- 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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Finally, a cleanly designed case with lots of drive bays! 10/21/2012
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-A76 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
> Great clean design
> 12 3.5 drive bays (3 of which can readily accommodate a 2.5" SSD) - this isn't really mentioned in the newegg specs but you can see from the pictures as well as via Lian Li site.
> Fairly quiet with stock fans running and an additional Xigmatek XLF-F1255 120mm that I added to the top
> Room for 4 fans in addition to those included (2 x 120mm on top and 2 x 140mm on side cover)
> Nice (but loud) click of front door when opening and closing.
Below are some minor quibbles and I really can't take off a whole egg for these but here they are!
> Only 2 5.25" bays (both of which are externally accessible)
> "Main" cover was slightly difficult to remove but seems to be loosening up with repeated removals
> On such a beautiful case, there is use of 2 strips of off white weather stripping inside the front door that seems out of place. I guess this can be replaced pretty easily but I'm surprised at the use of material that looks so out of place.
> Wires for LEDs and PWR/Reset switches do not have a lot of length. I had to unbind them from the wire-guide post behind the motherboard tray so they could reach the pins on the motherboard. It's not pretty but hardly awful either.
> Top cover for USB and headphone ports is not that well engineered. It has already develped a noticeable scratch because there is no clearance here and I think I'm just scraping metal on metal to open this cover.
> Even when using right angle SATA cables, these really need to be attached on the side of the case under the motherboard (the right side when facing from the front). Maybe I did something funny with where I applied the included HD thumbscrews but when put on the 2 end most positions on my drives, the drives don't go far enough into the cage to allow for SATA cables to be plugged in on the left side so I inserted the drives with ports facing to the right (when looking straight at case) so there is plenty of clearance
> Case is so big that I couldn't comfortably route the main power supply cable behind the motherboard - it's just flopping out right on top of the motherboard.
> While I've poked around cases before, this is my first real build from the ground up
> In about 6 hours, I was able to put in a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H, core i7 3770K (with stock heat sink & fan), RAM, Corsair HX750 power supply, 7 3.5" HDDs, 2 SSDs, an extra fan, (old) Radeon 4850 video card, CETON InfiniTV card, SYBA 4 port SATA RAID card, and Hauppauge 2250 Tuner card
> Some wasted space in the front to back dimension (this is a borderline con but I guess the case is meant to hold eATX or XL motherboards and or super long video cards). It would have been nice if they included a removable drive cage or something to hold yet another 2 or 3 3.5" drives in front of the spot for the power supply but I'm really nitpicking here.
> Another reviewer commented that the construction is flimsy but I disagree. The material is mostly (if not all) aluminum and it isn't super stiff but I never was concerned. Actually, I was a bit careless and have repeatedly bumped the case into the metal legs of my desk and there has been no denting or noticeable consquences to the black finish. I think the use of aluminum is great because this case weighs a lot less than some others I've handled (Cooler Master CM 830).
> Not sure if I'm misunderstanding the intention but the top port panel seems to have a cutout for an eSATA port but it's just an empty hole. Maybe I'm misunderstanding how this might work but maybe I can take it apart and string in my own eSATA jack here? This just isn't quite what i expected.
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