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LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C37U Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

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  • Aluminum
  • Power Supply 1 x 70mm Rear Fan
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The PC- C37U case from LIAN LI lets you build an HTPC that won't look out of place when put with the rest of your components. The case uses the most outstanding material as well as the most advanced technical manufacture in order to provide modern art high-quality goods. Lian Li put a lot of effect on the external finishing, all the external parts in hair-line brush anodized aluminum to create the metallic look. The PC-C37U is designed for today's users who want to access more media files, which have the highest quality, and silky look, with more internal space for power user!

  • newegg Design Designed for the living room, Lian Li designer has designed size to match with standard audio equipment. The PC-C37U mounts Standard Micro ATX motherboards, a 5.25” optical drive, two 3.5” hard drives. The easy-to-access design makes it easy to switch components, mod, and service.
  • newegg Feature The PC-C37U is made with hairline-brushed aluminum with an anodized finish and features high-quality aluminum power buttons & case stand, adding an art work to your room. The case has modularized device cages, and those cages can fit standard hardware component. It’s very simple to use and easy to get the hardware ready for this case.
  • newegg Silent Performance EMI springs, fitted around the edges of the chassis, absorb vibrations from the top cover and reduce noise. To reduce the vibration from HDD, Lian Li included HDD anti-vibration kit which uses the rubber ring to absorb the vibration to reduce the noise. Four high quality aluminum case stands not only look good, they also have rubber pads to absorb the vibration, and prevent scratch to the equipment under.
  • newegg Thermal-Flow Aluminum can remove heat four times faster than steel, therefore PC-C37U's aluminum alloy chassis can help system to stay in cooler temperature, to extend the components’ lifecycle. Behind venting on the side-panel and top panel, a 70mm, intake fan, operating at 1500RPM, keeps cool air circulating around components to protect against heat-damage.
  • newegg Multimedia I/O Ports The convenient front I/O panel enables easy access to two USB 3.0 and audio in & out ports.
  • newegg Pivoting Top-Panel Support Bar When installing components, pivot the support bar up to easily access the entire case.

Learn more about the Lian-Li PC-C37U

General

Brand
LIAN LI
Model
PC-C37U

Spec

Type
Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum
Power Supply
300W
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro ATX

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
1 ( With C-01 Aluminum ODD Bezel)
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
2
Expansion Slots
4

Front Ports

Front USB Ports
USB 3.0 x 2
Front FireWire Ports
No
Front Audio Ports
HD Audio
Front eSATA Ports
No
Front Card Reader
No
Front Display
No

Cooling System

70mm Fans
1 x 70mm Rear Fan
Side Air duct
No

Features

Features
Anti-Vibration Springs: EMI springs, fitted around the edges of the chassis, absorb vibrations from the top cover and reduce noise.

Pivoting Top-Panel Support Bar: When installing components, pivot the support bar up to easily access the entire case.

High Quality Aluminum Case Stand: Case stand, with anti-slip rubber-padding.

Thermal-Flow: Behind venting on the side-panel, a 70mm, intake fan, operating at 1500RPM, keeps cool air circulating around components to protect against heat-damage.

Top-panel venting for increased airflow to the CPU and PSU

Side-panel venting for additional airflow

Made with hairline-brushed aluminum with an anodized finish

Dimensions&Weight

Height
4.21"
Width
17.13"
Depth
15.75"

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • DoinStuff
  • 4/18/2013 8:29:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: Great, solid case, I like the design, layout, everything is well built. You get what you pay for. Fans can be moved to several locations, very open to work in there. Runs my Core i3-530 on a DQ57TM motherboard as an HTPC very well, with an HDHomeRun tuner.

Cons: The fake CD cover thing is a bit cheesy. I didn't care that much and changed it out for something different, not difficult to do.

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  • 11/27/2012 9:01:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggswell built case

Pros: -quiet
-well-crafted
-simple and attractive
-includes PSU
-includes super quiet fans
-lots of room

Cons: -could and should have been 80mm fans
-could be more tool-free
-PSU accomodations (see other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: The power supply part of the design is my only real beef with this case.
-case comes with TFX PSU, when ATX would provide more clearance to optical drive, and exhaust fan
-PSU vent is poorly located with respect to atx PSU, IF top-flow is the consideration.
-case should have been designed (vent and mount pattern) for PSU to draw air from the bottom of the case.

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  • 10/11/2012 5:32:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Looking, not as usable as I would like

Pros: * Looks good

Cons: * Lack of thumb screws for frequently removed items. Both the support bar and the 2nd HD bay require the removal of 6 small screws.

* Power Supply only has 2 SATA power cables. This limits case to 1 HD and 1 BluRay (I guess you could grab an adapter).

* Power Supply is bar far the loudest fan in this case, could be better.

Other Thoughts: I have purchased several Lian-Li cases in the past and this is the most unfriendly in terms of use. The case has a handful of thumb screws but you can expect to need to use a screw driver a number of times - just to get stuff out of the way to be able to place the motherboard. It would have been much better if the support bar and the 2nd hard drive holder used thumb screws. Instead they used a total of 6 small screws to hold these items in. The look of the case is great (although its very deep - just barely fits in my entertainment center). Also - as another reviewer mentioned in order to fit the Ceton tuner you will need to actually cut out/shave off some metal in the back in order to slide in a CableCard.

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  • 10/9/2012 9:29:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWas forced to ruin the thing

Pros: Looks nice, quiet

Cons: Black part of metal frame overlaps back of the expansion card slots. Got a cable card inserted into a tv tuner and it was locked in there, couldn't remove the tv tuner card. Had to pry the steel case to remove the cablecard. Now the case cover cannot be reattached properly, it is pretty much ruined in that regard. Cable card and the tuner made it out alright, though the slot the card was in got warped so moved it to another pci-e port.

Other Thoughts: If I had known this day would come I would have gone with another case. Poorly designed, needs some help.

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  • Tobeus
  • 9/27/2012 11:48:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsThis case is OK

Pros: This case looks pretty good as an htpc and is definitely quiet given the fan sizes. The case material is very nice (Aluminum) and the cutouts are clean. Nice addition to the media center in general.

Cons: Power supply is not secured well and bent back plate during shipping. I'm guessing many of them come like this based on how it was packaged. After 5 months, the power supply is now dead with a burned electronic smell. Luckily the plate comes off so I can fit a regular PSU in there instead of the junk they send with the case.

Other Thoughts: The case is aluminum, so it is understandable how damaged the case was when it arrived due to the power supply flopping around inside. There were small dings in the top (barely noticeable) and you have to be careful with the aluminum. Don't try to force things or you will regret it. Case screws are also of high quality so things fit nicely. Don't expect the PSU to last long; it is garbage.

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  • Justin
  • 9/24/2012 7:23:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPC-C37U

Pros: The casw works as advertised with some small glitches.

Cons: Previous reviews are correct...modifications will be required to the expansion slots if you plan to use a cablecard tuner. I recommend modifying them from the get go to avoid any future entanglements with expansion cards.

The included power supply is not the best. It is an ITX model that covers up two fan mount locations. A micro ATX model would have been much more user friendly for customers as it wuld have resulted in only one fan mount being covered. The power supply is an item that the manufacturer made special for Lian Li. They have no replacements in stock, nor do they have plans to produce them in the further.

Other Thoughts: It’s a head scratcher for me to see how an engineering team would develop an HTPC case that has a compatibility issue with one of the most widely used PCIe tuners (Infinitv 4) on the market today. Only time will tell what other expansion cards may be affected by this design flaw.

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  • Louis
  • 8/8/2012 6:58:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case, but a couple minor glitches

Pros: The case is well built, and comes with all the accessories you'd expect. The brushed finish looks great. The power button has a nice 'click' and doesn't feel cheap. The power supply is adequate for a low-power HTPC. I can just barely hear the fans in the case, but it is quieter than the fan in my DLP TV. Copper posts are already present, so just drop in the motherboard and go.

Cons: If you plan to build an HTPC with a Ceton InfiniTV 4, be prepared to file away a couple millimeters of aluminum at the top of the slot so you can get the CableCard in. There are only 2 SATA power connectors, but 3 drive bays (optical plus two 3.5 inch bays)

Other Thoughts: The case has a couple shortcomings, but overall well worth it. It's about the same size as the Motorola cable box its replacing, and looks great next to my Marantz receiver.

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  • Brent
  • 7/6/2012 4:02:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice Case

Pros: This case is very nice and built very solid.

Cons: The price is high but this thing looks amazing in your media center so I can not complain

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  • teemkey
  • 6/27/2012 4:01:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnice case, but "special"

Pros: spacious in 2 dimensions. quiet. reasonably priced for lian li.

Cons: power supply only has one line with 2 SATA heads. very low profile makes expansion card selection difficult (must have 3" bracket). power supply is only secured where it contacts the case -- the far end is loose (though in practice it doesn't matter). odd hard drive mounting makes it impossible to screw in both ends of a small 2.5 -> 3.5 adaptor (most SSDs).

Other Thoughts: MUST use SATA power adaptors if you plan to use both drive bays and/or three SATA devices. Be sure to order with case if none are on hand.

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