Lian Li Releases New PC-A79 Full Tower PC Case

Not open for further replies.


Nov 7, 2012
There is really nothing special about this case that warrants a $400 price tag. Only supports a 240mm radiator, notched side panels, riveted together. I can't see any reason to even consider this case if you're in the market for a high-end enclosure. If you're considering this case for your next build, go invest in a Case Labs case and get a true all-aluminum enthusiast enclosure.

Computer cases are the signposts of the system within and the Lian Li PC-A79 signals to me a very good combination of design, features, and build quality.

Not everyone will like the severe styling. I can well understand why a gaming system would want to look like a Transformer ready for action, ablaze with lights and clear tube red liquid cooling visible through windows, and fans on every side letting you know the superchargers have spun up to boost, but in the workstation world, a complex, detail-laden case is not desirable.

I have a Dell Precision T5400 with what I call the 1963 Rambler Ambassador grille case and even the slightly sculpted, silver mouth on it seems to catch my eye too often. I don't believe I have poor powers of concentration, it's that as a designer, I'm never off duty analyzing design and objects that are eye-catching tend to be eye-catching. In my workplace quest for neutral design, I even use a plain white cylindrical coffee cup with no cat faces or "World's Greatest Second Cousin" on it. My ideal case is invisible- or very, very plain- the monolith from "2001" - except the air flow would be poor.

It's true the PC-A79 does not appear especially innovative, but the number of bays, air flow configuration, accommodation for components and level of standard pieces is very, very good and the styling is non-intrusive.

Our friend WithoutWeakness mentions the exceedingly wonderful Case Labs designs and this offers a useful perspective. The Case Labs cases are really a modular system of very well thought out pieces that allow a builder to have as much or as little going on as they like, and easily add about anything and everything going- elaborate plumbing, probably dozens of drives, twenty fans or whatever. This is wonderful to have available, but as WithoutWeakness notes, this is at a serious enthusiast level. If I were buying a Case Labs, I would be spending $700+ because the Magnum STH10 is $570 without anything in it- no drive bays, fans, windows, grilles, front USB ports. I think if I had one of those big double Case Labs I could have my espresso maker conveniently mounted and have espresso while waiting on renderings. I don't know the entire Case Labs product line, and correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe some Case Labs arrive like IKEA furniture and you have to assemble them from 2D into 3D. This may seem like an impenetrable marketing decision, but I think it's actually another important feature to allow full disassembly to facilitate extensive modifications and the possibility for testing / configuration with access to every side of every component. It's like building a custom house, build the frame, add components, get the plumbing, air conditioning, wiring. and lighting just right, test it, watching for leaks and smoke, and add the sides when everything is going.

With Case Labs as an example of the most versatile / configurable, the Lian Li at about $390, as for other comparable middle-ground cases would be easier on the user> it doesn't require the same level of decision making as to the internal features- possible complex assembly, allowing focus on the complex task of specifying the innards- and appears to me to have ample facilities for a very high level system. When I build my dual liquid cooled, 12-core / 48 thread Xeon, 256GB, 3X Tesla K20, Quadro K6000, LSI Controller, 9 drive, dual PSU (words that total about $18,000) Personal Supercomputer, yes Case Labs, but for quite high end workstations using standard components up to $5,000-6,000, the Corsair Obsidian 900D (about $350), the Lian Li PC-A76WX (about $240), or the Lian Li PC A79 (about $390) would appear to offer very good choices.

I think I'll start a computer case company called " Shaker Systems ®$©™℠℞©£ ". Our motto, "Plain Systems for Plain Folks doing Flight Dynamics Simulation"





Apr 27, 2008
Lian Li sure have built very good cases but prize is to high and with the economy down, only few dudes might buy them. I am pretty sure there's cases out there for far less money and may be even better.

Add to that you can get some seriously great full-tower cases in the $100-$250 range with many of the same features/design and you keep this type of Lian Li case selling at extremely low volumes. I'm not usually one to push a bargain, but these cases seem to be unreasonably priced.


Sep 12, 2011
Skip this case. check out the Lian Li A76. all aluminum build, pretty much the same case but better looking because it has a brushed aluminum front door to hide the drive bays.


Dec 25, 2008
I agree the price is excessive, but 11 PCIe slot E-ATX cases with 12 free 5.25 bays are rare.
I could put three Supermicro 5-in-3 SAS racks in this and still have three bays left over for ODD's or another SAS rack. And it has side-fans for my RAID controllers.

For multi-CPU or large RAID installations, this case has few competitors, and unfortunately the price reflects that.
Not open for further replies.