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LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C39 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

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  • Aluminum
  • 2 x 70mm Ball-bearing Rear Fan

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome case!

Pros: This case is beautiful, it is formed liked a stereo component, made of aluminium so keeps internal components cool, good design can include a blu-ray drive as well as a ssd and hdd drive.

Cons: Space is a little tight with micro-atx motherboard but mangeable.

Other Thoughts: This worked great for me. The remote also works great for up to 10 feet. May be they upgraded the receiver.
There were no instructions included for receiver installation and the instruction were on manufacturer website under FAQs!
It runs silently! I am running a WMC with HDHomerun network tuners (5 total), intel G620, MSI 1155 MB, blu-ray drive, 64GB ssd and a 3TB WD HDD. Power usage is 37W to 56W with 47W typical.

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  • Simon T.
  • 6/2/2011 7:12:10 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good looking case, blends in well with stereo equipment. Quiet fans, noise reducing hard drive mounts included.

Cons: Tight fit, cable management can be problematic depending on the board. A modular power supply can be a lifesaver here. As others have mentioned, the remote is useless due to the RF sensor being shielded inside the case. The (very bright) blue LED can be annoying as well.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/11/2010 2:09:03 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Case, Horrible RF Sensor

Pros: This case looks absolutely wonderful sitting under my stereo. Airflow seems to be good and keeps my HTPC running cool and quiet.

Cons: The RF sensor for the remote only has a range of about 2' unless you crack the top of the case which drops this equipment to 4 eggs in my book. Only room for 2 internal HD

Other Thoughts: Based off of all the documentation I have found online the remote is actually RF which means I can't set up my universal IR remote to interface with thsi case. By opening the top of the case (even slightly) range for the RF remote increases to the entire room.

This is the nicest looking HTPC case I have seen out there and I am happy to have it however due to the usability of the remote I probably should have gone with the PC-C37B

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  • Michael S.
  • 2/1/2010 10:44:55 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPC-C39 HTPC Case

Pros: This case is well designed and manufactured. It stay really cool and the fans are very quiet. This is working great in my home theater room!

Cons: The remote control only works about 2 feet away from the reciever no matter what I do. Doesn't really matter though as I have a Logitech DiNovo Mini running the system!

Other Thoughts: Micro-ATX. That means small spaces to manuver cables internally. Even still I was able to setup my system with little extra effort.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/13/2010 1:24:14 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat look

Pros: Great looking case, and comes with a great method for quieting down the hard drives using rubber pieces that go over the screws. The case is very well built and the finish is excellent.

Cons: The user manual is a complete joke. Though it shows you the basics of how the case works and how to assemble the cables, it goes into no further details about what everything does. There is a mysterious button on one side I have yet to find out what it does. It also comes with 70mm fans instead of the more widely used 80mm. They are slim fans however, but they are very silent. The worst aspect is that the remote barely works. The remote range is very short and probably not acceptable for most HTPC environment. As an HTPC you would of thought this would be the most important aspect of the case.

Other Thoughts: LIAN-LI does one thing well, it is building cases. They don't have the electrical part down right just yet. Though it was easy to follow the directions to set up the components in the case, the remote's poor range hinders this from becoming a 5 EGG product. Sorry LIAN-LI, I expected more from a 150 dollar case. The finish quality is excellent, but a crippled remote is downright insulting.

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  • Glenn G.
  • 12/3/2009 11:42:10 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent HTPC Case

Pros: Overall design, construction are top notch! Lian Li did a great job with this case. Great looking, low profile design - doesn't look like a pre-historic desktop PC.

Cons: Not for a newbee. Low profile, tight fitting (which should be fully anticipated and planned for).

Other Thoughts: plan, plan, plan - need low profile everything, including heat sink/fan. went with Nexus 7000

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat Media PC Case

Pros: Looks beautiful. Fits in perfectly with my home entertainment equipment. Very sturdy, and easy to access components inside.

Cons: Remote does work hardly at all. It even has difficulty recognizing button pushes from 2 feet away. Don't even try to use past 4 feet. Small size prevents good ventilation. I got a large power supply that prevents me from using one of the side fans.

Other Thoughts: Overall, a good case. I wish the remote worked since that was a major deciding factor for me, but overall, I love this case.

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  • Brian L.
  • 9/11/2009 8:52:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSmall, Sleek, Poor Air Flow

Pros: -Aesthetics
-Easy to work inside, especially with removable drive cage.

Cons: -Uses 70mm fans (very hard to find, quiet ones are almost impossible to find)
-Poor air flow
-Right side has a blue light that stays on when shut down.
-Blue light blinks when ever the remote is used
-Very bright annoying blue light
-Mysterious button on the side below the light
-Low profile expansion cards only

Other Thoughts: The case looks better than the rest of my home theater equipment. Built so other equipment can be stacked on top of it. Make sure you are running <65w CPU and a efficient PSU.

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  • stephen r.
  • 8/12/2009 7:26:18 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOverpriced junk

Pros: The case itself is wonderfully constructed, it looks great, and is very quiet, all the things I was looking for. As an added bonus, this is an upgrade over the PC-C37B because it has an integrated remote control module and remote control.

Cons: I paid $50 over the price of the PC-C37B for a remote control that doesn't work, hasn't ever worked, and the tech support from Lian-Li is nonexistent. I tried using their "contact us" link on their webpage with no response. I tried using their forum, nobody has bothered to get back to me.

Other Thoughts: I chose a Lian-Li case for my HTPC because of their stellar reputation for building quality cases. Now that they've branched out to selling cases with modules that could have defects, maybe they should step up their game with tech support that you can reach. The instructions to install the module were written in broken English with incomplete diagrams, so I had to visit their forums for an explanation as to where all of the included cables actually went. If you enter Lian-Li and "what am I doing wrong?" into Google, you'll find my forums support ticket from three weeks ago. After six days, I got a response promising to forward my issue to an engineer, in the last two weeks I haven't heard anything back. Terrible customer service.

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  • Michael P.
  • 7/10/2009 8:02:36 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost perfect

Pros: My wife told me that I was no longer allowed to have a "huge, ugly computer" next to the TV in our family room. That made me sad. But I was able to get her to agree that if I could disguise it to look like the other components, I could keep my HTPC. Well, this did the trick. It's well constructed, well ventilated, low profile, and has an integrated remote - all musts for me. In retrospect, I find it odd that it was so difficult for me to find a case that met all these criteria. Seems to me this is the ideal design for a living room pc. Design-wise, the topping on the cake was that this case didn't have knobs and a lcd screen on the front of it, but still looked quality. Those elements are popular in other designs, but a tad overkill for my taste.

Cons: Just a few frustrations. First, the red and blue LED's on the front of this case are bright. I decided to cover them (could also probably disconnect). It's too bad because I like the reassurance of seeing lights to know when my pc is on and when it is busy working. When I get a chance, I may try to find a way of tinting them or covering with lighting gels. Also, on the side there is another giant blue LED. Lian Li says this is for remote testing, but that suggests that you can turn it off, which I can't seem to do. It lights up during boot up, whenever the computer is in standby, and whenever the remote sends a signal. Very distracting. And at first glance, it doesn't look like there is a way to disconnect it.

My other frustration was that the remote is RF. It works great, but it was a bummer to find out that I now can't use my Harmony One IR remote with the computer. The remote is an Anyware GP-IR01BK, also sold on Newegg. It's a big cost premium over the C37B for just this remote.

Other Thoughts: Space is tight, but I was expecting that. I recommend a modular PSU (even though that is not what I did). I ended up using one of the HDD slots to stash excess cable.

It's tough to find a CPU cooler that fits. I got a Cooler Master RR-CCH-P912-GP, but the fan was 1mm to high in the center (yes, really). I didn't feel like taking out the motherboard to replace the cooler (bolted on), so I replaced the fan only with a GELID Solutions FN-PX09-20, and all was well.

I didn't put it as a con, because it's not a big deal to me, but the front usb ports are upside down.

My other build components:
Mobo: MSI G41M-FD;
HDD: Seagate 320GB (had this - and all media is networked from server, so tons of space not needed);
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce 9600 Low Power / Low Profile (DVI/HDMI/VGA);
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2;
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz;
Mouse/Keyboard: Logitech diNovo Mini

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