Lian Li PC-7N mid-tower goes back to aluminum basics

Breadbox-sized PCs are all the rage these days, but sometimes you need a case that can hold a big honkin' graphics card and more than a couple hard drives. Lian Li, purveyor of all things aluminum, has updated its ATX mid-tower lineup with the PC-7N model.

The PC-7N has a standard ATX layout for the most part, with the power supply sitting at the bottom. Four toolless hard drive trays can be set up in a variety of configurations behind the front intake fans. The case's two 5.25" bays are toolless, too, and the drive trays come with rubber washers to help dampen drives' vibration.

With this movable tray setup, the PC-7N can take in graphics cards as long as 14.6" (or 37 cm) without any trays in the way, or 9.8" (25 cm) if the spots directly in front are taken. Extra-long power supplies (up to 10.6", or 27 cm) are good to go, too.

In the cooling department, the PC-7N offers two 120-mm intake fans at the front and a 120-mm spinner at the back. If you prefer your cooling power in the liquid variety, the front fans can be replaced by a radiator up to 280mm in length. CPU coolers as tall as 170mm are good to go, too. For cable management purposes, the PC-7N has 14mm of space behind the motherboard tray, and 27mm behind the drive rack.

The PC-7N will be available in late February in silver and black for $99.

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