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Lian Li PC-7FNB ATX Aluminum Mid Tower Case Black 5X5.25 4X3.5 No PSU

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46689
   Shipping Weight:   15.95 lbs
   Part #: PC-7FNB
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Features    [ Edit | History ]
Quick Specs:
Material Aluminum
Motherboard Supported ATX Micro ATX
Weight (Approximate) 12.06 lb
Color Black
Form Factor Mid-tower
Height 18.5"
Width 8.3"
Depth 19.3"
Number of Fans Supported 2
Number of Fans Installed 2
Number of External 5.25" Bays 5
Number of Power Supplies Supported 1
Number of Internal 3.5" Bays 4
Number of Total Expansion Bays 9
Number of Total Expansion Slots 8
ProductId1021312630


Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
Bays  
     Number of External 5.25" Bays: 5
     Number of Internal 3.5" Bays: 4
     Number of Total Expansion Bays: 9
General Information  
     Brand Name: Lian Li
     Manufacturer: Lian Li Industrial Co., Ltd
     Manufacturer Part Number: PC-7FNB
     Manufacturer Website Address: http://www.lian-li.com
     Product Model: PC-7FN
     Product Name: PC-7FN System Cabinet
     Product Type: Computer Case
I/O Expansions  
     Number of Total Expansion Slots: 8
Interfaces/Ports  
     Front Audio In: Yes
     Front Audio Out: Yes
     Front USB: Yes
Physical Characteristics  
     Color: Black
     Depth: 19.3"
     Form Factor: Mid-tower
     Height: 18.5"
     Material: Aluminum
     Weight (Approximate): 12.06 lb
     Width: 8.3"
Power Description  
     Number of Power Supplies Supported: 1
Technical Information  
     Motherboard Supported: ATX
Micro ATX
     Number of Fans Installed: 2
     Number of Fans Supported: 2

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SixDs
07/04/11
Experience: 3 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
Relatively inexpensive (for an aluminum Lian-Li case)
More or less toolless
Very elegant case in appearance
Cons
A few sharp edges here and there
Relatively expensive compared to many similar steel cases
Summary
So, here's the deal. Once upon a time, many years ago, if you wanted an aluminum case, you had a choice between Lian-Li or ... nothing. That was it. They received rave reviews, had impeccable build quality and they were very expensive. I had always toyed with the idea of getting one, but, when it came time I always opted for what I felt was the more sensible choice of a good steel case. And yet, every time, over the years, that I considered purchasing a case, I always checked the Lian-Li prices. And every time I opted for a steel case. Until now. Recently, pondering a new case, I came across this one. A bargain for an aluminum Lian-Li, and lots of nifty features, too. And so I pulled the trigger. Three months later (it got backordered) I finally received my new toy. Of course, over those three months the price had dropped by about ten bucks, but that was probably just punishment for my self-indulgence. So, here are my impressions of my very first Lian-Li case.
The box. I hate reviews that go on and on describing the box a product comes in. Who cares? Well, in this instance it was a little different in that it was the first one I received that had two plastic straps around its circumference to ensure It arrived alive. Other than that, pretty standard stuff: heavy cardboard box, styrofoam padding, big plastic bag.
When I first opened the box, I was a little surprised. I guess I shouldn't have been, since the dimensions are right there in the specs, but it was a little bigger than I expected. At least for a mid-size case. It was easily as big as my old Antec SLK3000B, that I always thought was pretty hefty. It's actually a couple of centimetres deeper. I was also a little surprised at the weight. I guess I was expecting something featherweight, but the case is actually not that light. Not heavy by any means, just not as light as I had expected. To put it into perspective, it is about 64% of the weight of the steel SLK3000B at roughly the same size. Not that it matters much, since they are all pretty heavy once they're loaded out.
I won't dwell on features listed in the manufacturer's info, but focus on those things not specifically identified.
The instructions are pretty rudimentary, although they do explain some of the major issues, like installing hard drives and optical drives, changing the air filters, etc. There are a few small things that they do not cover, however, that I will discuss later.
One of the first things I did, was to look for rough or unfinished edges, etc., since Lian-Li has always has a reputation for attention to such details. Well, there actually are a few rough edges here and there, if you really go looking for them (edge of drive bay retainer bracket, corners of drive trays, etc.). Most edges are rolled and I don't think there is much danger of injury from anything I found. Nevertheless, it wasn't perfect. On the other hand this is far from their top-of-the-line case.The aluminum used in the drive cages is significantly thinner than that used for the side panels and motherboard tray. Not necessarily flimsy, but not particularly robust, either. Some of the thumbscrews are a little too tight and may have been installed with a power driver. I needed to loosen those on the adapter card slots and the drive cage with a screw driver at first.
Accessories were fairly rudimentary, but included a small piezo speaker/buzzer (thank you!), an item missing from most cases these days. There is no way to mount it permanently in the case, so I assume that it was included to aid during initial assembly and configuration or subsequent troubleshooting if required. There are a couple of bags containing motherboard standoffs and screws, drive mounting screws and PSU screws. Additionally, there is a sheet of pre-punched, adhesive-backed neoprene for noise dampening in the hard drive trays (enough for all four), a couple of cable ties and a cable clamp. Oh, and a tiny aluminum wrench for installing the motherboard standoffs. I didn't realize that that was what it was for, until I came to install the motherboard. The provided standoffs wouldn't fit in either of the two hex socket drivers I have, and that's when the lights came on. It makes perfect sense, actually. The wrench is quite small so you can't apply a lot of force to it, and it's made of aluminum, so ditto. This is an issue, since the motherboard tray is aluminum and it would be easy to overtighten the standoffs and strip the threads if you're not careful.
Both pre-installed fans come with 3-pin connectors for motherboard headers, but also include adapters for molex connectors if preferred.
The hard drive bay trays are tool-less for 3.5" drives, but require screws to mount 2.5" drives (bottom mount only). The lowest of the 5.25" bays has a bezel with a pop-out midsection for an external 2.5" drive like a floppy or card reader, and a removable caddy inside to mount one. It is possible to use this caddy to mount a 2.5" internal drive (like an SSD), but the front bezel needs to be removed first (four screws) as the insert  covers the front mounting holes. This wouldn't be an issue with something like a floppy, since the insert  would be removed anyway, but if using an internal drive here, you'll need to use one of the upper bay covers (you'll be removing at least one to accommodate an optical drive anyway) to replace the original.
Although not shown in the manufacturer's literature or listed in the specs, there is a removable filter on the bottom vent beneath the PSU. However, in my instance neither the vent nor filter were particularly useful, as the PSU used has a rear-facing exhaust fan and forward-facing intake vent holes.
For cable management there are two large ovalish holes in the motherboard tray to the right of the motherboard, one of which is conveniently exactly adjacent to the angled SATA connectors on my motherboard. The other hole is near the top of the board, but a tad high for the ATX power connector, unfortunately. There is only about a half inch between the back of the motherboard tray and the right side panel, although there is almost an inch of clearance behind the drive bays. So there's not a lot of room for cables, but adequate with a little care in routing. There are also two smaller rectangular holes near the bottom of the motherboard tray below the motherboard, one to pass the front panel wires to the motherboard header, and to feed the top mounted USB cables, and the second is close to the floppy, LPT1 and Com1 headers, if they would be used. Different motherboards would have different connector locations, of course. There is also a double row of small holes in the motherboard tray running down the right-hand side that can be used with zip ties to secure cables behind the tray. The 3.5" drive cage can be used facing outwards (default), or rotated 90 degrees to face rearwards. For cable management, facing outwards is best, so the cables can be routed behind the drive cages with the drives mounted with connectors facing inwards. A tiny glitch here: the drive caddies are obviously meant to slide into the cage in a certain orientation, as the drive mounting mechanisms are eccentric, meaning the pins that fit in the screw holes on the drives are not centred. Moreover, there are tall vertical flanges on the backs of the cages that would prevent the cables from entering and connecting to the drives from the back. However, it is possible to reverse the caddies and use them "backwards" so the cables can be connected. They just stick out a little farther when mounted this way, but do not interfere with the side panel.
It was difficult to assess the case without putting it in context. The old saying that you get what you pay for applies, but one must draw a distinction here between aluminum and steel cases. At a little over a hundred dollars currently, this is not what most would consider to be an inexpensive case, although there are many much more expensive ones available.. On the other hand, for an aluminum case, it is very inexpensive. As such, you are paying a premium for the material. I believe that the same case, if it were made from steel, would be priced at a fraction of the PC-7FNB. So, if you really want an aluminum case, this is an entry level option. If steel is acceptable, however, there may be better options at this price point. Overall, it is not a bad case, and I'm not terribly disappointed in it. However, I cannot say that I would recommend it over a number of similarly or lesser-priced steel cases, including those manufactered by Lian-Li themselves under their LanCool brand. Would I buy another? Probably not.


Update: I guess I lied. Well, I did not technically lie, but I did say that I probably would not buy another of these. And then I did. Basically, as I said previously, I was not displeased with the case, but that there were perhaps less expensive cases that were comparable. Then, it went on sale for more than twenty bucks less than I had paid for the first one, soooo ...I now have two. They really are quite nice, especially for about eighty dollars. At the reduced price, I felt compelled to give it another star.


This review was modfied by poster @ 05-31-12 12:47 AM

Johnny_L
04/21/10
Experience: 1 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
-Build Quality
-Finish
-Cable management
-Ease of use
-Design
Cons
-The sticky tape on the bottom of the rubber HDD pads peels easily.
Summary
Bought this case for a friend's build. My first Lian-Li case I've gotten my hands on. This is certainly a work of art. I've handled cases from Antec, Cooler Master, Azza, Thermaltake, Nmedia and Silverstone. Lian-Li is superior. The finish is similar to Silverstone cases but slightly smoother. The 5.25 bay covers have the easiest removal system I've encountered. Tool-less locks for the bays work well. Thumb screws for the expansion slots. Front bezel pops out easily. HDD cage is certainly original in design and is vibration dampened. I'm gonna have to get me a Lian-Li for myself.

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