Lian Li PC-32B Rackmount Full Aluminium PC Case, Unbranded, Black - £25 delivered @ dv247ltd on eBay
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Lian Li PC-32B Rackmount Full Aluminium PC Case, Unbranded, Black - £25 delivered @ dv247ltd on eBay

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Found 11th Nov 2013
Any one who owns a Lian Li case knows the build quality is second to none & comes in complete aluminium - this is no exception. Comes with a 3 year warranty too.

They are unbranded 'OEM' though, so will not have the Lian Li name & come with no pre-installed fans (can take 2x 120mm & 1x 80mm). And only USB 2.0 ports. The seller will include free Lian Li badges if required though.

Newer model specs (same dimensions, bays): lian-li.com/en/…32/

Reviews when it was much costlier:
8 on 10 at Bit-tech: bit-tech.net/har…ew/
4 on 5 at XSReviews: xsreviews.co.uk/rev…32/
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"The Lian-Li PC-32B is a 19" 4U ATX Mini Tower rackmount format PC case designed specifically for intensive multimedia applications and designed for quiet operation, built from black brushed aluminium this case is built like a tank & full of quality features.

Weather the case is used for Home Entertainment, Audio Recording, Gaming systems or general purpose systems you won't be caught short on space for components, with space for motherboards up to 12" x 9.6" you'll have plenty of room for extra storage & cooling options should these be required.

Due to the cases overall size, not only can you install lots of storage options - the case also has natural dispersion as components will not be held too close together, coupling this with an effective cooling system will provide optimal operation temperatures without the need to go overkill on extra system fans.

This case is finished to an exceptional standard in black brushed aluminium. As you can see from the images this case does come unbranded & will ship in a plain brown box - but we are able to provide Lian Li badges should these be required (please specify when purchasing).

Dimensions: 426 x 530 x 167mm (WxHxD) [530mm (21 inches) is quite DEEP, so keep that in mind]

Drive options (external): 2x 5.25, 1x 3.5

Hard drives (internal): 4

Motherboard options: ATX & M-ATX (maximum. size: 12x9.6)

I/O Ports: USB2.0 x2, Headphone x1

Expansion Slots: 7

Maximum Compatibility:
VGA Card length: 240mm
PSU length: 240mm
CPU cooler height:135mm

This item qualifies for free UK delivery despite being under £99!!, our unbelievable three year warranty and is covered by our 30 days money back guarantee. The item will be shipped as soon as payment is confirmed from the buyer."

User manual download: dropbox.com/s/l…zip

95 Comments

What about rails? You really need rails if you're going to use a case this high, even if its not that long. I've already made that mistake once!

I should note, still a very good price if you're not going to mount it.

Can't you edit posts on mobile?

Bought another model from same retailer, not really need it, but the price is hard to resist.

took a punt gonna use as a media centre

only thing is seller hasn't sold anything for 2 years...hmmm

MrHot

I should note, still a very good price if you're not going to mount … I should note, still a very good price if you're not going to mount it.Can't you edit posts on mobile?



no its REALLY annoying especially if you are too late to realise the idiotic predictive text has kicked in

Original Poster

royals

only thing is seller hasn't sold anything for 2 years...hmmm


Yes, that's an oddity - didn't notice it until you mentioned it!

The seller has a website? hopefully should be alright

lu408

The seller has a website? hopefully should be alright



very highly rated too so no need to worry - 2400 97% trustpilot rating I think

id check the sizing its a monster in size - bigger than my onkyo 605 amp!!

wow. nice find.... I had one of the full towers a couple of years ago.

royals

id check the sizing its a monster in size - bigger than my onkyo 605 amp!!



Thought my Silverstone LaScala LC17 was big this is 10cm deeper

Hot though

Like the tower one, possibly a little too big though!

Deep but not really all that huge - it does have space issues. I have a PC-C60 which is wider and higher. Everything in that feels a tight fit (eg graphics card slammed up against drive cage, etc) and the reinforcing crossbar is a pain for setup/access. I was tempted by the price here - £25 for a Lian-li is great, but the restrictions on mobo size, graphics card length and most importantly, the so-so airflow design in this case makes me hold back on purchasing.

zinglebarb

took a punt gonna use as a media centre

Massive and really unsightly to sit under a TV. Be alight if out of sight?

Ta OP, ordered one - will do nicely for a media centre I'm intending to build after Christmas. Heat added.

Ordered two of these, to use as rack mount computers in studio / church environments. dv247 thoroughly trustworthy in my experience of using them over many years.

Yiddo4life

Thought my Silverstone LaScala LC17 was big this is 10cm deeperHot though



Yeah. I was surprised how deep a lot of the cases sold as HTPC ones were. A lot of the ones I looked at were too deep to sit in a standard size AV rack. Which seems kind of stupid if you're marketing it as an HTPC and it's likely to be used with AV type components.

Eventually got a Silverstone case which fitted.

Good price on this regardless so heat anyway.

Are the drive specs right? Says lots of storage options but one 3.5 bay?

edit:
Ignore me, missed the internal vs external drive list.

Edited by: "bobbler" 12th Nov 2013

Guys, I see a lot of you discussing the merits / demerits of this as a (or should it be 'an?) HTPC / media centre case. Although I see that dv247 are marketing these on eBay as (among other things) for 'entertainment' systems, in reality, they originally would have used them to build their own range of studio pcs. (hence them being unbranded / OEM). Professional / home studio gear, not home theatre. Yes, they will seem pretty huge under a TV, but in a 19" studio rack, they would not seem at all out of place, provided there was adequate depth.

Ordered, will rehome my existing Lian Li V350 build into this as a server.



if you get skanked you will get the money back anyway off ebay
royals

only thing is seller hasn't sold anything for 2 years...hmmm

zinglebarb

took a punt gonna use as a media centre



I have a big stand it will fit on if it does not it will fit on the top of my hifi rack it is not an issue

royals

only thing is seller hasn't sold anything for 2 years...hmmm



yes he has 16th April this year

royals

only thing is seller hasn't sold anything for 2 years...hmmm



Guys - I don't work for dv247, but I have spent an awful lot of money with them over many years. I have never had an issue. They always deliver on time what was ordered. I have only once required customer service, and it was exemplary.

OK - They don't sell much on eBay - that's because they have one of the best online retailing reputations in the professional music / studio equipment business - I can only assume that they use eBay sporadically to clear excess inventory.

I (this morning) have already purchased two of these case for a couple of jobs that are coming up. In these instances, I will not be charging for the equipment, but if I was, I would certainly not be invoicing them at the price another online retailer is currently showing them at: inta-audio.com/pc-…399




Edited by: "kennethsross" 12th Nov 2013

Just bought, the first purchase towards building my recording studio. Intending to make this a fanless hackintosh/windows 8 dual-boot eventually...

This doesn't come with a PSU either...

the__cat

This doesn't come with a PSU either...



Very few quality pc cases do. The assumption is that the system builder will wish to fit the most appropriate PSU for the particular spec. / end use.

Terrabytes

It's not a small case. It's full ATX so you would use a standard power … It's not a small case. It's full ATX so you would use a standard power supply. It's a good price, but obsolete in today's market. No USB 3.0, far too big compared with modern HTPCs. You'd buy it and wonder what to do with it.



The real value in this case is not as an HTPC system - It is as a rack-mount PC, either for a studio or an educational setting, and this case comes in at roughly a third of the price of the next cheapest 4u 19" PC case.

Terrabytes

It's not a small case. It's full ATX so you would use a standard power … It's not a small case. It's full ATX so you would use a standard power supply. It's a good price, but obsolete in today's market. No USB 3.0, far too big compared with modern HTPCs. You'd buy it and wonder what to do with it.



I understand all that... I was just making an observation for others to be aware of

bobbler

Ordered, will rehome my existing Lian Li V350 build into this as a server.



Just been considering the same thing with parts from my V351
Recently upgraded all the components, just need a PSU and case to build a decent second machine (i5 750/8gb/AMD 5850).

Banned

Ive always had Lian Li cases, but recently went off them to Antec, they just felt a bit flimsy, but hey, for £25, who's arguing?!

MBeeching

Just been considering the same thing with parts from my V351 :pRecently … Just been considering the same thing with parts from my V351 :pRecently upgraded all the components, just need a PSU and case to build a decent second machine (i5 750/8gb/AMD 5850).



Just changing all out HTPC and home cinema setup, things have progressed a lot since I started with it a few years back. Just got the bargain Humax Freetime PVR for TV viewing and a Roku for the rest of the media which I will bung Plex on. The HTPC parts then going into this to act as the download and streaming server using Plex server on it, my Microserver is simply too slow for decoding more than a single stream

Randomthom

Just bought, the first purchase towards building my recording studio. … Just bought, the first purchase towards building my recording studio. Intending to make this a fanless hackintosh/windows 8 dual-boot eventually...



Good luck with your hackintosh build! Great fun, and a great community of hackintoshers to get any support you need from!

The no USB 3 is not a problem for me, I got a USB3 3.5" header with my motherboard. I'm more concerned with fan placement, it will be for a gaming rig so most of the heat will be on the PCI-E.

For those concerned of USB3 or lack thereof, you can get a cable upgrade kit - lian-li.com/en/…51/
Looks like it is the correct fitting for this case with the Firewire, 2 x USB and Mic/earphone and lists the C32 in the compatibility list.

Original Poster

I've removed the 'HTPC' term from the title, because I thought it was a bit misleading.

my thermalright 120 ultra extreme cooler wont fit in this....can anyone recommend an alternative heatsink to go for instead in this case?

bobbler

For those concerned of USB3 or lack thereof, you can get a cable upgrade … For those concerned of USB3 or lack thereof, you can get a cable upgrade kit - http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pw-ie20ah51/Looks like it is the correct fitting for this case with the Firewire, 2 x USB and Mic/earphone and lists the C32 in the compatibility list.



Will certainly do the job, but they're a nightmare to get hold of in the UK.
I contacted Lian Li directly to arrange a purchase.

simba2585

my thermalright 120 ultra extreme cooler wont fit in this....can anyone … my thermalright 120 ultra extreme cooler wont fit in this....can anyone recommend an alternative heatsink to go for instead in this case?



I wonder if a Cooler Master Seidon 120M will fit, or would you prefer to stay on air?
Will probably end up spending more on your heatsink than the case

MBeeching

I wonder if a Cooler Master Seidon 120M will fit, or would you prefer to … I wonder if a Cooler Master Seidon 120M will fit, or would you prefer to stay on air?Will probably end up spending more on your heatsink than the case



hehe yeh i know - this case is total bargain!

if you know of a good watercooled solution that is tidy then please recommend - dont really want a radiator sat outside the case as its big enough already lol.

i had been considering it for many months - its £156 on OC'ers!

unbelievable deal!

edit: just saw that the Seidon is housed inside!
thanks looks good
Edited by: "simba2585" 12th Nov 2013
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