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Written by Servando Silva   
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Lian-Li PC-Q08B Aluminum Mini Tower PC Case
Closer Look: PC-Q08 Exterior
PC-Q08 Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: PC-Q08 Interior
PC-Q08 Detailed Interior Features
Building a Mini Tower System
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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...



# Lian Li have missed the pointShakey 2010-12-22 02:46
The case is simply too big for Mini-ITX. I don't see the point in paying a premium for Mini-ITX components only to drop them into a box about the same size as a Micro-ATX.

Don't get me wrong, it's great that the modding community started the whole trend of cramming desktop-level components into Mini-ITX builds and now manufacturers are catering to this niche market, but to focus your product range entirely on this?

The Q07 was too big because of the full-sized PSU and optical drive (yet could only fit a single-slot graphics card, so what's the point in a full-sized PSU). Now the Q08 is even bigger, and the Q11 is about the same size.

Oh and it being Lian Li the price is too much - the Q08 on its own is only about £15 less then a Sugo SG05-450, and that comes with a 450W 80Plus Bronze PSU (which is powerful enough to run any graphics card that can actually fit inside).

Silverstone got it right with the SG05/06 and event though the SG07 is pushing it a bit, it's still an obviously Mini-ITX case and about the right size.
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# Need more pics?cbeijer 2010-12-22 14:04
Nice review...but it seems as if a few pics are missing. Where is the pic where the full system is installed, eg PSU and GPU? Also it would be nice to see if/how the bigger GPUs/PSUs fit in the case.
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# RE: Need more pics?Servando Silva 2010-12-22 19:02
Thanks cbeijer.
The GPU goes right below the PSU, so imagine the GTX 460 I showed in the picture with the PSU installed. And as long as the GPU measures 300mm long or less, it will be able to be installed.
I mentioned larger PSUs might have problems with the HDD cage at the middle, but you can remove it and still install 2 x 3.5" HDDs. I don't think many people will install a 1000 watts super-large PSU on this chassis. A 600 watts PSU should be fine for any GPU.
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