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[Build Log] Lian Li PC-V354B + Watercooling (Micro Atx → Standard Atx)

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Lian Li PC-V354B - Standard Atx





I've been trying to mod my old HAF 932 to my liking for a long time but it just hasn't gone anywhere in over a year so I've finally decided to start fresh and get a new case, this time a smaller one as I don't really feel i need such a large case, downsizing to a smaller case has also been something I've dreamt about for quite some time. The case I've chosen is, as the title says, the Lian Li PC-V354 because its size and style is exactly what I'm looking for, it's also just big enough to support a custom water cooling setup.The problem is that I don't feel I need to upgrade my hardware just now and I've already bought a 280 radiator I planned to use in the HAF so this might become tricky as the case is meant for M-Atx, but we'll see how it goes.

I wish I had a fancy name for this build but my minds a blank. The only thing I've come up with is "Shades Of Grey" simply because the color scheme is black/grey. However, I feel the name would be falsely associated with the book 50 Shades of grey even though I'm only referring to the colors.



Hardware:

CPU: Intel i5 760
Motherboard: EVGA P55 FTW
RAM: 2x 2 GB G.Skill 1600Mhz
GPU: Palit Reference GTX 670
HDD: Samsung 840 Pro 128GB
HDD: Samsung HD103SJ 1TB
PSU: Coolermaster 1000W
OS: Windows 7
Case: Lian Li PC-V354B


Watercooling Parts:

CPU Block: EK Supremacy CSQ Acetal
GPU Bloxk: EK Supremacy VGA
Radiator: Alphacool UT60 280
Pump: EK Laing D5 PWM
Reservoir: EK RES X3 110
Fittings: Aquatuning 3/8 x 5/8 Silver Nickel
Tubing: Primochill Advanced LRT 3/8 x 5/8 Clear

EK CSQ Universal 45° Fittings
EK CSQ Universal 90° Fittings
Bitspower Rotary T Fitting TR
Bitspower Rotary T Fitting TIIR
TFC Bulkhead/Passthrough Fittings
Alphacool HF D5 Top + Decoupling
Arctic F14 PWM
140MM Fan Grills + Decouplers
Mayhems Biocide
EK LGA115X True Mount
Alphacool Thermal Tape
GPU High Profile Ramsinks
GPU Low Profile Ramsinks
17mm Female - Female
18mm Female - Female
22mm Female - Female
4mm Male - Male
Rotary Male - Male
50mm Extender
Edited by iBerggman - 4/26/14 at 8:35am
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~ Updates ~




The Plan (Click to show)


I have:

This,


This,
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This,


And I need to fit them all into this:


Like so, except with the case turned the other way of course.


Couldn't show it that way because these little buggers were in the way. I've now drilled the rivets out.


Unboxing: Watercooling Parts Batch 1 (Aquatuning.de) (Click to show) Unboxing: The Case (Jimms.fi) (Click to show)


First Impressions

The case is surprisingly light, when i first picked it up I got the same reaction as when you for example pick up a empty jar expecting it to be full. But despite being light weight it's still quite sturdy and the overall build quality is good, the alumin(i)um panels have a nice feel to them although they do attract fingerprints rather easily. The buttons however aren't as nice as i would have expected, they feel cheap and aren't really nice to press. I'll probably replace at least the power button with a vandal-resistant switch.



Size comparison between the frame of my halfway modded HAF 932 and the Lian Li PC-V354B



Test fitting the motherboard (Click to show)


The motherboard in it's old home:


Motherboard out, dusty as hell but ignore that.


And now for the most interesting moment in this build, the test fitting.



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Wait for it tongue.gif



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It fits!!! thumb.gif



It's really squeezed in there tight, it makes this horrible scratching noise when you try to slide it in. I might have to put some tape or something to prevent the case or motherboard from taking damage and also prevent it from shorting out although I'm not sure if there really is any circuitry at the edges of the board, no point taking unnecessary risks

The "seams" at the bottom and the 90 degree angled piece holding the case panels together prevented me from pushing the board all the way to the right so we'll have to do something about that later.

I will also have to cut the "locking mechanism" of the upper 8-pin CPU power connector as the space is so tight that you couldn't reach to press the release button. I'm sure I wouldn't need both cables but as the CPU won't pull more than it needs (right!?) I figured I'd just plug both them both in, otherwise I'd have to figure out how to hide the extra cable and space is quite limited so there's really nowhere to hide cables.



I ordered the case without knowing 100% that its inner dimensions would fit an standard atx board so to see that it fits was very reassuring. Next step is trying to figure out how I'll mount the motherboard securely.

Fabricating the motherboard mount (Click to show)


My old HAF 932 modding project will be the donor for the plate the motherboard will screw onto, It already has all the screw holes and such drilled.



The plan. I'd prefer to still be in one piece when I finish this build so I got my dad to help me with the cutting.




Final product:



Making sure the edges are straight and that the measurements are correct:
Note the fabulous table cloth tongue.gif




Quick test fitting, it seems to fit correctly. The slot is needed so that expansion card can be installed.



Fabricating the I/O motherboard bracket thing (Click to show)


Once again the remains of my HAF 932 will be the donor for this project.



It's too long and will have to be cut up to fit, remember the motherboard barely fits inside the case.


I/O panel got shortened, the bracket will shortly get cut accordingly:



Bracket getting butchered:



Rounded edges following the shape of the case:



Final product, welded and sandblasted:



Test fitting the bracket and the motherboard mount (Click to show)


The contraption fits like a glove but once again the 90 degree holders and bottom seam interfere with my plans:



Installing the motherboard mount (Click to show)


The 90 degree rivet brackets and bottom seam had to go so first we (I say we because it's mostly my dad who does the metalwork whereas I do the planning) cut out a little bit from the piece so it would slide over the seam...



...but soon we realized it wouldn't work as the motherboard itself would still be touching the seam. So we cut away the whole seam, well a little bit of it at least.



Now the motherboard fits in terms of height but now the rivets in the side prevents me from sliding it all the way back so that has to be fixed.

The solution:


(Motherboard standoffs dremeled to become washers so theres space space between the case and motherboard mounting plate)

All installed:



Sunken in screws were used along with enlargened holes so that the side panel would fit.



Fixing motherboard standoffs (Click to show)


As the piece of metal already had the holes pre drilled it was just a matter of screwing in the standoffs. But the plate lacked threading so some sort of nuts were needed so again I had my dad whip out the dremel to fabricate me some custom nuts rolleyes.gif



Double standoffs:



A benefit of this is that now I have a bit more options for cable management as thinner cables can be tucked away between the motherboard plate and sidepanel.

Making room for the motherboard bracket (Click to show)

Obviously the original pci slots had to go as they were too low and too few for my intentions:



The case had an encounter with a hand grinder:



Quick test fit:



When I tried to fit my 670 I noticed a small problem:



The slot in the motherboard mount is too tight so it presses on and warps the gpus bracket preventing the card from getting fully inserted in the pci slot on the motherboard. Not too hard to fix but still a problem that needs to be fixed.

Making room for the optical drive (Click to show)

And of course, stubborn and determined as I am, I wouldn't be satisfied if the pc wouldn't have an optical drive. As you can imagine, the motherboard was in the way.



Snip, and it fits:



But there was one more obstacle. The holder now fit but the ram sticks were in the way of the optical drive in itself:



Removed the heatsinks and luckily the drive now clears the ramsticks, but only by a few millimeters.



"Hellaflush"? biggrin.gif

Soundcard (Click to show)


My father donated his Xonar D1 to me as he doesn't feel he really needs it, so that will be installed:



Temporary setup 1 (Click to show)


Installed everything and booted up to make sure every component still works:



For some reason the BIOS had reset everything so I got a mini heart attack when I was greeted with a message stating that "the OS seems to be missing" or something like that. smile.gif
Everything worked fine once I re-configured the boot up devices.

Note the ghetto fan-install, there wasn't enough space to use the fan mounts supplied with the megahalems so I had to resort to rubberbands: rolleyes.gif



Unboxing: Watercooling Parts Batch 2 (Specialtech.co.uk) (Click to show)


I received my order from Specialtech on the 16th and was very excited as this meant that I would have all the parts I need to get the loop done. But when I started unpacking the package I got a bit disappointed, the 3 meters of Primochill tubing I had bought were nowhere to be found. Thinking back, I did sense something was wrong the moment the courier handed over a way smaller package than I had expected "there's no way all of the items could fit in there" I thought, and apparently I was right. The next day I sent a message asking about it and with Easter and all it took until today before I got a reply. It turns out the tubing had been left out of the order by mistake and will be shipped out to me ASAP.

EK Supremacy CSQ CPU
EK LGA115X True Mount
EK Supremacy CSQ VGA
EK RES X3 110
EK CSQ Universal 45° Fittings
EK CSQ Universal 90° Fittings
Bitspower Rotary TR Fitting TR
Bitspower Rotary TIIR Fitting
22mm Female - Female Adapter
EK Laing D5 PWM
Alphacool Pump Decouplers
140MM Fan Grills
Mayhems Biocide



I do regret going with the D5 + EK combo as I will have a hard time fitting the setup into the case. If I'd plan it now I'd go with something like the Swifttech MCRES and a smaller pump. But it'l be fine this way, I'll make it work somehow. I also feel like an idiot for ordering the EK LGA115X True Mount Kit, little did I know it was only for the Supreme line of waterblocks. I should have done more research. rolleyes.gif
Painting The Fans (Click to show)


The Fans I'll be using in this build are 2 st Arctiv F14 PWMs And 2 st Scytche 1700rpm Slip Streams, atleast that's what model I think they are. As the color scheme of this build is black and grey they'll have to get osme paint on them. So, let's get started.


The fans:




I wasn't going to mess around with covering the frame with paper so I removed the whole spinning part. The Arctics were a bit of a PITA as they didn't have a removable cover to gain access to the retention washer keeping the fan attached to the frame so I had to go at it with a drill.




All dissassembled:






Taped up the insides to protect from paint:




All taped up and clean, ready for painting:




Done:




Just one thin layer of paint so as not to mess up the performance too much. Then I brought them to the sauna for drying. tongue.gif
That by the way, is the box the Specialtech order was delivered in.

Painting the motherboard mounting plate (Click to show)


The raw texture and finish of the plate wouldn't go well with the rest of the build so it has to be painted. I chose to go with a silky matte finish, the color code is RAL 9005 i believe.

While prepping the plate for paint we took the opportunity to enlarge the slot into which the "teeth" of the expansion cards go:



Like so:




The plate had gotten to rust a bit so that had to be removed, it came off quite easily by scrubbing it a little:




Ready to go:




Done:




Final finish, and yes that is our sauna which doubles as a drying cabinet when painting parts:




We also painted the motherboard bracket in same color:



The top is open like that because with it "closed off" it sat too high causing the ports on the motherboard and gpu also to be too high like this:



Swapping EK Supremacy Jetplate (Click to show)


While waiting for the paint to dry I decided to swap the jetplate in my EK Supremacy to the 1mm thick LGA 115X optimized one. Yes, I wen't with nickel plated blocks and I am aware of the problems people have had with EK nickel plating.


Confirming I have the right one:



Installation:













Fabricating the new rear panel (Click to show)


To be able to mount the 280 radiator the way I intend to, the PSU must be mounted in the top instead. This means that we have to come up with a new rear panel:

(Planned setup, in case you missed it earlier)



The rest of the motherboard plate from the HAF932 that we already used for this builds motherboard mount will once again be used for this. I'll need an L shaped piece like this:




Here we have it cut out:




Test fitting:




Case will have to be cut up a little:




Once again i got some help with the cutting. To be honest it does feel a bit like I'm cheating when I'm not doing all the work myself but when it comes to cutting up a somewhat expensive case I'd rather have someone with a it more expertise do it it, than have a go at it myself and possibly end up with a case split in two and two less fingers on my hands. biggrin.gif
I have tried using the tools myself but I have a hard time cutting in a straight line so for now I'll just stick to the drills and such. I'm also a bit of a perfectionist so I know I wouldn't be satisfied with the result I'd end up with. The ideas however are mostly (like 90%) all mine so i guess I still can take some credit for the metalwork...

Fabricating the 280 radiator mount (Click to show)


I wouldn't be satisifed with having the radiator just sitting on it's side in the case so I had to come with a plan how to make some kind of mounting mechanism to secure it to the case.

Luckily we had already made a custom radiator mount for the front of the modded HAF 932, with radiator mounting holes pre drilled and all, so this would be easy:




Drawing the outlines of the new mount:




Cut out piece. The piece ended up being way floppier than I had thought but luckily it wasn't so bad once I got the radiator screwed on, It ended up being quite sturdy actually:




The floppy nature of the holder reminded me of something else.


Excuse my childish humor tongue.gif


Well uhh, back to the project.
The piece had to get trimmed a little in the corners to make room for the rivets and such keeping the case in piece:



Done:




I planned to secure the mounting plate the same way the Motherboard mount is, with sunken-in screws that is. If I wanted to put the screws through the frame of the case (where the side panel also screws in place) a slit in the double plate up front would have to be cut so the rad mounting plate could reach far enough:


The case has been given one hell of a treatment during this build smile.gif

Done:




Let's see if the mounting plate fits:



It fits! thumb.gif
(The arrows indicate where the screws will go btw)


Screwholes done:




All screwed in, looks quite nice IMO
(The fans are turned that way to protect the exposed motor, I will have both them and the front as intakes to make positive pressure inside the case)




Not a whole lot of space in front of and behind the radiator. I do plan on adding two 120 radiators more up front so we'll see how that goes, but there should be just about enough room for a 30mm rad + 25mm fan with dust filter.



Making the PSU mount (Click to show)

The rear panel clamped in place:




The plan:


First idea of res placement btw. I've since come up with a better idea for pump + res mounting, I actually finished the mount today.


Cut out the old HAF932 PSU mount to provide me with the position of the screws. It ended up getting a bit bent out of shape in the process: biggrin.gif



Managed to straighten it out a bit:




Then I realized the Lian Li case came with one too doh.gif




This will have to get cut out:




The case also had to get trimmed:




All done:




Installed, it looks even better than I had anticipated. I can't imagine what It will look like when it gets painted satin black smile.gif
Although the coolermaster logo sticks out like sore thumb so I will have to do something about that.




De-Branding the PSU (Click to show)


As said previously, the coolermaster logo would have to go and It wouldn't be enough with just removing the little badge from the back so I de-branded it completely. Not that anyone will ever see the branding on the sides, but details like that are important to me.

Cleaned out the dust at the same time:



De-Branding:




Done. It looks much better in my eyes. thumb.gif




Test-Fitting the newly fabricated parts (Click to show)


Painted motherboard tray installed:




Motherboard in, the radiator mount was in the way and had to be removed:




Bracket thing in:



It fits perfectly now that the top part is trimmed away. The ports line up 100% now:





Inside:




Attaching it. The back plate has threaded holes and gets secured with screws that go through the case and the bracket bolts onto the rear plate and case:




Done:




Edited by iBerggman - 4/26/14 at 9:02am
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Might need this, dunno
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looks good, but dont spoiler your own pics!
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great modding work so far! I love that you are cramming it in there and await more updates.

+rep for taking risk and uniqueness
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looks good, but dont spoiler your own pics!

This. It does get relatively annoying having to click each spoiler.
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Thanks guys! smile.gif

Sorry about the spoiler thing, I wrote all of that in one go and at the time it seemed like a good idea to group them in spoilers so it wouldn't be one enormous post. In the future I'll post them as separate posts and have shortcuts there instead. Although I do like having them all there as for easy access If I want to check a specific update so i might just keep doing both, the shortcuts are quite a bit slower for me to access.

For your convenience I'll repost the old updates below:







1. The Plan:

I have:

This,


This,
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This,


And I need to fit them all into this:


Like so, except with the case turned the other way of course.


Couldn't show it that way because these little buggers were in the way. I've now drilled the rivets out.



2. Unboxing Watercooling Parts Batch 1 (Aquatuning.fi):


3/8 x 5/8 Fittings
Alphacool D5 HF Top
Arctic F14 140mm PWM Fans
140mm Fan Decouplers
GPU High Profile Ramsinks
GPU Low Profile Ramsinks
Alphacool Thermal Tape
50mm Extender
18mm Female - Female
17mm Female - Female
4mm Male - Male
Rotary Male - Male
TFC Pass-Through/Bulkhead Fittings




3. Unboxing the case (Jimms.fi):


The case is surprisingly light, when i first picked it up I got the same reaction as when you for example pick up a empty jar expecting it to be full. But despite being light weight it's still quite sturdy and the overall build quality is good, the alumin(i)um panels have a nice feel to them although they do attract fingerprints rather easily. The buttons however aren't as nice as i would have expected, they feel cheap and aren't really nice to press. I'll probably replace at least the power button with a vandal-resistant switch.



Size comparison between the frame of my halfway modded HAF 932 and the Lian Li PC-V354B




4. Test-fitting the motherboard:


The motherboard in it's old home:


Motherboard out, dusty as hell but ignore that.


And now for the most interesting moment in this build, the test fitting


It fits!!! thumb.gif

It's really squeezed in there tight, it makes this horrible scratching noise when you try to slide it in. I might have to put some tape or something to prevent the case or motherboard from taking damage and also prevent it from shorting out although I'm not sure if there really is any circuitry at the edges of the board, no point taking unnecessary risks

The "seams" at the bottom and the 90 degree angled piece holding the case panels together prevented me from pushing the board all the way to the right so we'll have to do something about that later.

I will also have to cut the "locking mechanism" of the upper 8-pin CPU power connector as the space is so tight that you couldn't reach to press the release button. I'm sure I wouldn't need both cables but as the CPU won't pull more than it needs (right!?) I figured I'd just plug both them both in, otherwise I'd have to figure out how to hide the extra cable and space is quite limited so there's really nowhere to hide cables.



I ordered the case without knowing 100% that its inner dimensions would fit an standard atx board so to see that it fits was very reassuring. Next step is trying to figure out how I'll mount the motherboard securely.


5. Fabricating the motherboard mount:


My old HAF 932 modding project will be the donor for the plate the motherboard will screw onto, It already has all the screw holes and such drilled.



The plan. I'd prefer to still be in one piece when I finish this build so I got my dad to help me with the cutting.




Final product:



Making sure the edges are straight and that the measurements are correct:
Note the fabulous table cloth tongue.gif




Quick test fitting, it seems to fit correctly. The slot is needed so that expansion card can be installed.




6. Fabricating the I/O motherboard bracket thingy:


Once again the remains of my HAF 932 will be the donor for this project.



It's too long and will have to be cut up to fit, remember the motherboard barely fits inside the case.


I/O panel got shortened, the bracket will shortly get cut accordingly:



Bracket getting butchered:



Rounded edges following the shape of the case:



Final product, welded and sandblasted:




7. Test-fitting the bracket and motherboard mount:


The contraption fits like a glove but once again the 90 degree holders and bottom seam interfere with my plans:

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8. Installing the motherboard mount:


The 90 degree rivet brackets and bottom seam had to go so first we (I say we because it's mostly my dad who does the metalwork whereas I do the planning) cut out a little bit from the piece so it would slide over the seam...



...but soon we realized it wouldn't work as the motherboard itself would still be touching the seam. So we cut away the whole seam, well a little bit of it at least.



Now the motherboard fits in terms of height but now the rivets in the side prevents me from sliding it all the way back so that has to be fixed.

The solution:


(Motherboard standoffs dremeled to become washers so theres space space between the case and motherboard mounting plate)

All installed:



Sunken in screws were used along with enlargened holes so that the side panel would fit.





9. Fixing motherboard standoffs:


As the piece of metal already had the holes pre drilled it was just a matter of screwing in the standoffs. But the plate lacked threading so some sort of nuts were needed so again I had my dad whip out the dremel to fabricate me some custom nuts rolleyes.gif



Double standoffs:



A benefit of this is that now I have a bit more options for cable management as thinner cables can be tucked away between the motherboard plate and sidepanel.



10.Making room for the "motherboard bracket":


Obviously the original pci slots had to go as they were too low and too few for my intentions:



The case had an encounter with a hand grinder:



Quick test fit:



When I tried to fit my 670 I noticed a small problem:



The slot in the motherboard mount is too tight so it presses on and warps the gpus bracket preventing the card from getting fully inserted in the pci slot on the motherboard. Not too hard to fix but still a problem that needs to be fixed.



11. Making room for the optical drive:


And of course, stubborn and determined as I am, I wouldn't be satisfied if the pc wouldn't have an optical drive. As you can imagine, the motherboard was in the way.



Snip, and it fits:



But there was one more obstacle. The holder now fit but the ram sticks were in the way of the optical drive in itself:



Removed the heatsinks and luckily the drive now clears the ramsticks, but only by a few millimeters.



"Hellaflush"? biggrin.gif



12. Soundcard:


My father donated his Xonar D1 to me as he doesn't feel he really needs it, so that will be installed:





13. Temporary setup 1:


Installed everything and booted up to make sure every component still works:



For some reason the BIOS had reset everything so I got a mini heart attack when I was greeted with a message stating that "the OS seems to be missing" or something like that. smile.gif
Everything worked fine once I re-configured the boot up devices.

Note the ghetto fan-install, there wasn't enough space to use the fan mounts supplied with the megahalems so I had to resort to rubberbands: rolleyes.gif







Thanks for reading, this is all I have to show for at this point. In reality the project is well beyond this stage but as the photos still are on my phone I'll leave the rest for future updates. I think I'll split it up into smaller chunks to build a little suspense and also make it easier for me.
Edited by iBerggman - 4/26/14 at 9:01am
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+1 for that awesome ghetto mounting. thumb.gif

Just make sure you check the rubber band from time to time to make sure the vibration from the fans don't cause the fins to cut it. Or maybe put something solid to prevent the rubber band from touching the fins at all. Just my 2cents.gifthumb.gif
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Oh don't worry about that, the rubber bands are in the trash already as i switched them out for something more reliable, you'll see once I upload the most recent pictures from todays progress smile.gif

The build log is somewhat out of date, I haven't gotten around to uploading everything so the log is at around 20% completion whereas the build itself is more like half way done.
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