My mom's old PC has become so slow that I need to think about a new one for her. At first I considered the Mac Mini. However, it is expensive, hard to customize and have features I don't need. So I decided to build a new one. The first criterion is that it must be as small as the Mac Mini. Since the computer will run only office work, a Pentium G4400 with 4GB of memory seems enough.
Choosing the case took me a long time. The only case I found to resemble the Mac Mini the most is this Realan W60 case. However, I found very little information about this case on the Internet. I ordered it with the fear that it would not fit or have some temperature problem.
The Realan W60 has two colors, black and white and in my opinion, the black one is better. The case is minimal and really beautiful. The material is very nice and well made. Since normal PSU obviously does not fit in this case, by default it includes a Realan Pico PSU but I opted to order just the case without the PSU since this is a critical component and I trust the Mini-Box picoPSU more.
The Intel stock cooler is too thick to fit into this case. I could not close the lid with it. The Noctua NH-L9i looks like the thinnest CPU cooler around and it is in fact the only viable replacement for the stock one. Yet, even with this cooler, the aluminum part on top of the case designed to hold SSDs must be removed for the lid to close. Fortunately, there is still enough space for the SSD, even though it is quite tight.
The case can hold two 50mm case fans. The system runs well and quiet with just one StarTech 50mm fan, set to be intake. What I feared the most is the temperature turns out not to be a problem at all. The motherboard temp is 29 °C and CPU temp is around 36 °C.