Description

Tore apart my last build to try custom water-cooling in a new case. I'm pretty happy with the results. Build time was about 12 hours including time spent dismantling the previous system.

The PC-O8 is easily one of the most beautiful cases I have ever seen but it has some issues. It was difficult to get the 360mm rad in the rear even though Lian Li claims it will fit one. The screw holes do not line up with the fans in the front so I ended up wedging mine in place with foam. There are not any spots specifically designed to mount a pump or a res so I had to drill through the bottom of the case for mine. There is almost no room to route cables behind the rad or drive cage, even though there are grommets there.

The RGB lighting is a nice thing for Lian Li to include, although I wish the strips were a little shorter to match the height of the case.

Part Reviews

CPU

I have been able to push this to 4.5 GHz without any issues.

Motherboard

Bought this refurbished. Onboard sound and a couple fan headers failed less than a year in. I sent it into Asus for repairs and took them almost a month but it works great now.

Video Card

Beautiful card. Asus should have given the option to enable a 0 RPM fan mode for when it is on water.

Case

Pretty, but with lots of design oversight. This case could be 5/5 if Lian Li would implement some very minor changes.

Power Supply

Optional braided cables look great.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 5 points

Nep Nep! :3

It looks fabulous! +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Nepnep/10

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  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL Neptune

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Look up Hyperdimension Neptunia :p

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

OH GOD NO I WATCHED A LIVE STREAM OF THIS GAME AND IT SCARRED ME FOR LIFE! Lol does anyone else watch Lost Pause?

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  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Would you justify the price? I've been thinking of getting one but with a 4790k and 980 I don't think my parts deserve the case....

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I would save up more for the 980 ti because oh boy it's way more worth it. Also the you can do a build with 4790k 16gb of ram and 980 ti for about 1100-1400

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I was talking about the case... My PC is built now. 980 (normally I wouldn't but I got it new for $400) and 4790k

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

O_O

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude I have the exact problem with my setup and EK 360 rad. Lian li is careless. I recently sent them an email and a message to their Facebook page asking them what radiator did they test this case with and got no response. I just placed an order for the XSPC ex360 so let's see if that fits.

With regard to the harddrive rack, I cut it so it fits around the fans and I am actually able to hang the pump using EKs pump holder which is the only neat thing I have been able to do with this case. I also placed the lights underneath the MB so there's a glow coming from under the MB. Highly recommend you change it.

I think once phantek releases their evolv atx tempered glass case I'm switching over. Otherwise this case has been a total waste of money and took way too much of my time.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It's very pretty to look at. That is for sure. You should not have to drill holes in your case to make alterations. Wow. It sounds like it is a more pretty case than functional in some ways. Liam Li cases are expensive. At least some of them are. Some of the pretty ones that look good. But for a good looking show piece case they are nice.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That is one epically nice build...Dat case doe..... That moment when someones case cost as much as your GPU.....

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the RGB LED lights?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

They actually come with the case. There are three knobs on the back next to the PSU to control them.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh that's pretty cool.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Now this is gorgeous! +100 if I could!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Very sweet build!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my god it is gorgeous! Fantastic build!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

hey turner, how did you mount the res and pump after you drilled holes in the case? what did you use to hold it in place?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

There are screw holes in the feet of the pump. I did have to go to the hardware store to get longer screws because the ones it came with were too short to go through the case and into the feet.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I have never really been a huge fan of black tubing, but in this build it just looks so clean and nice. Great build!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I was not sure how it would look at first, but this was my first time water cooling so I got the kit from EK and used it as-is. Turned out pretty nice but I still might replace it with PETG someday.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Neptune. Crap rlly good build! +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the biggest res you could fit in this case in the place you put yours?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

400 x 130 x 38mm. That is the size of the PE 360 rad from EK I am using which barely fits and did not line up with the screw holes for the fans. Mine is held in place with mouting putty. There is no clearance at the top, and only about 5mm or clearane at the side, which you need for routing cables. If it were any thicker I would not be able to angle it to wedge it in the case.... In short, I would not recomend using a rad even 1mm larger than this in any direction.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

im making a very similar build except the storage,cpu,and motherboard.But my question is what did you buy for gpu cooler and the placement pump/reservoir set up?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

and cables

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The L360 kit from EK includes all the parts, fittings, and tubing that you need. The only thing I had to buy in addition to the kit was a couple of right-angle fittings for my gpu. There was not enough space between the barb on the gpu and the glass panel on that side of the case to run the tubing without it kinking.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, I absolutely love that case but like you said it has a few issues, for a case in that price range and with that much room It falls short in a few areas. I'm hoping they make an updated version soon. The PC-08 was limited production so I hope that translates to newer version being developed.

I have a 450D right now and was considering swapping to this case too. Nice build excellent job with custom water loop. One question, did you attempt to extend or re-position the dim/hue knobs on back of case?

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the late reply,

I did not attempting to move the knobs as others have done. In fact, I am not sure why other owners of this case are doing that. I ended up placing one LED strip on each of the three pillars supporting the glass, with the connectors facing up. The cables for connecting the strips to the controller are fairly long considering the size of the case and I did not have any issues getting them to reach.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you and once again great job on the build.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

how are the temps?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps please, under gaming load preferably

  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

Looks awesome. Good choice going for the 6-core intel cpu. +1

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Thank you so much for this comment and link in the thread. This being my first submission to the site, I feel honored.

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