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LIAN LI PC-Q11B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

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  • Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower
  • USB3.0 x 2 / HD + AC 97 Audio Front Ports
  • 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 2 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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A Good Design is to make the life simpler, the Mini-Q PC-Q11 is in minimalism style, it is a combination of art and technology.

  • newegg Cute Cube Case Featuring sleek and compact footprint with high quality aluminum construction, the LIAN LI PC-Q11B case can fit into a narrow space and seamlessly blend into your house decoration.
  • newegg Standard PC Components The LIAN LI PC-Q11B case supports standard mini-ITX motherboard, 5.25" optical drive, 3.5"/2.5" hard drives, standard ATX PS/2 power supply units. It would be easy to upgrade and serve in the future. The PSU can be facing the motherboard which is passive cooled.
  • newegg Superior Cooling A 140mm intake fan input high air flow volume with lower RPM to push the cold air through the m/b.
  • newegg Removable HDDs Rack The detachable HDD rack with support for two 3.5" and two 2.5" HDDS allows easy installation and services.
  • newegg Convenient I/O Panel A front I/O panel allows easy access to two USB 3.0 ports and HD audio ports.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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3 out of 5 eggsBeware of the PSU

Pros: USB 3 up front and HD audio.
The silver tray in the bottom of case comes out with just 2 thumbscrews and fits 3.5" and/or 2.5" drives.
Allows for full rated(SHORT) ATX power supply.
Allows for multiple slot video cards.
Mother board screws down to the right side panel.
Even with both side panels off, the case is sturdy.

Cons: The 120mm fan doesn't spin high enough for the silicon isolators to really matter. A 120mm fan upgrade is a must if serious heat will be generated.
Would have been nice if the PSU has it's own air vent and pulled air from outside then back out the rear.

Other Thoughts: I didn't see if 2.5" drives could be mounted upside down between tray and case bottom. This may fit 4 internal drives.

One of the photos shows the wrong side panel sitting next to the case. The cutouts are suppose to match up with the fan bracket. Photos with the covers on are correct.
Air is pulled in from the front sides, but not much air flow.
As with any ITX based case: Space is tight around the CPU(below the power supply). Make sure you buy a short power supply.
The case is painted very thinly, don't touch it with anything metal.
Even for a black case, it also finger prints badly.

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  • Richard G.
  • 8/24/2012 11:16:34 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery nice, with a few downsides

Pros: -Very nice build

Cons: -Very cramped
-just one fan
-poor airflow

Other Thoughts: This was my 2nd build, and it took a LOT of effort to get everything in. My PSU clearance was a little too high, so the way they wanted me to attach to PSU didn't work. (I used PC Power and cooling 400w Modular).

Even with modular it was packed, and I don't think I could keep a graphics card in there.

It was fun and cool to build though.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Little Case

Pros: The case is built in typical Lian-Li high quality fashion. The components while light, don't feel flimsy or cheap. All the parts come together well as expected.

It's a nice looking case when finished. The fans run very quiet(this is a home server in the living room with hardwood floors and we hear nary a peep from it).

It runs pretty much 24/7 with no noise or complaints. I couldn't ask for a better mini-itx case.

Cons: Front USB ports are pass-throughs/extension cables to the backplane USB ports, rather than a direct connection to the motherboard. I think that was b/c at the time USB3 headers weren't common on mobo's. It worked for my motherboard just fine however, so I didn't think it warranted a demerit.

Other Thoughts: This is my home CentOS virtual server, so I rarely open it(or power it off for that matter). When I do however, it takes 8 flathead screws to take off one side. While it helps keep it's shape and not look cheap, it's a far cry from the two thumbscrews and a slide from it's larger tower cousin. Not a real gripe, just an FYI.

As I said, this is a real quiet configuration, even with a stock AMD HSF. I've been real happy about that.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 250
Boot: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB
VM Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2

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  • Lance P.
  • 6/27/2012 7:20:04 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsLooks great, less filling

Pros: Looks good, compact (TINY) and efficient layout, nice anodized finish on aluminum. I'm not going to go on and on about the pros of this case; read the specs, look at the (very good) pictures on Lian Li's website, and make the call.

Cons: Long list of "cons"... more of a list of things to be aware of and challenges:
1-Side intakes for front fan require it to protrude inside the case. This will stress the flexibility of the PSU's cables.
2-Fan/filter is difficult to remove with PSU installed.
3-Full-size PSU compatibility, great for lots of power, bad for room inside case (165mm MAX depth recommended).
4-USB-3 header cabling for front ports is long and wires are stiff. Seriously, you could plug this into someone else's motherboard. At the next table.
5-Front panel connection wiring is long.
6-Tiny screws everywhere.
7-Rear I/O panel doesn't line up. Huh? The side-panel MOBO standoffs are ~1/8" too short. Washers, anyone?
8-Case flimsy when not assembled. Make sure a side panel is installed if test fitting a PSU.
9-Blue power LED is blue, bright BLUE.
10-Optical drive goes in first, period.
11-140mm intake fan filter is restrictive, think McD's milkshake through a juicebox straw.

Other Thoughts: I chose this case for my first build. I knew squat about building a computer when I started this project but I'm good with mechanical things so I figured I'd be OK with this SFF case. This case is not something I would recommend for a first time builder or someone who's constantly tweaking their system.

Making a tidy final assembly out of this case will require planning and a meticulous assembly procedure, likely something a typical first timer may not be capable of, and definitely something most tweakers will not have the time for. Having said that, if the only foreseeable tweaking is installation and removal of HDDs/SSDs they only require the removal of the left side panel (8 small screws), the cables that connect them, and two thumbscrews that secure the removable drive rack to the bottom of the case. Any larger plans will have you pulling the PSU, and then some.

Overall a GREAT small case, the buyer just needs to understand the challenges that lie ahead.

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  • Daniel E.
  • 6/4/2012 12:42:54 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSleek, compact, and near-ideal component layout

Pros: * Compact and full-featured. Allows for a standard-height optical drive, a standard ATX PSU (yay!), a dual-slot discrete GPU, two 3.5" drives, and two 2.5" drives - all in a case that can fit on a bookshelf, and that looks beautiful to boot. Very impressive achievement

* Comes standard with a Lian-Li ODD fascia, so your choice of cheap DVD drive doesn't screw with the beautiful brushed-aluminum look

* Motherboard standoffs are built into the right side panel, and are tall enough that the front-panel cables can all be routed under the motherboard itself

* USB 3.0 ports on the front panel, and (contrary to the pictures) comes complete with a USB 3.0 internal header! The box also includes a 3.0->2.0 header adapter, but really, you should pair this case with a board that has an internal 3.0 header - you'll be glad you did

* Front fan is quiet (bit short on airflow, though - don't expect it to singlehandedly reign in your GPU)

* This thing is adorable

* I have dubbed it "M

Cons: The only major con is that the PSU fan faces in, drawing air up from the motherboard. This conflicts with stock heatsinks, which push air down onto the motherboard. The PC-Q11 would be better off with another vent cut into the left side panel and the PSU flipped around so air could be drawn from the outside instead.

I tried to circumvent this problem by buying a Scythe Shuriken heatsink and flipping its fan over - turning the Scythe and the PSU fans into a push-pull configuration. Did wonders for airflow, but the Scythe itself presented lateral clearance issues (heatpipes press against my taller-than-stick RAM heatsinks, and it looks like it would keep me from installing a PCI-E card too. Didn't buy a discrete GPU, though, so I haven't personally verified that).

So: think about your CPU cooler before you buy.

Minor con: The power LED, as mentioned by others, is extremely bright - especially so if you will have it on your desk next to you, as one is apt to do with an ITX case.

Other Thoughts: * This being an ITX case, your cable management skills will be put to the test. Plan on buying some zip ties, a short (6-10") SATA cable for your optical drive, and a fully modular PSU (no more than 145mm deep) if you want everything to be clean and tidy. I *highly* recommend pairing this case with a Silverstone Strider PSU and their PP05 short cable set. It costs a bit extra, but the more hardware you want to cram into this tiny space, the more you'll be glad you went with it.

* Contrary to other reviewers' complaints, you DO NOT have to remove the motherboard before taking off the right side panel. Just remove the outside screws, then slide the panel forward just a bit so the mobo withdraws from the I/O shield. Pops right off, no trouble at all.

Intel Core i5-3450
2x4GB Mushkin Blackline DDR3-1600
Scythe Shurken [conflicts with RAM heatsinks]
Silverstone ST50F-P w/ PP05 Cable Set
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB

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4 out of 5 eggsNice Case

Pros: Great little home server case
Painted black on the inside
Holds a standard size power supply
Great hard drive trays
Lots of Vent holes
PCI blanks have vents in them

Cons: I really don't like that you can't take off the one side panel without taking off the motherboard first. Due to this installing a disk drive after the motherboard installation is impossible because you can't get to the screws that hold the disk drive holder. So you have to take the whole thing apart just to get that installed.

The 8 screws on the side are flush which is nice but are a pain to take on and off. A toolless option of some kind would be much better.

Preinstalled fan is pathetic. It may be quiet but it does not move any air. Had to replace it with a more powerful Antec fan.

Overpriced like most Lian Li cases.

Other Thoughts: A great upgrade for this case was when I bought a 5.25" to 3.5" converter to hold a boot drive in the disk drive bay so I could have two 1 Tb in raid at the bottom.

Unfortunately this HDD got pretty hot there, so I had to cut a hole in the bottom of the 5.25" tray and now the whole systems has better airflow and runs cooler.

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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great mini-ITX form factor case. Lian Li has always surprised me with the quality of their cases. The front 140mm fan that's removable and comes with rubber grommets is a nice option to bring in some cool air. The brushed finish is very nice. I'm very happy with this purchase. Using as a HTPC.

Cons: none

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  • Sean B.
  • 4/16/2012 1:00:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNifty little case

Pros: - Sturdy metal frame and panels, which was a nice switch-up from the Thermaltake V3 I moved out of (micro-sizing my system for LAN gaming and WiFi)

- Sleek, simplistic appearance, nice color, good asthetic appeal

- Reasonable space for a Mini-ITX Cube/Tower

Cons: - The LEDs for power and HDD access don't seem to work, no matter how I plug them in. At first I thought maybe the Zotac Z68ITX-A-E just had mislabeled headers, but after trial and error, they still don't light up.

- The idea of being able to use a regular PSU in this case is novel, but since most manufacturers don't offer 'short' cables for their modular PSU, it ends up being a clusterfuge. Be ready to shorten your cables, or block airflow (take your pick)

- A 10mm or slimmer Case-front drafting fan would have been a better pick than a 25mm+ one. Expect your PSU's cables to grind into the protective screen over the fan, as mine certainly did.

Other Thoughts: Currently used as thus:

Lianl-Li Q11-B Mini-ITX Tower Case
Zotac Z68ITX-A-E DDR3 / Socket 1155 Wifi Board
Intel Core i3-2105 3.1GHz HT 65W Dual-Core
Scythe Kozuti 40mm Heatsink Fan (Rated to 65W)
Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB
Gigabyte UD GeForce GTX 560 Ti Graphics Adapter

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  • Michael S.
  • 4/12/2012 5:31:35 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This is a high quality case, simple as that.

It's very aesthetically pleasing. The size/shape is a perfect fit for a bookshelf I have.

Many people have mentioned the power & HDD LEDs being too bright. They are bright but whether or not that bothers you is rather subjective. Just keep this in consideration if you plan on having the case placed directly in front of you.

Cons: The HDD rack could have been better designed. It seems like an after thought. I really wish it supported 4x3.5" drives rather than 2x3.5" and 2x2.5". I can't remove an egg for this since it's very clearly stated in the product description how many drives it holds.

It's a VERY tight fit inside the case. I'm not going to remove an egg for this since it's a Mini-ITX case. It's still well designed for how little space there is to work with.

Other Thoughts: I bought this before the LIAN LI PC-Q25B was available. It's basically the same thing but long rather than tall. Imagine taking this case and laying it flat on it's front or back and that's the PC-Q25B. It would work better as a headless server but wouldn't fit on a shelf. If you're interested in the PC-Q11B then also check out the PC-Q25B.

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  • Michael S.
  • 3/19/2012 9:02:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great Lian-Li build quality
Nice design
Near-perfect for a home server.
USB3.0 (Mine does not have the USB3 Header cable)

Cons: Power LED is a bit bright
Almost too small

Other Thoughts: I can't remove an egg on this item. It's currently housing a home server on my network. It's sitting on a bookshelf and looks quite nice.

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