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LIAN LI PC-A76 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good Case 10/29/2012

This review is from: LIAN LI PC-A76 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer 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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MSI Z77 MPOWER Optimized (Blue LED) 16GB (4 x 4GB) CL10 Quad Channel 240-pin DDR3 2400(PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Module Model AVD3U24001004G-4CM
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Extremely easy to overclock with XMP capable motherboard. At stock speeds these guys run at 1600 MHZ, which isn't too slow either.

-LEDs were a nice surprise. They pulsate in order which is quite hypnotic.

-Kills any wait state to my processor.

Cons: -Not low profile, which would make sense since many quad channel kits are going into high end motherboards, which means a large CPU cooler.

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LIAN LI PC-A76 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs The Limits of Aluminum 10/12/2012

This review is from: LIAN LI PC-A76 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: -As expected with a full tower case, there is plenty of room for anything you could want. Fits my XL-ATX motherboard with PLENTY of room left over.

-Extremely simple and elegant design. The black interior is beautiful; it swayed me to buy this over the PC-Z70B

-Installation of every component was a breeze. The front fans pop right out for quick cleaning, and the HDD's slide right in. SSDs can also be installed upside down which is kind-of neat.

-PSU can be installed with the main exhaust fan facing either down or up. This is awesome for those of us trying to cram as many cables behind the motherboard as quickly as possible.

-Cable management is superb. All of the front panel switches are already zip-tied to a support column which leads to the motherboard. TONS of room in the area behind the motherboard for all the cables you'll eventually use.

-Door blocks a lot of sound, but not a lot of airflow. There is a negligible difference in temperatures with the door open (less than 1 degree Celsius).

-Optional 2x120mm fans on the top of the case are perfect for closed loop liquid cooling, or 2 powerful fans. I run the fan configuration and the case stays just as cool as my other one which had 2x140mm fans on top.

Cons: -Price

-A con with almost all Lian-Li cases: smudging on the brushed aluminum exterior

-The airflow from the 3x140mm fans on the front panel is blocked by the HDD bays, which are not removable. However, the case does remain as cool as my old Lian-Li which had no HDD bay blocking the airflow.

-Only 3 slots for SSDs on the main HDD bay

*Build quality is suprisingly poor for a case in this price range. The aluminum feels flimsy and easily bendable, and the rubber grommets fall out constantly. For those buying the A75 (and A76 for that matter) they will notice that if you press in on the front panel it squeaks like an old rocking chair (due to the thin aluminum). If you have a good speaker system you'll hear the case rattle from the bass. It's the back panel which doesn't secure too tightly. Although this is a minor point, the sound dampeners feel very rough and poorly made compared to dampeners I've had in other Lian-Li cases. I expected much more from this manufacturer. (-2 eggs)

Other Thoughts: Although I'm dissapointed with the build quality, I don't regret buying this case at all. If this were in the $100-150 price range this case would easily deserve 5 eggs, and constant specials on Newegg leave that option open for you guys. It's an extremely impressive monolith stuck under my desk, but I just expected more from Lian-Li.

I owned their PC-50R for a year and was extremely impressed by the thick aluminum, solid sound dampeners, and overall quality of the case. The A76 seems like a budget version of my old case, yet it's more expensive. However, the price is hardly comparable considering that one is a full tower and the other is a mid tower (and I payed about the same price for the mid tower).

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