Cosmos case weighs like 50lbs and requires two people to lift it when filled. There really is no comparison here sadly. But I kept this case. If not for any other reason to say I have a Lian-Li. Whooooppp deee doooo....

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/14/2008 12:09:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME CASE

Pros: nice solid construction. lots of thumbscrews makes everything easy. can mount PSU on top or bottom. the door can be hinged on either side. removable motherboard tray. 10 anti-vibration HDD bays. 6 120MM fan mounts for some awesome ventilation. good cable management features.

Cons: can only use 3 120x38MM fans, and thats if you squeeze 2 of them between the front HDD bays and the front fan grill. one of the motherboard tray screws stripped out just while test fitting, didn't even get to first power-on before it stripped. changing the hinge on the door is a little bit of a pain due to bad instructions.

Other Thoughts: awesome product, love it, newegg rocks

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  • Terry M.
  • 6/10/2008 11:02:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFunctional Art

Pros: Alway admired Lian Li's from afar, and now I finally own one. They are a fantastic piece of craftsmanship, and this particular tower's clean, no-nonsense lines and straightforward, smooth appearance fit well in any office or gaming room.

Solidly built to meticulous tolerances, nothing goes out or comes off that doesn't go back the way it's supposed to. Excellent fit on everything, even the reversible door. It was a factor in my purchase, as my tower sits to my right and most doors are hinged on the left. This Lian Li allows you to reverse it, and although it takes a few minutes to do, when it's all said and done you'd never know it didn't ship like that.

And space? You could hide a small child in this tower.

Cons: The front panel reset switch plug didn't fit the header on my 780i as shipped. Pulled one lead and moved it to the middle of the connector and all is good.

Also, I have mixed feelings about the top panel access for the USB/Mic/Firewire ports. Would much rather see that on the face of the tower, but with the full-length door it would be a difficult proposition while maintaining the clean lines of this tower.

Other Thoughts: Lian Li's aren't cheap, but neither is their quality. I forsee many long years of use out of this tower, as long as form factors keep it usable and don't make it a dinosaur.

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