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This review is from: LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C50B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC 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 ownershipREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Small format, cost effective, low power consumption, more than enough computing power for routing tasks including caching and antivirus. Cheap!
Cons: PCI express slot is virtually useless, not even a low profile card will fit it. The case has poor cooling and the 40mm fan is very noisy. I run it with the lid of and a 120mm fan sitting on top.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Bought for the 35W TDP to put in a HTPC case. Can barely hear the stock fan and I'm sure an aftermarket cooler could be even quieter. For what it's worth it gets a 7.1 on Windows Experience Index for processor speed which is more than enough and a 6.6 for GPU.
Cons: NoneREAD FULL REVIEW