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Item#: N82E16811112417

LIAN LI PC-A51WX Black Aluminum Computer Case

  • Aluminum
  • USB 3.0 / Audio Front Ports
  • 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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LIAN LI PC-A51WX Black Aluminum Computer Case



Thermal Solution

The PC-A51 sports a reverse airflow design in which cool air is pulled into the chassis from the rear filtered 120mm fan. The front 140mm fan above the front-mounted PSU pulls hardware-damaging hot air out of the case.

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New Tool-less HDD Tray System

  • Hard disk installation is quick and easy.
  • Supports five 3.5" or 2.5" HDDs.
  • The HDD tray can be removed to make more room for high-end graphics cards.

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Vents on the front panel

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Rear fan filter

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Top radiator mount with filter

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Front-Mounted PSU

The front mounted PSU allows the PC-A51 to be shorter and smaller while still providing full hardware capabilities.

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Integrated Water Cooler Support

The PC-A51 is designed to support the majority of commercially available integrated water coolers.


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Compatibility

  • Graphics card length: 280mm - 400mm (max.)
  • PSU length: 160mm
  • CPU cooler height: 175mm

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240mm or 280mm radiator

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Cable management

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30mm

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Anit-vibration clips

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USB 3.0 / HD audio

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High-quality aluminum feet

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Rubber grommet for cables

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Vented PCI brackets

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Liquid cooling holes

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Air filter

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Tool-less optical drive mounting

What's in the Box

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Warranty

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


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  • Rob M.
  • 6/2/2014 5:21:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsQuality

Pros: - Excellent build quality
- Nice hard drive mounting brackets
- Radiator top mount
- Bottom intake supplies graphics card with cool air
- Lots of space behind the motherboard
- Compact
- Looks nice
- Lightweight

Cons: - Graphics card and PSU are a really tight fit
- Sits too close to the floor for proper bottom fan intake
- Poor wire hole placement

Other Thoughts: The good:
This is my first LIAN-LI case and it's apparent that they know how to make a nice case, every intake has a filter, there are thumb screws everywhere, there are no sharp edges anywhere. The build quality is top notch.

This is a dang good looking case. The brushed black aluminum looks great, the side panel gives a great view, and the interior of the case is painted black. I think it's worth the extra price for the side panel version.


The bad:

As you probably know this case is somewhat unique in that the PSU sits in the front instead of the back. In order to prevent the PSU heat from being sucked back in the airflow direction is back to front instead of front to back. This mostly works without any issues other than video cards that dump most of their hot air out the back since it gets sucked right back inside.

The big problem with the bottom front PSU is you have every single power supply wire, most motherboard wires (USB, audio, SATA, etc), the fat motherboard power plug, and GFX card power wires all in the same small space in the case, which is already cramped with the PSU and GFX card. Because of this I am unable to connect up my USB3 cables since their fat plugs also would need to go in the same place. My GFX card is 400mm and my PSU is 160mm just like they say is the max and the GFX card is resting on the PSU.

The second big issue is with the fans. On a typical front to back airflow case you have 2 or 3 large fans sucking air into the case in the front. Some of that air is sucked out of the case by output fans, some is vented out through holes. On this case there is only 1 intake fan which doesn't really do the job of sucking air in for the whole case. You can (and should) add a second intake fan to the bottom rear of the case to get additional in flow but that has its own problem...

The ground clearance is too low. With the case is on a hard surface there is less than a half inch of space between the floor and the inlet, this isn't nearly enough space to get enough air into the the fan.


Conclusion:

I'm not against the back to front airflow, I'm just against some of the design decisions LIAN-LI made.

Other than that this is a beautiful case and can still be used for a sick build as long as you plan ahead by doing the following:

- Use a short gfx card that doesn't dump hot air out the back
- Use a semi-modular power supply
- Look at where USB, SATA, and power plugs are on your motherboard and how they will line up with the case holes and power supply
- Add an intake fan to the bottom
- Rig up some stilts to get this thing an inch higher off the ground

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  • James C.
  • 3/24/2014 12:32:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid if tight

Pros: Lian Li build quality, so good, light, tool-less. Very nice in terms of complete black-out for all bits and pieces, so with the window and my red/black/chrome choices for bits and pieces looks really good. Easy build with plenty of room (see cons for caveats). Plenty of kit/pieces/mounts so a complete midtower case. Shame to put it on the floor, eye-height would be better.

Cons: The PSI is front lower mounted and therefore watch the maximum dimensons carefully. They are not kidding. This also came into play with my rather long Asus GTX 780 OC, very tight and just fit. The issue with both tight areas is sadly multiplied by the backplane access hole for wires which is too short vertically and things are very tight fitting through the slot. I think in light of the tightness there a longer or wider pass thru slot would be better.
Rear to front airflow, does make for a bit more sensativity to the temp of the running system as it it potentially right next to your legs in a deskside configuraton/placement.

Other Thoughts: I'd choose it again, great cosmetics and assuming you don't mind taking the time to size your graphics card and PS, build should be very clean.

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