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Decision Time: Lian Li PC-A77F vs HAF X (and Vote too)

Poll Results: Case Selection Lian Li's PC-P80, PC-A77F, HAF X

 
  • 16% (3)
    Lian Li Armorsuit PC-P80
  • 66% (12)
    Lian Li PC-A77F
  • 16% (3)
    Coolermaster HAF X
18 Total Votes  
post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
Hey,

After my previous thread on asking about brands - Lian Li was mentioned a lot. I have spend a lot of time researching on various websites, watching videos...(I am worn out).

I was originally going for the PC-P80, but I feel its little dated. In all the videos, or whatever I could find - I noticed one huge issue - cable management. It is practically non-existent on that model. It truly has amazing options - if someone can tell me that I can have all my cables (most of them), behind the back panel with ease - then I will be sold.

Here are few things which are important to me

1) Cost (It has to be reasonable...just not too expensive...$400 plus is too much for my needs).

2) Cooling...Cooling...I want lots of air inside it to keep my for the time being 2x6970s, and 4 1TB HDDs, 8GB Ram, i5-750 OCed to 4Ghz etc. I do keep changing pc component parts every now and then.

3) Cable Management. It was very hard to do cable management in my Antec 900...I did whatever I could do - but a case needs good management ability.

So I am down to

PC-A77F (Microcenter has it for 230).
Haf X (Newegg has it for 199).

(PC-P80 price range would probably be my max)

So anyway both seem comfortable in my price range. And I did notice that Haf X provides massive number of fans and support for additional fans. This should really help with cold air going to the GPUs.

And for PC-A77F does have one annoying issue - which is to remove all the 5.25 covers which have filter attached to them. One would have to pull them out manually - and clean them. Or I could be mistaken.

Both have pros and cons.

Share your thoughts - but lets try our best to keep things at topic on hand. No Flamewars here.
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Darkstar
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4 x 1TB (SATA II - 7200 RPM) in RAID 10 DVD-R/RW Win 7 64bit 3 LCDS (Eyefinity) 
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usb generic Corsair HX 750Watts Lian Li A77F usb generic standard optical mouse 
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post #2 of 4
I wouldn't worry about having trouble pulling out those 5.25" covers on the pc-a77f. All you need to do on Lian Li cases is remove the front panel frame around them and just pull them off. You don't even need to open your case to do it and it's a pretty quick procedure.

Personally I would go with the PC-A77F since it has a simplistic yet awesome design that can be easily modded. I hate all of these new cases that look modded out of the box, what's the fun in that?

Cooling wise you are better off with the PC-A77F as well since it has more 120mm fans in the front and pleny of vents in the back. Side fans look pretty ugly IMO and can mess up airflow at times.
Edited by sP00N - 12/24/10 at 12:49am
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Windows 8.1 Pro x64 17.3" laptop display 2x Acer 23" lcds ASUS proprietary + Lenovo media keyboard 
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post #3 of 4
I have the HAF X and its a great case for the price. But if you are getting the LL A77 for a little more, go for it. I love the quality and finish on the Lian Li's and their design is just great. This one has simple clean lines that are really timeless. You can go for a diferent top later on as well, if you plan to water cool
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post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone - I bought Lian Li A77...for 200 brand new (From Microcenter). There is a story behind it too.

I originally got it for 230 (they had it cheaper than newegg by 70 bucks). When I did receive the box, I had some reservations (The box had some dings/marks)...I questioned the rep - that was this box opened before. He told me no....and once I got home, I open the box - and right then I knew that I had a open box. Someone had removed the plastic wrapping and put it next to the case. That was a dead give away.

And I proceeded to go little further - by getting it outside the box, and low behold - the case already had fingerprints, and one of the front panels was dented beyond repair. I immediately called the store manager, and told him. The called me back in 20 min - had a newer case and I would get a 10% refund for the inconvenience. And yes, I did get a new case and i could see the wrapping (from the holes where the handles are)...

I haven't opened it yet...will do in few days. The lesson here is - always check the case before hand. And really inspect the box, if your gut says something...then something is wrong and address it.

Microcenter happily solved my issue - for which I was quite surprised.
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i5-750 MSI P55A Fuzion XFX 6970 in Crossfire Mode (Dual x16) 8 GB DDR3-1860 Corsair Dominator GT 
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4 x 1TB (SATA II - 7200 RPM) in RAID 10 DVD-R/RW Win 7 64bit 3 LCDS (Eyefinity) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
usb generic Corsair HX 750Watts Lian Li A77F usb generic standard optical mouse 
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Darkstar
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 MSI P55A Fuzion XFX 6970 in Crossfire Mode (Dual x16) 8 GB DDR3-1860 Corsair Dominator GT 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
4 x 1TB (SATA II - 7200 RPM) in RAID 10 DVD-R/RW Win 7 64bit 3 LCDS (Eyefinity) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
usb generic Corsair HX 750Watts Lian Li A77F usb generic standard optical mouse 
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