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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.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Love the rusty screw driver.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

This is a really cool, little build :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

this is awesome! I'm copying it to build one for my mum hahaha thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

haha that's awesome

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

It's nice, the only criticism I have is you could of gotten a cheaper SSD, but overall nice work.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah haha it is like 25% of the cost

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, I just saw that, thanks for pointing it out, but what 120Gb SSD do you recommend over the Samsung 850 Evo?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

If you've already bought it it's not a big deal, the 850 Evo is fast it's just more expensive then need be for a system like this, hence my complaint. If you want a cheaper one, I'd personally suggest a CS1311 as a thought.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool little build! Just out of curiosity, why is the monitor on it's side?

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

if what you do most of the time is browsing Internet and editing word documents then it would be much more comfortable to set the monitor to vertical instead of horizontal I think

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, I'm glad the temps worked out. Seems like they could of drilled holes on the top to vent, I bet that would dropped it a few degrees.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

haha yes but maybe that will ruin the design too

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Aaaaaa, i like this so much, it's exactly what i want for my PC. I'll stole it from you ,muahahah :3 phịt

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

ok hihi

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Keep ur word :3 tõm tõm :3

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, really cool build. Looks great +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, thanks for posting. Does this build ever overheat for you? There ends up being only a few millimeters between the Noctua fan and the case's ceiling - even with the aluminum ssd bracket off. Since there's so little room for the cooler to push, the cpu occasionally overheats (with the case's lid off, there's no issue). I am on a Kaby Lake proc which is a bit more demanding here.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I have never experienced overheat since I don't use it for demanding work. Just simple office tasks. If you need to remove the case's lid then it definitely destroy the minimalistic looking here :D

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Why would you need to convert alternating current to direct current

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Because that's how a PSU works...

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

You did take the metal badge out of the cooler right? on the pictures it shows that it is between the fan and the heatsink. :P

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just gunna take some of your research for my mother, its almost exactly what I need, I guess thanks?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Really cool build.

Small and stilish, like it should be in an office.

I have a similar case, but has some extra space on the top.

If your ssd is out of warranty, you can remove the ssd case resulting a small pcb really thin and small, half the lenth of 2.5', making more space for air ventilation.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

What? hahaha

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

there are links of this case on aliexpress and amazon, you could try them. I bought it directly from a shop (not in US), didn't buy it online so I don't have much experience