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Item#: N82E16811112229

LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C34F ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

  • Aluminum
  • Remote Control Module
  • 1 x 80mm rear fan
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Exquisite design and quality construction combined with the stylish elegance from hair-line brush anodized aluminum exterior and hand craft in certain steps in production fit the LIAN LI PC-C34F HTPC case seamlessly into your living room and your home theater system. Inside you'll find enough space for your ATX / Micro-ATX motherboard and loads of features within or even beyond the conventional tower chassis, such as superior cooling and modularized device cages. The PC-C34F is a giant among its kind by offering you a best-in-class choice to build your media center. A multi-media controller and IEEE 1394 and eSATA ports on the front panel are also included for added convenience.

  • newegg Standard Components Designed for the living room, Lian Li designer has designed the PC-C34F size to match with standard audio equipment, but there are still room for a standard size 5.25" ODD and four of 3.5" SATA HDDs. This case designed to work with ATX motherboard, and space for a standard ATX power supply.
  • newegg Superior Cooling One 80mm rear fan and one 140mm front fan run quietly in the case to remove the hot air out of the chassis.
  • newegg HDD Cage Inside the Case PC-C34F features a door with a lock in the HDD front panel which secures the SATA Hot Swappable HDD Cage inside the case. Supporting four HDDs, the HDD cage makes switching the HDDs a breeze. (The SATA back panel doesn’t have any chip or micro processor on the PCB so it requires a compatible motherboard for the RAID and hot swap SATA functions.)
  • newegg Silent Performance Lian Li designer looks into detail, PC-C34F has equipped anti-vibration kit on the chassis, to absorb the noise. Like the EMI spring on the top cover, it absorbs the vibration, and the top cover still easy to remove and close.
  • newegg Convenient I/O Panel An array of connectors, including four USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE 1394 port, one eSATA port and dual audio ports located on the front panel, allows easy connection to various peripherals.
  • newegg Remote Included Multi-media remote controller uses Wireless technology which can easily control device from any corner in the living room.

Learn more about the Lian-Li PC-C34F

General

Brand
LIAN LI
Model
PC-C34F

Spec

Type
ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum
Power Supply
No
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro-ATX, ATX

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
2
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
4
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front USB Ports
USB 2.0
Front FireWire Ports
Yes
Front Audio Ports
Yes
Front eSATA Ports
Yes
Remote Control Module
Yes

Cooling System

80mm Fans
1 x 80mm rear fan
140mm Fans
1 x 140mm front fan

Features

Features
Lian Li Fine Craftmanship Product
PC-C34F features a door with a lock in the HDD front panel which secures the SATA Hot Swappable HDD Cage inside the case. Users can easily switch HDD’s as needed.

Multi-media remote controller uses Wireless technology which can easily control device from any corner in the living room.

PC-C34F has equipped modularized device cages, and those cages can fit standard hardware component. Very simple to use and easy to get the hardware ready for this case.

Dimensions&Weight

Height
17"
Width
6.6"
Depth
16.8"

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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  • Louis P.
  • 7/7/2014 3:06:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsgreat case

Pros: The silence scared me at first thought I did something wrong. Perfect for Media Center case.

Cons: LIAN-LI stopped producing this case (PC-C34F) Most of my friends would like one also but all my research results in "out of stock"

Other Thoughts: I have looked at other Lian-Li cases they all lack the hot swap HDD bay. would be nice if Lian-Li would produce an adapter bracket for a 2.5" drive that worked without extensive modification, which I had to do to accommodate my SSD

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  • Cameron F.
  • 9/10/2011 2:40:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSpecs Are A Bit Off But A Great Case.

Pros: It is an amazing looking and well built case. Great design for the most part.

Cons: The case is listed as having a 140mm fan when in fact it is only a 120mm. My biggest complaint personally is the lack of fan mounts. There is almost no room for fan upgrades, yes this is a HTPC case but come on... Can't they give SOME options. I plan on mounting an H50 in this case and am still not sure how.

Other Thoughts: Overall a great case for your average HTPC/Media Center but if you plan on doing something special prepare to stare at the case and scratch your head for awhile.

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  • Ryan H.
  • 8/25/2011 9:05:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice big case

Pros: Roomy, everything fit, looks nice, good price now

Cons: The documentation for the remote is terrible and I couldn't get it to work in Windows 7. I have it plugged into the USB header and everything else set up right so I'm not sure if it's just me or if Windows 7 isn't supported.
No place to put a 2.5" SSD

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  • Bradley R.
  • 8/1/2011 10:01:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Craftsmanship - But Engineering shows case Age

Pros: Can beat finish/craftsmanship of Lian-Li aluminum Cases ( I own several of them, & others before Lian Li).

Cons: in 2011 a $200 case should include 2.5'' Bracket for SSD to align with Lian-Li back-plane (neither Intel's or Corsairs brackets shipped w/SSD align sata/power ports inside cage).

Forget this case using MB with right-angle (side facing) Sata ports (most Gigabyte High-ends) unless you want to remove & modify HDD Cage ( takes about 1 hour). Engineering oversight IMO as aluminum cut-out could easily have been done at factory/MFG. Use with MB having upward facing sata connectors.

Other Thoughts: Fit and finish is Lian-Li...second to none.

USB 3 on front would've been nice (again, sign of design age)

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  • Joseph E.
  • 5/24/2011 1:29:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsHeat needs to be minimized in an HTPC

Pros: This is a really nicely-made case. Lian-Li does aluminum cases awesomely well.

Cons: The remote control works, but is only passably adequate when this case is directly on the other side of the room. With any other placement, you will be looking for an expensive remote of the type sold only through Home Theater installers. I would gladly trade the provided hard drive bays for space to mount a 5-in-3 backplane such as made Icx Doxx, which would allow storage drives to be moved easily to & from external USB cases or backplanes in other machines. Even though this case is large enough to accommodate them, powerful CPU’s and other components that generate a lot of heat should best be avoided in an HTPC. The best way to get heat out of a case is with exhaust fans. Attempts to mount more powerful 80mm fans on the rear panel create much too much noise for HTPC usage. Exhaust from the second fan must be pushed through perforations in the metal panel, which makes a second fan noisy and largely ineffective.

Other Thoughts: I am tempted to saw holes in the rear panel and mount wire fan grills to improve airflow, but hate to cut into a case made this beautifully. What is really needed is at least one 120mm exhaust fan located in the top panel. Probably the best way to avoid running “Toasty” would be to use one of the new socket 1155 “T” series processors that limit TDP to 35 or 45 watts. The video features integrated into these CPU’s eliminate the need for a separate video card in an HTPC.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/3/2011 6:45:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsCorrection and alternative

Pros: Great, nice, slick, aluminum, it's all in the details... Read "Other Thoughts" as this post is to make a correction to my previous one.

Cons: Cannot accommodate high-end GC, but no egg dropped nor thrown at them for this : it's designed as such and one must know that before buying.

Other Thoughts: I must correct my previous post. I said that they'd just have to swap HDD and ODD cages (thus the front would also change) so as to accommodate a GC. Not true, as the OD drive is longer than the cage itself. The only way would be to rotate the HDD cage 90 deg., but that would mean another design (no swappable HDD from the front). However, I found another Lian-Li model which is exactly that, the PC-C33. Even though I couldn't find any info about the max length for a Graphic card (GC), by looking at Lian-Li's web site, I've measured via rule of thumb that the PC-C33 can accommodate GC that are up to 11,3 inches. However I did not really tried it nor seen it in front of my face, so don't take my word as a guarantee. But considering that the depths are equal and that the HDD cage is rotated 90 deg. in the PC-C33, than the PC-C33 should be able to accommodate high-end GCs.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/2/2011 9:56:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case but...

Pros: I'm currently shopping for building my High-end HTPC. A friend has bought this great case at another reseller, and it's very sturdy, nice and robust, very well designed, as is supposed to be a Lian-Li. BUT... Read the cons

Cons: Great, until you come across installing ATX Mobo + High-end graphic card, where most HTPC cases including this one fall short of being upgradeable to a REAL full-fledged MULTIMEDIA home apparel. I want to be able to ALSO play games via MY custom-built HTPC, not only use it to either look at my TV or "play" with MS Office/OpenOffice... If you can't do more than what "already-built" HTPC's can do, than what's the use of buying empty cases?! I would just buy a complete HTPC + PS3 without loosing my time and thus money, but that's not what I want : I want to play games with full graphics on my LCD HDTV, as well as control an internal PVR which would be using my GC GPU on top of its MPEG-2 encoder chipset.

Other Thoughts: The solution would be so simple, I wonder WHY HTPC case designers insist on making our lives harder! For example, this case would just be just right IF the HDD case and the device cage were swapped (thus the case's front would be also swapped, without much lost regarding it's look)... That way there would be enough room for high-end GC, as well as assuring that the hot air coming from a filled HDD case would not blow right on the GC ... What's so hard about just "thinking" about this? I need room for a mid-to-high-end Graphic card, but the more I'm looking around for an HTPC case, the more my HTPC system project is becoming unnecessarily tedious and frustrating...

Note: I've put 5 eggs, because I know that Newegg rocks, I know that this is a great case, and I also know about it's limitations as mentioned-above. But that don't resolve my HTPC design problem at all... Still looking for a REAL HTPC case geared towards high-end multimedia capabilities...

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  • Shane L.
  • 2/17/2011 2:49:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSome Modifications but OK

Pros: Installed a full size ATX M/B (Asus P7P55D-E Pro)............. had a problem with the sata ports pointing out toward the hard drive cage (too close)

I removed the hard drive cage and cut out a section at base of cage (which is below the bottom hdd area) just enough to clear the sata cables (even though the sata cables were right-angled, they still would have hit the hdd cage)

it all worked out ok, however, I think the case manufacturers and the m/b manufacturers should get together on this stuff so that end users don't have to do modifications.

Cons: The remote works, although you have to point at the case?? this doesn't make any sense to me as I think it RF type and not IR ?? (RF = Radio Frequency and is suppose to go thru walls, etc)

The documentation could have been better to explain wiring.

Other Thoughts: Case looks good and similiar in colour and size of my AV Receiver.

I like the fact that you can easily swap hard drives. Didn't think much of it at first, but I can see now with storing many full length movies (avg= 35GB) on hdd as ISO's, they will fill up fast. Since hdd drives are so cheap ($50 for 1TB), I"ll probably keep buying extra hard drives just to store movies on them.....
the blank blu-ray media is more expensive then the hard drives... (at least the 50gb blank dual layer discs are @ $10-20 each)

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/15/2011 1:03:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBeautiful case; some issues

Pros: Roomy, good looks, light.

Cons: Quality - see below.
RF receiver not that good. Wont pick-up a signal 10 feet away with a sheetrock wall in between.

Other Thoughts: This is my second Lian Li case. Came with a noisy / broken rear fan. Bad luck I guess :(

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  • Christopher M.
  • 1/29/2011 4:04:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNear miss

Pros: Good front access; fits ATX motherboard; nice hot swap hard drive bays; toolless design.

Cons: Despite what the box says, does not fit much beyond a 10 inch video card. Less if the power inputs on the video card are on the side. Also, it's a PITA to access any SATA ports that are on the side of the motherboard (like most nowadays). Too tight of a fit.

Other Thoughts: This case really needs to be about 2 inches deeper. If it were, then it would be a great case. Instead, it's just a little lacking.

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