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Lian-Li Launches Economic Line of Cases

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This year at Computex, case maker Lian-Li introduced a less pricey line of cases designed to be kinder to your wallet than the likes of Corsair’s $300 offering from earlier on in the day.

The global economic climate still sucks - and just because we’re hearing less about it, that doesn’t mean people have more money than they did a few months ago. Lian-Li is trying to bring prices down a little without sacrificing too much of the construction quality or attention to detail that Lian-Li is known for.

Boasting a completely tool-less design, the case is composed of an aluminum outer shell with a steel structure inside and a black interior. There are four different models in the line. Pictured here is the PC-K62 which has three 140 mm fans (1000rpm), one 120 mm (1500rpm) and a transparent side window. The chassis stands at 210 × 460 x 490 mm. This case features a black interior.

The price of the basic model should be about 70 euros (around $100), while the model in photos is expected to cost about 120 euros (around $171).

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    judeh101 , June 3, 2009 10:32 PM
    those cases look pretty sick, but much like the Antec 900 series case?
    Might also look like the 1200 series
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    mlcloud , June 3, 2009 10:53 PM
    AncientNoobThe global economic climate!!!! The global economic climate!!!! The global economic climate!!!! The global economic climate!!!! The global economic climate!!!! The global economic climate!!!! The gl...


    XD.

    But wait.. $170 is "economic?" When in the world was that decided?

    Still, a L
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    alvine , June 3, 2009 10:56 PM
    I got my antec 1200 for $160 deal on newegg. I'm sorry but will not pay $300 on a case and I don't care its handmade. Antec has a great quality and I love it
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    doomtomb , June 3, 2009 11:04 PM
    mlcloudXD. But wait.. $170 is "economic?" When in the world was that decided? Still, a L

    Ya, it is kind of foolish to consider $170 to be "economical" but by Lian-Li standards that is moving in the right direction.
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    apmyhr , June 3, 2009 11:10 PM
    Thanks for your insightfull comment AncientNoob. It reafirms my sad belife that its impossible to have an intelligient and mature open forum on the internet. Even with hardware Tech sites such as Toms.
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    apmyhr , June 3, 2009 11:11 PM
    I have been thinking about building my own case, but I cannot find where to buy the front I/O panels for USB and Audio. Any suggestions?
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    rick2689 , June 3, 2009 11:19 PM
    I don't understand why any of you should spend more than $40 on a case..I buy my cases at the mall - they come with a 500-550 watt generic PSU that typically lasts 3-5 years and the case even has lights and good air flow, I pay $25-$35 anytime I need a new case for some reason. I'd never spend over $50 on a new case. That's just stupid. It's about what is inside the computer, your raw performance.
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    three0duster , June 3, 2009 11:25 PM
    rick2689I don't understand why any of you should spend more than $40 on a case..I buy my cases at the mall - they come with a 500-550 watt generic PSU that typically lasts 3-5 years and the case even has lights and good air flow, I pay $25-$35 anytime I need a new case for some reason. I'd never spend over $50 on a new case. That's just stupid. It's about what is inside the computer, your raw performance.


    30-50 is alright for a case with no power supply. If you are gonna trust your important files, programs, and hardware to a $10 power supply, well good luck , because that is what you are running on. It is nice to have a decent case, that is quiet and has good airflow. Dont get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the 25-35 dollar cases if you dont need dependability.

    But 100 and 170 being economical? for who? Lian-Li? I bet its helping their economy lol
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    apmyhr , June 3, 2009 11:32 PM
    rick2689I don't understand why any of you should spend more than $40 on a case..I buy my cases at the mall - they come with a 500-550 watt generic PSU that typically lasts 3-5 years and the case even has lights and good air flow, I pay $25-$35 anytime I need a new case for some reason. I'd never spend over $50 on a new case. That's just stupid. It's about what is inside the computer, your raw performance.

    I actually used my 50 dollar case/500W PSU for 3 years with no problem. So I agree with you. However, like three0duster pointed out, I was a littly fearfull of trusting my computer to a cheapo PSU, so I upgraded to a nicer one. It's funny though, because I then used the cheapo 500W to build my girl friend a computer :) 
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    christop , June 3, 2009 11:50 PM
    I don't spend tons on a case just find one that fits your needs and mod it to your specs.... I can do with out tool less feature I have about 20 screw drivers at hand....
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    computabug , June 4, 2009 12:21 AM
    From what I see in the photos, they look like Antec 300's/900. IMO Antec 300 or CM 690 would be better than those for practicality, even if I get a few cuts after building the computer :D 
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    belardo , June 4, 2009 3:33 AM
    I remember when Kingwin mad high-end cases, completely tooless, tons of drives, 3 windows. They went to cheap cases and never came back. They sell generic PC accessories that are re-branded to "Kingwin".

    The $60~100 Antec 300/900s are very good mid-range cases as well as the $120~150 P18x series.
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    tipmen , June 4, 2009 3:43 AM
    I still like my cheap antec 300.
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    skittle , June 4, 2009 4:21 AM
    I just bought a lian-li PC-B10 for $249. I will never buy another brand.
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    bin1127 , June 4, 2009 4:43 AM
    is there a way to disable all the led lights in the case? I keep wondering since cooling is always a problem why so many extra lights are put inside the case?
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    deltatux , June 4, 2009 5:12 AM
    $100 case is economic. I'm sure a lot of people who are looking for a good computer would size down on the case than their components. If they have the choice, even if the case is crappier, they rather spend less on the case and focus on the key parts. So if Lian-Li wants more business, maybe they'll have to scale down its construction to accomodate the meat of the market which is definitely the sub-$100 market.
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    Tindytim , June 4, 2009 5:12 AM
    bin1127is there a way to disable all the led lights in the case? I keep wondering since cooling is always a problem why so many extra lights are put inside the case?

    Do you know how much heat an LED outputs? The amount is negligible.

    Although I do heat all the frivolous lighting myself, I just think it's aesthetically tacky most of the time. I recently got an Antec 1200 myself, and I really wish I didn't remind me of the shoes with flashing lights that little children wear.
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    xophaser , June 4, 2009 8:14 AM
    Not bad, but not economical at 170 if it doesn't come with a PSU. I find Lian-Li sub 100 case boring. Why I spent 200 on a Lian-Li case is that they look a lot cleaner/ modern then most case. And I have to look at my computer case everyday. It was my first build and I like the glass window to see the blue/purple neons I throw in there. Also the silver alumnium case has perforated hole in the alumium case for more ventilation. My room gets hot, but my computer never overheat. The Apple G5 case even copy this case, looks like twin.
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    xophaser , June 4, 2009 8:17 AM
    Also these pics looked like Antec knock-off.
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    blackened144 , June 4, 2009 1:37 PM
    rick2689I don't understand why any of you should spend more than $40 on a case..I buy my cases at the mall - they come with a 500-550 watt generic PSU that typically lasts 3-5 years and the case even has lights and good air flow, I pay $25-$35 anytime I need a new case for some reason. I'd never spend over $50 on a new case. That's just stupid. It's about what is inside the computer, your raw performance.

    Did you have a hard time trying to fit your 295GTX in that $40 case? And hows it running on your 500-550watt generic PSU?
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