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LIAN LI PC-9F Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
  • USB3.0 x 2 / e-SATA x1 / HD Audio Front Ports
  • 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 6 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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LIAN LI PC-9F Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

The LIAN LI PC-9F features aluminum finishing to provide superior cooling for your high-performance components. The case includes dual 120mm front fans and one 120mm rear fan for efficient ventilation.

This mid-tower case can accommodate Micro ATX and ATX motherboards. In addition, the case offers space for three external 5.25" dive bays, one 3.5" external drive bay (use one 5.25-inch to 3.5-inch converter), six internal 3.5" drive bays and eight expansion slots.

LIAN LI introduced the amazing PC-9F for the PC gaming fans and professional game players who are demanding.


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Thermal Solution

The PC-9F is equipped with large cooling fans, with low RPMs, which still provide enough air flow to cool down the hardware adequately. Two front 120mm intake fans and one 120mm exhaust fan power the air flow of the case.

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Removable HDD Rack

The HDD rack supports six 3.5-inch HDDs, secured using thumb screws with rubber suspension. Users can choose for their HDDs to face forward or backward.

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Removable Front Panel

The front panel is detachable and they can be removed without tools.

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USB 3.0 Multi-Media I/O Ports

Users can easily access USB 3.0, e-SATA and HD Audio ports.

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Supports standard ATX PS/2 power supply units

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Supports standard 5.25" optical drives

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Supports expansion cards up to 285mm

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Fan space on top.

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Liquid cooling vents

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Vented PCI bracket

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Air filter (Base)

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Opening for cables

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Case clamp

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What's in the Box

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Roger W.
  • 3/6/2015 7:03:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Case for An Entry Level Workstation

Pros: A large ATX case that is perfect for an entry level workstation. Excellent cooling capability. Comes with removable filters for the front fans which blow over the harddrive cage. The internal hard drive rack can accommodate up to six hard drives with an effective sound deadening. Internally, this case can handle long graphics cards.

Cons: The aluminum feels a little flimsy compared to a Lian-Li Case I purchased in 2002. Fitment is not as tight as the older case.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this case for an engineering workstation build featuring an ASUS P8C WS, an Xeon E3-1250V2 CPU, 32 GB of DDR3-1600 with ECC, a 970GT EVGA graphics Card, a Pioneer Blue Ray Burner and a 10 GB RAID 5 harddrive array.

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  • Mark H.
  • 3/6/2015 12:59:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLian Li PC-9F

Pros: The right size for me, easy to work in, weight. It has all the fans I need. AMD 6950 runs in mid 20's with cool master 212 evo. When playing Total War games it goes up to high 30's according to core temp. You can install the biggest graphic cards with no problem.

Cons: Like everyone else the poor design of the @#% front panel connectors break off. No removable motherboard tray.

Other Thoughts: Some complain that the top fan is not included, this never bothered me. I replace all fans with Corsair fans. It runs a little loud, but I don't notice it anymore. The HD rack holds six, but it cuts down on airflow, so I cut it half for better airflow. I'm a true fan of Lian Li cases.
I enjoy the Total War games and this case is all I need.
My rig: Lian LI PC-9F
AMD 6950 cpu
Asus Sabertooth MB
EVGA 760GTX 4gb
16gb Corsair Vengeance 1866mhz
Corsair 850 power

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  • Chris L.
  • 10/13/2014 1:01:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsExcellent access, poor construction materials

Pros: Like every other Lian Li case I've owned (this is the third), stripping it down and moving things in, out, and around, is nearly a joy. It's full of thoughtful little3 touches.

Cons: The materials used in the case are exceedingly poor. The aluminum in the case is perhaps half as thick as previous Lian Li cases I've owned, and warps easily.

The front panel attachments, in particular, are prone to breakage. I've had mine for only SIX MONTHS, and taken the panel off TWICE since assembly, and in three of the four clips holding it on have broken. At this point I have to hold the front panel on with tape. For a case that costs over $100, that's unacceptable.

Other Thoughts: If better materials used in construction, this would be an exceptional case.

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  • Jason C.
  • 10/6/2014 11:43:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt's alright.

Pros: Typical Lian Li quality (very good). The finish is always nice. Good design for cooling. Not flashy in the sense that it doesn't have windows, pretty lights, and it doesn't look like it was dropped out of an alien spaceship. These are all good things.

Cons: I have quite a few gripes with this case. In no particular order:
1. No removable motherboard tray.
2. The 140mm opening in the top of the case for an additional fan.
A: The motherboard is mounted extremely close to the top of the case... so that a fan either doesn't fit between, or just barely.
B: The screws are so absolutely tight holding the cover on, if you remove the cover then decide you want to put it back on, the black finish on the screws will be marred.
C: If you do manage to mount a 140mm fan, the case does not come with any kind of screen or cover for the fan... so it's just completely exposed.
3. I got a Rosewill media card reader to mount into one of the front bays. Luckily it fit in the bottom bay where the 3.5 inch adapter normally is, because the top two bays have a metal flap preventing the media card reader from inserting all the way.
4. The wires for the two front case fans are too short to adequately reach the case fan headers on the motherboard. For the cost of a extra few inches of tiny gauge wire, this is really annoying.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a good case. Lian Li is a brand that I still like and would absolutely buy their products again... I just wouldn't buy this particular case and wished I would have kept looking.

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  • Ryan P.
  • 7/14/2014 3:28:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove This Case!

Pros: Lightweight, cool, clean look, easy to get stuff in and out of, and it is cheap for a Lian Li case.

Cons: Lacks a top fan.

Other Thoughts: This has been the best case I have ever had. It is a good split between cost and features, and it more than holds all my components. I hope Lian Li makes more mid-range cases like this because this one is awesome. It would be nice if they included a top fan instead just having the option for one, but the three that are included are very good, and they keep my computer running cool without much sound.

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  • Tom Y.
  • 7/8/2014 11:27:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbest case I have ever had

Pros: I have built many computers in my life. this case has the most room, easiest mechanism for hard drive mounting. PSU on the bottom, which makes sense to me so it is not top heavy. Plenty of room for pci cards, graphic cards, etc. I use an i7-sandy bridge 3930K 6 core, 32 GB, ASUS Radeon HD 7790.

I have swapped out countless drives with only needing to remove the side panel. Headache of upgrades removed! Placement of commonly upgrade components perfect for minimal to no tool need.

Cons: Cost, but you get what you pay for.

I wish it is easier to get all the little power, reset, hdd, speaker leds plugged into the motherboard, but there is no real solution to sovle that.

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  • Jacob S.
  • 4/24/2014 5:00:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsQuality case

Pros: - Solid high quality materials and construction
- Well-planned design (cable management, drive locking mechanism, airflow)
- Small touches like removable / cleanable fan filters make this feel like you're getting a lot for the money.
- Very cool case with my setup (augmented stock fans w/ a few Silverstone 120mm)
- Decent amount of space and expandability.
- Very modular and easy to work with in terms of opening and securing the various pieces. Both sides and the front are easily removable, and everything is a cinch to get to.

Cons: - Power buttons are little cheap feeling
- Front of the case pops off a little two easily for my taste

Other Thoughts: I've used this case for over two years now and it's been excellent. The filters protect the interior from probably 85% of the dust that would otherwise enter the case. I don't overclock much, but my temps are always very low. Much lower than any other setup I have had.

Additionally, the modularity makes working w/ components much easier. For example, the hard drive locking slider is mechanically simple yet, brilliantly effective. But if I want to get to the front fans behind the drive rack, it's just a couple hefty (meaning quality) thumb screws and I can remove the whole rack.

The whole case is built like this. Each panel comes off independently. If you're changing the CPU fan and need quick access to the back motherboard tray, you have two thumb screws and the panel pops off. Same on the other side. The front pops off using locking pressure clips. I haven't removed the top, but I know it's similarly easy.

You can tell that a ton of thought goes into how these cases are actually USED. These are built by people who listen to their customer base and who understand the sorts of problems and pain points that are associated w/ cases.

A quick example is the types of hardware screws used. This whole case is assembled with (I'm admittedly guessing) maybe 3-4 types of screws total. Most of the relevant ones are a hefty thumb screw (philips head top, if you want to tighten a bit more). This simple fact--that I generally don't have to deal with more than 1-2 screw types, and that these are well-made and easily distinguishable from each other--makes working w/ the case so much easier.

I don't see myself buying from another manufacturer. You may pay slightly more (although this one is very reasonable), but what you gain in return is absolutely worth it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/9/2014 5:22:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery much worthwhile

Pros: Wow, it's truly an excellent case. The brushed aluminum finish is very handsome. It doesn't show many fingerprints. The front fascia (incorrect term) pops off nice and easily. It's a quick job to clean. The included fan filters are pretty nice and trap a lot of dust. Cleaning them is easy too--just rinse them under tap water for a minute each, then air-dry them. They don't catch 100% of the dust, but they'll keep your internals MUCH cleaner. USB 3.0 upfront is great. I lucked out and received an early version using the USB 3.0 header, which included a header adapter for USB 2.0. The adapter was a tight fit on and off, but was perfect until I upgraded from Nehalem to Haswell.

Cons: Don't plan on using a 140mm fan up top. When I did that, the top of the case got this annoying rattle. Maybe I messed up screwing it in, but it was annoying enough that I removed it. It didn't really do anything.

Other Thoughts: I really like this chassis. It's not a M1 tank, but now 2 years on, mine is still very solid. As another piece of advice for anyone looking at computer cases... positive air pressure is your friend. You want more fans pointing in than you want pointing out. That ensures that the fan filters catch the dust & that dust isn't sucked in through any gaps.

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  • Eric W.
  • 4/4/2014 7:45:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFlimsy - not worthy of the name

Pros: Aluminum

Cons: Flimsy

Other Thoughts: My third LL case. The first two were great. This model, however, should not carry they name due to its thin and cheap construction.

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  • Jonathan W.
  • 3/30/2014 1:57:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLian Li. nuff said

Pros: Everything about this case, nay Lian Li, screams quality and minimalistic design. In the high end computer case world there are two types of cases: one that screams "HEY LOOK AT ME!" and the beautiful brushed aluminium finish that doesn't show off, but upon close examination shows its beautiful quality nature. This would be the latter. I am not one for flashy lights all over my cases, nor would I put spinners on my car. If you're into spinners, you are probably into your case having a clear side panel and blue glowy lights all over. The clear panel would only get dirty and requre frequent cleanings. The simple, yet well thought-out nature of this case leaves me wanting very little.

I am not one for toolless 5.25" mounting hardware. Most cases that come with it as a feature provide cheap plastic toolless devices that allow the dvd drives to vibrate and create noise. I typically remove them right away and screw in my drives with as many screws as possible. I did not do that this time and the drive stays quiet (seriously people; know the difference between quiet and quite).

I love that this case and most lian li cases come with pleanty of well-thoughtout cooling fans. Two 120s in the front, 1 in the back, and an optional 140 up top. It is noteworthy that if you have a large CPU fan, you may not be able to use the one up top, be warned and measure before purchasing a fan.

I love what they did with the hard drive cage on this model. It is so easy to install and remove drives I think I could teach my 2-year old to do it in an afternoon. The hard drives sit silently and I like it like that. They didn't make it possible to mount a 2.5" with the rubber grommets, but they're probably assuming that you'd only use a 2.5" if you wanted a SSD, which wont vibrate anyhow.

I love having the ports and IO buttons on the top rather than the front. I place my computer on the floor and it is very easy to reach them.

There is pleanty of space behind the motherboard for routing cables and they thought of all the places you would want to route them and placed a hole there for you to do it. Thanks Lian Li, you think of everything.

All edges are rolled, you will have to try hard to cut yourself.

The aluminium is sturdy and thick. Thicker and far lighter than most steel cases. I switched from a PC K7 and having an all-aluminium case has lightened the load significantly.

The front removes without tools, another typical Lian Li feature they spoil us with.

The fans are quiet and by experience with my past cases will outlast all hardware they cool. They also come pre-mounted with rubber grommets to keep them quiet. If you want it quieter, they give you watercooling holes if you're into that.

Seriously, they think of everything. I'd like to meet their engineers and shake some hands. Job well done.

Cons: I have to nitpick when it comes to cons. Anytime you purchase a bottom-mounted case, understand that it is not yet the industry standard and that PSU manufacturers may or may not be thinking of that when making cable lengths. Measure your PSU 4/8 CPU power lead and make sure it is long enough. I had hoped to route mine under my motherboard and back out the top to keep it out of the way, but it wasn't even close to long enough. I had to route it right by my video card and over my northbridge fan. Not an ideal situation, but it works. I'm very picky about my cable management. For this reason, I also strongly recommend purchasing a modular power supply. Lian li helps you find places to put your cables, but if you can take the unused ones out entirely, you're much better off.

My biggest gripe is the fan screen on the front. When they designed it, it sits flush with the front of the case, which is great if it isn't going over the large round-head screws that mount the fans. It is a tight fit and seems like you're bending the plastic a lot to get them to fit. If I had to look for and point out a design flaw, this would be it. Still, I haven't broken the filter yet and can't justify docking Lian Li an egg for it. They do such an amazing job (I'm not on their payroll, I promise).

The PCK7 I switched from had a removable MoBo tray. I didn't remove it often, but it was nice to have. The K7 also has a flip open door for the USB and audio ports, protecting them from dust when not is use. I liked that feature, but again, not enough to dock an egg. I knew about both of those things before purchasing and they didn't even make me hesitate to click the "add to cart" button.

Other Thoughts: True story: I've been buying Lian Li for my own cases for years now. I was first exposed to them by my college roomate who was building a watercooled computer in the classic Lian Li case that has evolved into the PC v1020 we see today. I've been hooked on their beautiful design and quality of craftsmanship since.

I write this having upgraded from a Lian-li (Lancool) PC K7 original version with usb2.0 and the leading factor in switching was getting an all-aluminium case instead of one with aluminium panels and getting USB3.0 ports in the front. Other than the bottom mounted PSU in this case and the removable MoBo tray in the other, the two cases are designed very similarly and I have no regrets about purchasing either. If you want to save a few dollars and don't want a bottom mounted PSU, I would recommend the PCk7B as mine lasted me 5 years and countless hours removing hardware for upgrades. It was always easy to work in and I never have cut myself on a Lian Li product.

If you like a minimalist design and don't buy this case, consider other cases in the Lian-Li product line. You wont be disappointed by any of their product's quality and you will find that paying a little more is well worth it.

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