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Item#: N82E16811112196

Lian-Li XBOX360 Modding Case

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Brand
Lian-Li
Model
PC-XB01
Type
Case

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Handcraft Art Work

The XB01 has special water cooling holes for water cooling solutions. The chassis can stand either vertically or horizontally according to your tastes. The Optical drive bay is surrounded by special sound dampening foam to prevent noisy vibrations from the spinning disks to interfere with your gaming pleasure.

The cooler and high volume 120mm exhaust fan will softly and silently extract the heat via the air duct within. This system is quieter and more efficient thus improving the lifespan of your product by keeping components at a lower temperature.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/7/2010 8:56:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I'd originally made this purcase with the hope of reducing the fan noise out of my 360 (purchased August 2008), and I am extremely pleased.

I'm a silent PC enthusiast, and this case definitely delivers. With the November update, the DVD drive spins down on HDD-installed games (and Arcade games, of course) and the system becomes completely quiet.

Also, it's a freaking beautiful case.

Cons: Wireless remote signal is just as bad as folks were reporting a few months ago. I am sitting slightly beyond 6 feet away from the console, and the controller sometimes exhibits odd behavior. Moving back one foot increases my disconnect rate to about once an hour (where I had no issue going to 20 feet without disconnect previously). Between 8 and 9 feet, a controller disconnection is guaranteed.

Lots of wasted internal space; this is probably due to the case being reappropriated from Lian-Li's regular line-up.

One of the magnets used to hold the front panels closed had shifted during shipping on my case. I spent an hour trying to get it back into the right spot, but it was just having none of it. It looks like the glue just didn't stick.

I'm now trying some aluminum tape to hold the door shut, but I can see from here that it's come unstuck... again.

Other Thoughts: I used the booklet which came with the system rather than the online instructions, and the directions are sometimes overly vague. That led to two disassemblies during the process.

I think it took about 2 hours from start to finish, for me.

I flipped the fan during installation so that it blows cool air into the case, rather than exhausting hot air out. Although I'm unsure of the specific impact that this has on the CPU & GPU temperature, I cannot imagine that an almost-active cooling solution would hurt that situation.

Finally, with relation to the wireless remote range, it's worth noting that the wireless bracket appears to have been modified (compared to the images in the install guide online) to reduce the amount of metal occluding the wireless board. No go, Lian Li, but nice try!

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/4/2009 12:31:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt's a compromise.

Pros: -Gorgeous. Matched my Lian-Li desktop perfectly.

-Very quiet, even with the addition of a second 120mm fan.

-Fairly well-configured for water-cooling.

Cons: -As everyone mentions, controller/wireless headset range. I barely have connectivity at my couch, which is about 8' away from the front of my 360.

-DVD drive is, of course, still loud.

-Heat is still an issue. With the stock 120mm fan, my 360 (Falcon) overheated when I first put everything together. I verified everything was connected properly. I wanted to verify functionality before I pulled the board back out to do arctic silver. It never overheated in the stock case, and nothing else changed. I added another 120mm fan in the front, after redoing the heatsinks with arctic silver, and it's been fine.

-Not really quiet. Sure, the case is dead-silent. Unfortunately, the fan in the power supply for the 360 still screams like a banshee.

-Not as big as it looks. It looks huge, sitting in my entertainment center, but there is barely any free space inside. Don't buy this with the intention of internally mounting an ATX power supply, as it won't happen.

Other Thoughts: If you contact Lian-Li, they have an external antenna kit that you can connect (solder on) to your RF module, which helps quite a bit. The range is still nothing like stock, though.

Overall, I would not buy this case again. If you're considering it, I would either buy a Jasper Xbox 360 in hopes that it's quiet enough, or go with the expensive solution - the Heatsync Three-Sixty. (Google it.)

If you're still thinking of buying the Lian-Li, I'll say this - I LOVE Lian-Li, and virtually everything they make. I even thought about buying the desk they make. This case? Not worth the money. Seriously. Unfortunately, there is no other solution, anywhere near the price range.... It's really a tough call, but I'm planning on getting rid of mine.

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  • Emmett C.
  • 10/22/2009 10:08:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsLian-Li XBOX replacement case

Pros: Clean looking aluminum case, easy to add additional fan in the front, every component fits perfectly, well constructed and well thought out. No issue with wireless controller as others have reported. No additional noise from DVD player (but I install my games on the harddrive anyways). Massive airflow.

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: This is an awesome case modification for your Xbox 360. I switched out my Elite unit after it suffered 3RROD and couldn't be fixed even with 3 attempts at reflow. This case runs really cool, and I switched out the 120 mm case fan with another one availble here on newegg. I also put in a 92mm fan in the front just to ensure that it would have sufficient airflow. The nice thing is that Lian Li anticipated this and provided the 3 Pin Y cable to do this. Switching everything over was extremely easy and the unit looks clean and is silent. My wife was especially happy about that. I played several hours of a very graphically challenging game to pressure the CPU and GPU at max and didn't really feel the air coming out was as hot as it was when played in a normal xbox case. I'm super happy with this so far and hope to still say the same in 1 year.

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  • Paul T.
  • 9/25/2009 12:31:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsXBOX case the way it should have been

Pros: Keeps xbox running cooler. Very quiet and easily modifiable. Aluminum case also helps transfer away heat. Sturdy construction and kit provides ALMOST all parts necessary to complete the job. Excellent for 1st gen xbox's that required more power (non Falcon/Jasper), but still is possible for newer gen consoles. Has the feel of a desktop and rightfully so as the xbox functions almost like one (DVD, msn mesenger, games, netflix, home entertainment media center). Nice case to prevent the RROD, or repair xbox's and use this case as replacement. Has foam sound dampener glued to the areas where the DVD ROM goes to decrease the sound vibration when spinning. If you are into case modification and love xbox's, this newly designed case is for you.

Cons: If you like the factory size of the xbox, you won't like this case as it is significantly larger. If you are not technically savoy breaking down the original xbox, this will be challenging and you will need the tools to do the job. This kit does not provide the disassembly tools. This kit only has the parts to assemble the new body and not tear down the original xbox. You will need to buy the screw tools at your local hardware store as well as an xbox case tool sold online. There is a design flaw, that I can't lay the box flat horizontally. The case positions the dvd rom to lay one way and not the other so the hooks that hold the disk when vertical is on the opposite side. But this case enables me to leave it vertical as the rom now lays flat for the new case design. I do not know if the newer model xbox versions are currently the same so I can't say you will have the same problem if you have a newer console.

Other Thoughts: I built two of these already and use them for everything such as LAN parties as well as play movies/games. I also tossed out the included internal hood and replaced the factory heat sinks and put the largest heat sinks that can fit in the case/motherboard and used heat sink fans too. Also replaced the 120 mm fan with a more quiet one. The fan it came with was already quiet but wanted to replace it with a higher quality one. You could go the route of water cooling as it is equipped to do so if you please but I find that cumbersome for transport (LAN gaming) so I chose the heat sink route. Currently on one machine, I practically run 24/7 with no problems as it is modified to never RROD.

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  • Steve M.
  • 9/17/2009 12:44:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood, but not great

Pros: Case looks good and gives you plenty of room to add additional fans (although they do not have mounts for the fans).

Cons: I did not get the RROD after initial install, but did get Section 1,3 red lights after 10 min of COD4. I temporarily have added a 5V Thermaltake fan plugged into the USB port and attached it to the CPU heatsink (it covers the CPU heatsink and the addition to the gpu heatsink) which fixed that problem (played COD4 for over an hour no problem).

Other Thoughts: The problem with my USB fan is that it seems the USB is always pumping 5V even when the Xbox 360 is off. Therefore I have to unplug it while not in use. That is why it is a temporary fix. I am in the process of finding a better fan. I have not tried to use Xbox Live yet.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/16/2009 7:18:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIts ok but not great

Pros: Very good Build Quality, more room for Airflow

Cons: Everything works like a charm but I have to say that its not that much cooler at all.

Other Thoughts: Installed the latest Jasper Revision 360 made on Aug 12th 2009 into this case and everything works like a charm but i have to say that its not that much cooler at all. the 120mm fan only runs at 5-7v not 12v because of the connection on the board in the 360 . This is to slow to pull enough air through the air duct. after 15 min of gaming I reached in to touch the heatsink and burned my finger tip . the only way to keep the GPU cool in this case is to 12v the 120mm fan to an external power source. everything even the gpu haesink is now cool to the touch after running the fan at 12v.

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  • Edward D.
  • 9/6/2009 11:11:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsIt works

Pros: This case is awesome for solving the overheating problem. The stylish black brush steel finish is very nice. This case has given me a lot of ideas for modding.

Cons: The only problem i really have is the output on the xbox motherboard. MS gave it a 12v with a .27amp. This is were the problem is. If you want to mod and put in some fans with LEDs you find yourself at a lose unless you can find 120mm LED fan that can match the amps, or you could do what i did. which is drill some holes from 80mm fans, dais-chain them together and install a fan speed/temp panel.

Other Thoughts: I'm surprise that of all the reviews, no one posted a picture or a video of there case. I'll post mine once the last of my parts come in.

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  • Adam G.
  • 8/28/2009 3:23:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsXbox Case!

Pros: I spend ~120 on a case for an xbox! I love customizing my stuff and being generally ridiculous. Lian-Li took this to heart and made the very best, and truly only xbox case replacement out there. For that I am thankful.

Not only does this case improve airflow, fan volume, and style, but it also encloses such components as the normally external HDD. This will also be nice when it comes time for MS to get around to upgrading allowable HDD capacities for all those soon-to-come downloadable games, as I'll already be half way to manually upgrading the HDD!

Cons: From what I've read, there is reduced wireless range for the controllers, something I plan to remedy with a homebuilt extension for the antenna. I'll post more on that here once that's complete.

Other Thoughts: Being a PC gamer by trade, I've waited a long time to get in on the latest gen console thing. Keyboard and mouse controls were mostly what held me back, but now there are ways of using these with the xbox, allowing people like me to get in on it. Try searching for things like XIM2, or XFPS Sniper.

I will post a more detailed review once I have completed the installation process on my new case.

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  • Sean T.
  • 8/22/2009 2:14:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsXbox case?

Pros: None

Cons: Xbox case? Who spends 120$ on a case for an xbox?

Other Thoughts: This is just sad, I came across this looking for water cooling for my PC. But really..... Xbox? Xbox games are all horrible because of the lack of mods. On the PC games are cheaper, and if you invest in your comp games look and play better. Like I said... Who spends 100$ on a case for a gaming console that will be out of date in 2 years..? Oh.. You don't like using your keyboard to play comp games? Guess what! Just plug in your xbox controller into your PC and see what happens! Wow! Amazing, you can play with controllers on a computer!?!?!
PC > All gaming consoles
I posted this for people thinking about buying this case.. If you can do this, go spend 800$ on building a new computer.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/6/2009 10:54:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsXBOX360 Mod

Pros: I have had no issues with overheating since I did this mod, the air coming out the back fan is always cool no matter how long I play.

Cons: None, other that to Microsoft for putting all that hot running hardware in a small & not well ventallated case.

Other Thoughts: I did order a higher rpm fan to replace the rear 120mm, and ordered a 92mm and bolted it on the front as a intake, works great & still not that loud.

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