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LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C50B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

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With stylish design, clean lines and classic color tone, the LIAN LI PC-C50B HTPC case presents a minimalistic aesthetics that can blend seamlessly with your house decoration and home theater system. You'll have room inside for 3x 2.5" HDDs and 3x 3.5" HDDs, superior cooling performance, USB 3.0 & eSATA ports and SD card reader on front panel. All these make this case a giant among its class by offering you a best-in-class choice to build your home media center.

  • newegg Standard PC Components With the support for standard Micor ATX motherboard, 5.25" optical drive, 3.5"/2.5" hard drives and standard ATX PS/2 PSU, your system would be easy to upgrade and serve in the future.
  • newegg Superior Cooling One 80mm fan and two 120mm right fans input high air flow volume to push the cold air through the case.
  • newegg 3 for 3.5-inch HDDs HDD cage using thumb screws with rubber suspension supports up to three 3.5" HDDs.
  • newegg 2.5" HDD Support Above each HDD cage, there is space for one 2.5" HDD for installing up to three 2.5" HDDs or SDDs.
  • newegg Convenient Front Panel One eSATA port, two USB 3.0 ports, two audio ports and an SD card slot for MS / SD (SDHC) are located on the front panel for easy connection to a wide range of peripherals.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good HTPC case 9/12/2014 3:44:21 PM

Pros: - Very customizable
- Has room for smaller HS+fan designs (such as the Cooler Master GEMIN II S524)
- Has plenty of room for a larger GPU IF you remove some of the SSD/HDD/ODD cages (up to 250mm = 9.84in)
- All aluminum design keeps everything cooler (everything is aluminum)
- Plenty of ventilation and room for 5 120mm fans (2 on each side and one on top) and 1 80mm rear exhaust fan
- Having 3 USB 3.0 ports right up front is very nice along with e-SATA (very few people use this anymore since USB 3.0 came out), MS/SD card reader and HD audio port and microphone
- The case stands have rubber feet on them and the stands are extremely durable unlike the kind that break off or bend easily with other cases
- The SSD/HDD cages can be further broken down by themselves to make room for taller hardware on your motherboard (you can easily fit 2 3.5" HDDs and 1 SSD for each cage or take some screws off and make a slimmer cage to fit 1 HDD and 1 SSD or make it even slimmer and fit 1 2.5" HDD or SSD or remove it completely)
- Extremely light (all aluminum design helps considerably)

Cons: - Can get a little annoying having to take at least 6 screws off (2 thumb-screws in the rear and 4 for a HDD/SSD/ODD cage) just to get to some components on the motherboard
- maximum PSU length is 150mm (5.9in) and that is, literally, the maximum length
- Micro ATX, Mini DTX, and Mini ITX standards only (although, this is not really a con because Lian-Li makes it very clear in their specifications)
- Would be wise to pick up dust filters
- You can fit more than 1 GPU in this case but you will have a nightmare of a time getting them to fit without hitting the aluminum center structure beam (it can be removed first though but you will need it if you plan to have at least one of the cages installed)
- Just be careful with the screws so that you do not strip the threads on the aluminum (duh)

All of the cons are not worth taking an egg off

Overall Review: This case looks great with dark Korean furniture and matches it very well.

In my particular build, I had a Cooler Master GEMIN II S524 that, basically, wiped out the front HDD/SSD cage (so, not mounting HDD/SSD in that location). This left me with the rear cage above the PSU open. The ODD cage was needed for a Blu-ray drive (it is an HTPC case, after all).

Also, I seem to be in this habit of giving out a lot of 4 and 5 egg ratings. For those of you that challenge me on this, yes, you have a good point. However, have you stopped to consider that I do a LOT of research, calculations (can't help that I'm a mathematician), and, just, flat-out planning? That might be the reason why I don't make very many "mistake" purchases! The stuff I do buy is because I do my homework. Think before acting.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Everything you need in a small case 2/23/2014 9:19:25 AM

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.

Overall Review: I purchased this from another vendor as NewEgg was out of stock at the time, hence no verified ownership

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
If I could give it six eggs, I would. 2/18/2014 6:44:40 AM

Pros: Amazing build quality, and amazing customer service.

This case contains my HTPC, a quad-core FM1, and thanks to the fantastic ventillation, operates at near-room temperature when idle. For a case barely a foot deep, it has a surprising amount of internal space. All the PSU cables can just coil up under the optical bay. The main rail to which all the drive cages mount is strong. When fully assembled, the case seems sturdy enough to take the weight of a big HDTV on top. There's room inside for 3 desktop drives and 3 laptop drives, so if you like 2.5" drives and you happen to have converter brackets, you can run 9 2.5" drives in there :)

My unit came deeply scratched. I informed Lian Li, and was sent a new face plate immediately, for only the price of shipping. Baron (my customer service agent), if you're reading this, I love you.

Cons: The screw heads seem a bit soft. I get the feeling I'll need to buy some of my own in a tougher material.

Overall Review: If you want to migrate your existing microATX build to a HTPC case, this is a great choice!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent HTPC case 2/9/2013 3:40:21 PM

Pros: -great looking
-Lian Li quality
-fits mATX mobo nicely
-LG blu-ray drive fit no problem at all
-did I mention this case looks amazing? Just like home AV equipment should
-narrow enough to fit on any shelf
-good airflow, despite the hdd cages
-drive flip down door is a really nice touch, looks great

Cons: -expensive
-small screws feel delicate, like they would easily strip the threads in the aluminum if you aren't careful
-hdd cages are a bit of a pain to remove, seems like it could have been simpler
-led power/reset lights are too bright for a htpc case, I unplugged mine
-fans are loud if used on full power

Overall Review: i3 2120T
4GB ddr3 ram
ASRock H77M mobo
LG blu ray
Samsung 840 pro 128GB ssd
Corsair CX430M
Lian Li PC-C50B

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Love It 1/22/2013 8:44:29 AM

Pros: This case rocks. It is a bit of a jigsaw puzzle to assemble but once you have it all put together it is magnificent. Its very tidy. I have an I5-3550 in it and a radeon 7850 graphics card and it stays nice and cool even when I am gaming on it for long periods of time. The space around the CPU is a little tight but as long as you aren't wanting to run a massive cooler you should be ok. I have a 120mm CPU cooler and it only fits one way. As will all cases the instructions for the cabling are a little limited.

Cons: Assembly is a pain in the neck. Wish it had a removable MB tray.

Overall Review: If you have limited space and want something that will run cool this is definitely the case you need.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Nice Case, though not cheap 1/12/2013 9:03:40 AM

Pros: More than enough front USB3 ports. Great layout, nice looking, lightweight. Real easy to get mobo and other components in and out. Lots of room and grills for fans. Expensive but allot of features.

Cons: You spend $160 for it and some wiseguy decides to save money by mixing the power supply screws in with the Mobo ones? Why? Use a separate bag! I almost used a psu screw in the mobo. Speaking of screws, don't lose any. You likely won't find them at the local hardware store.

Overall Review: Much easier to get in and out of the home theater cabinet than the old steel Antec Fusion. That and it doesn't have that wasteful screen thing.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
I hate this case with all my heart, but it isn't as bad as I think it is... 9/14/2012 1:54:06 PM

Pros: -Relatively shallow depth allowing it to fit into AV shelves and cabinets.
-Form factor and finish look appropriate for an HTPC on display
-USB 3.0 support

Cons: -Screws strip easily and there are an unnecessary variety of screw size/thread making them hard to replace.
-5.25" need a short optical drive to fit properly and the optical drive tray must be installed even if there is no drive because otherwise there would be a gaping hole
-If you fill the advertised drive bays you're going to want cables of almost exact length if you want any airflow. Also, if you accomplished this you deserve an honorary engineering degree as it not easy to get 3x3.5" HDDs, a SSD, optical drive, and a video card into this bad boy.

Overall Review: I've been in and out of this case a dozen times, added and removed every component twice... I hate it. I can't explain it, but that's how I feel.

I got this because of the internal 3.5" bays. I ended up getting a SilverStone HTPC case and external enclosure for the drives. I am happier with this solution.

-You want to be sure you have the shortest power supply and optical drive that will suit your needs.
-You will want a modular PSU
-You will save yourself a headache if you use on-board video. The on Intel HD4000 graphics are great for an HTPC.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Response to last reviewer about lights 7/20/2012 4:24:26 AM

Pros: Just a response to the last viewer - this case does have a power light. The power button is actually a light, but the LED requires the correct polarity to light up - try reversing the motherboard connector for both the power light and HDD activity light. The reset button is a red HDD activity light, so if you don't see that one it is reversed as well. The power and reset button don't care about polarity. Hope this helps!

Cons: LEDs require the correct polarity. Nothing to do with this case :-)

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