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Lian Li PC-Q08 mini-ITX Case Review

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Jack_Pepsi 20th July 2010, 12:36 Quote
I like it, looks like the SG-05 chubby but cute cousin. Not entirely keen on the PSU placement but still, if I was going to build an mITX rig I'd definitely be looking into this chassis.
Lance 20th July 2010, 13:31 Quote
So would you recomend this over the SG07?

I have been considering grabbing myself a LanPC for a while now and this was the case that I had wanted.

How would you get around the HDD cage issue? ie where did you mount it on your build?

Good artical. Cheers guys.
K-man 20th July 2010, 13:40 Quote
Does anyone know if Lian-Li has plans to update this case so longer PSUs would fit?
Omnituens 20th July 2010, 14:02 Quote
Of course you could remove both hard drive caddies and just use a 3.5->5.25in mount for your hard drive.

Yes, you won't have a DVD drive, but seriously, how often do need one? Since I can install W7 from USB, and almost all my main games are Steam based... I'd just use a USB drive for the very odd occasion I DO need it.
rickysio 20th July 2010, 14:06 Quote
It's a Go For Gold X series Seasonic PSU, right? ;D

That one barely needs a filter - the fan is redundant 99% of the time.
ellism 20th July 2010, 14:21 Quote
I expect the A colour is "anodised".
simonw 20th July 2010, 15:28 Quote
If you do not have a high PSU requirement, you could use a smaller SFX PSU, and use one of those SFX-to-ATX mounting brackets, it can free up some space inside the case.

http://www.silverstonetek.com/images/products/st45sf/ST45SF-8.jpg
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_6UFmSOt6_nM/TAnf64-DfMI/AAAAAAAABQg/wgTsX55I5i4/IMAG0085.jpg
MSHunter 20th July 2010, 15:30 Quote
next version with outer mount points for water cooling radiator PLEASE!
Think this case with a Monsta rad mounted on it's side (along the length of the case.)
Would be a full over-clock in a LAN box.....
devilxc 20th July 2010, 15:58 Quote
"(look for the B suffix for our black version, R for red and, weirdly, A for silver)"

"I expect the A colour is "anodised"."

I would have thought it was Aluminium.

Nice little case, is it me or does the PSU not have a vent for its fan?
memeroot 20th July 2010, 17:14 Quote
Would be nice if someone could find a short modular psu - or one with right angle leads?
Matticus 20th July 2010, 17:52 Quote
Could you not just use one of these?

http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_1722.html

I know its an added expense, but it would free up a lot of space.
rickysio 20th July 2010, 18:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by devilxc
"(look for the B suffix for our black version, R for red and, weirdly, A for silver)"

"I expect the A colour is "anodised"."

I would have thought it was Aluminium.

Nice little case, is it me or does the PSU not have a vent for its fan?

That PSU doesn't care for fans much.

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=169
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=192 (This is the one that's used in the BT review)
borandi 20th July 2010, 18:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by devilxc
"(look for the B suffix for our black version, R for red and, weirdly, A for silver)"

"I expect the A colour is "anodised"."

I would have thought it was Aluminium.

The black one is black-anodised aluminium - same with the red, but red. So the A for silver may come from Ag, the atomic representation of silver.
JCBeastie 20th July 2010, 18:10 Quote
You could use one of these:

http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-205-LL

Ditch the HDD frame, mount a slimline drive and hard disk up top. It's not ideal but it's a good work around.
Aracos 20th July 2010, 19:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
That PSU doesn't care for fans much.

Made me giggle, it's true I've not heard or seen my fan turn on in my PSU which is both awesome and unnerving.

Question for harry: Did you test with a 150mm long PSU? I was just wondering cause it would make a good NAS/Sims box, NAS for me and Sims for sister. I have a Corsair HX450 sitting on my old case so I'd like to use that instead of buying a new PSU, is that fine with both drive bays?
mars-bar-man 20th July 2010, 19:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by MSHunter
next version with outer mount points for water cooling radiator PLEASE!
Think this case with a Monsta rad mounted on it's side (along the length of the case.)
Would be a full over-clock in a LAN box.....

Pffft, mounting points. Get creative man! Take a look at my sig, I'm using this case for a watercooled loop!

Glad a review finally went up on this! Been waiting for the BT review for ages!
Ross1 20th July 2010, 19:45 Quote
complaining that a large power supply doesnt have quite enough room in a small form factor case for mATX mobos is like asking why you cant fit a V12 engine into a mini.
Aracos 20th July 2010, 20:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ross1
complaining that a large power supply doesnt have quite enough room in a small form factor case for mATX mobos is like asking why you cant fit a V12 engine into a mini.

I think the reason for complaining is that there's so many good Mini-ITX motherboard that you can use for high end gear so you don't need a full fat ATX board for a high end gaming rig if you aren't planning on overclocking so that long PSU could come in handy.
scq 20th July 2010, 20:15 Quote
Excellent. I've been waiting for a review on this case for awhile. I didn't think the PSU would be an issue, but I guess I'll have to be more careful in my choice if I expect to be using the upper drive bay.

Is it that rare to find a shorter modular PSU?
fingerbob69 20th July 2010, 22:51 Quote
One wonders if these case designers start by making a box and trying to get the bits to fit inside or if they try to get the bits to fit as tightly as possible (with necessary concessions to cooling and cable management) and then design the box around that.

Evidence would suggest the former.
Fingers66 20th July 2010, 23:47 Quote
The Corsair HX520, HX620 and HX650 are all 150mm x 150mm square which would give you an extra 10mm of space compared to the PSU in the review.

Not a lot but it may help.
MeanGreeny 21st July 2010, 00:12 Quote
'A' will be from the Latin 'Argentum' meaning 'silver'
Denis_iii 21st July 2010, 13:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by simonw
If you do not have a high PSU requirement, you could use a smaller SFX PSU, and use one of those SFX-to-ATX mounting brackets, it can free up some space inside the case.

http://www.silverstonetek.com/images/products/st45sf/ST45SF-8.jpg
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_6UFmSOt6_nM/TAnf64-DfMI/AAAAAAAABQg/wgTsX55I5i4/IMAG0085.jpg

450w sfx psu enough for a 5870?
PLUS if you go with sfc psu then can hookup corsair h50 or coolit eco to top 120mm fan mount without needing to get a slimline fan
Denis_iii 21st July 2010, 13:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by storm20200
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ross1
complaining that a large power supply doesnt have quite enough room in a small form factor case for mATX mobos is like asking why you cant fit a V12 engine into a mini.

I think the reason for complaining is that there's so many good Mini-ITX motherboard that you can use for high end gear so you don't need a full fat ATX board for a high end gaming rig if you aren't planning on overclocking so that long PSU could come in handy.

know of any mITX AMD boards that can take 120W cpus?
Omnituens 21st July 2010, 14:49 Quote
What's the clearance of the PSU from the mobo? I want to know what CPU coolers can be used with this case, as I'm hatching a plan.
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