Lian Li all brushed aluminum cases

Andrew_Carr

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There was also a Japanese manufacturer called Windy that made the same style of non-painted all brushed aluminum cases. And in a variety of different colors. Very very solid strong construction. Made to last a lifetime.
Looks like they're out of business. The last lian-li I bought has been much easier for installation and has a lot of benefits for things like multiple SSDs, no more optical drive space, etc, but the quality isn't nearly the same.

Found some used cases in good condition though:

https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/k558895935?conversionType=search_suggest
https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/s831764206?conversionType=search_suggest
https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/s830221743?conversionType=search_suggest
 

ZodaEX

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Looks like they're out of business. The last lian-li I bought has been much easier for installation and has a lot of benefits for things like multiple SSDs, no more optical drive space, etc, but the quality isn't nearly the same.

Found some used cases in good condition though:

https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/k558895935?conversionType=search_suggest
https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/s831764206?conversionType=search_suggest
https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/s830221743?conversionType=search_suggest

No optical drive bay is a deal breaker for me. I use my computer to watch my DVD and Blu-ray collection. I'm a videophile and as much as streaming movies is the mainstream modern way to watch films, no current streaming service can touch the quality of a physical Blu-ray or UHD Blu-ray.
Resolution is always the attribute studios love to use in marketing. But the dirty truth is that bitrate is just as, if not more important.
 

emphy

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We are not producing these cases like we used to also. I believe the decline came in stages, higher costs aside, aluminum cases started losing their appeal in the mainstream when cases with plastic front panel was capable of mimicking brushed metal about 10-12 years ago. Then the focus for high end cases shifted toward extra features (rubber grommets, cable management, fan controller, etc...) and liquid cooler accommodation became a big thing over premium material choice. Finally in more recent years, tempered glass, RGB, and mesh front for airflow took center stage for must-have features. Aluminum is now viewed as something that is nice to have on the side, but not crucial in most user's purchasing decision.
Funny that; was just looking at the fara h1m and am giving it a pass mostly due to the plastic-fantastic front panel design.

I'm looking for something like the sg03 (looks&build quality) with some more space for a modern cpu tower cooler.
 
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Hallyday

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Here's mine, and yeah, it also needs cable management. I just chucked all of them in and test booted it. I'll re-do this machine some time and give it to my father who is on an AMD APU.

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ninjadoc

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There was also a Japanese manufacturer called Windy that made the same style of non-painted all brushed aluminum cases. And in a variety of different colors. Very very solid strong construction. Made to last a lifetime.
I picked up one of those off of yahoo auctions a few years ago. BNIB the box. Still haven't built it yet. It is a pretty case.
 

cpufrost

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I have the boat case (Odyssey) from them. Picked up for $140, Microcenter close out. I did a HTPC build off an 8086K and lightning killed the assrocky board that was in there. Not sure what to put in it now. It's interesting for sure. I did like their earlier cases, very niche market. I never did get a Windy but my SR-2 lives in a giant Mountain Mods box. Did Caselabs go belly up? They made some interesting ones too.
 

chimim0ry0

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There is still a market from them, like the Thermaltake A series. But they are Thermaltake cases with really shitty air flow.
 

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I still use all of my old Lian Li cases. 100% aluminum is something I can't let go. I have a PC-D600WB, PC-A61B, PC-G70B, and PC-V2000B. I can't see myself retiring any of them any time soon. There is nothing on the market even close now. I have never had a case that had plastic parts and I don't want to start now. It's a bummer that stuff like this isn't available anymore. I will just have to maintain these cases forever.
 

chimim0ry0

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I still use all of my old Lian Li cases. 100% aluminum is something I can't let go. I have a PC-D600WB, PC-A61B, PC-G70B, and PC-V2000B. I can't see myself retiring any of them any time soon. There is nothing on the market even close now. I have never had a case that had plastic parts and I don't want to start now. It's a bummer that stuff like this isn't available anymore. I will just have to maintain these cases forever.
Oh, how I lusted after that d600 case. I ended up going with the silverstone ft-02 instead and haven't changed cases since
 

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Oh, how I lusted after that d600 case. I ended up going with the silverstone ft-02 instead and haven't changed cases since

I finally pulled the trigger on a D600 for my two PCs in one case build. Been a great case to build in.
 

chimim0ry0

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Assuming you just mean the case and not the whole thing? I bought the case from https://www.overclockers.co.uk/ back in 2018 for about $350.
Yes, I meant just the case. I was thinking that you just made the purchase and I haven't seen one for sale recently, not that I've been looking, and thought you might have spent an entire computer budget on that case.
 

Fritzz

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Yes, I meant just the case. I was thinking that you just made the purchase and I haven't seen one for sale recently, not that I've been looking, and thought you might have spent an entire computer budget on that case.
Definitely a hard case to source, even in 2018. I was pretty "happy" to pay $350 for it.....
 

flyingears

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With caselabs gone and lian li not making these types of cases anymore, the options for a double wide case are super limited.
 
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