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Lian Li PC-C50A HTPC Case Review

Rating: 8.5.

Lian Li are definitely one of our favourite chassis manufacturers as they never fail to impress with their impressive build quality and attractive designs.  They have one of the largest ranges of small form factor cases of any manufacturer, catering to all enthusiast demands.

Today we are going to look at the Lian Li PC-C50A HTPC case which is designed to house a powerful media system in a convenient form factor.  Unlike some more compact HTPC cases, the PC-C50A has room for a standard size power supply and a reasonable amount of headroom for installing CPU coolers.  It also boasts a number of other features such as front panel USB3.0 and eSATA alongside an SD Card Reader.


  • Case Type: Desktop / HTPC
  • Dimensions: 445 x 167 x 325mm
  • Weight: 3.2 KG
  • Material: Aluminium
  • Colour: Silver
  • Motherboard: Micro ATX, Mini DTX and Mini ITX
  • Optical Bays: 1x 5.25″
  • HDD Bays: 3x 3.5″, 3x 2.5″
  • I/O Ports: USB3.0 x 3 / HD Audio / e-SATA / MS/SD Card Reader
  • Max. GPU Length: 230mm
  • Fans: 2x 120mm (side)
  • PSU Support: ATX, not included

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  • Jon Reily

    I love Lian Li products, but I continually ask myself ‘are they really worth the premium’?

    Sure the aluminum quality is fantastic, but I dont think they radically try new ideas and their premium prices are simply staggering at times.

  • June

    We bought this in black for our living room and my husband built the system up over a weekend. we are very happy with it, it looks very nice in the living room

  • Tommy

    Caseking.de ship these to UK if anyone wants the silver one. you pay less too, even with shipping.

  • Brooke

    I am in the process of building a media center and have three cases shortlisted. this would have been one of them but I think its too expensive for what you get.

  • tm

    [A year later…] I am building a media center and I’m am seriously considering buying this one.

    However, I read in another review that in order to equip their blu-ray reader (which was 19cm deep) they had to sacrifice the HDD tray behind it. Did you experience this problem? How deep could the optical drive be to still leave room to max out the HDD trays?


  • Michael

    No dust filters! Are you kidding me? For a “premium” case, this is simply inexcusable. I am looking at replacing my Antec NSK2480 which is about half the price of this case, and one of my main reasons for replacing it is the lack of dust filters. The Fractal Design Node 605 is cheaper and includes dust filters.