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Take The Train: Lian Li PC-CK101, Built, Tested, And...Driven?

Lian Li sent us a locomotive chassis that wraps around a PC; it's time for daddy to turn into a boy again. We'll show you how to get the right parts into this case and how to get it mobile. Then, we'll take it to a train museum full of steam-powered tech.

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  1. I am so jealous right now, this looked like it was a blast to put together!
  2. I am surprised you didn't use the model with the moving train!
  3. Not the first time I've seen it, but I still think this case is just an exercise in sheer ridiculousness.

    But since the PC era is coming to an end, who can blame Lian Li for having a little fun while they still can?
  4. This thing is so awesome...if it wasn't for the noise I would get one...I love trains...
  5. awesome! i want to drive that train
  6. The Little Engine That Could...
  7. *Ozzy Osbourne Voice* ALL ABOARD!!! HA HA HA HA....
  8. Just brilliant. Finally, a computer case with a bit of style suitable for grownups.

    Taking the mobile computing theme further, and addressing the limitations on computing power, if you had a Dell Precision M6600 or 6700 laptop with a broken screen, how about mounting the components, motherboard , PSU, batteries, drives, Wifi and all? Then, there could be an i7 CPU and a Quadro 4000M, all very quiet and still getting more air than it's used to. And, appropriately, no power cord!

    The idea of a serious, self- propelled workstation steam train model seems the best use possible of this fantastic enclosure idea. That the computer is itself the game is on the borderline of being art.

    And congratulations to Igor Wallossek for an excellent description of something so wonderfully out of the ordinary.
  9. I remember when I first saw this on Newegg. I thought I'd lost my mind for a moment. It's definitely a unique case.
  10. Tom's Hardware's German team has a lot of fun, i can see :D

    Really enjoyable read, Igor! Also got to know about that Gigabyte wireless streamer, should prove useful!

    Nice house btw :)
  11. How fun and what an interesting idea from Lian Li. Kind of a pain in the ass to set up but still it is really interesting.

    Great Article!
  12. Ugliest case ever, if they want to make a locomotive case, at least make it with all same down scaled ratio. Has LianLi really been far even as decided to make even go want to do look more like?
  13. Looks like a fun build...
  14. Tran Khanh Vinh An Has LianLi really been far even as decided to make even go want to do look more like?


    Possibly if even then yes like more go.
  15. Far better than that one that shaped like a conch or shell.
  16. choo choo motherf*ckers. time to boot up train simulator 2013
  17. Tran Khanh Vinh An Has LianLi really been far even as decided to make even go want to do look more like?

    fimbulvinterPossibly if even then yes like more go.


    You both destroyed thousands of my brain cells processing that, lol.

    My 4 year old son who loves Thomas the Train would have a fit over this, especially if you could get a thomas the tank version. I'll have to admit, I'd love it (and my wife) just as much watching him with it and I would have an excuse to work on computer stuff for a few hours. =D

    I do see this as a possible future purchase! Great article and awesome product!
  18. My own son Thomas (14 months) loves this train too.

    I'm using this mostly as HTPC now but I've programmed for him a special distance control and a small game to play with animals, colors etc. (like memory game). In this age he knows all basic colors (and pink :D ), more than 20 animals and a lot of other things. Each day only 15-20 minutes are enough. And he loves Thomas the train and Shaun the Sheep + Timmy.
  19. This is pretty cool. Good job.

    Now if you get to install a third rail and make it completely wireless, it would be absolutely amazing.
  20. Wow. Can you get a steam kit for the stack? How about some sound effects from the piezo speaker?
  21. My intention for this review was my little son. Ok, he is very young but all this technical things are for him more interesting as all the expensive toys in his room. We were together in the museum and I saw his eyes :)

    My lab is for him the paradise on earth. Cables, computers, a lot of monitors and other things. My grandfather had a large workshop and I also grew up between cables, batteries, screws and tools. I remember this.
  22. First off awesome photos, it looks like you guys made a great field trip out of this build! I was looking at purchasing one of these, but before I did I have a question for anyone that might be able to answer.

    Can you purchase additional tracks / mod the existing tracks to make this run a circular course?

    I would love to set this up 100% wireless and have it run in a tiny circle around my office. :)
  23. Is this the new version of the train case or the original? The original even has steam coming out of the funnel. From the pictures, it looks like this funnel is blocked.
  24. Oh there is totally room for at least a low profile video card if not a shorter full height card. You'd have to cut holes for the output connections, but it can be done. Also, if it fits a 120mm exhaust fan, it will fit a closed loop liquid cooler.
  25. Never mind, there are 3 version of this case
    http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=625&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=62&g=spec
    Only the P version has atomizer, which produces steam.
  26. WOOOOOT WOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!
  27. I love it. I couldn't use it for my needs but I would hound anyone near me about "let me see your computer" if they had this case. Supa cool.... but that is just me.
  28. Quote:
    Can you purchase additional tracks / mod the existing tracks to make this run a circular course?
    You must build your own tracks. This 6 pieces are too less and you can't mod it.
  29. FormatC said:
    Quote:
    Can you purchase additional tracks / mod the existing tracks to make this run a circular course?
    You must build your own tracks. This 6 pieces are too less and you can't mod it.


    In the pictures there are no curved tracks and so you cannot make a circle, this is unfortunate.

    Still it is a wonderful idea - what a wonderful computer this would make for an older child.
  30. Months ago when I saw this case on Lian-li's web I thought it would be a good present for my love one. For all-rounder CPU I thought an AMD A10-5800K was a good choice, but I was worried with temperature performance of the case. It would be best if you include some review about that.

    Good job for Lian-li and thanks for the interesting article anyway. :-)
  31. Just fix a Sound system similar to a Steam engine and terrra! it becomes a nice first PC to your son or daughter
  32. I LIKE TRAINS !
  33. bit_userNot the first time I've seen it, but I still think this case is just an exercise in sheer ridiculousness. But since the PC era is coming to an end, who can blame Lian Li for having a little fun while they still can?


    So if the PC is dying, what are you doing wasting your time reading an article about one and posting about it? Back to your cave, trolling troglodyte. And take your little boy-toy gaming console and tablet with you.
  34. I think you used the wrong mini-SATA adapter, I've got one in my pile of cables that has the mini connector on one end and a 8" pigtail ending in a sata connector and molex. That would be a lot easier to use in that case since the mini-SATA end isnt wider than the optical drive.
  35. This adapter was the only one I got within 1 week. :(
  36. The perfect case for a quiet office environment.
  37. What speaker is that next to the monitor in the one webcam shot.
  38. 2.1 Edifier S730D
  39. dumb and impractical. What the hell do steam locomotives have anything to do with computers? next they'll be introducing their inflatable hippo case that can be used as a floaty in case you decide to get out of your basement and go to the pool.
  40. I actually visited the Railroad Museum in Sacramento a few months ago and loved the old trains there. If you are near there even it's an hour drive it's worth the trip.
  41. Why no low profile video card? Seems possible. Just have to mod the back of the case and you will have one nice little "mobile" gaming machine. :) HD 7750 should work just fine.
  42. Trains are cool.
  43. Now if you get to install a third rail and make it completely wireless, it would be absolutely amazing.

    http://www.imgzero.com/
  44. How fun and what an interesting idea from Lian Li. Kind of a pain in the ass to set up but still it is really interesting.
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