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Mini is an amazing card. Was debating waiting for the 760 mini thinking I could get cheaper and performance is similar but $269.99 after rebate a 670 mini was too good to pass up. Also have the "Fractal Node". POS is 1/2" short with the Mini w/ 6 x3.5" HDD. 39.99 after rebate. Looks good but didn't fit the bill for my needs. I'll resell or build for someone else.

Currently painting HDD drive cages and fan bracket now. Waiting to do the top optical/SSD bracket as I pre-installed everything already. Pics don't do justice but everything seems to be looking good. I taped off all the ares that rub and are hidden when removing the drive bays as to not scratch paint job once done (pics below). Was gonna do some spot color in blue but decided to go with an "all black everything" design.

Question: What would be your best recommendation for an all black, front 140mm fan (no LED's) for $12.99 or less after shipping? Looking for low DB but good enough CFM for the case. Links would be helpful.


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She is up and running. I've set the ram timings, updated all firmware/drivers, and installed updated versions of all programs from old PC.

Here are some of the pics of the final build before hard drives (still waiting on 2 more 4tb hard drives and will be installing all at once:


Video card installed with modified 6 to 8 pin short cable


Inside of case without drive cages installed


Painted drive cages


Front fan installed on painted bracket


How she looks right now with drive cages installed (no drives)

Left to do:
receive all 6 4tb hard drives
disassemble and paint optical drive cage and optical drive casing to give it the "all black look"
Reassemble with all drives and the custom SATA cable I made (wiring will be on the front in case drives need to be changed out.

I will do final wire management at this point. Even so, it looks pretty clean now with the modified black cables. Once the drives are in it will hide everything to the right. I hate how the main 24 pin has color but it's just too much work to replace for a case without a window (future modification maybe). Does anyone on here have or have a pic of a Q-08 with a window?
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It's too late now but does anyone know of a z87 mini itx board with 8 sata ports (no split ports). I couldn't find one leading me to have to go with FM2 (only 8 SATA board I could find in existence).

I'd just get one that has a mini PCIe slot, and use a SATA adapter.
Why not port multipliers? There's a 1 to 5 on ebay. If you're worried about hitting the speed limit, just do 1 to 2 per port.
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I'd just get one that has a mini PCIe slot, and use a SATA adapter.
Why not port multipliers? There's a 1 to 5 on ebay. If you're worried about hitting the speed limit, just do 1 to 2 per port.

I had this at one point but if you use the esata or mini pcie slot it uses up a SATA port (sata 3 & 5 correspondingly I believe) so it's still limited to 6.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157374

During my research I had read this and it obviously misled me:
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1781107/internal-port-multiplier-sata-iii.html

I researched what you were talking about and found this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-To-5-SATA-2-0-Port-Multiplier-Card-3Gbps-SATAII-Riser-card-/281143606093?pt=US_Internal_Port_Expansion_Cards&hash=item417576fb4d

It seems very interesting but is only SATA2 and I could not find one for SATA3. Either way speed would most likely not be a bottleneck considering I would not be using SSD on it and flexraid does the parity at a set time and not during initial file transfer.

I want to try one of these out as it overcomes the sata limits on using a mini itx board with many hard drives and a high powered graphics card. Maybe another build in my unused node. Anyone used one before or can you link to a SATA3 non pci-e port multiplier?
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I had this at one point but if you use the esata or mini pcie slot it uses up a SATA port (sata 3 & 5 correspondingly I believe) so it's still limited to 6.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157374

During my research I had read this and it obviously misled me:
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1781107/internal-port-multiplier-sata-iii.html

I researched what you were talking about and found this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-To-5-SATA-2-0-Port-Multiplier-Card-3Gbps-SATAII-Riser-card-/281143606093?pt=US_Internal_Port_Expansion_Cards&hash=item417576fb4d

It seems very interesting but is only SATA2 and I could not find one for SATA3. Either way speed would most likely not be a bottleneck considering I would not be using SSD on it and flexraid does the parity at a set time and not during initial file transfer.

I want to try one of these out as it overcomes the sata limits on using a mini itx board with many hard drives and a high powered graphics card. Maybe another build in my unused node. Anyone used one before or can you link to a SATA3 non pci-e port multiplier?

If you don't need the mini PCIe wireless card, replace it with a SATA one, that'll give you 8.
Guy's clearly wrong.
Yeah, that's the one. I'd get it from a more reputable seller though, like microsatacables. Yeah, I can't find any SATA 3 either.
The half mini PCIe I'm using is PM9172 and has 2 SATA 3 ports. You can try the PM1061, which should be a newer version of mine.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/PM1061-SATA-to-mini-PCIE-Adapter-/321177918086?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ac7b21a86http://www.ebay.com/itm/PM1061-SATA-to-mini-PCIE-Adapter-/321177918086?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ac7b21a86
I should mention, mine uses the Marvell 88SE9172, that one is ASMedia ASM1061.

It's either that or multipliers unfortunately. You need to make sure that the board supports multipliers as well, if you're using on-board. The mini PCIe I linked supports multipliers itself.

I just took a look of the back of your board, apparently there's an mSATA port there. If you want, try to see if it actually supports mini PCIe (mine does) by moving the wifi card there and see if BIOS detects it. If so, you can actually get total of 4 extra SATA ports without wifi, or 2 ports and wifi.
I went with the latter.
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If you don't need the mini PCIe wireless card, replace it with a SATA one, that'll give you 8.
Guy's clearly wrong.
Yeah, that's the one. I'd get it from a more reputable seller though, like microsatacables. Yeah, I can't find any SATA 3 either.
The half mini PCIe I'm using is PM9172 and has 2 SATA 3 ports. You can try the PM1061, which should be a newer version of mine.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/PM1061-SATA-to-mini-PCIE-Adapter-/321177918086?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ac7b21a86http://www.ebay.com/itm/PM1061-SATA-to-mini-PCIE-Adapter-/321177918086?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ac7b21a86
I should mention, mine uses the Marvell 88SE9172, that one is ASMedia ASM1061.

It's either that or multipliers unfortunately. You need to make sure that the board supports multipliers as well, if you're using on-board. The mini PCIe I linked supports multipliers itself.

I just took a look of the back of your board, apparently there's an mSATA port there. If you want, try to see if it actually supports mini PCIe (mine does) by moving the wifi card there and see if BIOS detects it. If so, you can actually get total of 4 extra SATA ports without wifi, or 2 ports and wifi.
I went with the latter.

Awesome. Thanks for the info and the link. Will be trying this in the future. smile.gif
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Loving this thread and very proud of what I will be building. I currently have an Unraid server and a gaming PC that are both on 24/7. Both very large (Norco 4220 & Antec 900-2). Goal was to combine this into a tiny, singular system still with an optical drive.

Received my beautiful Li-ion case last week and the remainder of my parts today. Will be creating a mini ITX gaming server using the following parts:

CORSAIR CX500M 34.99
Samsung 840 256gb SSD 149.99
LIAN LI PC-Q08B 87.99
ESATA -> SATA Cable 1.69
Optical DVD Burner Drive 21.99
ARCTIC Alpine 64 GT Rev. 2 CPU Cooler 6.99
G.SKILL (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) 66.99
AMD A10-6700 125.00
ASRock FM2A85X-ITX FM2 89.00
ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini 269.99
x6 4tb Seagate Hard Drives 899.94

Windows 8.1 & Flexraid Pro for a 20TB parity protected array

In bold are the main parts that make this build possible. Without the existence of all 3 of these I wouldn't be able to get the frame-rates, internal SATA slots, or SATA ports necessary for such a build.

I have modded all of the cables to make this a clean tight fit (pic below). I will not be overclocking so all I wanted was a cheap silent cpu fan for the 65w processor. heatsink did not fit so I had to do some cutting. More pics to come.

Side Note...
It's too late now but does anyone know of a z87 mini itx board with 8 sata ports (no split ports). I couldn't find one leading me to have to go with FM2 (only 8 SATA board I could find in existence).






Good stuff, keep the images coming! I am very close to buying a PC-Q08 and I'm curious as to how your build goes.

Have you ever considered the PC-Q25 or another lian li itx case?
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PC-Q02A on it's way. Can't wait!
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No.
The PC-Q02 is smaller. Comes with it's own 300W psu.
I believe it may have been discontinued, but is still out there. 300w can be pretty limited, but for my photography needs it should be great. I just have to keep the pwoer needs down on the gpu, but not much is needed for photgraphy. Little baby can sit right up on the desk and keep me company.
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Really, your biggest constraint will be on your gpu power requirements, as the Q02 only has 300w.
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