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[Build Log] Lian Li Q07 Watercooled Mini ITX Custom Rig

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Hey everyone, i wanted to share with you a new idea of mine for a new build!

It is based around the Lian Li Q07, A small Mini ITX case that has very limited space, but it is also incredibly small!

My overall intention is that this PC will not only be powerful, but also look awesome as well.

I have owned the case for about 6 months already, and it has some modifications done to it so far.


1.
I have moved the place to mount the PSU from infront of the Motherboard (Which looked awful by the way) to above the motherboard (similar to most ATX cases)

2. The DVD drive mount has been removed to fit the PSU in, so no DVD drive will fit in the slot anymore (i am going to use it for a fan controller).

3. I have cut away at the bottom of the case to fit a dual slot GPU in (a 6870) inside, which does JUST fit (there is around 1cm of space against the end of the card and the end of the case)


Anyway!

My intentions for this new work log:

Paint Scheme: Titanium & Orange

What i want to do is to create a custom watercooling loop in and on my case. Now i know that i am not stupid and it is virtually impossible to fit a watercooling loop just inside it, so i plan on mounting the radiator on the outside of the case (on the right hand side, behind the motherboard). I will also mount the reservoir there too.
I then plan on using rigid acrylic pipe for the build, as there will be some tight corners that only either the rigid pipe would get through or around $200 of angled compression fittings frown.gif. What else.. oh yes! I plan on not only watercooling the CPU but also my GPU, so it will be a full loop, Also I am going to custom sleeve my cables Titanium & Orange to fit in with my colour scheme smile.gif

Little things that i also want to add is a USB 3.0 front panel with an audio connector (im a bit of an audiophile) and other small things such as possibly painting the fans.

I hope you all enjoy my work log as much as I will, I am also a semi-professional photographer so expect an image heavy thread!

Back soon wink.gif
    
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Okay so there are a lot of separate jobs to do on this build, and over the coming weeks i will add to them if ive forgotten anything - I probably have! tongue.gif

Jobs:

Cut sidepanel and front panel windows
Laser Cut the Acrylic (plexiglass) for the two windows
Paint the case Gunmetal (TS-24 If anyone is interested)
Trim up the bottom of the 2nd slot for GPU (i did a bit of a tatty job originally)
Trim the PSU Mount (again, not a very job the first time i did it)
Cut holes to fit the new front panel audio connectors
Install the fan controller
Install waterblocks on GPU & CPU
Decide and fit the 240 Radiator
Install the Reservoir
Sleeve all cables
Install pump
Paint the PSU
Bend the piping for the Watercooling
Leak test


I think that is all of them, Although im sure ill be back to amend them.
Edited by ElectrixPC - 12/1/13 at 6:52am
    
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Okay so the first job is to show you guys the current state of my PC, and what i have done so far smile.gif

The case has been sanded, as it was painted black before, so it is down to bare aluminium/its original colour tongue.gif






The case is looking pretty tatty at the minute, and in need of some TLC frown.gif

I will hope to get the bits and bobs tidied up with the Dremel this week tongue.gif


Next Job.

I thought I would have a go at cutting the side window, and i originally thought that i would nearly have the entire side panel Acrylic, but i have decided that i wanted it a little smaller smile.gif


Cutting the Case





I had to do a little filing to get it perfect, as the dremel can only do so much.

I then decided that i would give the Gunmetal spray paint a go on this side panel.
1st Coat




2nd Coat



Comparison against the current state of the case (to see the difference)





Next job is probably to cut the window in the case and then paint it smile.gif

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