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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-04-2020, 09:14 PM - Thread Starter
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New build with Lian Li PC TU100 Mini Itx

Hi everyone, I'm putting together a build using the Lian Li PC TU100 Case

CURRENT STATUS: UPDATE! BUILD IS DONE (Waiting on 1 Y cable fan splitter....but otherwise done!!!)
Will post some more photos and writeup later but here is the final build and parts. I'm behind on life after sinking hours into this build but when I get caught up I'll share more details on the build.






Feet are pretty good might change out later if I come across a better aftermarket leg/knob option.

I've wanted to build a portable PC using this case for over 5 years and finally decided to go ahead with a build. What I liked (obsessed?) about this case is the briefcase handle and design, along with the front CD drive bay and USB ports.

I haven't officially built a PC before, though I've researched and picked out parts and had a couple assembled in store in the past.

Here's what I've got in the works, I was inspired by: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/q9zYcf whom he was inspired by: https://www.overclock.net/forum/1808...completed.html

The goal is a no compromise portable streaming build. By no compromise I mean I want to have the Blu-ray drive (I like them) a fast GPU and a capture card.

I was curious if any Mini Itx motherboards had 2 PCIE slots and they all don't, but, after Googling I found out about PCIE Bifurcation https://hardforum.com/threads/pcie-bifurcation.1870298/ where you can split the 16x PCIE slot in two 8x slots. So I bought this Bifurcation Riser by C_Payne on eBay https://peine-braun.net/shop/index.p...&product_id=87 with the goal having the GPU and Capture card in the same mini ITX build

Here are the parts I have for the build: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/wRhHmg

I chose the Quadro P2000 for its performance and because it's one of the very few slim single slot GPUs on the market. And after eyeing the build https://pcpartpicker.com/b/q9zYcf here I could tell it was just the right fit.

For the capture card I already have the Elgato HD60 Game Capture PRO which due to it's small size works with the configuration I have in mind.

I'll post the build log tomorrow it's getting a bit late and I want to include more details. Thanks for checking out the log!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-06-2020, 08:40 PM - Thread Starter
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The case: https://www.overclock.net/forum/atta...359108&thumb=1

1st Mod is adding two 92mm fans to the bottom of the case, here's a quick test fit, trying to align just right so it's under the GPU and out of the way of the USB 3.0/audio input cables. Other builds using this case chose a different location mine to fit the components of their build, for my purposes the location I chose worked well.

https://www.overclock.net/forum/atta...359116&thumb=1
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Let the hole cutting begin.

The fans are 92mm and there's is 92mm hole saw, I picked up this size at Home Depot, had the chuck bit already but not that hole saw size.

https://www.overclock.net/forum/atta...359132&thumb=1

Note: The hole that was cut using the 92mm hole saw made a hole 95-96mm in diameter, slightly larger than the fans but the best option still in my opinion.
Second Note: I didn't start the cut using that large drill bit that's attached to the hole saw, I used small drill bits and gradually worked up the larger drill bit size found in the hole saw.

https://www.overclock.net/forum/atta...359120&thumb=1
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I didn't fully cut through the 1st hole because I had to align the 2nd hole, and to do that it was helpful to have the center drill bit location as a reference.

https://www.overclock.net/forum/atta...359124&thumb=1

Second hole cut was pretty good! The drill bit jumped on me so the case got a little scuff, some painters tape would have prevented that but I'm not really kicking myself about it, just happy the holes were aligned well. The second hole I had to cut through the existing threads on the case, wasn't really difficult though the hole saw made quick work of it.

Because the fan holes are 2-4mm larger in diameter than the fans to fill in any gaps I purchased and am waiting for this speaker repair kit: https://www.lkayouyi.com/facmogu-2pc...4-p-376617.htm

https://www.overclock.net/forum/atta...359128&thumb=1
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So in order to fit two cards in this build I actually need to flip the GPU and Capture Card upside down, which means that the GPU brackets on the case need to be modified.

I cut out the old GPU bracket on the case using a Dremel. I haven't used one before and bought the Dremel 4300 for this project (This project is also an excuse to buy new tools)

https://www.overclock.net/forum/atta...359134&thumb=1

But now I need a new bracket to replace the one I just removed, in comes this vertical GPU mount accessory:

https://www.overclock.net/forum/atta...359136&thumb=1

From this kit I had a brand new black GPU mount, and an extra metal bracket or two for mounting the GPU Riser from C_Payne. This part got a little bit complicated, I had to place the Capture Card in the case just to fit the new gpu mount, then once I got the mount in place I taped it to the case so it wouldn't move. I used black duct tape (Black Gorilla Tape) because it holds better than painters tape, but it ended up taking off some of the bracket's paint (not the biggest deal but a little unexpected).

Once the mount was taped in place I carefully (redundant this whole build was done carefully lol) drilled holes through the mount and through the case. There wasn't much room at all to do this and normal screws were too large for the job, so I used a Hand Riveter with the smallest rivets available (3/32") https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 which worked very well.

With the new GPU mount now in place I did a quick test fit:

https://www.overclock.net/forum/atta...359140&thumb=1
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Not bad! The HDMI and Displayports needed some more space, had to bring out the Dremel again:

https://www.overclock.net/forum/atta...359150&thumb=1

More room now, black electrical tape to pretty it up a bit, best option for now.
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Now I needed a place for the GPU Bifurcation Riser to rest. I didn't know how this was going to play out but after test fitting the GPU and Capture Card ontop of the fans I realized the GPU riser just needed a little bit of support.

For that I ended up cutting one of the metal brackets found in vertical GPU mounting kit I purchased using the Dremel.

https://www.overclock.net/forum/atta...359152&thumb=1

Here is a view on the support bracket installed in the case. I also modified the GPU locking latch to hold the cards in place, required drilling more careful holes in the case.

https://www.overclock.net/forum/atta...359154&thumb=1

I'm going to post more progress and updates tomorrow, I want to include more details. Thanks for checking out the thread!
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Finished my Mini ITX build in the Lian Li PC TU-100 case! I was able to achieve GPU bifurcation using a Riser and now have 2 cards connects to 1 PCIE slot.






Was quite an undertaking I'll be updating this thread with details

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Nice work mate! Great working getting a bifurication setup on this case!

CPU
AMD Threadripper 1900x
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Asus Prime X399-A
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EVGA 1080 Classified
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Samsung 960 Evo
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Intel 750 Series 400GB U.2
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Nice work mate! Great working getting a bifurication setup on this case!
Thank you! It was a gamble for sure that I'd say paid off, there was about 5-10 times during this build I thought "Ya this is isn't going to work, there's no space" and I didn't anticipate that graphics card working with the bifurcation riser that easily, I thought I'd have a lot more headaches with the configuration. There was still a lot of troubleshooting but it was normal pc-building stuff like bad cables, loose connections. Some newbie learning curves also, like not knowing my motherboard was giving me the GPU error light on boot just because the display my MB was attached to via HDMI was powered off?
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