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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.

Lian-Li_PCQ08B_Motherboard_Tray.jpg

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.

Lian-Li_PCQ08B_Space.jpg

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.

Lian-Li_PCQ08B_Motherboard.jpg

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.

Lian-Li_PCQ08B_PSU.jpg

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.

Lian-Li_PCQ08B_Installed.jpg

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.

Lian-Li_PCQ08B_Rear_Installed.jpg

Now that we've installed a system, let's head to the final thoughts and conclusions on the next page...



 

Comments 

 
# 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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