Lian Li PC-Q08 Mini ITX Case
Intel Core i3 530 @ 2.93GHz
ZOTAC H55-ITX WiFi
4GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1866 C9 Memory
nVidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB GDDR5
OCZ 500w stealthXstream PSU
Lian Li PC-Q08 Case
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Continuing on the PC-Q08's modular approach, you probably wouldn't be surprised to find that you can complete most of your system build outside of the case's main structure. This makes the building process a lot more simple but beware of the sheer number of screws that you'll need to keep track of!
As the Power Supply Unit sits directly above the system components in this configuration, it may be wise to install it last. However, until then you can fit the PSU backplate, which prepares the unit for mounting.
The RHS Side Panel doubles as a motherboard tray. For the ease of installation, we decided to remove the panel in order to install the core system components.
At this stage it would be very wise to fit all Front Panel and I/O cables to your motherboard's header; this will avoid hassle later on in the build process.
Note that our nVidia GeForce GTX 460 was marginally too long for the bottom drive bay to remain mounted. However, those who intend on fitting a more powerful graphics card can see that there is plenty of space available in order to do so. Likewise, dual slot graphics card designs are compatible.
Finally, the Power Supply Unit is fitted, thus completing the build process. Depending on your system configuration, you may choose to direct your Power Supply as an intake fan for the system (as above) or alternatively, the unit can be faced so that it's fan faces the side panel's ventilation grille.
All in all, the build was as straight forward as expected. About the only problem faced was the level of tightness on some of the smaller screws that held the 5.25" drive bay into place. Even with the correct tools, it was easy to compromise the integrity of the screw's head; this can make installation unnecessarily tedious.
On the next page, we will cover temperatures and noise.