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LIAN LI PC-Q08A Silver Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

  • Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower
  • USB3.0 x 2 / HD Audio Front Ports
  • 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 6 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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To ensure user can put everything together easily, Lian Li has designed the Mini-Q PC-Q08 to house all standard PC components inside: standard Mini-ITX motherboard, standard 5.25" optical drive, standard 3.5" hard drives, standard ATX PS/2 power supply units and a long graphics card. The parts are easy to get on current market, and it would be easy to upgrade and server in the future. The PC-Q08 supports up to six 3.5-inch and one 2.5-inch HDDs and long graphics card up to 300mm when HDD cage is removed.

  • newegg Standard PC Components The LIAN LI PC-Q08A supports a standard Mini-ITX motherboard, 5.25-inch optical drive, 3.5-inch / 2.5-inch hard drives, standard ATX PS/2 PSU. Easy to upgrade and service.
  • newegg Thermal-Flow One 140mm LED fan (front) and one 120mm fan (top) keep hot air from damaging your hardware.
  • newegg Six 3.5-inch and One 2.5-inch HDDs The Mini-Q PC-Q08A supports six 3.5-inch and one 2.5-inch HDDs, held in place by thumb screws with rubber suspension.
  • newegg Standard ATX PS/2 PSU The LIAN LI PC-Q08A supports a standard ATX PS/2 PSU with a 120mm cooling fan.

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  • Scott P.
  • 10/9/2013 2:53:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWould recommend.

Pros: Strong, attractive case that is very pleasant to work on.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: My 9 year old was dancing (so she says) near the closet that houses my PS3, Xbox 360, 5.1 stereo reciever, and this PC. Somehow everything fell. Luckily she was okay, and the only damage was a shallow dent to the top of this case. Miraculously, all electronics survived! Case can definitely take a beating and protect the parts inside.

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  • Gary R.
  • 4/2/2013 9:13:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat...Maybe the Best Mini-ITX Case

Pros: • Silver
• Storage possibilities beyond expectation
• Well Designed & Crafted
• Compact footprint

Cons: • Minor mods needed to fit full-size ATX PSU & CPU cooler radiator
• Tiny, 3/32" screws on case sides; needs thumbscrews
• A mistake to discontinue this Silver item

Other Thoughts: This was my first HTPC build a little over a year ago. I purchased nearly all the components from NewEgg. It's been rock solid. I love it. I've built another one using the PC-Q08B, but the Silver case is more attractive to me and closer to the look of the Mac Pro. I wish it hadn't been discontinued. I would buy another one (hint, NewEgg & Lian Li).

If you use a CPU Cooler with a radiator, you'll need to get a slim exhaust fan if you plan on using a full-size ATX PSU. I use a Scythe Kaze Slim 120mm. It works fine as long as you don't screw it in too tight; it's easy to compress and impede on the fan movement. Otherwise, you can use a tower CPU cooler instead as there's plenty of vertical space. Just make sure to note the dimensions around the mounting area as the RAM slots are close to the CPU on most Mini-ITX boards.

I also changed out the front blue neon 140mm intake fan for a non-illuminated Cooler Master 140mm. It's almost as quiet as the stock Lian Li 140mm (which is very quiet). That's it as far as cooling. There are ventilation holes along the side where the graphics card goes, but no fans. But temps are OK; Mobo is at 25 degrees C, CPU cores hover around 33.

Despite its smallish footprint, this is probably the most storage offered in a Mini-ITX case. A minimum of six hard drives are accommodated; more if you don't use the optical bay or a fullsize graphics card. Storage capacity is the most well documented and lauded feature of this case.

This is a great case for an HTPC, a NAS, a system backup or even your main box if you don't want a huge ATX.

Lian Li PC-QO8A
Intel i7-2700k
AMD Radeon HD6850
16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM
Corsair H60 Cooler
Plextor BD-RE Writer
Power PC & Cooling Silencer 760W
3xSATA-III Internal HD
Mac OS X Lion

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  • Alexander E.
  • 11/13/2012 2:45:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing case

Pros: More spacious then i expected!
Holds more HD's then most mid tower cases
Well really has some great craftsmanship.

Cons: Yes read the reviews, there is a certain "order" you must put things in. However read after thoughts....

Other Thoughts: I'm sure i have some sort of OCD because when i mumbled something about "poor cable management" my wife walked by and asked "so what does it matter when youll have it all closed up anyway"..... shes right, when its all done do you REALLY care that you had to put things into a certain order?

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  • john p.
  • 10/15/2012 1:20:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Small Case

Pros: Good small case with space for 6 3.5" HD. Good ventilation. Easy to assemble.

Cons: Tiny screws for sides

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/15/2012 9:00:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggswhyyyyyyynnnnnnnnnne

Pros: ventilation

Cons: ventilation!

Other Thoughts: I've built seven tower PCs since 1999; this is my first mini. Using it as htpc/media server (llano, ssd, one 2tb hdd, no cards).

I'm a bit disappointed with the sound of the fans (esp the CPU1). Even after turning them down to 3 (out of 10) in the BIOS/UEFI there's still a lot of whine audible -- I assume because of the all the ventilation in this case (with the cases open, the fan volumes are about the same as my current desktop).

Something to keep in mind if this is going to be in the same room as your television. (I thought I wouldn't care, but the upper-midrange pitch of the fans, it's like MOCKERY.)

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/13/2012 10:27:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYes, it takes awhile to set up...

Pros: ITX with just enough room for full size components.

Cons: I ordered two fans to replace the ones in the case. Front fan was loose inside the case (it has an interesting mounting system, which allowed this to happen). One screw was also tightened way too firmly (stripped it working it out). Wouldn't have been a big deal if I wasn't replacing it.

Other Thoughts: I5-3450S, ASUS H77 MB, GTX 460, 550W Antec Plat PS.

Other reviewers are 100% accurate about planning out your build. Even then you'll have to back it out once or twice. Power Supply can be mounted either way because of the plate design (the way it was originally set up the internal fan would have been half inch from wall).

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  • Lucas G.
  • 6/12/2012 4:36:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsmedia center

Pros: very light. it looks like brushed aluminum. I'm using it as a media center/media server for the whole house.

Cons: none really. wish the USB and audio cable inside were shorter. but that aside . its an awesome case.

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  • Anton L.
  • 5/23/2012 2:30:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat case but a pain to work with

Pros: Compact, clean, fine finish, quiet.

Cons: Very unfriendly when it comes to putting things together. For example, to replace the optical drive, you need to remove both side panels. Consider that one of the panels holds the MB, so you'd need to disconnect everything from the MB.

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  • Robert E.
  • 2/23/2012 5:22:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLian Li PC-008A Silver - Update

Pros: This is an update to the post below. First I had to buy a second one as a friend wanted me to build him a server also. I did contact Lian Li support and explained the situation and for for $10.00 and a little wait I was able to get a new switch.
Big thanks to Lian Li and now will give them 5 stars also. The description on the invoice was Power switch and wire for PC-Q08 ($7.00) Post Office Shipping Freight ($3.00)

Thanks Lian Li if you are reading this.

Cons: No Cons but as the reviewer below states careful planning in assembly is required and saves a lot of headaches later.

Other Thoughts: Both Builds include 4 WD Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX drives and an ZOTAC GF6100-E-E motherboard with 2 gigs of ram and Windows Home Server (version 1). Both have been running 24/7 since the builds and the front fan is the only thing that needs to be cleaned out on a monthly basis. I did also put a filter on the top fan to help keep the inside case clean. I would also recommend using 12 inch right angle sata cables. I would also recommend using a modular power supply if possible.

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  • Christopher K.
  • 12/16/2011 10:15:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAttractive, but not user friendly.

Pros: Nice exterior design.
Lots of room for HDDs.
Great cooling.
Accommodates large video cards.

Cons: First off, you need to approach this case with a strategy for assembly - otherwise you will be taking it apart over and over to correct missteps. Given the design, this is not fun. The doors attach with 6 screws, so removal and replacement is a pain. Not sure why Lian-Li opted out of their usual sliding doors which work just fine. The motherboard tray is attached to the right door, so if you want to do something as simple as swapping out the 5.25" device, you have to disconnect the motherboard and pull it out with the door. Also, this thing is very PSU size sensitive. If your PSU is any longer than about 5.5" (most modular PSUs), you are in for a headache if you want to utilize all the drive space.

The USB 3.0 cables use the standard external connector rather than the internal header, but this can be solved with a cheap adapter if you don't want to use the pass-through.

Other Thoughts: Despite the cons, once assembled, it makes for a nice looking computer. I just think I will build something from scratch in a new case before even considering opening it up again to upgrade...

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