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Get a Noctua cooler you won't be let down. And after eBay and possible shipping charges you may end up paying way too much for an average cooler.
Mod the top panel. I didn't look up the slot cooler you mentioned but if it's anything like I'm thinking it's not going to worth it. Blower type fans are notoriously loud but do move a ton of air. You will also be losing a pci slot, not that many average people fill all seven slots in a mini tower. Modding the panel will give you better performance at a mug lower noise level. But if you don't want cut up the top Lian Li does make a fan bracket for those slots by the pci brackets. A few of the members here use them and I think it may be linked on the first page of our club.


Thank you a lot! You shared some very important info with me! Can I ask - what does that "fan bracket mod" mean? Where exactly can I put fans to exhaust without cutting the TOP panel? This is the part I didn't quite understand. I checked the first page of this topic, but I didn't find any photos. Can you give me more information?
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Thank you a lot! You shared some very important info with me! Can I ask - what does that "fan bracket mod" mean? Where exactly can I put fans to exhaust without cutting the TOP panel? This is the part I didn't quite understand. I checked the first page of this topic, but I didn't find any photos. Can you give me more information?

 

Absolutely, Give me a awhile to try and find it.

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Ok sooner than I had expected.

 

Lian Li webpage: http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=233&cl_index=2&sc_index=34&ss_index=83&g=f

Here are a few of us talking about it: http://www.overclock.net/t/880913/the-official-lian-li-pc-a05-club/2620_20#post_16912864

 

This is what I was talking about. It mounts to the vent above the PCI brackets and helps exhaust hot air from GPU's/expansion cards. I am pretty sure that there is a member of the club that has one but it's going to take a while to find.

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Long time lurker here. I finished setting up my shiny new water cooling loop last weekend in my A05N. Here are the final results! Click on the images to view them at full resolution.

Front view:


Rear view:


Custom second 140mm fan hole for a 280 rad:


Second view of the hole I cut (on the right) compared with the stock one from Lian Li:


Closer view of the front. I installed the USB3 upgrade and the official drive cover, as well as a black faceplate for the Aquaero:


Holes in the bottom for the 360 rad intake. Hole saws are fun!


The goods biggrin.gif Cabling was *really* hard with the pump and GPU inlet tubing getting in the way.


The other side. There was just enough room for my SSD to hang off of one of the unused motherboard tray holes:


Closer view of the CPU area. There's a small kink in the tube coming out of the CPU block into the GPU, but it doesn't affect flow or cooling:


I used a snake rotary to mount the res off of the top rad:


With the front cover off. I had to move the PSU up to fit the 360 rad on the bottom. There are some spacers on the mounting screws to let the cover fit over the power cord.


Everything in this case was a tight fit! The top rad exhaust fan is (lightly) resting on the second GPU:


Unfortunately there isn't room for a second exhaust fan on the top rad due to the bluray drive. I have enough cooling right now so I don't mind it too much. The tubing goes to the Aquaero water block, a temperature sensor, and a flow meter (the black block behind the tubing in this picture).


Apologies for the poor image quality. My only camera is on my tablet.

As for temps, I'm getting low 50s for the 2600k in Prime95 and mid 40s for the 580s in Heaven. This is with the pump and fans at 50% power biggrin.gif . I just need to decouple the pump and this thing should be close to silent.
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Ok sooner than I had expected.

Lian Li webpage: http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=233&cl_index=2&sc_index=34&ss_index=83&g=f
Here are a few of us talking about it: http://www.overclock.net/t/880913/the-official-lian-li-pc-a05-club/2620_20#post_16912864

This is what I was talking about. It mounts to the vent above the PCI brackets and helps exhaust hot air from GPU's/expansion cards. I am pretty sure that there is a member of the club that has one but it's going to take a while to find.

Oh, OK, thank you! I don't like this or cutting my top panel for 2x120 or 2x140 mm fans. But I guess I will have to cut some place for fans. I'm just not a fan of modding cases - I'm no engineer and I don't have skills to do it. I work as a translator and language expert biggrin.gif:rolleyes:

Nevermind I will talk with a friend of mine, who is an old case modder and I will ask him how is the best way to do the changes in the top panel. The dremel addon for 120 mm holes is expensive tool in my country, so I guess I should find someone who has it already - there isn't any point to buy it for 2 holes. Unless I make 2 holes on the top and may be 2 other on the side of the case.

I will think about it. BIG thanks for the support, animal0307

EDIT:

I have found this in a store:

http://www.mackay.co.uk/Bosch-2608584660-2-608-584-660-Progressor-Holesaw-114-Mm-4-12-Progressor-holesaws-11856253405.html

I could buy it, but please help me out a little - is this the type of instrument I need to make holes on the top panel? And if it is - can I mount it on a normal non-professional drilling machine? And what is the exact diameter I need for FAN holes? 102 mm, 111 mm, 114 mm?
Edited by mutha88 - 9/30/12 at 1:44pm
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Originally Posted by phoenix987 View Post

Long time lurker here. I finished setting up my shiny new water cooling loop last weekend in my A05N. Here are the final results! Click on the images to view them at full resolution.
Front view:

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Rear view:

Custom second 140mm fan hole for a 280 rad:

Second view of the hole I cut (on the right) compared with the stock one from Lian Li:

Closer view of the front. I installed the USB3 upgrade and the official drive cover, as well as a black faceplate for the Aquaero:

Holes in the bottom for the 360 rad intake. Hole saws are fun!

The goods biggrin.gif Cabling was *really* hard with the pump and GPU inlet tubing getting in the way.

The other side. There was just enough room for my SSD to hang off of one of the unused motherboard tray holes:

Closer view of the CPU area. There's a small kink in the tube coming out of the CPU block into the GPU, but it doesn't affect flow or cooling:

I used a snake rotary to mount the res off of the top rad:

With the front cover off. I had to move the PSU up to fit the 360 rad on the bottom. There are some spacers on the mounting screws to let the cover fit over the power cord.

Everything in this case was a tight fit! The top rad exhaust fan is (lightly) resting on the second GPU:

Unfortunately there isn't room for a second exhaust fan on the top rad due to the bluray drive. I have enough cooling right now so I don't mind it too much. The tubing goes to the Aquaero water block, a temperature sensor, and a flow meter (the black block behind the tubing in this picture).

Apologies for the poor image quality. My only camera is on my tablet.
As for temps, I'm getting low 50s for the 2600k in Prime95 and mid 40s for the 580s in Heaven. This is with the pump and fans at 50% power biggrin.gif . I just need to decouple the pump and this thing should be close to silent.

 

 

Geez that's a lot of hardware inside that little box. I think that may be the most I have seen shoehorned into this case. Very nice. How much does that thing weigh?

 

 

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Originally Posted by mutha88 View Post


Oh, OK, thank you! I don't like this or cutting my top panel for 2x120 or 2x140 mm fans. But I guess I will have to cut some place for fans. I'm just not a fan of modding cases - I'm no engineer and I don't have skills to do it. I work as a translator and language expert biggrin.gif:rolleyes:
Nevermind I will talk with a friend of mine, who is an old case modder and I will ask him how is the best way to do the changes in the top panel. The dremel addon for 120 mm holes is expensive tool in my country, so I guess I should find someone who has it already - there isn't any point to buy it for 2 holes. Unless I make 2 holes on the top and may be 2 other on the side of the case.
I will think about it. BIG thanks for the support, animal0307
EDIT:
I have found this in a store:
http://www.mackay.co.uk/Bosch-2608584660-2-608-584-660-Progressor-Holesaw-114-Mm-4-12-Progressor-holesaws-11856253405.html
I could buy it, but please help me out a little - is this the type of instrument I need to make holes on the top panel? And if it is - can I mount it on a normal non-professional drilling machine? And what is the exact diameter I need for FAN holes? 102 mm, 111 mm, 114 mm?



That hole saw will work. You can put it in a hand drill or drill press and it will work just fine. But are going to need an arbor for it. It's the piece that you use to attach the saw to the drill. It will have a drill bit in it that you to center the saw and hold in place as you cut. If you have a hardware store near you go in and ask someone if they have a 4 1/2" hole saw and an arbor to go with it. It may be cheaper than ordering one off line.

 

Personally I don't like hole saws for anything but cutting wood. I find them violent and can be crude when used on metal. Only nice thing about them is if they don't slip the hole is round and the right size first time and you just have to knock the burs off the edge. If you have access to a dress press use it. It will be safer because you can clamp the panel to the table. The panel will not want to spin on you and the hole saw will be perpendicular to the panel. Make sure you put a piece of ply wood under the panel though so you don't destroy the table on the dress when you make it through the panel. I cut the holes in the bottom of my case with a dremel using and end mill bit to rough out the hole and then cleaned it up with flapper wheels. But I also had a cnc waterjet cut template for mine. Talk to your you modder buddy and ask for some advise of even assistance if he has the tools and is willing to help you cut the holes. Just take your time and make sure you have where you want the hole all layed out. Prep is 90% of any project.

 

But if you really don't feel comfortable with cutting the holes you can buy a panel with the hole in it already. Only thing is that it is a single 140mm instead of two 120mm's but it shouldn't make much of a difference.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10665/cpa-348/Lian_Li_Mid_Tower_Top_Cover_w_140mm_Fan_Hole_for_PC-A05N_-_Black_T-LM14B-2.html#blank

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=27186


Edited by animal0307 - 9/30/12 at 4:09pm
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Wow! This top panel is very expensive for me, sorry, but I'll miss that one! My friend gave me advice to use water laser/jet cutting. We have in our city 1-2 places that do that... professionally... With CorelDRAW vector files and so on. But I'll think about it.

I really want to make it myself, If I ever do it. So I'm not sure yet, what I'll do, but nevertheless - I will post here the results. I think in the next 7-9 days or so it will be done wink.gif

Cheers guys!
post #3108 of 3785

Ya it's not cheap. If you want to go with the cnc way you can save yourself money if you can draw the file yourself and lay out the origin on the panel.

 

But doing it yourself is the most rewarding.

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Finally got round to buying some goodies to put inside my case

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Nice pile of stuff to got there.
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