Solid choice, Lian Li quiality is imo above average, their finishes are top notch, for aluminium lovers Lian Li is simily the best imo. I find my self not using it that much anymore mostly out of their design of fan filters, in Q08 i need to take off the side panel (6 small screws) and i have to take off the fan to reach the filter... to much imo when other manufacturers are designing their cases with very little effort requered to remove them, like Silverstone n Fractal,
CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 3.6 GHz (54W TDP).
Cooler: Scythe Big Shuriken II Rev.B.
I like the combo, the Big shuriken should be enough to cool the i3, just crosscheck there is enough clearance with the PSU installed.
Motherboard: Asus Z87I-Pro
) orASRock Z87E-ITX
). Will these mobos fit the cooler above?
I would go with Z87Pro, but check if the big shuriken will fit with the extra motherboard side.
Should be a great fan for the Lian Li, i really didnt like the Q08 frontal fans, not bad, but not quiet.
ASUS GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II OC
ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB DirectCU II
ASUS GeForce GTX 670 2GB DirectCU II
The GTX 660 Ti is the cheapest card and I'm not a hardcore gamer like I was some ~10+ years ago but some recent upcoming games makes it interesting enough to get something good. Star Citizen is something I could see myself playing but I'm mostly interested in Elite Dangerous. Other then that it won't be any graphics heavy games, perhaps The Sims 4, Torchlight II and possibly Civilization IV. One big reason to get a good card however is that I have such a large screen - a 27" 2560x1440 monitor. I would however mostly like to play at 1920x1080 res with a black border on the screen for the space sims to make the screen size smaller so playing will be easier on the eyes.
Asus had some of the quietest GPU on the Geforce 6 series, i believe the Asus GTX760 DCUII and GTX670 DCUII uses the same cooler, so if the fan profiles and settings are the same, should be a solid choice, but there is a better imo see the bottom of the post.
I already have the following hardware:
A 500GB 3.5" HDD and a 1TB 3.5" HDD (SSD will come later on).
And a 500W Enermax Modu87+ PSU.
Get the ssd as soon as you can, it will make it much quieter not accesing the hdds as much, in the past i couldnt tollerate much of hdds noise, now with ssd + mechanical i dont hear the hdd much. The PSU is a solid one, i would keep it, if for some reason you swap it, consider Seasonic G550.
I want to have dust filters for all three fan placements in the case even if I'm currently not planning on using the top one. The top however doesn't seem to have a dust filter or am I missing something? If that's true shouldn't it be easy to get a dust filter for a 140mm fan and place it at the top?
If you want aftermarket filters easy to take off look into DEMCi Flex Fan Filters
, you can buy them standard like for 120/140mm fan holes or they also do custom sizes like for example DEMCiflex Lian Li PC-Q08B Magnetic Dust / Fan Filter Set - 6 Piece
.... damn you making want to buy that kit for mine =(
To end the post, im just going to suggest an alternative,
Case: Fractal Design Node 304
It will allow you to use tower cooler while still allowing to have 6 hdds a standard ATX PSU and dedicated GPU (if you use a gpu it will lower the hdds to 4). Test the included fans first, they are decent. If you were to be curious into reading more and checking some finished builds, check OCN [Official] Fractal Design Node 304 Owners Club
GPU: MSI GTX760 (N760)
Its gotten very good reviews and seem to be quietest of all, check CA_Steve GTX760 review compliation
. There are spcr forums users already posting their experiences and seems to be good for all that i have read. The GTX760 should be more than enough for 1080p and even most of the games at 1440p, so its a good choice imo.
CPU cooler: Noctua NH-U14S Slim 140mm Tower Cooler
Very good cooler, just the price is high, but the fan can be droped to 200rpm easily with FanXpert. This cpu should clear fine the side card of the motherboard on Z87i pro, and it should fit with the gpu installed, and asus mobos is very nice as it has the cpu centered ideal for the airflow on node 304.
Ill leave you couple of pictures of a build that should be similar to what im suggesting, just he is using U12S instead of the U14S, but it should fit and he even has a NF-A15 PWM on the back that imo is a good choice to create a very quiet pull push on the CPU cooler, the fan can be droped off to 200rpm via FanXpert2.