Originally Posted by somebodysb2
Really? Then how on earth can Lian Li produce a full tower aluminum @180~?
This also applies to CM with the ATCS840 @200~ too.
Aluminum is great for modding, just go on mdpc and see for your self how many alu cases there are.
Because the A70F (which I'm assuming you're referring to) doesn't have the same features as other full-tower cases in its range.
It's a great case, but the inside is unpainted, it doesn't have USB 3, its cooling and cable routing options are limited, it's only got 7 PCI-E slots, etc.
If they made a Lancool variant of it in plastic and steel, it'd sell for $120-$130, tops.
But once you start adding larger fans, better dust filtration, radiator mounting options, an 8th expansion slot, full tool-free optical drives and hard drive bays, better cable routing with grommets, and paint the inside - you're adding cost.
It comes down to what you want - if all you want is the case to be made out of aluminum, then Lian-Li serves that market and they do a pretty good job of it. But if there are other features that you want that make building your system easier and better looking - then aluminum has to get sacrificed for feature set.
If we were to build an exact replica of the 800D using Aluminum everywhere we used steel, it would cost over $400. And who would buy that? Maybe 1/10th of the people who buy it now, if we were lucky.