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LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C50B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

  • Aluminum
  • Front Card Reader
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With stylish design, clean lines and classic color tone, the LIAN LI PC-C50B HTPC case presents a minimalistic aesthetics that can blend seamlessly with your house decoration and home theater system. You'll have room inside for 3x 2.5" HDDs and 3x 3.5" HDDs, superior cooling performance, USB 3.0 & eSATA ports and SD card reader on front panel. All these make this case a giant among its class by offering you a best-in-class choice to build your home media center.

  • newegg Standard PC Components With the support for standard Micor ATX motherboard, 5.25" optical drive, 3.5"/2.5" hard drives and standard ATX PS/2 PSU, your system would be easy to upgrade and serve in the future.
  • newegg Superior Cooling One 80mm fan and two 120mm right fans input high air flow volume to push the cold air through the case.
  • newegg 3 for 3.5-inch HDDs HDD cage using thumb screws with rubber suspension supports up to three 3.5" HDDs.
  • newegg 2.5" HDD Support Above each HDD cage, there is space for one 2.5" HDD for installing up to three 2.5" HDDs or SDDs.
  • newegg Convenient Front Panel One eSATA port, two USB 3.0 ports, two audio ports and an SD card slot for MS / SD (SDHC) are located on the front panel for easy connection to a wide range of peripherals.

Learn more about the Lian-Li PC-C50B

General

Brand
LIAN LI
Model
PC-C50B

Spec

Type
Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro ATX / Mini ITX / Mini DTX

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
3
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
2
Expansion Slots
4

Front Ports

Front USB Ports
USB 3.0 x 2
Front Audio Ports
Yes
Front eSATA Ports
Yes
Front Card Reader
Yes

Cooling System

80mm Fans
1
120mm Fans
2

Dimensions&Weight

Height
6.58"
Width
17.52"
Depth
12.80"

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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  • Jonathan M.
  • 2/23/2014 9:19:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsEverything you need in a small case

Pros: I bought this for a HTPC due to the shallow depth. There aren't many cases with these dimensions, so I was happy to find a Lian Li case that did. I've built several systems in different Lian Li cases and they're always great. This is no exception. Yes it's a cramped case, but that's inevitable because that's the point, right? The build quality is second to none as always. Because of the limited space design, if you are going to change things up in this case you will need to remove pretty much everything to gain access and luckily for us the drive bays, cross strut, front panel all come out to make access easier. I replaced the stock fans, and installed 4 new 120mm fans (the maximum possible). There is no vibration form any of the panels and the case is completely quiet. Cabling will require some fore thought however.

Cons: My case has 5 hard drives and 1 optical squished into this tiny case, all in the stock setup. The system drive is a mSATA on the motherboard, I have a second 2.5" SSD for user & program data and 3x 2TB 3.5" regular drives in RAID5. That's pretty much the ideal HTPC setup if you're not going to run a separate NAS, but you can only do it if you buy the right cables. Regular SATA cables do not fit in this case, you need right angle connectors. For example, the 2.5" mount above the optical drive doesn't leave enough room for a regular SATA connector, you can force it in and it'll work, but the right angle fits so much better. The 3.5" mount behind the optical drive will never work with a regular connector if you have an optical drive installed. It would have been nice if Lian Li would recognise this and supply at least 2 right angle SATA cables with the case.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this from another vendor as NewEgg was out of stock at the time, hence no verified ownership

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  • Steven S.
  • 2/18/2014 6:44:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIf I could give it six eggs, I would.

Pros: Amazing build quality, and amazing customer service.

This case contains my HTPC, a quad-core FM1, and thanks to the fantastic ventillation, operates at near-room temperature when idle. For a case barely a foot deep, it has a surprising amount of internal space. All the PSU cables can just coil up under the optical bay. The main rail to which all the drive cages mount is strong. When fully assembled, the case seems sturdy enough to take the weight of a big HDTV on top. There's room inside for 3 desktop drives and 3 laptop drives, so if you like 2.5" drives and you happen to have converter brackets, you can run 9 2.5" drives in there :)

My unit came deeply scratched. I informed Lian Li, and was sent a new face plate immediately, for only the price of shipping. Baron (my customer service agent), if you're reading this, I love you.

Cons: The screw heads seem a bit soft. I get the feeling I'll need to buy some of my own in a tougher material.

Other Thoughts: If you want to migrate your existing microATX build to a HTPC case, this is a great choice!

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  • Jason S.
  • 2/9/2013 3:40:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent HTPC case

Pros: -great looking
-aluminum
-Lian Li quality
-fits mATX mobo nicely
-LG blu-ray drive fit no problem at all
-did I mention this case looks amazing? Just like home AV equipment should
-narrow enough to fit on any shelf
-good airflow, despite the hdd cages
-drive flip down door is a really nice touch, looks great

Cons: -expensive
-small screws feel delicate, like they would easily strip the threads in the aluminum if you aren't careful
-hdd cages are a bit of a pain to remove, seems like it could have been simpler
-led power/reset lights are too bright for a htpc case, I unplugged mine
-fans are loud if used on full power

Other Thoughts: i3 2120T
4GB ddr3 ram
ASRock H77M mobo
LG blu ray
Samsung 840 pro 128GB ssd
Corsair CX430M
Lian Li PC-C50B

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  • Louis W.
  • 1/22/2013 8:44:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove It

Pros: This case rocks. It is a bit of a jigsaw puzzle to assemble but once you have it all put together it is magnificent. Its very tidy. I have an I5-3550 in it and a radeon 7850 graphics card and it stays nice and cool even when I am gaming on it for long periods of time. The space around the CPU is a little tight but as long as you aren't wanting to run a massive cooler you should be ok. I have a 120mm CPU cooler and it only fits one way. As will all cases the instructions for the cabling are a little limited.

Cons: Assembly is a pain in the neck. Wish it had a removable MB tray.

Other Thoughts: If you have limited space and want something that will run cool this is definitely the case you need.

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  • Wayne P.
  • 1/12/2013 9:03:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Case, though not cheap

Pros: More than enough front USB3 ports. Great layout, nice looking, lightweight. Real easy to get mobo and other components in and out. Lots of room and grills for fans. Expensive but allot of features.

Cons: You spend $160 for it and some wiseguy decides to save money by mixing the power supply screws in with the Mobo ones? Why? Use a separate bag! I almost used a psu screw in the mobo. Speaking of screws, don't lose any. You likely won't find them at the local hardware store.

Other Thoughts: Much easier to get in and out of the home theater cabinet than the old steel Antec Fusion. That and it doesn't have that wasteful screen thing.

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  • Stefan K.
  • 9/14/2012 1:54:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsI hate this case with all my heart, but it isn't as bad as I think it is...

Pros: -Relatively shallow depth allowing it to fit into AV shelves and cabinets.
-Form factor and finish look appropriate for an HTPC on display
-USB 3.0 support

Cons: -Screws strip easily and there are an unnecessary variety of screw size/thread making them hard to replace.
-5.25" need a short optical drive to fit properly and the optical drive tray must be installed even if there is no drive because otherwise there would be a gaping hole
-If you fill the advertised drive bays you're going to want cables of almost exact length if you want any airflow. Also, if you accomplished this you deserve an honorary engineering degree as it not easy to get 3x3.5" HDDs, a SSD, optical drive, and a video card into this bad boy.

Other Thoughts: I've been in and out of this case a dozen times, added and removed every component twice... I hate it. I can't explain it, but that's how I feel.

I got this because of the internal 3.5" bays. I ended up getting a SilverStone HTPC case and external enclosure for the drives. I am happier with this solution.

-You want to be sure you have the shortest power supply and optical drive that will suit your needs.
-You will want a modular PSU
-You will save yourself a headache if you use on-board video. The on Intel HD4000 graphics are great for an HTPC.

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  • Alex M.
  • 7/20/2012 4:24:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsResponse to last reviewer about lights

Pros: Just a response to the last viewer - this case does have a power light. The power button is actually a light, but the LED requires the correct polarity to light up - try reversing the motherboard connector for both the power light and HDD activity light. The reset button is a red HDD activity light, so if you don't see that one it is reversed as well. The power and reset button don't care about polarity. Hope this helps!

Cons: LEDs require the correct polarity. Nothing to do with this case :-)

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  • James W.
  • 7/16/2012 10:01:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Media Center Case

Pros: Fits a Wall Mounted Shelf Perfectly. Cooling is Excellent, no extra fans added.Its really really quiet. Lots of drive bays, for its size. Used my existing 750 watt Modular Power Supply.

Cons: No Power Indicator light.. with it being so quiet hard to tell if it on, lol.

Other Thoughts: If you want a Media Center Case that will fit on a shelf, you are into Micro ATX, want to use your existing Power supply and want lots of bays this is your case.

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  • Alex M.
  • 7/13/2012 4:46:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAnother great case from Lian Li

Pros: High quality material is used in this case. In addition, it is very modular by design in how you can move the hard drive cages to different locations. This case is nearly inaudible even under full gaming load, more than I can say about the nMedia case it replaced. Even with a full sized Radeon 6870 in the case, there is still good airflow to keep the temperature down.

Cons: This case has tight spacing, but I purposely wanted a smaller case so I can eventually fit it in an open front media center. It would be nicer if the PSU was placed under the CD cage so one of the 12 cm fan slots isn't partially blocked when configured on that side, but this isn't a big deal.

The cables for the front inputs are a bit odd. About 18 inches long, 1 mobo pinout for usb 3, 1 for USB 2, and a USB 3 connector

I can't hear the fans - oh wait....

Other Thoughts: Case components:
Core 2 Duo E8500 @ 3.4 ghz
Asus P5N7A-VM
8 gb Corsair DDR 2 XMS 2 RAM
Sapphire Ati Radeon HD 6870
OCZ Vertex 3 90 gb HD
160 gb 2.5" HDD
Antec Neo HE 430 watt PSU
Sony DVD-R/W

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  • JOHN S.
  • 6/28/2012 11:41:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Case

Pros: -Depth <13 inches
-Has a card reader on front panel built in. The light is always on but that tells me it is on and doesn't bother me when viewing tv or movies.
-Cages for hardrive and configuration internally is easy to work with
-Looks good...simple and stylish
-designed for zero vibration

Cons: -Fans are way too loud. I am hard of hearing and these drive me nuts. There are two and they both have 3 pin connectors. I have one 3 pin connector on mobo and even turning one down to 800-900 rpm and disconnecting the other the thing is still loud. I ordered new fans.
-The cables are long enough to hook your mobo up outside of the case. I like the ease of use but could have easily reduced these by 6 inch or more and still had plenty of room to work with.
-I cannot use the 3rd cage behind the dvd drive. Not a big deal now....I used the room to store some of the cables.
-One of the front panel USB cables is designed to pass through the back and plug in to the back of motherboard. I didn't use this and tied it off. It does mean I lose one of my usb 2.0 slots on the front panel. The (2) usb 3 slots are on a cable that plugs into the mobo.
-The price is a bit more than other cases.

Other Thoughts: I paid alittle more for this case because it had what I was looking for. It is not perfect but is a nice case and easy to work with. I bought a modular power supply and glad I did because I only used cables I needed. If you bought PSU with all cables this would be very tight fit. My main power connector is directly under the cage on left and is tight but has some clearance. I am also using a pci card for tv tuner that runs right underneath the center bar but has clearance. I am not running a video card so can't comment on that. I am using intel hd3000 so didn't need much by way of cards which is another reason I have a case that can breathe easy and get nice airflow.

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