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My attempt at modifying the Lian Li PC-V600 case

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Hey guys,
I was able to pick up the Lian Li PC-V600 for a reasonable price and since I really look the look of it on the outside, I'm going to try and mod the inside so that it pleases me also.

About the case:

It is quite an old model and isn't very easy to find (here in New Zealand anyway). Since then Lian Li have released the PC-V600F which looks very similar on the outside but only has an mATX form factor.

Here's the image of a stock PC-V600:


Mine isn't quite in that condition since it's so old, but it's not too shabby either.


Plans I have for the case at the moment:

- Move the Power supply to where the 3.5" HDD bays are. As you can see the PSU is currently sitting right in front/above where the CPU would be (depending from which angle you look at it).
- Replace the bracket that is currently holding up the PSU with a custom made one that will allow me to fit an exhaust fan on it.

Being a CAD student, I have the opportunity to use AutoCAD and other software that will help me (hopefully) with this build.

So here's what I did today:



This is a better view of the old PSU bracket modified to accommodate the exhaust fan:


And here is the old fan bracket (at the front behind the HDD racks) modified to accomodate the PSU:


That is all for now, feel free to ask any questions or suggest anything.
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Alright, starting to finalise the front PSU bracket. It will be mounted sideways, exhausting hot air to the front of the case.

Here is a little simulation I made after getting all the hole locations right on the bracket and PSU.
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CAD skills are impressive! and that case looks awesome, it will be cool to see what you do with it! thumb.gif
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CAD skills are impressive! and that case looks awesome, it will be cool to see what you do with it! thumb.gif

Thanks for the heads up.


Here's a wee update.

I've finally got around to purchasing a rotary tool, should be here by next week smile.gif
So hopefully it will help me out with this project!
I also looked more closely at the assembly of the case and spotted some "flat headed" rivets as well as the standard rivets. Wasn't too keen on removing the former but after some more research I managed to narrow them to 3.2mm counter-sunk rivets which were quite easy to source.
Today, I began stripping the case down. It went pretty well except for the fact that the bottom of the 5.25" bays has been tampered with by the previous owner frown.gif
Ah well there should be a way to fix it.

I've also decided to paint the case (I know it's a Lian-Li and I shouldn't, but I'm getting too excited about this build) white externally and convert the silver coloured (internal) components to matte black. What do you think?

Here's a couple of shots from today, the second picture shows the internal silver components quite well.



And here is where the previous is making my job difficult (bottom of 5.25" bays) since all the strength of the aluminium is gone so the plate(s) is now on lean frown.gif



More updates to come soon.
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Hi,

To answer your post from my thread, I don't have too many pics that are different than what I had already posted, so I'll just repost it here:


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post #7 of 12
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Finished this mod.

Here are a few final pictures, sorry the image quality isn't the best. The only camera I own is my phone.







The case itself is empty at the moment as I don't like my ATX motherboard in there. It would be amazing if I was to get an mATX system in there.
If you're interested some pictures of the work undertaken, go here: http://pricespy.co.nz/forum/index.php?showtopic=1944&st=0
Let me know what you think smile.gif
post #8 of 12
Very nice! Read your 6 page thread of the build.. thumb.gif
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Thanks a lot biggrin.gif
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A friend has an old PC50 the wants rid of (post and whatever for some other bits) I'm thinking of getting and modding for my wife. Thinking of putting the PSU drawing from bottom and out front.

If I may ask, what was your prep and paint proceedure?
Your job here will be lots of help. thumb.gif
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