case en Forget the Picture Frame, Use Lian Li's O Series Chassis to Hang a PC on Your Wall <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lian_li_pc-o7s.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-O7S" title="Lian Li PC-O7S" width="228" height="220" style="float: right;" />An open air wall-mountable chassis</h3> <p>Have you ever thought about hanging your PC components on a wall? Admittedly I have a time or three, though I've never attempted it because, quite frankly, it'd be a lot of work to secure each and every component on a bare wall, and then make it all look nice to boot. It looks like <strong>Lian Li read my mind -- the company's new O Series open-air cases are wall-mountable</strong> (and also a work in progress).</p> <p>There are four different models: the mini-ITX <a href="" target="_blank">PC-O5</a>, mini-ITX <a href="" target="_blank">PC-O5S</a>, micro-ATX <a href="" target="_blank">PC-O6S</a>, and the ATX <a href="" target="_blank">PC-O7S</a>. All of them are in the prototype stage, as Lian Li looks for user feedback from the DIY community as it fleshes out and tweaks a final design.</p> <p>Though they're built for different form factors, each case is similar in overall design. They all feature an oversized tempered glass window so that visitors can spy the entire build. And to keep it slim, graphics cards are installed parallel to the motherboard through a PCI riser card and extension.</p> <p>Cases with an "S" suffix denote water cooling compatibility, with the PC-O5S supporting radiators up to 240mm; the PC-O6S and PC-O7S support radiators up to 360mm.</p> <p>Wall mounting any of the O Series cases is optional (you'll probably want a wireless mouse and keyboard if going that route), as they can also be placed on a desk in the vertical position using an included aluminum stand with rubber grip, or horizontally on four attachable feet with rubber padding.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>No word on when Lian Li might bring these case to market or what the MSRPs will be.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware Lian Li o series News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:08:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 29112 at Velocity Micro Now Offering Builds in New GX3 Chassis <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gx3.jpg" alt="Velocity Micro GX3 Case" title="Velocity Micro GX3 Case" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />A new case for enthusiast level builds</h3> <p><strong>Boutique builder Velocity Micro today announced it has a new flagship case, the GX3</strong>, to build select systems inside of. It's a custom designed ATX case intended to combine sleek looks that are "universally appealing" with functionality and expandability, along with a focus on cooling performance. That includes liquid cooling -- it can swallow up a 240mm liquid CPU radiator.</p> <p>The case can also fit up to six hard drives inside its belly, which are held in place via a tool-less drive cage. Other features include dual USB 3.0 and audio ports on the top of the chassis, fan mounts throughout the case for air cooling, aluminum construction, and "understated lighting" intended to add a bit of flair without being obnoxious about it.</p> <p>"We’ve put our hearts and souls into the design of the GX3 chassis," said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. "We believe its unique combination of design, power capabilities, and outstanding thermals will make it extremely popular with our enthusiast audience. It’s our new flagship chassis."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/gx3_open.jpg" alt="Velocity Micro GX3 Case Open" title="Velocity Micro GX3 Case Open" width="620" height="597" /></p> <p>The new <a href="" target="_blank">GX3 chassis</a> now comes standard on Velocity Micro's <a href="" target="_blank">Raptor Z95</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Promagix HD80</a> systems starting at $2,299 and $1,869, respectively.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> case chassis enclosure gx3 Hardware velocity micro News Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:26:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 29025 at Fractal Design Debuts Define R5 PC Case for Quiet Computing <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fractal_design_define_r5.jpg" alt="Fractal Design Define R5" title="Fractal Design Define R5" width="228" height="198" style="float: right;" />A mid-tower for quiet types</h3> <p><strong>Fractal-Design added a new enclosure to its quiet oriented Define Series today, the Define R5</strong>, which supposedly boasts the highest level of silent computing yet. That claim comes from the Define R5's use of strategically paced dense sound-absorbing material, updated "ModuVent" fan vent covers, and new Dynamic Series fans that are finely tuned for low noise and aided by an integrated three-speed fan controller.</p> <p>The Define R5 can hold up to eight 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch storage drives through cages that can be removed or relocated, plus another two 2.5-inch SSDs in tool-free mounts behind the motherboard tray. Same goes with the optical disc drive cage -- it too can be removed for more internal space or to accommodate an HDD drive cage.</p> <p>Cooling is handled by two included Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fans that occupy a pair of the nine fan mounts. If you're into liquid cooling, the Define R5 can house radiators up to 420mm in the top, 360mm in the front, to 240mm in the bottom, and up to 140mm in the rear.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Define R5</a> is available with a side window for $120 or without a window for $110.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis define r5 enclosure fractal design Hardware quiet computing silence News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:25:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 28980 at Corsair Introduces Quiet Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition Case <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_carbide_series_330r.jpg" alt="Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition" title="Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition" width="228" height="215" style="float: right;" />A case for librarians and other noise conscious builders</h3> <p>There's something to be said for building a quiet computer. It takes a bit of research to build a truly silent (or near silent) system, and of course it starts with your choice of case -- an open air chassis is probably not the best option. There are several quiet cases available, and beginning today, you can add <strong>Corsair's new Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition</strong> to the list of quiet computing enclosures.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Corsair says</a> the 330R makes it easy to build an "extremely quiet" PC, part of which is due to the noise damping material found on the top panel, side panels, and front door. It also boasts a 3-speed fan controller and a Direct Airflow Path layout that provides an unobstructed path between the included 140mm fan and the CPU and GPU.</p> <p>The other included fan is a 120mm exhaust unit, though there's room for two more 120mm or 140mm fans up top and another 120mm or 140mm fan up front. If you prefer liquid cooling, the 330R can accommodate a 240mm or 280mm radiator up top and is specifically compatible with Corsair's H55, H60, H75, H80i, and H100i liquid coolers.</p> <p>Other amenities include four hard drive trays supporting both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch installs, tool-free 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch drive installation, built-in cable routing coutouts, and a USB 3.0 port on the front panel.</p> <p>Corsair's <a href="" target="_blank">Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition</a> PC case is available now for $100 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 330r titanium edition Build a PC carbide series case chassis corsair enclosure Hardware News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:19:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 28967 at Origin PC Turns 5 Years Old, Celebrates By Offering Genesis and Millennium Cases <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/origin_pc_cases.jpg" alt="Origin PC Cases" title="Origin PC Cases" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />Own the case without the guts</h3> <p>Boutique system builder Origin PC is celebrating its official 5-year anniversary since launching its online store, during which time it's released 20 products and won over 25 awards and accolades. More recently, <strong>Origin PC trotted out new cases for its Millennium mid-tower and Genesis full-tower PCs, and for a limited time, you can purchase either chassis by itself</strong>. It's the first time Origin PC has offered up cases for sale.</p> <p>Both were designed and built from the ground up with an aggressive and industrial motif, though the real standout trait is the Variable Mounting feature. This allows the motherboard to be mounted in four different orientations -- standard ATX, inverted ATX, 90 degrees, or inverted 90 degrees.</p> <p>You can also shove up to four graphics cards in either case. Other features include remote controlled LED lighting, dual-hinge front door design, five hot-swappable HDD bays, and Kensington locks (optional).</p> <p>These case are <a href="" target="_blank">available now</a> for a limited time, though they don't come cheap -- the Millennium mid-tower runs $399 and the Genesis full-tower commands $449.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis enclosure genesis Hardware millennium origin pc News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:50:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 28942 at Cooler Master's Silencio 652S and 352 PC Cases Set Sail for North America <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cm_silencio_cases.jpg" alt="CM Silencio Cases" title="CM Silencio Cases" width="228" height="216" style="float: right;" />¡Silencio, por favor!</h3> <p>Cooler Master dropped us a note today to let us know that two of its newer Silencio cases are headed to North America. Specifically, <strong>Cooler Master's Silencio 652S and 352 enclosures will be available soon</strong>, in case you're looking to build a quiet system. Both cases utilize sound dampening material on the panels and both are capable of mounting at least one 240mm radiator.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Silencio 652S</a> is a mid-tower ATX chassis that measures 20 inches by 8.7 inches by 20 inches. It comes with two 120mm Silencio fans up front with a single one installed in the back. For liquid cooling duties, you can fit a 240mm radiator at the front and/or up top, and a 120mm radiator on the back.</p> <p>It also supports up to 10 solid state drives and nine hard disk drives, along with CPU coolers up to 168mm tall and graphics cards up to 16.6 inches long.</p> <p>For smaller builds, the <a href="" target="_blank">Silencio 352</a> will accept micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards. It measures 17.8 inches by 7.8 inches by 14.9 inches, and in addition to having room for a 240mm at the front, it can also accommodate a 120mm radiator on the back. For air cooling chores, it comes with front and rear 120mm XtraFlo fans.</p> <p>It can hold up to four SSDs and three HDDs. Compared to its larger sibling, there's a little less room CPU coolers (up to 155mm tall) and graphics cards (up to 14 inches).</p> <p>No word yet on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis Cooler Master enclosure Hardware silencio 352 silencio 652s News Tue, 04 Nov 2014 21:54:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28841 at Lian Li's PC-Q26 is a NAS-Centric Mini ITX Chassis <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lian_li_pc-q26.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-Q26" title="Lian Li PC-Q26" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />A case for little boards and lots of storage</h3> <p><strong>Lian Li just introduced its new PC-Q26 case</strong>. It's a mini ITX enclosure for users who want to roll their own NAS box with support for up to 11 hard drives, including 10 3.5-inch drives and a single 2.5-inch drive. A hot-swap backplane for two 3.5-inch drives included, and you have the ability to "easily" add more backplanes as needed, Lian Li says. All that potential storage capacity comes wrapped in a small and lightweight brushed aluminum case.</p> <p>Like a traditional case, the side-panels pop off for easy access to the system's guts and storage. Drives can be tool-lessly installed using thumbscrews with rubber suspensions. You'll also find thumbscrews holding the expansion slots in place.</p> <p>Cooling duties are handled by three 120mm fans up front to bring cool air in and a 120mm fan up to top to expel hot air. You an also mount an optional 80mm fan on the rear and another 120mm on the side, for a total of six fans.</p> <p>The case supports expansion cards up to 190mm (7.4 inches), CPU coolers up to 150mm (5.9 inches), PSUs up to 190mm (7.4 inches).</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Lian Li says</a> the <a href="" target="_blank">PC-Q26</a> is available now in the U.S. for $189 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware Lian Li mini itx pc-q26 News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:20:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 28769 at Lian Li's PC-T80 Open Air Test Bench Supports Liquid Cooling <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lian_li_pc-t80.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-T80" title="Lian Li PC-T80" width="228" height="217" style="float: right;" />Keep those cups of coffee far, far away</h3> <p>Open air test benches aren't for everyone. Your mom and pop? They're probably not candidates. In fact, we'd venture to guess that the vast majority would prefer a traditional closed case. That's not to say there isn't a market for test benches -- reviewers, frequent upgraders, and those who are always tinkering will see the value in such a design. There aren't a ton to choose from, though <strong>the market for open air test benches did just grow by one with the introduction of Lian Li's PC-T80</strong>.</p> <p>Or it grew it two, if you want to consider the black (PC-T80X) and silver (PC-T80A) color options as two totally different beasts. Color differences aside, the PC-T80 follows in the footsteps of Lian Li's PC-T60 but adds native radiator support and a more modular design.</p> <p>It measures 17.3 (W) x 17.1 (H) x 13.1 (D) inches (440mm x 435mm x 335mm) and is separated into three zones. Up top is a dual-functioning bracket to install radiators up to 360mm or three 3.5-inch/2.5-inch HDDs. <a href="" target="_blank">According to Lian Li</a>, the HDD cage and power supply location in the lower zone can be exchanged without much effort, and if you need it, an additional HDD cage can be installed in the lower zone.</p> <p>The PC-T80 supports motherboards up to XL-ATX. It uses a tool-less mounting system for HDDs and features a pre-cut motherboard tray for the optional installation of USB and multimedia port connector cables.</p> <p>Both the <a href="" target="_blank">silver and black PC-T80 models</a> will be available soon for $169 (MSRP).</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware Lian Li pc-t80 Test Bench News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:17:42 +0000 Paul Lilly 28728 at Enermax Thormax GT Full Tower Case Swallows E-ATX Motherboards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/enermax_thormax_gt.jpg" alt="Enermax Thormax GT" title="Enermax Thormax GT" width="228" height="221" style="float: right;" />Giant sized armor for big and burly system builds</h3> <p>Planning a massive system build loaded to the gills with large components and high end parts? You'll need a case that's capable of housing all those parts, and if you're in the market for one, <strong>Enermax hopes you'll check out its new Thormax GT full tower enclosure</strong>. The Thormax GT is large and in charge with support for E-ATX motherboards, graphics cards up to 490mm in length, and 240mm and 360mm depth liquid coolers.</p> <p>You can fit up to four dual-slot graphics cards inside the Thormax GT, two of which can be up to 490mm in length as previously mentioned; the other two must be 360mm or less and requires removing the HDD cage. The case also houses various drive spaces -- four 5.25-inch bays with screwless latch designs, five 2.5-inch/3.5-inch HDD trays, and an additional 2.5-inch drive behind the motherboard tray.</p> <p>Enermax says the design of the Thromax GT allows the installation of two extended length liquid coolers with 60mm high clearance. You can install a 360mm liquid cooler under the roof and a 240mm at the bottom. It also comes pre-installed with dual 18cm Enermax Vegas blue LED fans with an additional six 12/14cm fan slots for more airflow.</p> <p>The top I/O panel is one of the more robust out there. It has two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, 4-level fan RPM controller with LED speed indicators, headphone and microphone ports, and of course power and reset buttons.</p> <p>Other features include 360-degree rotatable feet, a sturdy handle for carrying the case, and a foldable and movable magnetic headset holder.</p> <p>No word yet on how much the <a href="" target="_blank">Thormax GT</a> costs or when it will be available.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis enclosure Enermax full tower Hardware thormax gt News Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:57:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 28686 at BitFenix Pandora Case Supports Custom Images on Front LCD <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_pandora.jpg" alt="BitFenix Pandora" title="BitFenix Pandora" width="228" height="174" style="float: right;" />Slap your mug on BitFenix's Pandora chassis</h3> <p><strong>BitFenix today announced the release of its Pandora, a stylish and relative compact case</strong> made of brushed aluminum. In addition to its unique looks, the Pandora sports an integrated LCD panel (TFT) that measures 2.4 inches and is hidden discreetly behind the front panel. You can download software from BitFenix that allows you to upload your own images using a drag-and-drop interface.</p> <p>"Simply connect the USB cable to your motherboard, download the software from the BitFenix website, and drag your picture file onto the software. In seconds, your image file will be displayed in full color – an easy and novel new way to add your own personal touch to your PC," <a href=",bitfenix-pandora-%EF%BF%BD-style-without-limits/" target="_blank">BitFenix explains</a>.</p> <p>The design of the Pandora is inspired by the fact that an increasing number of PC users are plopping their rigs in the living room. To accommodate this trend, BitFenix wanted Pandora to look more like a modern entertainment appliance than a traditional PC. Mission accomplished, though it doesn't come at the expense of DIY amenities.</p> <p>Pandora sports an optional side window. It has three 2.5-inch drive bays, two 3.5-inch bays, a 120mm top cooling fan, 120mm front cooling fan (with an optional mount for one more), five PCI slots, USB 3.0 and 2.0 support, and cable management cutouts. The case supports micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Pandora</a> should be available soon; no word yet on price.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> BitFenix Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware lcd Pandora News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:18:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28562 at Thermaltake Announces Fully Modular Core V51 Mid Tower Chassis <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/core_v51.jpg" alt="Thermaltake Core V51" title="Thermaltake Core V51" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />The Core V1's bigger brother</h3> <p>It looks like Thermaltake is concentrating on fleshing out its Core Series of computer cases. It already has the Core V1, a cube-shaped case for mini ITX motherboards, and the Core V71, a full-tower enclosure with support for E-ATX motherboards. Now <strong>Thermaltake is releasing its Core V51</strong>, a windowed mid-tower chassis that sits in between the other two with "unprecedented space" for your high-end parts.</p> <p>Aimed at enthusiasts, the Core V51 can also accommodate E-ATX motherboards, as well as standard ATX and micro ATX. It's a modular case, so if you need more space for your liquid cooling setup or other parts, you can remove the 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch drive bays.</p> <p>Cooling potential is high on the Core V51. Up front, your fan options include up to three 120mm fans, two 140mm fans, or a single 200mm fans. On the top panel, you can install up to three 120mm or 140mm fans, or up to two 200mm fans. The rear allows for a single 120mm or 140mm fan, while the bottom can hold two more 120mm fans (the case comes with three fans -- two up front and one in the rear).</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/core_v51_inside_0.jpg" alt="Thermaltake Core V51 Inside" title="Thermaltake Core V51 Inside" width="600" height="448" /></p> <p>The Core V51 is available now for around $130 street.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> buld a pc case chassis core v51 enclosure Hardware mid tower thermaltake News Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:18:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 28512 at NZXT's S340 Mid-Tower Chassis Can Swallow a Kraken <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nzxt_s340.jpg" alt="NZXT S340" title="NZXT S340" width="228" height="201" style="float: right;" />Look ma, no optical drives bays!</h3> <p><strong>NZXT's growing family of computer cases now includes the Source 340</strong> (S340), a compact mid-tower made from strong, cold-rolled steel. In an attempt to offer system builders more elbow room so that piecing together a PC is a little easier, NZXT eight-sixed the optical drive bays and relocated the hard drive bays to a lower position. According to NZXT, these subtle design choices opened up the case.</p> <p>The S340 can house a Kraken X61 liquid cooling setup in the front and an X31 in the rear, along with a total of up to three 140mm or four 120mm fans. Thick panel cutouts allow for better airflow to the fully filtered intake.</p> <p>NZXT's S340 also features USB 3.0 connectivity, a power supply shroud, minimal plastic use, extra thick side panels, grommet-less cable management bars, and a compact form factor measuring 445mm (H) by 432mm.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">NZXT S340 </a>is available now in black or white for $70.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware nzxt s340 News Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:26:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28467 at Lian Li Rolls Out Boxy Looking PC-Q01 Case for Mini ITX Builds <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lian_li_pc-q01.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-Q01" title="Lian Li PC-Q01" width="228" height="218" style="float: right;" />A brushed aluminum chassis for smaller systems</h3> <p>Lian Li's obvious fetish for brushed aluminum continues to influence the company's penchant for designing cases. <strong>The newest case from Lian Li to receive the brushed aluminum treatment is the PC-Q01</strong>, a mini-ITX enclosure with "ample space for hardware" and a tool-lessly removable L-shaped cover that's designed to make installations a lot easier for a mini-ITX build, the company says.</p> <p>It's a 13.3L case that supports double-slotted graphics cards and ATX power supplies up to 210mm in length, and CPU coolers up to 90mm in height. For storage chores, both the side panel and case floor can hold a combination of a 2.5-inch SSD and 3.5-inch HDD, or two 2.5-inch SSDs, <a href="" target="_blank">Lian Li says</a>.</p> <p>Lian Li designed the case with passive cooling in mind, though if the thought of a fanless enclosure gives you the heebie-jeebies, you can add a 120mm or 140mm fan on the case floor in place of drives.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/lian_li_pc-q01_cases.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-Q01 Cases" title="Lian Li PC-Q01 Cases" width="620" height="307" /></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">PC-Q01</a> will be available this month in black or silver for $64 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware Lian Li mini itx pc-q01 News Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:42:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 28062 at Lian Li Adds PC-B16 and PC-A61 to Mid-Tower Case Lineup <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/pc-a61.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-A61" title="Lian Li PC-A61" width="228" height="227" style="float: right;" />A pair of brushed aluminum mid-tower cases</h3> <p>If it's a mid-tower enclosure you're after, your options just grew by two. That's because <strong>Lian Li this week announced the release of its PC-B16 and PC-A61</strong>, both of which are mid-tower cases sporting brushed aluminum, modular 5.25-inch drive cages, and removable hard drive bays. Both also offer plenty of elbow room -- 59.7L for the PC-B16 and 57.5L for the PC-A61 -- with the former putting additional focus on keeping things quiet.</p> <p>The PC-B16 goes about promoting silent operation by using sound absorbing foam on the side panels, top panel, and lockable front door. It also comes with three 120mm fans -- two in front, one in back, along with room for up to two 140mm or 120mm fans on top. Minus the sound absorbing cotton, the same is true of the PC-A61.</p> <p>These cases can fit CPU coolers up to 170mm (6.7 inches) in height, power supplies up to 280mm (11 inches) in length, and graphics cards up to 420mm (16.5 inches). You'll also find 30mm (1.2 inches) of clearance behind the motherboard tray for cable management.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">PC-B16</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">PC-A61</a> will be available this month in the U.S. Pricing will be $239 for the PC-B16B (black), $199 for the PC-A61A (silver) and PC-A61B (black), and $239 for the PC-A61WX (internal black w/ window).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis enclosure hardawre Lian Li pc-a61 pc-b16 News Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:16:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28025 at E3 2014: Razer CEO Talks Project Christine, New Computer Case, and More [Video] <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/razer_kraken_0.jpg" alt="Razer Kraken at E3" title="Razer Kraken at E3" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />Razer's cutting it up at E3 with plenty of product announcements</h3> <p>You would expect a gaming peripheral maker like Razer to be hyper active during this time of year, and you'd be right. Razer announced a handful of new products during E3, including a new <a href="">PC case design licensing program</a> and the <a href="">Nabu Smart Band</a>, which is now shipping to developers. <strong>Maximum PC Online Editor Jimmy Thang met up with Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan to talk about these products and more</strong>.</p> <p>Tan seemed particularly excited to talk about Nabu, which he points out is a not a fitness band, but a "Smart Band." The intention is to combine the best of a smart watch with a smart band into a single wearable device with a compact form factor. It's capable of streaming from both Android and iOS. You can track your steps, see how many calories you've burned, and more. One unique feature of the Nabu Smart Band is that if you shake hands with someone else that has one, you can both transfer data to each other.</p> <p>As for <a href="">Project Christine</a>, this is something Razer is still pursuing. At present, the company is talking with major OEMs to try and make this happen. More info on that in the video below:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>The discussion didn't stop there. Tan talked about getting its design team to work with case manufacturers to launch cases branded as "Designed by Razer." It's essentially a certification program in which Razer will work with case makers who are interested in building custom enclosures with Razer's branding. Have a look:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>NZXT is first up to bat with the licensing program. Over time, expect other case makers to jump on board.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis E3 2014 enclosure Hardware project christine razer video News Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:17:46 +0000 Paul Lilly and Jimmy Thang 27993 at