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Item#: N82E16811112177

LIAN LI PC-8B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
  • USB / Audio / IEEE 1394 Front Ports
  • 4 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 3 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Learn more about the Lian-Li PC-8B

Model

Brand
LIAN LI
Model
PC-8B

Spec

Type
ATX Mid Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Top
Motherboard Compatibility
ATX, Micro ATX
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
4
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
3
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB / Audio / IEEE 1394

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
1 x 120mm front fan
1 x 120mm rear fan
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
19.29" x 8.27" x 17.72"

Features

Features
Hair line brushed aluminum with anodized finishing
Modularized device cage
Internal with protection kit
Removable Top Cover
Anti-Vibration HDD cage

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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  • Nicholas P.
  • 11/12/2009 4:14:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: For the price, you get a beautiful, spacious, fully aluminum case. The only steel in here are the screws.

The design is spacious and while the second drive cage blocks the airflow from the front fan, I found a way to mount it in the 5.25" bays, which made me happy getting it out of the way and keeping it functional.

Cons: For such a price, you should get more than just an exotic build material. Build quality is barely acceptable for a mass produced case, the rattle and poorly fitting bezel are pretty shocking. My DVD drive managed to find the exact resonating frequency of the case, developing a MASSIVELY powerful vibration. I'm talking strong enough to walk this case across my desk when it's laden with hardware.

With the sides off, it's fine. But with the sides on, a different rattle can develop with when an optical drive spins up fully, and on my particular case the left panel pushes forward on the front bezel, bringing it out of line with the drive bay covers.

I also cut my thumb within 2 minutes of getting the case out of the box--and it wasn't just me being reckless, I was simply resting my thumb on the expansion card covers while working inside. Just the weight of my arm was enough to draw blood, it's quite sharp in places.

And no removable motherboard tray?

Other Thoughts: Lian Li cases use nonstandard case screws. I was very disappointed that I couldn't use my venerable steel thumb screws I've had since before the solar system coalesced from gaseous matter. Lian Li provides a ton of case screws using their smaller threads, but not enough thumb screws to use with expansion cards--you'll be stuck with regular screws. The only traditionally threaded thumb screws I was able to use were the 4 in the PSU.

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  • Ed H.
  • 7/24/2009 1:10:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful case.

Pros: Built 5 machine so far in this case. Everyone comments on how clean it looks.
No bright lights and the fans are quiet.
Install went perfect every time.
Harddrive buffers are really nice.
Very light but strong case.
Great look for an engineering office. Everyone like them over the Dell workstation tanks.
Comes with more than enough hardware and opens up real easy.

Cons: DVD drive need to be manually aligned. No big deal takes an extra 5 sec. to do.
Power light is very small but very blue. It's the only light on the case so it stands out.
It's wider than most cases.
None of these are real cons just observations.

Other Thoughts: Would recommend this case to anyone.

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  • Randy B.
  • 6/3/2009 5:03:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat aluminum case

Pros: Great fit & finish. Acts as a natural heatsink sink since it is all aluminum. Very light in weight compared to a steel case.

Cons: Non removable drive cages.

Other Thoughts: Lian makes the best all aluminum cases - period. Yes, they are pricey, but the quality is awsome.

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  • John A.
  • 12/9/2008 9:10:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt was fun to build with

Pros: good size for a simple machine, good cable routing, not too much room that it was hard for wires to hook together, 120 fans are voltage fans and the motherboard I put on there has them incredibly quiet.

Cons: Personally I like more HDD slots but 3 is probably more than enough for most people. I'm not sure it would fit most of the new graphics cards well, the 8600 gt I put in for the machine I helped a guy out with had more than enough room though.

Other Thoughts: solid case, more than enough ventelation for the size limitations. Lian Li have some awesome additions including cd bezels and wheels that are really quite nice. when these come in the mail they're so light and then we fill them with all the heavy equipment it's sad to carry them away at the end of the day.

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  • James B.
  • 11/21/2008 6:33:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsCompare LianLi PC-8B vs PC-A17B

Pros: Built 2 recent PCs
PC-8B for an Asus P5E board with Core 2 duo and single graphics card -- nice case with well finished metal edges, great layout, good cooling, good price.
PC-A17B for an Asus P5E64WS board with Core 2 quad and dual HD4870 graphics cards --- case is big enough to hold 2 sets of raid drives and dual graphics cards, and CPU temp runs < 40 deg C, so great cooling, but case is more expensive and not as well finished as the PC-8B. However, the PC-A17B is very friendly regarding running cables.

Cons: See comparison above. One other thought -- Lian Li fan is cheap. Scythe S-Flex SFF21G is a great 5-star fan at a good price.

Other Thoughts: If you have a single graphics card and Core 2 duo and modest overclock needs, PC-8B is a 5-star case. I would buy this again.

If you have a high power system with big power supply, the PC-A17B is a good case -- 5 star for cooling and cable layouts, 3-star for finish quality and price. If you don't need this much cooling, go with the PC-8B

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  • Jeremy M.
  • 8/19/2008 10:08:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPricey but nice.

Pros: Simple and sleek design with very clean lines. Brushed aluminum looks great. I love the HDD mounts. PSU can easily be slid out the back. The stock fans were very quiet on mine. Front ports are very sturdy.

Cons: The optical drive slots only have rails for every other slot. Why? This makes installing the drives very cumbersome as you have to hold the back end of the drive up while trying to insert the screws. Also seems a bit pricey.

Other Thoughts: The side panels would vibrate occasionally when my optical drives sped up. I just pressed the front lips down to make them fit tighter and it's silent now. I also replaced the rear fan because the stock fans just don't move much air.

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  • Daniel H.
  • 8/13/2008 3:20:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSexy Case

Pros: Sexy case the brushed black aluminum is quite sexy. Solidly constructed, perfect for people want to build a computer with out any flash of random LEDs and other

Cons: With my Motherboard(P5Q-Deluxe) and GFX(4870) and the sideways mounted drive cage (can be changed) the 6 pin power plugs only fit into the gfx card by going through the top drive area of the cage, limiting the possibility of 3 HDDs

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  • jason w.
  • 6/29/2008 4:50:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs1st Lian Li Case Disappoints

Pros: Light weight, good job cooling, looks, alot of room for customization / modding. Good quality

Cons: This was my 1st lian li case and I have to say for the money I was disappointed, optical drives were difficult to install as there are no railings and you have to hold it in place while you screw, also the noise level is quite loud, ive had antec 300, and p180 mini and this is the loudest of the 3. Cable management is also pretty tricky since you cant hide it behind the motherboard. The max fans you can also put in is 2, I know I can swap out the fans for quieter ones but I dont feel as if I should have to spend a extra 30 bux just for quieter fans. Also they should've included at least 1 cd bezel so I dont have to pay another 20 bux just to make it look nice.

Other Thoughts: The case is worth about 60-70 to me, maybe my expectations were to high but I was extremely disappointed I am going to return this case and buy a normal p182 .

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  • ken B.
  • 6/12/2008 8:38:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggscoool

Pros: keeps my stuff cool, easy to work with, nice clean look, fairly quiet with stock fans. Good value for the money.

Cons: Wish the motherboard was removable, but then again I could have ordered one with a removable tray.

Other Thoughts: fits a 9800gtx. Also you can unscrew 4 screws under the case to rotate the harddrive cage 90 degrees.

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  • Joe G.
  • 5/31/2008 6:40:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Case

Pros: This case looks great and seems to be the high quality that I hear people talk about with Lian Li. Very easy to work with, nothing in the case is sharp. The fans are pretty quiet but move a lot of air. This is my first Lian Li case and I am impressed. The case is all solid Aluminum, even the buttons and front I/O door. Being able to remove the top is great and helped with plugging in cords on a modular PSU.

Overall I am very happy I bought this case. Especially with it being so new and no reviews, I read a lot of good things about the PC-7 which this is an upgraded version of, so I felt comfortable giving it a try.

Cons: No removable motherboard tray
3.5" HDD cage is not removable
Feet are plastic not pubber

Other Thoughts: my HDD Activity Indicator LED is bad, I just sent tech support request to Lian Li about it.

Also the 3.5" drives are mounted sideways and you may want to get some right angle SATA connectors for them if you own SATA drives.

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