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Old August 13, 2011, 07:22 PM
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The Lian-Li A05NB is one of my most favourite cases. It has a small footprint, quality finish, and just enough expansion ports for it to do everything I need.

My drive bay includes:
- 1 DVD writer
- 1 HDD hotswap bay, like the Antec Easy SATA dock
- 1 3.5" bay device, like the ASUS USB3.0 bay included with the P8P67 motherboard

Lian-Li has a few things like a replacement I/O module for the top panel that provides USB3.0 ports, but they're pricey. If I was to buy that, as well as the adapter for the motherboard header, it would be more than half the cost of a new A05NB!

Hardware to be installed:
i7 2600K
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z
4 x 4 GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 RAM
PowerColor 6850 Passive (this is subject to change)
Corsair AX750 PSU (possibly an HX620 depending on motherboard squeal)
Pioneer DVR-218LBK
Antec EasySATA hot swap bay

Cooling will include:
Switech Apogee XT
EK 150 res
Swiftech MCR320 - bottom mounted
DDC3.2 w/Petra top (potentially a DD CPX-1 instead depending on noise)
3 x Scythe Gentle Typhoon

General notes:
I like making my modifications relatively "clean" so that I can return my case back to almost stock configuration (see my old Q08 mod somewhere on this forum).

My tool kit currently includes:
- Cordless drill
- Set of Mastercraft drill bits
- Red Wiss snips
- Needle nose pliers
- Slide lock adjustable pliers
- Large flat metal file
- Small triangular metal file
- Mastercraft rotary tool

I don't have a jigsaw at the moment. They're really useful when cutting large amounts of metal. I dislike using a dremel because they're noisy. In my experience, most of the time a jigsaw will be faster and cleaner.

Aluminum breaks off very easily, so for some more 'precision' cuts, I've snipped the alu into strips, then use my adjustable pliers to bend and break it off. File the metal until you get to the desired line.

Motherboard tray
Easiest mod to this case to make it easier to mount your CPU heatsink/block.


Radiator mount
The barbs will be at the rear of the case. I had to sacrifice the PSU holder, but in the event I revert back, I'll probably end up putting a sheet of metal on the floor to seal it off.




Power supply mount
I left the hard drive cage holes intact so that if I desire to revert back to air cooling and for some reason want to use standard hard drives, I can mount the stock cage.

The stock cage mounting holes have the perfect setup to be used as a PSU mount. Was this deliberate?

Also, the AX750 has a whole gob load of mounting holes so you can mount either way. This allowed me to use it as a template for drilling out the new PSU mounting holes.



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Old August 13, 2011, 07:55 PM
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looking good man, was there a meeting i missed about everyone modding lian-li case at the same time.
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Thanks man! Lian-Li cases are so lots of fun to work with

Had to add some more cuts for the motherboard tray. This lets me get to the four holes for the CPU mount, and also lets me tidy up the motherboard headers for the buttons/LEDs



Getting ready the radiator ready to mount the GT's. They're a pain in the butt because of the enclosed corners. Canadian Tire has a horrible selection of bolts and screws, and unfortunately for me it's the closest store (I seldom ever get to drive).




Needed to use the nut as a washer to prevent the screw from damaging the radiator fins. Turned out OK.



Now before proceeding any further, I need to figure out what to do about case feet. It seems I'm going to need to buy them from the USA. If I do this, I may as well go ahead and purchase some primer and flat black paint to give me some work to do, right? Any tips for a case painting noob? I know I should scuff it up and clean it with tack cloth, but maybe it's OK even without doing that if I get self-etching primer?
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Old August 16, 2011, 09:34 PM
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Hi zoob mods are going well so far. As for painting start with automotive paint. Even self-etching needs a scuffed and clean surface. Follow can instructions. Prep is the most important, No shortcuts. You won't like the result if you do.
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Old August 16, 2011, 10:28 PM
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Looking good man!
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Old August 26, 2011, 12:59 PM
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Some updates.

Tools for the day.



After removing the stickers with goo-gone, I lightly sanded the case, and then gave it a soapy shower down. No pics.

First I tried spray painting small parts. First time ever spray painting anything...
Primer, 20 min, flip, primer. No shots of primer. Woops.

Here are some small parts. Have trouble with this as I think I soaked it too much, and didn't wait for it to dry before flipping.


Then next the case. Also no progress pics, just final.




Some weird bubbles. Maybe I didn't dry the case off as well as I thought I did.


Woops! Too much paint... hard to control sprays on the inside of the thing. Maybe next time I'll drill out the rivets and do everything separately.


Looks like a success for my first paint job. We'll see how it holds up after drying overnight and stuffing some parts in to it.

Still haven't figured out what type of feet to order. Wheels or feet like this: MNPCtech Large Black Anodized Grooved Case Feet (Set 4) MNPCtech Large Black Anodized Grooved Case Feet (Set 4) [NMPC-CASEFT-SMBK] - $39.99 : DazMode, The Best Canadian PC Watercooling and Modding Store! ?
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Old August 27, 2011, 12:38 PM
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You should look in to finding some Plasti-Dip spray and use it to coat a case. It is a spray on plastic coating if you don't know what it is. It doesn't scratch like cheap spray paint. If you mess up you can peel it off and do it again. Plus it almost always has a perfectly even coat.
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Plasti-dip looks neat. I'll pick up a can next time I visit Home Depot and experiment on some miscellaneous stuff first.

Here is some sleeving while I was bored. Didn't turn out amazing, but better than anything I've done in the past.


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Piecing it together now.

Had to think of a good way to build a loop. My last DDC has only stock or XSPC res top which neither would work well in this type of loop. I opted for a DD-CPX1. Those things are low power, low flow, and quiet... but have a nasty hum if not decoupled properly.

I crafted a really shoddy pump mount from an old Antec drive bay piece.
Opted for clear tubing to give it a bit more contrast.


Very short loop.


Another angle.


Powered on to install Windows and test! It's quiet. All fans are running at 5V. The GTs are the 1850 RPM variant.


Pump growl is present but I have to see how it fares in a dead silent room with all of the panels on.

Filling this thing was easy. Pour water in, tilt a few times, pour some more water in, tilt some more.
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Some more updates

Need to shave this down otherwise the front panel won't fit on.





Behind the mobo tray:


Inside the case:


Notes:
* Gentle Typhoon 1850RPM @ 5V exhibit a really strange fan motor resonance that transmits to the case. Very annoying, but I am hoping the bearings break in.
* The CPU I'm using is rather terrible. 1.415V set BIOS with 75% LLC to get 4.8 GHz LinX w/AVX stable. Hits about 83C in almost complete silence.
* To be able to access the PCI-E slot latch, I had to move the video card into the 8X slot. The height of the Vengeance RAM was blocking access... it was tough to fit.
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