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Lian Li Q06B

Been a while since I've done one of these but I wanted to have another go. There won't be much modding involved with this one but stick around for the epic case and sleeving.

The reason behind this build is that in the past I've always gone for the slighter larger cases. Starting out with a full tower HAF 932 it was great at the time, fun to build and mod but in reality I've always been a single GPU guy which meant that most of the time my ATX motherboards were never fully utilized. The large cases were filled with air and took up a lot of space on my desk, it was excessive to my needs. I moved everything into my Lian Li A05N but it just wasn't small enough. This build will hopefully solve my issue by reducing the scale to an ITX form factor.

So the case I've actually owned for a while now but it has been sitting in storage waiting for its moment. The case itself is what will make this build so special, it's a very unique design and the moment I saw it I knew I had to have it. I'm a sucker for Lian Li brushed aluminum cases having owned the A05N so it immediately stood out to me and being ITX form factor was the second tick. One problem with most ITX cases is they limit the size of of graphics cards being so small but the Q06B is not limited so I can run any monster card I want. The final selling point is that if you search the internet, you won't find many builds with the Q06, heck even finding one for sale now will be a challenge so its a little on the rare side. I've got some ideas with what I want to do with the build and most of the parts are going to be reused here, lets hope I can make a good job of it!

Hardware:

Intel [email protected] 1.24V
CM Hyper 212+
Asrock Z77e-ITX
16GB Kingston HyperX 1866MHz
ASUS Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC
Sandisk Ultra II 240GB
XFX 650W XXX Edition (Grey Fan)

Contents:

Sticker Removal
Sleeving Front Panel
Sleeving Front Panel Continued
New Motherboard and Test Setup
SSD and Temporary Build
CPU Installation
Dismantling Again
Overclocking
RAM Upgrade

Case: Lian Li Q06B

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/_MG_8663_zpsztyqb5rp.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/_MG_8682_zps4ndtmllp.jpg.html

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More to come soon!
 

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I'm in. For some inspiration:

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Thanks, aerial's Q06 was actually the first picture I saw of the case online. The colour combo and sleeved cables really set it apart, it's the best build I've seen of this case. The colour scheme for mine will be mostly black with some silver aluminum and a very subtle third colour (Most likely red).
 

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Sticker Removal

One of the first things I had to do was remove all the stickers otherwise they would ruin the clean look I want this build to have. Even though most of the time they are out of sight, I will always be the one to know they're there and if I have to dismantle the case again I don't want to see them.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_8910_zpslq3iccu6.jpg.html

First one located on the back.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FE...i Q06/_MG_8669_converted_zpsr6uekahq.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/_MG_8690_zpsc3bu22qw.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/_MG_8701_zpszmyyj8mg.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/_MG_8703_zpsmtgxfdhs.jpg.html

Second is behind the front panel

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/_MG_8673_zpsiifkdau2.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_8987_zpsvvtyi596.jpg.html

Last one on the front panel header.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_8982_zpsd4hhpvds.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_8984_zpsdf5lkhvb.jpg.html

Here is a few shots of the inside of the Q06 to give you an idea of what I'll be working with for cable management.

One other thing I haven't mentioned and if you hadn't already noticed is the 5.25 cover isn't the original one that comes with this case. I disliked the look of the DVD cover so I switched it for a blank from my A05N. Much better!

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_8913_zpss8fx7d16.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_8915_zpsysr0yae5.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_8917_zpsvyebmeg8.jpg.html

It's compact alright! Once the PSU goes in there won't be a lot of space left at all, then there are the front panel cables and an SSD I have to cram in there.
 

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Sleeving Front Panel

Slow progress but it will get there, I'm waiting on a few things to arrive so I can only work on the small stuff until then.

My collection of sleeve leftover from previous builds should be enough to finish this one. I did plan to redo my power supply because I would like to attempt shrink-less sleeving. I think it looks a lot cleaner and my previous attempt was a bit average. I will have to bundle the cables in a larger sleeve then individually sleeve further along though since I do not have enough. Otherwise I might just order some more so I can individually sleeve each wire completely. We'll see.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_8955_zpskyhhktaj.jpg.html

Onto the front panel cables, first this needs to be removed.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/_MG_8676_zpsnazzx9wb.jpg.html

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Sleeved one wire.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_8961_zpsse4lins8.jpg.html

The other three.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_8970_zpsej37eao0.jpg.html

Reinstalled. Looking much tidier already!

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_8973_zpsqmlikzct.jpg.html

I also replaced the black screws that were on there previously with silver ones.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_8980_zpsmah6zxhh.jpg.html

The sleeve on the second wire isn't tight enough, there is a bit of green poking out. Will need to fix that.

Next is the front USB 3 and audio cables to do.
 

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Sleeving Front Panel Continued

I started sleeving the front USB cable but soon realized I would be just short of finishing all 3 cables. I decided to sleeve the HD audio cable first because that is the only one with visible wires, the two USB 3 cables are fully black so they are fine for now. I will need to make an order to finish this off, not worried because this means I can order some more small sleeve for the PSU.
I also re-sleeved the cable from earlier which wasn't tight enough.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9003_zpsw7refbpi.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9006_zps3fvf3nmg.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_8999_zpsnhaaqfkv.jpg.html

Can't wait for the motherboard to get here so I can test mount everything in place!
 

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sub-a-dub-dub!

Looking good so far man. I always wanted a Q06B, but couldn't afford one at the time.
 

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This will be interesting, subbd
 

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Looking good so far man. I always wanted a Q06B, but couldn't afford one at the time.
Thank you, that's a shame you didn't get one. They're few and far between now. It's funny how this is the cheapest case I've bought at $150 NZ
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This will be interesting, subbd
Thanks!

So a little unexpected news today but my new motherboard arrived! Will have an update coming.
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New Motherboard and Test Setup

A bit unexpected today was the arrival of my new motherboard. I had been searching for an ITX board that I liked for a while at first I was looking at upgrading to a Devils Canyon CPU and a Z97 board but I heard Skylake was just around the corner so I waited. On Skylakes release I was also one of the many that was not impressed by the numbers. I really like some of the new ITX boards coming but at $1000 for a small increase in performance is not for me. I had an idea to try finding an older Z77 motherboard and finally overclock my 3570k for an increase in performance. Searching the internet I found two ITX boards I would consider for this build, one being the EVGA Z77 Stinger and the other a Z77e-ITX by Asrock. My idea didn't go as planned when I realized how difficult it would be to find one there was nothing for sale! I managed to track an Asrock board down on Ebay and thought I had a shot but no, I missed out (Made the winner pay for it though). I continued searching the internet for a suitable board but not much luck until I found a store which had some new ones in stock. I payed a bit more and a lot for shipping to get it sent from Malaysia but so glad I did and the cost is far less than switching platforms!

Lots of pictures follow.

So lets start with unboxing the board.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9009_zpsmh1eikyj.jpg.html

Brand new (old) parts.
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http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9011_zps6rfxoqlr.jpg.html

In all its glory the Z77e-ITX.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9024_zpsolyke8uy.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9027_zpsz6rdd3ym.jpg.html

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Installing the motherboard on the Q06 I ran into my first problem. The rear audio connectors were too close to the PCI bracket which meant it couldn't be screwed down.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9035_zpsamy4qwix.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9038_zpsqpmyi7i1.jpg.html

My solution was to remove part of the PCI support to give some extra clearance.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9041_zpsjgtmemdo.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9045_zpsrnimshhz.jpg.html

My fear was having to cut the PCI braket because I really didn't want to cut up such a nice case. Instead removing only part of the support gave enough clearance to screw the motherboard down. The PCI bracket is still very secure with two bottom screws and the support on the other side. When the GPU is mounted it will be solid. I cannot use the connections closest to the PCI bracket though because the cables wont fit its just too tight. Not a problem for me though because I will be using the digital output as a pass through to my amp. Screw onboard audio!

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9046_zpsbec9rsms.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9049_zpszrkyeog6.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9054_zpstolw3n8a.jpg.html

Time to dismantle the beast and grab all the important bits.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9064_zpsi7bmrqzq.jpg.html

My helper.... but not really.
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http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9108_zps4k0mugnl.jpg.html

G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB 1600.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9098_zpskjyxgnk8.jpg.html

Installled the 3570k on the Z77e-ITX. Glad I did this sooner than later as I've sort of ignored maintenance over the years and the TIM was in desperate need of changing.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9110_zpsxyb3yth8.jpg.html

RAM installed with the stock Intel cooler for now.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9123_zpslo85vac7.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9132_zpszekqx9p7.jpg.html

The GPU, ASUS R9 290 OC

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9089_zps2montzgr.jpg.html

My favourite part....
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http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9135_zpsxzlnumox.jpg.html

As soon as I installed the card and stood back I just cracked up laughing. Something about a card this big on such a small case looks hilarious.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9136_zpsq5urplqn.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9137_zpser9tqiep.jpg.html

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The XFX PSU with it's ugly green connectors.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9149_zps4ciyktgm.jpg.html

All plugged in, as of right now the most important thing was testing everything was working.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9163_zpsn38sjdpq.jpg.html

Success, it's alive!

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9156_zps4ksnwgpr.jpg.html

What's next:
- Re-sleeve PSU
- Install CPU cooler
- Install Windows 10 on new 240GB SSD (Expected arrival 1st September)
- Final Rebuild including cable management.
- Dive back into overclocking

Having a change of thoughts on the colour combination, wondering if I should swap the RAM for something black (Dominators?) and remove the red from the GPU and keepthe build black and silver with a little bit of gold from the motherboard. Thoughts?

Thats all for now, hope you like it as much as I do!
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That GPU on that case. Hilarious! Going to need to use the sawzall on one of them.
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Your helper is adorable too. Have fun with the build!
 

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That GPU on that case. Hilarious! Going to need to use the sawzall on one of them.
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Your helper is adorable too. Have fun with the build!
Thank you! I dreaded having to cut the case, I don't know what I would've done if it didn't fit.

I still giggle when I look over at it.
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Wow lools really promising,subbed!
Thanks!

I've got a CM Hyper 212 cooler to go on the CPU but might change it for something different. Only reason is that because of where the CPU is located the 212 can only be orientated one direction. If I find a top down cooler that fits then that will be cooling the motherboard components as well. The Cooler Master Geminii S524 has my eye. It's top down and can fit a 140mm fan.
 

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Looking good, subbed for more updates
Thanks Jack.

The tracking information for the SSD I ordered says it arrived in NZ on Monday, so I'm hoping it will be here tomorrow or the start of next week.
 

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SSD and Temporary Build

Bit slow with this update but lets continue from where I left it.

The old storage setup. 60GB SSD (OS) and 1TB WD Black for Steam and general storage.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9158_zps1spf0yxn.jpg.html

The new SSD, Sandisk Ultra II 240GB. Was going to go with a 500GB or equivalent drive but the price persuaded me to go with the 240. I am skeptical about the storage size but currently with a fresh W10 install and Steam with a few games (Including GTA5), I still have 120GB free. This should be enough for the meantime and I can always add another later on if required.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9251_zpsnfcsctxv.jpg.html

My tech/parts corner.
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The A05N is now being used as a home server. Running Server 2012 Essentials with the old 60GB SSD (OS), 2x1TB HDDs (Storage), 2TB (Backup). This is where I will be storing all my documents, pictures, music, movies etc. This allows me to run just a single SSD in my main system.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9315_zpsrorp3oa4.jpg.html

Sleeved SATA cable.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9258_zpsnldhljlb.jpg.html

Installing the SSD, using the old ones adapter. Corsair logo will be hidden under the motherboard so I don't mind it.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9263_zpsqhopebn8.jpg.html

The XFX unit has been modified slightly. Due to the limited space in this case and the PSU being semi modular it has some cables attached that are not required. A 4+4 pin and 6 pin. I pulled the unit apart and cut the wires and heatshrinked the ends. This saves me trying to hide them inside the case.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9260_zpslbclqfyb.jpg.html

PSU in and routing some cables. This was actually very hard due to the very limited space but it is do-able, a smaller PSU would make is a bit easier. Make sure that all the cables are properly connected too before installing it in the case. The 8 pin PCIe was slightly loose causing my GPU not to start up.
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GPU installed and side panels on. Looking much tidier than before.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9282_zpsxryh86zb.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9285_zpsn8jv5yfw.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9286_zpsvo7hmsko.jpg.html

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Cleaned up my desk as well, swapped the receiver and case around because I didn't like having an open system next to where I walk in and out of my room.

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9311_zps4f9carii.jpg.html

http://s809.photobucket.com/user/FEAR-Mervin/media/Lian Li Q06/IMG_9307_zpsf3dzq6l1.jpg.html

That's all for now. Next update will be installing the CPU cooler when I figure out a way to mount it. The back plate doesn't fit so it will need to be cut down or I might try without it.

Now to wait for MGS 5, only a few more hours!
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Looks awesome! Maybe some cable ties or something along those lines to bundle the pcie power wires together a little for a tidier look?

My only nit pick
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Turned out nicely man.
Thanks, they are a bit difficult to get sitting nicely in place. Its between cable ties or those fancy cable combs. I think cable combs will look nicer but they do cost a bit more. I have to finish sleeving the 8pin pcie cable so I will fix up the cable management in the final version.

Been thinking of possible ways to water cool this system, doubt I would actually go ahead with it but it's fun to come up with new ideas.
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It would require some serious modification to the case and the cooling performance wouldn't make it worthwhile but at least it would look awesome. There is always a full external setup? I saw a build that had a massive radiator mounted on the side of the desk with a pump and reservoir as well and ran the tubes up to the case and though the bottom to the GPU and CPU. Looked really cool and great performance. Have to get my cooler installed and overclock this thing.
 
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