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So I had this crazy idea for something to do with the Lian-Li PC-Q30 case that was reviewed HERE. I decided I wanted to go with some wood on it somewhere. I mean, that's just how I roll. I thought replacing the stock Lian-Li front with a big chunk of figured maple would be a sweet place to start. Beyond that, I'm hoping to have a little fun with the side panels, upgrade the case feet, and see what kind of an HTPC I can throw together. As with most of my other woodworking projects, I'll be doing as much of this with hand tools as I can. At least the woodworking portion of it. Even using a bit and brace for drilling holes. It's just more relaxing that way. Some of the stuff I'm using in this build: Lian-Li PC-Q30 ITX Case MNPCTech White Delrin Case Feet 3M 4010 Tape ADATA 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 2400 XPG v2 RAM ADATA 128GB XPG SX900 SSD
Hi fellow modders, This will be my first own thread here and I hope you'll like it. I hereby present you my new baby The case: Lian-Li PC-V353Noctua NF-S12A PWM front fan (2x) While the case assembly and material is top notch, as expected from Lian-Li, it suffers from several design flaws : Poor cable management Not designed for side power connectors of GPU (had to lengthen the hole) Headphone connector doesn't fit the front panel jack because the panel is too thick (have to use washers with the panel circuitry standoff to compensate that). The hardware: Asus Z87 Gryphon + Thermal armor kitIntel Core i5-4570Noctua NH-C14Kingston HyperX Fury black 8GBEVGA GTX770SC 2GBSandisk Extrem II 240GB The cooler height is limited to 105mm with this case, so I've only fitted the bottom 140mm fan of the Noctua NH-C14 and have it blowing upwards. The case is in a temporary state as I have to fully sleeve my PSU. I'm using my old Corsair HX520 from my previous rig and while the modular cables are nice flat ribbons, the non-modular 24 pins ATX and 12V EPS are : All packed inside a single sleeve, resulting in a disgracious thick multicolored cable. Way too long for this small case, resulting in a pack of noodles in the top part of the case.Once the cable management is solved, I'd like to experiment several modifications. I'm currently moddeling the case and will post several ideas here in the next posts. Current ideas: Custom cable routingFull watercoolingBuilt-in audiophile headphone amp (to replace the poorly designed side connector)Reworking the disk assembly Stay tuned ;)
Every now and again, I trip over a case that doesn't look like much at first glance - Sure, it's pretty, but nothing sticks out. Then I take a second look and begin to see it as a canvas - the modding potential jumps out. On deeper inspection, details begin to flood out, and in a matter of minutes, you are transformed from someone who just said 'meh' to 'WHOA! I WANT THIS!' This is the cycle I just went through with the Lian-Li PC-V2130 preview http://www.lian-li.com/lianliblog/preview-pc-v2130/ Go, look at the pics and be amazed!!