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LIAN LI PC-A05NB Black Aluminum ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

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  • Aluminum ATX Mini Tower
  • USB 2.0 / Audio Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 3 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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The LIAN LI PC-A05NB to be shorter, and smaller, but still easy to install and service -- the perfect balance of space and hardware performance.

Armed with durable aluminum, the LIAN LI PC-A05NB provides superior cooling for your high-performance components. The case comes equipped with 120mm fans, one in the front and one in the rear for efficient ventilation. Front I/O panel hosts 2 USB 2.0 ports and audio in/out jacks.

The case offers space for two external 5.25” drives, one external 3.5” drive, three 3.5” internal drives, and 7 expansion slots. Everything you need to build a great gaming system today, and support your expansions for some time to come!

  • newegg Thermal Solution The power supply units in the front, therefore the air flow design is unlike a standard chassis; it has the rear 120mm fan to intake cool air into the system, and the power supply and the front 120mm fan in the HDD cage exhaust the hot air out of the system, through the vent holes on the front panel.
  • newegg Tool-less Optical Drive Mounting Design The LIAN LI PC-A05NB supports standard 5.25-inch optical Drive, and it is easy to install and remove the optical drive without tool.
  • newegg Great Expandability with 6 Drive Bays Featuring two external 5.25” drives bays and four 3.5” drives bays (one external and three internal), the LIAN LI PC-A05NB provides great expandability.
  • newegg Removable Front Panel The front panel is detachable and they can be removed without tools.
  • newegg Removable Top Cover The top panel can be removed via four easy-to-reach screws.
  • newegg Convenient Front I/O Panel The convenient front I/O panel enables easy access to two USB 2.0 ports and two audio ports.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • N/A
  • 9/7/2013 7:55:38 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsYou get what you pay for

Pros: Quality and attention to detail. Great to work on. Looks sharp without being stupid-looking. So many of these "gamer" cases look like a PC version of a Fast and Furious car.

Cons: Unfortunately, this product is not quite 100%.

The one thing that has bothered me is that the front panel is very easily knocked loose. I often bump it with my foot and it comes off. No other complaints whatsoever.

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  • bob
  • 4/19/2012 7:48:19 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsbad air flow, low quality fan

Pros: small

Cons: bad air flow, as indicated above the power supply fan is stuck against the disk bay

case fan failed after less than a year

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  • Mister Squishy
  • 3/19/2012 8:12:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood, but Take Note...

Pros: Same high Lian Li build quality I've come to expect. No sharp edges, lots of parts included, excellent thumbscrews and solid build.

Cons: The build quality is great, but I think this case was designed by a mad scientist. The power supply sits at the front bottom of the case with a cord that reaches around, so hot air blows up onto your video cards. The airflow is also reversed, with the case trying to suck in air through the side grilles on the front.

With the stock cooler my CPU reached 88 degrees after 5 minutes of torture testing (100 degrees is where the motherboard shuts off to protect itself.) I bought Lian Li part T-LM14B-2, a replacement for the top of this case that puts a 140mm fan on top, and my temps dropped 20 degrees. By itself, this is NOT a performance case.

Other Thoughts: My last computer had a Lian Li mid-tower case that I really liked, so I got this one as a slightly smaller alternative. Don't make my mistake--Lian Li's build quality is top-notch, but the ventilation and heat build-up in this case are awful.

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  • A.Ralph
  • 3/16/2012 2:40:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsSimplistically Beautiful

Pros: You'll love the simple, no frills styling of this case. Lian Li emphasized function over form in a most elegant way. When I first got my case, I looked it over to find flaws...there weren't any.

You'll also like the fact that the fans are 4 pins and have 3 pin adapters just in case your mobo is a stone age design.

The upside-down mobo placement is a nice twist that, from my understanding, has cooling benefits for the CPU.

Cons: I wish it had USB 3.0 front ports...but I knew that going I bought an adapter.

That's it...nothing else to say.

Other Thoughts: For the money, this is a great case. I highly recommend it or its silver sister.

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  • N/A
  • 1/25/2012 8:49:56 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent case

Pros: I have used a couple of these cases and they have worked very well for me. Excellent quality, layout, etc. The last build with this case I left the CPU fan off of the CPU heat sink fins because the front case fan was so close to the CPU that it was pushing enough air across the fins all by itself. It works just fine, and has less noise and less moving parts to go bad.

For the power supply I used the "SeaSonic X series SS-400FL Active PFC F3 400W ATX12V Fanless 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply", which fit just fine, and is fanless for less noise, as well.

Cons: I don't care too much for the USB and audio ports on the top of the case. I installed a card reader (with a USB port) in the 3.5" external drive bay in front, so all is well. Also, sad to say, I may need another one of these, but they are out of stock at NewEgg. I hope that will not be a permanent situation. I know there is another Lian-Li case that is very similar (the PC-A05FNB), but I have read the specs and reviews on that case, and would rather have this one (the PC-A05NB).

Other Thoughts: As to the comment from "saharette", I believe you must be mistaken in thinking that there is only one opening (or fan) in this case (and no other inlets/outlets). There are two 120mm fans; one in the back of the case, which is very visible, while the other is in front of the hard drive cage. Maybe you didn't see that fan, but there are two fans, one to pull the air into the case, and one to push it out -- seems pretty evenly balanced if just these two fans are used.

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  • Dick
  • 11/30/2011 12:12:44 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFreakin AWESOME

Pros: This case is wonderful! I have always had a big jumbo case and was tired of all the lights and NOISE! So when I found this case, I jumped on it. After careful inspection of the case when it arrived, I found that the case was made very well. Good solid construction. Something I was lacking in my other assorted cases. I was very pleased with the layout of the internals. They worked out perfectly with my set up at that time. I actually was so pleased I am buying a couple more. I was able to have minimal wires show. (Mobo 24 pin wires, video card wires) Other then those, I had the PSU wires that came off the PSU. Thats it! The cooling was grand for it's size and set up. I had changed out the two 120mm fans with some turbine fans and stuck them in the same way the factories were. I love how the cool air came in from the back of the case and the hot air was thrown out the front of the case. When my fingers were frozen I would take the front cover off and dethaw them.

Cons: It was not free!

Other than that I was pleased. Please be sure to install your CPU cooler accordingly due to the cool air being forced in from the rear of the case and not the front. I'm not sure why people are having problems with cooling. My Lian-li was able to cool almost just as good as my antec 900, with only two 120mm fans. I'm wondering if the new 6970 will fit in this case. That will be the next setup.

Other Thoughts: Other thoughts...

If liberals hate the wealthy so much why are they always chasing wealth?

And what happen to just buying a pc game, installing it, then playing? Now I have to go online with just able every freaken Game!

Also, I'm thinking about changing jobs but am not to sure I can find something paying the same or if not more than what I'm making now.

Thats good for my other thoughts

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  • xtrmist
  • 11/27/2011 9:04:24 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWhat an awesome little case!!!

Pros: Let me just say I did take the eggs into account when buying this little jewel...but was I impressed when it arrived. The attention to detail for the price is awesome. The rubber grommets for the hard drives and the cable loop at the top of the case. (yes cheap thing anyone could add but I have never thought of that). The design is very user friendly and items are efficiently placed for a small setup. This is a "nice" gaming machine/web surfer and with a SSD its very quiet. Oh yea the fans all have the 3pin MoBo controller connector. Not that cheap 2 wire molex. I will buy 2 more in the very near future to place in the kids rooms to Frag and Surf.

Cons: No MoBo tray and a little flimsy. Determine how far away your usb devices will be from the PC. Since the MoBo is flipped and most connection points will now be at the bottom, this is something to plan out.

Other Thoughts: Okay so its not some sturdy steel rock-solid case that can double as some piece of workout weight. But if your looking for a nice case that will be at the desk and collect dust bunnys? Then look no further.

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  • rock4763
  • 11/25/2011 5:10:17 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat looking case

Pros: -Minimalistic design is great
-Much longer then i expected, but still fits on my desk nicely
-The metal looks very nice
-Fits my EVGA GTX 460 (although not my Gigabyte 5830, had to swap card with my brother.)

Cons: -The front fan is in a very bad position, maybe i was doing wrong, but when i was taking out the stock fan and then putting my fan in, i felt like the fan was going to snap in half.
-Cramped inside, although cooling doesn't seem to be an issue. Just a pain to move things around

Other Thoughts: If you building a new computer make sure to get a modular power supply, you will thank yourself, i just wanted a smaller case so i used my existing psu. This is a very good case, it is small, so it is cramped. I think most of my complaints stem from the fact that i switched from a full size tower with almost excessive amounts of space.

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  • G
  • 11/12/2011 3:25:18 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Case

Pros: Great case..small but roomy inside..high tech without being gaudy......very well laid out..I would recommend without question.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: the included fans are quiet but I needed to increase the CFM on my rear fan as to cool my overclocked, 2-drive, 2-video board system.

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  • XP-devotee
  • 10/27/2011 12:03:11 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsCould have been a contender

Pros: Low-key Lian-Li aluminum body.

Cons: One wonders if the designer finished everything except for the power supply on a Friday evening and then left for the weekend. When he returned on Monday, he forgot about the power supply and it was quickly added on the factory floor as an afterthought.

Also, Lian-Li included their typical counter-productive and unnecessary vents on the rear.

Other Thoughts: -Add a PSU vertically in the upper rear where the current vents are. Do not add more vents. This will increase the width of the case by 1-2". Situate the PSU screws so that a bottom fan faces outside. Add a external vent for the PSU, but use a gasket and filter so there is no air leakage. The extra width will please people who desire high CPU coolers.
-Reverse the airflow to make it front to back. Add one 120mm fan in the front -- not hidden as the current one is -- and give it a filter. Lose the side-front vents.
-Lose the external 3.5 compartment. Then reduce the height of the case by that amount.
-Retain the two 5.25 slide-in covers. Do not convert them to the type where a pushbutton is built in the case.
-Do not add a roof fan. Do not cut the case for people who love roof fans. This new case will be perfectly balanced, one fan in and one fan out. If someone wants more fans, let them buy a bigger case.
-The reduction of height will allow only for M-ATX and M-ITX MBs

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