Description

Primarily a gaming machine and graphics workstation (3D rendering / 2D illustration) that's meant to sit prominently on my desk instead of under it. Not listed in parts: Wacom Cintiq Pro 16.

Note: Some of the photos are from a slightly earlier incomplete version of this build, (incomplete lighting and no sound card.) The first photo is the now completed build.

This system was easy to put together and the final result is incredible looking. The Lian Li PC-O10 has excellent cable management with a large chamber behind the motherboard for cable routing and drive storage. The Corsair SF600 is probably the best SFX power supply you can buy right now. Both Lian-Li and Silverstone's 700W+ SFX PUS's use sub-par components inside and have weak fans. Be warned though, the cables that come with Corsair's are far too short for this case. You're going to want to buy some CableMod full-length ATX cables. I like the SFX standard for how little room it takes up in the case while still providing more than enough power for my needs. However, I believe that if an ATX-sized case is going to use an SFX power supply, the case maker should really supply a full selection of power cable extensions to go with the short ones provided by your SFX PSU.

The Asus Strix GTX 1080 just barely fits in this case, the power cables JUST clearing the side glass panel. For a card this large, 2x 120mm fans on the bottom are recommended to provide the GPU with fresh air since it very nearly cuts the case in half thermally.

An AIO water cooler for the CPU in this case is almost a necessity. I originally planned to use an air cooler, (the Cryorig H7,) but realized it was unfortunately a couple millimeters too tall for the case when I tried to install it. (Oops.) The main chamber has only 130mm of heatsink clearance, and even less if you include the motherboard height, so your options are very limited when it comes to heatsink towers for a high-end i7. Most low-profile air coolers will probably interfere with the memory slots, and going with a generic-but-effective-block cooler defeats the purpose of buying this case to begin with --- you want this to look niiiiice. Lian-Li evidently wants you to use an AIO cooler, as they provided plenty of room above the motherboard to easily fit a 240mm radiator without interfering with any of the cable routing openings or the motherboard itself. (Look at that spacing between the bottom of the radiator and the motherboard! I could easily fit another row of fans on the top for a push/pull config!) So, I picked up a NZXT Kraken-X52. And so far, it's been doing a great job in the PC-O10, and the tubes don't interfere with the memory slots at all. Furthermore, the additional cabling required by the water pump were all able to be routed behind the motherboard to keep the front of the case looking as clean as possible.

Kraken Setup Note: I have the fans of the Kraken's radiator and the two Cougar 120 PWM's all being controlled by the pump itself. The pump operates on its own separate from the motherboard, and knows when fan speeds have to ramp up to cool down the liquid. The Kraken has 4 fan slots that all share the same speed. When the radiator fans pick up, so do the two 120's at the bottom, helping keep the system in sync when usage goes up and down.

Sound wise, this system is reasonably quiet. I don't hear it when it's on and idle, but under load It's not silent. However, for how many fans (and a pump) that are in it, it passes my satisfaction of sound-to-performance ratio easily. Temps ride on the reasonably high side under hours-long gaming loads with the Kraken set to 'Performance' mode, but they never get high enough to raise concern.

I purposely picked parts for this build that were grayscale on their own, but would come alive with lighting. Except for the orange grommets on the Cougar fans, (which I may swap out for ones without these color accents on them later,) the case is 100% desaturated when off (as seen in photo.) When turned on, I wanted to be able to set any lighting color scheme I'd want without any pre-existing color interfering. This is the final lighting color I wanted for the case, a slow shifting between hot-pink and turquoise for an 80's Synthwave effect.

Part Reviews

Sound Card

The Sound Blaster AE-5 might seem like a superfluous addition to my system given ASUS' 'SupremeFX' sound on the Z270E motherboard. I added the AE-5 mostly out of dissatisfaction with the drivers for the onboard audio, which would consistently forget my impedance settings and ALWAYS default to outputting 'Extreme Amplification' which would make any volume level higher than "On" too loud for my A2+'s. The sound quality from the onboard was also lacking, sounding no more dynamic than what I get out of my phone. This isn't surprising, since the onboard is just (yet another) some Realtek DAC with a beefier amplifier behind it. Adding the AE-5 opened a world of good things. After turning off the audio post-processing effects (seriously, don't use that crap,) I not only noticed a significant improvement to the sound of my speakers, it completely TRANSFORMED the way my headphones (Yamaha HPH-200) sound. The AE-5 has an incredible built-in headphone amp with a dedicated output. My headphones gained a deep richness I didn't know they had. Better yet, I can leave my headphones plugged in and switch between Speaker or Headphone output through software (!!!) The AE-5 is seriously worth the money alone as a kickass internal headphone amp.

The one con I can put against the card is that it only has three possible output modes: 5.1 surround, 2.0 Stereo, or Headphones. The card has no means to do a 2.1 or 4.1 speaker setup with a separate dedicated powered subwoofer. I use a Kanto SUB6 along with my A2+'s, and I was initially disappointed to find out I couldn't separate an LFE channel from the card itself. The A2+'s at least have a subwoofer connection, so I'm spared there. Just keep that in mind if you have a custom setup that isn't 5.1 exactly, or you'll have missing channels in your audio --- the AE-5 will NOT redirect unused channels to FR/FL.

Just don't buy into it for its supposed lighting capabilities -- aside from customizing the light-up logo on the card, it's near useless as a tasteful lighting controller. It can't sync with other tech and lacks any of the subtleties that AURA or NZXT's Hue system can do. Stick to sound, Creative, lol, the lighting aspect of the AE-5 was seriously unnecessary and I would've rather seen the card be $20 cheaper without those features or included LED strip in the box.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice :D

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

WOW!!!!

this looks soooooo amazing! i love it!!! 1+! This is my new wish-build

(with a 1080Ti)

it looks very very great!!!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, this will leave me awestruck for about 6 to 8 days.

Great build, I mean really great build. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

This is my favorite build on the website

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

F-F-F-Feature

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is beautiful

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Just fantastic

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Job with the Build! I'm adding this to my Pinterest!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

this is my ideal build but definitely not my ideal spend..;)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

on a side note...man those game arts!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the look of the case but hows the airflow? I read that the airflow is a little upsetting due to the back fan support being for odd sized fans. Can you say this is true?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had the case terribly long yet to do thorough tests, but so far none of my components are cooking while playing games etc. The rear could support two 80mm fans. Not rare, but not great either if you're going for silence. If I were to install some though, they'd definitely be intake to give the top radiator cooler air to work with. After I do some more hardcore usage, I'll report back with some average stats.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

So I was playing GTAV in the highest settings at 2560x1440 and after a half hour of playing, the CPU is averaging around 60-64C, liquid temperature about 40C, GPU temp around 63C.

During that play session, the CPU peaked at 71C for a moment, the GPU at 66C. The fan CPU fan speed (which is also hooked to control my system fan speed) remained at around 57% the whole time, about 1020 RPM. The top of the case is warm, glass side panel warmest near the GPU, not hot. I'd have to see how it fares during a longer play session.

The Kraken is set to Silent mode during this.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Does someone know of a case that has this look (half of the box being glass) that is larger? I'm worried about fitting my hardware into this particular model.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes actually. Look up the LianLi PC-O11. It's exactly the same design as this case, just larger that will fit anything you want to put in it. (In the exception of a honking huge heatsink cooler anyway. Best to keep with a water system in the O lineup.) The PC-O8 is even bigger and made primarily to show off custom water cooling. The PC-O9 is large like the 08 but has a larger rear chamber and built a little more for air cooling.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much, man. I'm finding similar things and if I struggle to fit the STRIX in the 011 then I can just buy their vertical placement kit.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I just looked up the Strix 1080 (what I have) vs the Strix 1080 Ti. Both are the exact same size. Seeing how I have no problem putting the 1080 in the O10, you'll definitely have no problem putting it in an O11.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, sadly, it doesn't seem like LianLi has officially released the vertical GPU kits for any of their cases. (Try searching for it, you don't find it aaahhhg) I want it for mine but... I guess I have to wait.

Although, I may not get it ... afterall, if I install it, I have to sacrifice the two 120mm intakes on the bottom.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the two fans you have visible? Is it worth getting LED fans, or is there any way to mount some LED fans? Sorry you seem a lot more knowledgeable than me

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Although I have to say, that 3x fan mount for the front intake vents is pretty badass looking. I went with the O10 because I needed to conserve some space on my somewhat small desk.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. What cable clip you're using?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I keep coming back to this to look at it over and over. You're truly a professional.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Lord have mercy. that thing is beautiful

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Best looking PC-010 build out there +1

Now I understand there are 2 HDD/SSD shelves in the backside. What are the combinations possible combinations of the drives to successfully maximize the space? (I'm guessing 2 x 3.5" & 3 x 2.5"?)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe you can mount 4x 3.5" drives in there, potentially even with 2x 2.5" drives UNDER them (one per tray.) I think anyway. I know you can AT LEAST do 4x 3.5, or 2x 3.5 and 2x 2.5. There are other places to mount 2.5 drives as well, I think on the bottom of the case. You can also use 3.5 adapters for 2.5 SSD's in the cages.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! This makes it much easier to decide in the case. :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I got a atx psu but did not fit the case at all

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Any other psu's that fit this case that I would have to buy extensions for?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I know, ALL SFX PSU's you'd buy for this case would require extension kits, unfortunately. I highly recommend the Corsair 650W though, it's been a real champ, unlike the LianLi / Silverstone 700+W SFX ones which apparently use severely inferior quality parts inside.

Really makes me wish the case came with its own extensions though, if they're REQUIRED.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build my friend,

I'm about to delve into a build in this case. I was curious how much room there is between your cougar fans on the bottom and the mb tray or back of the primary chamber?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there sorry for the late reply. The answer is that there's actually a decent space between the fans and the mobo tray wall. Enough for me to put an RGB stripe behind them if I want. The vertical clearance between the fans on the bottom of the mobo (where the pin connectors are) isn't as great, however, although that depth gap is good enough that I'm not worrying about any wire settling into the fan over time.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries, thanks for the info, Just found the same thing myself. even fitting a second radiator on the bottom of the case.

great looking build btw

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

This is exactly what I was looking for. I m panning on using the Asus STRIX gaming Z270-E mobo, Kraken x52 cpu cooler, & G.Skill RGB Ram sticks. Your setup is amazing, & I am 1000x more exited now after seeing yours.

Question: Did you have trouble with design compatability of the x52 blocking your DIMs? I read a review on Amazon that got me worried. Looks like yours worked fine. The lady on amazon said she had to have the NZXT logo upside down to make this build work.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry for the late reply! The X52 TOUCHES the closest DIMM but doesn't apply pressure on it. And the G.SKill sticks are pretty thick too. I've been running the system like this for months with no issues whatsoever. Go for it!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I have a very similar build and I am my GPU is running very hot. What temps are you getting under load? Thanks

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

My 1080 reports between mid 60 to low 70C during high load. The glass side panel gets hot to touch right where the card is. Not the worst temps, though I think in a case like this, an impeller-based blower cooler (like on the founders edition gpus) works much better since it directs the heat out the back instead of spreading it out the sides into the case... This case doesn't have any front-back airflow that works better with this type of card. The bottom-top airflow doesn't seem as effective here.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

OK I have basically the same build but I have a 1080ti which is getting up to 81C at a high load. Any suggestions?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Will a 1080To fit in this case ? Not sure if its any larger than,the 1080

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Très réussi, félicitations ! Mérite d'être featured !

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolute beauty of a build. Crazy how I wanted to build a synthwave 80s night city theme and this popped up really bringing to light just how I envisioned mine would be. I love how the lighting isn't too much and really gives it a late night cyber vibe. May I ask what LED strips you are using??

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this is super old, but +1 for the Com Truise vinyl.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

They recently came out with a bunch of cases in the O line. If you need a little more space and want to use a full size ATX power supply, consider the PC-O11. It's the exact same case, just a slight bit larger. I'd go with the O11 if I were doing an SLI build.

The PC-O8 meanwhile is designed for much more extensive water cooling setups.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

My main worry is gtx 1080 ti I hope to fit in there. I can't find enough research to see if it would fit in one of the o lines.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure if Ti cards are larger than the 1080 counterparts. My 1080 just fits, but fits fine without modifications or the side panel putting pressure on the card. The Asus Strix 1080 seems to be a little larger than some others. I'd say for the PC-O10 make sure the card is no more than 125mm in height. Length isn't an issue, though. (Do measurements for graphics cards give their installed height? I hope they don't include the rear bracket lol

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The PC-O10 actually comes with a platform for a reservoir in the front bottom corner. I took it off because I don't have that. You could put it behind as well, and yes that grommet is there to accommodate that. The PC-O10 and O8 should all be similar in this regard. https://www.overclockers.co.uk/media/image/thumbnail/CA74TLL_154050_800x800.jpg You can see the platform on the bottom there.

(Or something. I don't know a lot about custom loop water cooling. I just know that platform is used for it lol.)

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