We've got the very latest ATX computer case under the spot light today from Lian Li. The PC-6077 includes a whooping total of six 5.25 bays which is more than most full tower cases and it's only a midi tower!
IntroductionMention the word Lian Li to someone and they will either say "Huh, Lian Li?" or "I would do anything for one of those." If you haven't heard of Lian Li you must have been living under a rock. Lian Li have expanded a lot from their old PC-60 which was so common among lanners all over the world.Lian Li were one of the first companies to really make a big name for themselves in Australia as an enthusiast case company. Moving over to aluminum unfortunately included quite a high price tag and over the past few years Lian Li has come down a lot in price thanks to their popularity and large range of cases and accessories. The latest Lian Li to hit our shores is the PC-6077. Let's have a look at what it brings to the enthusiast case market and see if it's something that will be workable as your newest case or not.
Lian Li PC-6077 - The Package
The Package- BoxLian Li use the same box throughout most of their case lines and each case is easily determined by a sticker stating its features and a picture of the case. Also on the box is a sticker stating the logo nice and boldly, in this case PC-6077. The box is excellent and you won't have anything to worry about if you are getting the case shipped to you instead of picking it up. Thanks to the built-in handles, there shouldn't be any need for it to be thrown around.
- What You GetMoving away from the box and opening up we will have a quick look at what comes with the package. As you would expect, when opening up the box most of it is dominated by the case. Sitting on top was a leaflet showing off some of the other Lian Li models (which might not be the best thing). Nothing worse then opening it up and seeing something that you think looks better then what you just purchased - Like buying a new $20,000 car and when pulling out of the lot seeing a Ferrari drive by.
Opening up the case you notice the trademark white box that you receive which has all those extra screws that you always lose if you open up your case as much as we do. One of the most common items that not only gets lost but also stolen at LAN's is your beloved thumb screws. While they are not too expensive, Lian Li use a different kind of thread so it's not easy to find them for sale - so look after them. Lian Li don't sell the thumb screws separately so if you do happened to lose then you will find yourself using ordinary screws again in no time.The overall package on the Lian Li is excellent and because no part of the case directly contacts the box, if it does happened to get a few knocks in transit the worst thing that is going too happened is a few dents on the box.
Lian Li PC-6077 - Exterior Features
Exterior Features- FrontWhen pulling the case out of that giant plastic bag you instantly think, "Holy Crap! That is a lot of drive bays." When you look at the case in the pictures it gives off a full tower look. Due to the six 5.25 bays (yes, six!) the case looks absolutely mammoth but it is not bigger then a PC60. You are just simply sacrificing the three 3.5" drives which you would normally see on most other Lian Li cases.
The PC-6077 has one 3.5" bay which some people may find that they still won't use. Thanks to the cover that comes with it you could install a normal beige floppy drive and no one would have the faintest idea what color it is. Thanks to the cover it will match in perfectly and this will save you the trouble of having to find paint to match the color of the case or buying a separate cover for it. While it's not uncommon to have more then one CD-ROM drive in a system, Lian Li have included only the single cover for your CD-ROM. This cover helps stealth the drive and helps give you an overall better looking case. Moving to the bottom front of the case we find the power button, reboot button and your LEDs that indicate hard drive activity and if the computer is on. To the side of all this is the vents to help bring in air and keep your system as cool as possible by increasing overall airflow.Right at the very bottom of the case we have some USB2.0 ports that plug directly into your motherboard (if it supports it) as well as some audio jacks to help people who use head phones and finally a firewire port. The overall front of the case doesn't look too bad and if you're someone who loves their 5.25" bays but don't want a full tower case, you're going to be in heaven here.
The SidesMoving around to the side of the case you don't see anything out of the ordinary. Aluminum side panels with small indents in them so you can easily slide them off. Like the whole 6XXX series, you can purchase a separate panel with a window in it so you can see inside your computer. Lian Li also have a side panel that can be filled with water and have fake plastic fish in it.The BackMoving around to the back of the case you start seeing those little things that Lian Li add to make the case stand out from the rest.For example, the decision to include a spot for two 80mm fans on the back, something that has been upgraded from the original PC60s which only had one. Thumb screws are all over the place to hold your power supply, side panels and the beloved motherboard tray which some people have grown very accustomed too.TopWhen looking at the top of the case we see nothing out of the ordinary except Lian Li has chosen to include an 80mm fan on the top part of the case. This is very handy, as hot air rises and this fan combined with your power supply fan(s) can help push a lot of hot air out of the case.
Lian Li PC-6077 - Interior Features
Interior Features- InsideOnce you open the case the first thing you notice is the huge tower down the right that will hold all your CD-ROMS, Hard Drive caddies or what ever else you find to place in them. Due to the tower going all the way to the bottom of the case it makes the inside look smaller as the distance between the back of the motherboard tray and the beginning of the tower is shrunken.
The inside of the case is quite roomy and while it does look smaller due to the tower for your 5.25", you will be quite surprised at just how much room there is inside the case.
Looking directly at the right of the case you notice how many drives you can put inside the case. Normally you would see a lot more spaces for hard drives. This particular model only supports up to three hard drives at the bottom of the case. A PC60 can support up to seven hard drives. Of course, you're going to have to sacrifice something for all those 5.25" spots.
Looking at the left of the case you see the place for two 80MM fans as well as where your video card/PCI cards will sit and finally the IO port bracket for your motherboard.
At the bottom of the case is a filter to help prevent dust getting into the case. Typically you will find you will need to clean this filter once a month as it quickly becomes clogged up with dust.
Lian Li PC-6077 - Installation and Conclusion
InstallationLian Li have always been able to produce a beautiful case when it comes to setting up your PC. Thanks to the motherboard tray, you can easily simply pull it out and set everything up outside the case. With everything included in the package, setting up your motherboard on the tray only takes a few minutes. Once the motherboard is installed the easiest way to finish off the installation is by sliding the motherboard tray half way in and attaching everything you need - CD-ROMS, hard drives, etc.Once it's all set up, place the case side back on, install all your thumbscrews and you will be ready to get your system up and running in no time. ConclusionLian Li create one of the best cases available on the market and thanks to their popularity, the price drop on them has been excellent making them a better option and more affordable option for many. If you're interested in upgrading to a new case and you can afford the extra few dollars that Lian Li carry, we would highly recommend it.Having given the case much praise, it's worth mentioning this particular case will only suit a certain group of people. While some people prefer to have the hard drive space others prefer the 5.25" bays. While you still only have room for three 3.5" hard drives, many will not mind as the average hard drives per system are still only 1 or 2.- ProsRemovable Motherboard TrayAluminumPlenty of 5.25" spacesPlenty of rooms for fansThumb screw galoreUSB2, firewire and audio ports on the front- ConsLimited 3.5" spacesSlight premium on Lian Li casesRating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's Best Features Award
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