|Lian-Li PC-Q08B Aluminum Mini Tower PC Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Tuesday, 21 December 2010|
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Building a Mini Tower System
The included installation manual is more than enough to discover how to build a system inside the PC-Q08. There are no confusing parts or anything difficult while doing it. The first step is installing the motherboard on the motherboard's tray.
Now you need to mount the side panel into the chassis. Check out how much space do we have at this moment; a lot! You might also want to connect your front panel/USB cables to the motherboard at this moment before installing anything else.
The next step is to install HDD cages. Since I only use a pair of hard drives I decided to take off the lower cage and make space for mounting my MSI GTX 460 1GB Cyclone GPU. I still have space for 6 drives (5 SSDs/HDDs and 1 optical drive). Since the Zotac H55ITX-C-E comes with 6 S-ATA ports, it would be useless to have more drive bays. Other mini-ITX motherboards bundle 4 S-ATA ports only, so the PC-Q08 comes more than prepared for any motherboard.
There are some limitations while mounting your PSU. Depending on the orientation the 24-pin cable could be a little bit annoying. Also, you won't be able to install a super-large 1000 watts PSU, but it's very unlikely to happen since most mini-ITX systems will consume less than 300 watts and you can't build an SLI/CFX system either. In a particular case with a Core i5 655K, 4GB of RAM and the GTX 460 1GB GPU, the system consumed around 230 watts while playing Star Craft 2. I mounted my 600 watts PSU and it's more than enough.
Here's a final shot at the system already installed and ready to work. It wasn't that difficult to make the installation, but I can't say it was easy neither. Actually there's no mini-ITX chassis easy to install because cable management is normally poor and there's close to no space to manipulate, hide or pass the cables, so I can't really complain there. Additionally, can you notice my fingerprints at the front of the PC-Q08? It's very difficult to keep this case clean and without fingerprints.
Here's how your system would look from behind. Notice the space between the I/O panel and the PSU? That's the space you have for a CPU heat-sink. That means you'll need to acquire a low-profile cooler or remain stuck with the stock heat-sink.
Now that we've installed a system, let's head to the final thoughts and conclusions on the next page...