Lian Li PC-A17 Aluminum Mid-Tower Chassis
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 02-24-2008
Provided by: LanCool PC
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Interior


This case has a very transparent construction, and almost everything is removable. Here you see the front panel, both side panels, and a bay cover removed. The top panel is also easily removable. Like the exterior of the case, the inside is entirely aluminum. Looking into the case from the left side, we see that there are no tool-less features in this case. The right side of the case shows the various allowances for cable management in the PC-A17. Not only are there ample holes and spaces to route cables, but Lian Li even included metal clips for organization. Though there isn't a ton of width for cables to go behind the case, there should be enough room.


The hard-drive cage takes up three 5.25” bays and can be removed and placed in any of three positions that you prefer. Attached to the cage is a 120mm fan, which you will see soon. The rear exhaust fan is 120mm and comes not only with the grill on the outside, but also a grill on the inside to keep cables out of its path. All of the fans have three-pin power connectors and come with three-to-four pin adapters pre-attached. Here we can get a better glimpse at the vented expansion bay covers and yet even more thumbscrews to simplify installation of expansion cards.


The top 140mm fan also has a grill on the inside and a three-to-four pin adapter, just like the rear exhaust fan. Removing two screws in the back of the case frees the motherboard tray. Unlike most removable motherboard trays, this one does not take the expansion slots with it, but rather just the plate itself. The standoff's holes are not labeled. Removing four screws (two on the left, two on the right) releases hard-drive cage. The cage for the PC-A17 follows the same design as most Lian Li cases, with the slide-in rubber grommet design. This cage can be placed in the top three 5.25” bays, the middle three, or the stock bottom three. The fan is not filtered because the bay covers all have filters. Continue as we throw some hardware in this box!


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