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Item#: N82E16811112388

LIAN LI PC-A76 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

  • Aluminum ATX Full Tower
  • USB 3.0 x 2 / USB 2.0 x 2 / HD Audio Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
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Features

PC-A76
Huge internal space fits HPTX motherboards and graphics cards up to 360mm long, and has room for 12 hard drives. There are 3 x 140mm and 1 x 120mm cooling fans to cool the system down. It is an ideal case for a gamer or pro user.
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Hard Disk Drive Space

HDD installation couldn't be more simple and effective. Simply secure four screws to the HDD, push into the HDD cage runner, and lock in position.
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Multi-Media I/O Ports

USB 3.0 x 2 / USB 3.0 x 2 / HD Audio

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Compatibility

Card Length: 360mm
PSU Length: 360mm
CPU Cooler Height: 170mm

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Cable Guard

The openning is designed to protect both your hand and the cables.

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Video Card Support

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Tool-less Optical Drive Mount

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Front Door Lock

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What's in the Box

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Learn more about the Lian-Li PC-A76

Model

Brand
LIAN LI
Model
PC-A76

Spec

Type
ATX Full Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum
With Power Supply
No
Motherboard Compatibility
HPTX / E-ATX / ATX / Micro-ATX

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
2
Expansion Slots
11

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB 3.0 x 2 / USB 2.0 x 2 / HD Audio

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
1 x 120mm Rear Fan
140mm Fans
3 x 140mm Front Fan

Physical Spec

Dimensions
8.66" x 23.03" x 23.23"

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Jason B.
  • 3/24/2014 8:31:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood case, but could be better

Pros: 1)Good amount of space.
2) Lots of 3.5in drive bays
3)All aluminum construction.
4)The monolithic look is very attractive.

Cons: 1) Cable routing holes have rubber grommets that pop out really easily. Not a deal breaker, but kinda a pain.
2) 2.5in SSD drive mounting should have been thought out better. They mount flat on the drive cage. Can't use right angle cables. But, you can use motherboard standoffs in the mounting process. Screw the standoffs into the bottom of the drive, then screw in the vibration mounts, and then install. This gives you a little more height to accomodate the SATA data and power connectors.
3) The case is just a big too big. Not a big deal, but PSU mounts on the bottom and an ATX mobo mounted at the top, you might need PSU extension cables for everything to get connected.

Other Thoughts: All in all, it's a BEAUTIFUL case! Monolithic styling. Makes for a great high-end build or for a file server.

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  • Richard S.
  • 3/21/2014 9:56:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFantastic case

Pros: Minimalist design. I cannot stress enough how great it is that this case exists just for the fact that it doesn't have multiple colors and weird angles.

The hard drive bays are situated perfectly and if you pair this with the 2 or 3 slot hot swap backplane this case has very handy features.

There are plenty of fans, and plenty of places for more!

Cons: Front heavy - but gets balanced out when you populate it.

Could stand to use some wheels/castors rather than just foot pucks.

Should be a way to use the included screens in the open fan slots without installing a fan. Top ventilation would be nice, but I don't want fans on top.

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure what other user's are talking about when they mention the build quality or the issue with the screws. The screws that were included with mine were aluminum and soft, but they did not strip out as easily as other's have claimed that they did.

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  • Tina N.
  • 3/8/2014 2:02:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLittle quality control

Pros: It looks good but I don't give stars for looking good.

Cons: Quality of metal is only a bit higher than a soda can.

Other Thoughts: While trying to remove screws for fan openings to install radiator and fans every screw stripped. I tried different sizes and went slowly. I'm not new to this at all so I can assure you I had the tools and knowledge. As a test I actually was able to damage a screw with my finger nail! This is ridiculous. I have never seen such low quality metal in a case and I will never buy this brand again. As a matter of fact I will be trying to get my money back. Its like the screws are made of 80 percent lead and have been glued in. Oh, and the door rattles when moving it. I'm a bit frustrated at the moment by the way.

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  • Gabriel M.
  • 10/26/2013 2:51:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLian Li PC-A76

Pros: Sleek minimalist case for professionals; all aluminum & lightweight; good cable & hard drive management

Cons: none ... really

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  • Eugen H.
  • 9/4/2013 1:08:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Case to Date (IMHO)

Pros: All Aluminum Construction
Nice Spacious Layout
All Black
Clean Look / Looks even better in person
Side Panels Are Thick Enough (many say too thin, I disagree, or maybe lian li thicken them up because mine do not feel flimsy or thin)
11 Expansion Slots
Side Positioned HDD are better than front to back with the additional cages needed

Cons: 1) Needs additional hooks on back side for better cable management
2) Rubber Grommets fall out when running cables
3) Needs hooks or screw holes to accept (3) x 140mm fans on back side of HDD Cage Tower or (4) x 120mm fans. [ I solved this by zip tieing (4) 120 mm fans together and then zip tieing the the top fan to the Optical Drive slot openings - for push / pull HDD configuration

Other Thoughts: I am very particular about my cases, I am looking for a clean look with quality construction and a good layout.

Prior to settling on this case I owned

Thermaltake Kandalf (1 Year) (the doors were stupid and blocked air flow, disliked the front to back HDD = pain to swap + wires in sight)

Cooler Master Stacker 810 (3 Years) (Loved Dual Exhaust, Good Size, Wished it was all Aluminum, had to paint the interior, Quality Construction, HDD Cage suffers similar to TT. Only reason had to upgrade is because not enough expansion slots and no ability for slot 7 to have a hang over card

Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA (2 Days) - Ugly in person, Cheap plastic, so so construction, a lower level case all around (suggest spending a little extra money for something better)

Corsair 900D (1 Week) The Beast (Very Nice with Some issues)
1) Awesomely Large, Heavy, Looks like Full Aluminum/ metal Construction but its not) (Sides of the front intake and where the front filter snap into (are plastic) (Although hidden still disappointing)
2) placing an optical drive or the like within the case destroys the look
3) too many airflow paths all conflicting
4) if you have a Evga 4 Way Sli Motherboard and using slot 7 with a VGA using 3 slots because of cooling (you cant because it hits the upright PSU regardless of PSU slot (the final straw for me)
I wanted to love this case but just couldn't

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  • Will T.
  • 6/20/2013 11:16:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExtra information if anyone is interested

Pros: The fan mount with the 3 x 140mm fans pre-installed can actually be removed. It is mounted using 8 normal case screws. This was an unexpected surprise in a good way since I was already planning on machining a 3 x 120mm fan mount for a water cooling radiator.

There are actually 20 tapped screw holes in total on the front of the case so you can really go nuts mounting a custom bracket if you so desire.

Cons: The giant 12 drive 3.5mm hard drive bay is secured using a combination of rivets and screws. I'm not entirely sure why this is the case, although this is my guess: To the front and on the bottom of the hard drive bay, rivets are used. At the back, screws are used to secure the hard drive bay to a supporting column. I'm guessing this column was taken from a pre-exisiting manufacturing process which taps screw threads. During the manufacturing of this case, normal holes are drilled (at a cheaper cost.)

I'm not too happy about this in general, although I knew about this (by looking at the pictures) in advance before buying this case. I predominately own Lian-Li cases whom in the past have almost always taken the time to mount things to the case frame using screws.

Other Thoughts: The case has some strange pre-drilled holes on the bottom. I'm not entirely sure what they are used for. In some Lian-Li cases you can rearrange the HD bays to your liking but it doesn't seem to be true in this case.

I didn't find a problem regarding the quality and width of aluminum used. The PC-7 case used slightly thinner aluminum than this case which was folded at the edges. The PC-V2010 used quite thick aluminum which was around 3-4mm thick.

All in all, this is an awesome case that can fit a ton of drives, even more if you go for a Lian Li EX-23NB which adds 3 x 3.5mm hard drive bays in the 2 x 5.25 bays for a total of 15(!) hard drives. If you were looking for a good case for a file server, this is the one for you.

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  • Lori L.
  • 5/2/2013 2:49:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLian Li PC-A76 ATX Full Tower Case

Pros: Perfect for a server. I was going to get one of those metal and plastic cases and I couldn't do it. I need Aluminum and this case is perfect for the home server that I am going to build in it. It takes up to 12 hard drives and 3 SSD's. It will fix any size mother board, so as I move my older systems into it to be the server board it will perfect. This is my 3rd Liam Li case. I moded that last one I had for water cooling. They are so easy to mod. I won't be modding this one, it will perfect the way it is, except I will be adding sound damping material so that is quiet. I put corsair fans and the H100i in it to cool it. I heard someone say that this case is too much for a server case, I disagree. Just a few more dollars than the metal ones.

Cons: I hope the Aluminum is not too thin, I know that is will someone thin at this price point. Other than that I can't think of one.

Other Thoughts: I am a sucker for Classy Aluminum cases, I have 3 Lian Li and 2 Silver Stone cases including the TJ11. I am not a kid and I want my computers to look good. I put expensive hardware in them and I want that hardware to match the case.

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  • Philip H.
  • 3/1/2013 9:05:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsThe Little Things

Pros: HDD cage. It's the most you can get without going rackmount.

Cons: Fans. They aren't as quiet as I'd hoped and the connectors for the motherboard headers are an absolute joke. This is a massive case and they provide you with fans that could not possible reach far enough to plug into anything.

Lian-Li Quality Assurance Dept. - My case came with one of the brackets that are meant to support an SSD only secured in three spots. A rivet was placed in the fourth hole, but never passed through the hole for the bracket. Instead the bracket rested on top of the rivet which caused the one corner to lift slightly. When I opened the case this was the very first thing I noticed. It doesn't seem like a huge deal until you realize that the inside of the case is painted when all of the parts are assembled. After drilling out & replacing the rivet, part of the cage was exposed that wasn't when it was painted.

In summary, I had to buy the case, extensions for the fans, and a rivet gun & rivets to fix the cage. The case is better than three eggs, but the annoyances ruined the experience for me.

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  • Jesse M.
  • 2/12/2013 1:50:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe best case!

Pros: This case is fantastic! The black on it is evenly distributed without a trace of its natural color, so the pictures featured on the site don't do it justice at all. The doors are nice and firm and the case is quiet contrary to what others elsewhere have said.

The fans also work really well and the case has dust filters! The fingerprints on it are as easy to clean as it is to get them on with a moist microfiber cloth, but you'd have to go out of your way to see the fingerprints anyway depending on the orientation of the light in your room. The top also fits a 240mm radiator easily, though you're better off using the screws your kit came with rather than the case screws.

Cons: Cable connection was tough, but no eggs deducted since it is a PSU issue (it has short sleeves and isn't modular). Also... nowhere for wheels! So the dream of transferring wheels from my old full tower to my new one is a dream denied. Wheels are great not only for cleaning but installation, especially when constantly switching back and forth between front end and back end cable management, but no eggs deducted since one doesn't manage cables or install components everyday so no biggie.

Due to the orientation of the 3.5 and 2.5 bays I couldn't use one cable for both my 2.5 and 3.5 drives, and my 5.25 and 2.5 couldn't connect the same way either so I had to improvise and place the 2.5 underneath the 5.25 and it works just fine even without extra 5.25 to 2.5 peripherals.

Other Thoughts: The rubber grommets come off easily. Some may think of this as a con but underneath the grommets is smooth, rounded aluminum so your cables are safe anyway. Besides, not everyone likes rubber grommets. The water cooling holes on the back are also made of a hard and tough plastic and it actually hurt my finger poking it through the plastic is so hard. I don't have that problem myself as I have a closed loop system though.

In summery, I challenge you to find a better case than this at this price point! I'm not holding my breath.

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  • Zachary S.
  • 10/29/2012 10:37:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Case

Pros: See review "The Limits of Aluminum"

Cons: See review "The Limits of Aluminum"

Other Thoughts: After owning this case for a bit more and discovering what it truly has to offer, I decided to change my review. This is a 4 egg case, so I rated it 5 eggs to even out my earlier review.

Everything I said before still stands, I just misunderstood how to take advantage of this case. The top 2x120mm fans should be for silent fans or closed loop liquid cooling. Loud fans that push a lot of air are somewhat useless, as the air flows from the front of the case to the back. These fans should only be used to get rid of excess heat, and the quiet stock fans from my earlier cases work perfectly here.

The HDD column serves as a PERFECT mounting bracket for 3x120mm fans. You can slip some rubber pads into the HDD slots (just like you're installing a HDD) and zip-tie a fan through the 50+ holes in the HDD column. Just like that you have 3 silent fans that can finish pushing air from the front of the case to the vital parts.

I noticed no noise difference between using 2x120mm fans on top of the case and keeping the aluminum plates locked in. Take advantage of this.

Opening the door on the case does increase airflow (and noise). My idle temps drop by about 6 degrees C with the door open (after about 15 minutes of leaving it open).

Do NOT use the fan kits that come with the case. The metal screens that Lian Li supplies are extremely prone to vibrating and hitting the edge of the fan cut out. Instead use a generic fan grill; it looks nicer too.

Since you're using an aftermarket CPU cooler (most likely a very large one) you'll only be able to fit one 140mm fan into the side of the case. My side fan actually fits so snug that it touches the heat sink of my CPU cooler. Keep an eye out for 140x20mm fans, they'll give you more breathing room. The fan that I can fit onto the side panel sits right in front of my two GTX 560s, which is perfect for sucking that hot air out. If you have an XL-ATX motherboard you'll have the same luxury.

This case isn't silent, but it's close. The stock case comes with 4 fans. I'm using 10, and the case has impressed me with how quiet it is. It's about as loud as my mini fridge.

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