- 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
excellent, but required work and experience 01/02/2011
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-Q11B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
The case is very nice looking and felt sturdy. The aluminum panels are thick so they help with cooling. They give you enough thumb screws to put everything together. There is a front 140mm fan which is essential for bringing in air for the whole case. It accepts fullsize ATX psu which is also essential to provide adequate power and act as the main output for hot airs.
If you know what you're doing and manage air flow carefully, you can run a high spec computer with a powerful CPU without overheating. I personally have in the case an AMD 1090T 6cores running at stock speed (3.2ghz) and a Geforce 9800GT running without problems.
The side panel has lots of screws and these are not high quality made.
You have to unscrew the PSU to get access to the motherboard, but this is inevitable for a miniITX case.
No front firewire port.
The "cdrom door flap" is nice looking, but gets in the way of the cdrom tray while it's ejecting.
There are no grill holes on the left-side panel where the PSU is. Yet they allow you to mount the PSU either with its fan pointing to the outside of the case or toward the CPU. If you mount the PSU with the fan pointing outward, then it would be blocked by the side panel with no grill holes to get air.
Plan everything first, don't throw parts in randomly. My recommendation after many trials:
-First, unscrew the "cdrom panel" and install it.
-Then unscrew the right-side panel and install the miniITX mobo onto the panel. Screw the panel back on the case, carefully making sure the mobo I/Os fit through the I/O panel in the back of the case.
-Pull the case fan side way to take it out (it's a screwless design), unscrew the plastic grill from the fan before putting the fan back. The grill only block air from coming in and make more noises.
-You most likely will have to use stock heatsink/fan of your CPU, because the PSU sits right on top of the CPU leaving no space for tall third-party heatsinks. You must reverse the CPU fan so it would blow upward,if the PSU fan is right on top of the CPU fan, it would carry the hot air out. However, if you left the CPU fan blowing downward, the PSU and CPU fans blowing at opposite directions would fight each other, resulting in overheat for the
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