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Lian Li Launches Slick Gaming Mid-Towers

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Lian Li has been busy as of late, and its latest PC chassis series definitely has the gamer in mind.

Although Lian Li has released a few PC cases over the last few weeks, its new PC-8FI mid tower series is certainly one of the more interesting designs since the release of its crazy spider-shaped case last month. Designed for gamers, the hair-line brushed all-aluminum chassis comes in three flavors: the pricier red Spider edition, and the less expensive black and silver models. However all three sport tool-less installation and customization capabilities.

With the PC-8FI, Lian Li is making sure gamers are staying cool. All three models feature two 120-mm @1200 rpm intake fans on the front panel, and one 120-mm @ 1200 rpm exhaust fan mounted on the back panel. If that's not enough air flow, Lian Li has incorporated an additional 140-mm fan hole into the top panel. To spruce things up a little, the intake fans on the black case are lit up with blue LEDs--the red Spider edition sports a side panel featuring a large, spider-shaped, transparent window that not only exposes the PC's innards, but the red LEDs lighting up the rear panel's exhaust fan.

"The PC-8FI series is designed to give gamers lots of hardware options," the company said. "The tool-less, anti-vibration rubber ring suspension hard disk drive rack can hold six 3.5-inch HDDs. Externally, the chassis' 5.25-inch x3 Optical Device Drive (ODD) bays, with the capability of a 3.5-inch x1 bay (use a 5.25-inch converter), mount without the use of tools and are held in place by a rubber-padded arm to prevent vibration. The eight PCI mounting brackets enable CrossFireX and three-way SLI graphics card setups, and are equipped with a rubber pad to reduce noise and vibrations."

These three new PC cans are slated to go retail by the end of the month. Expect to pay a meaty $299+VAT for the uber-cool Spider edition (PC-8FIR), and a less hefty $189+VAT pricetag for the black and silver versions (PC-8FIB/A).

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    TunaSoda , May 18, 2010 6:48 PM
    Lian Li cases are waaaaaaaaaay overpriced
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    schwiing , May 18, 2010 6:39 PM
    Make it a full tower and id buy it. Props to Lian-Li..
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    stm1185 , May 18, 2010 6:46 PM
    People actually like that design. The side panel looks silly, and the front looks cheap.
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    TunaSoda , May 18, 2010 6:48 PM
    Lian Li cases are waaaaaaaaaay overpriced
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    cknobman , May 18, 2010 6:48 PM
    stm1185People actually like that design. The side panel looks silly, and the front looks cheap.


    Despite what you may think the front looks like if youve ever owned a Lian Li you would know every last facet of their cases are anything but cheap.

    I own one and while I wont ever spend that much on a case again I will say its quality and design is leagues above any other case I have ever owned.
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    soo-nah-mee , May 18, 2010 7:14 PM
    ...and why would I buy one of these over an Antec Nine-Hundred? I'd save enough money to cover the cost of a good CPU cooler, plus have enough left over to replace all of those out of style LED fans with good Noctua/Scythe/Delta ones.
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    JohnnyLucky , May 18, 2010 7:49 PM
    Sometimes case selection is a matter of personal preference.

    What did surprise me was the space available for a video card. Over at the Lian Li web site they are showing 285mm of available space for a video card. The extra long video cards obviously will not fit. The space is a little less than the Lian Li/Lancool Dragon Lord cases introduced last year. They had 290mm of space available. Wondering why Lian Li shortened the space.
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    vartok , May 18, 2010 7:57 PM
    Still happy with my HAF 932.... it bigger and had better airflow. While ive always been a fan for the Lian very sleek design, Ill always take the cheaper, better performer.
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    sliem , May 18, 2010 7:58 PM
    WHAAAAAAWW, $299 for a case. Let's see, $80 antec 900 will do fine and I'll use $220 for uhm... black wii. Yea I'll choose that instead.
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    wolfram23 , May 18, 2010 7:59 PM
    eh not bad but also not my taste
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    prince_david , May 18, 2010 7:59 PM
    I loved it until I saw the price tag.
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    shadow187 , May 18, 2010 8:06 PM
    Is that Euros? That'll make it about $220 and $120, won't it?
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    N.Broekhuijsen , May 18, 2010 8:31 PM
    TommySchMid tower and gaming PC, is that a bad joke or something?

    No not really.

    After the summer I am adding a 5870 to my MicroATX system, and setting up eyefinity.

    You, stop trying to be funny, your not!
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    Regulas , May 18, 2010 8:43 PM
    TunaSodaLian Li cases are waaaaaaaaaay overpriced

    But they make nice stuff, these are too flashy for an old guy like me but I have used their standard nice aluminum black ones for my last 3 builds, quality is all there.
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    Regulas , May 18, 2010 8:45 PM
    PS Lian Li regular cases, all aluminum mid towers run about $100 US
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    Pyroflea , May 18, 2010 9:01 PM
    I like them, besides the side panel.
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    Pyroflea , May 18, 2010 9:02 PM
    TommySchMid tower and gaming PC, is that a bad joke or something?


    I've been using a Mid Tower with an overclocked system and there's plenty of room and it stays very cool. Micro ATX gaming rigs are not uncommon these days either.
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    lauxenburg , May 18, 2010 9:04 PM
    TommySchMid tower and gaming PC, is that a bad joke or something?


    Chill kid. Mah MicroATX system is pumpin out dem frames like youve nevr known
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    jerreece , May 18, 2010 9:12 PM
    Got to say, I'm really only interested in Full Towers these days. All the room in my Thermaltake Armor 8003BWS is awesome to work with.
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    soo-nah-mee , May 18, 2010 9:31 PM
    shadow187Is that Euros? That'll make it about $220 and $120, won't it?
    Pretty sure that "dollar" sign means dollars. Not to mention that you've got your conversion upside-down. Last time I checked, the Euro was still kicking the dollars ass.
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