Description

Got tired of issues with Android tv boxes used to watch my personal HEVC video collection captured using the GoPro Hero 6 Black. Idea was to get the most compact machine to be placed on the TV console alongside a PS4 Pro.

Case is simply gorgeous. Not much room for anything though. Stock AMD Wraith Stealth cooler fits perfectly after removing the fan shroud. Managed to source a 4TB Seagate 2.5" drive with 15mm thickness (Seagate Backup Plus external hard drive) that fits within the drive bays. It will be used for data storage.

Gigabyte motherboard has an integrated heatspreader for the M.2 slot which works great for the WD Black NVME drive.

Now I can finally play all my media without missing a beat!

Update 1: Adding photo with a Seagate External USB drive and a Samsung Dex to give some perspective on the actual size of the Chopin case.

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the way the heatsinks on the motherboard match with the case and even the ram. Where did you find the silver version of the case in stock?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't really plan that in any way but I agree the individual parts just somehow look nice together. The case can be found quite easily here in Singapore. I bought it from a local store together with the CPU and motherboard as a bundle.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! I'm planning on building my first PC using a few of these similar parts. Same APU, MOBO, and similar ram and M.2 SSD. Do the APU (which comes with a cooler), the SSD, and ram all just go onto the motherboard? I dont need a GPU at all? Can't really find a tutorial that's exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

That's right. An APU is basically a CPU and GPU which comes in a single chip and uses system ram as graphics memory. That's all you really need. Just put everything on the motherboard and you are good to go.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you post a picture of where the m.2 ssd goes on the motherboard?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Done

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you post a picture of where the m.2 ssd goes on the motherboard?

  • 17 months ago
  • -1 points

Not bad at all. Ive heard the case is kinda crappy but other than that it looks pretty nice. Is 150watts enough as im sure getting a 400 watt PSU instead would mean you could overclock the CPU a little? And the B450 mobos from AMD do an ok job with that..

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Why is the chopin case crappy?

Really.. this is the first time i hear that one needs a 400 watts psu to overclock a cpu.... lol

and not the best idea to overclock in this case.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree the Chopin case is amazing I looked at it for a new build I might do and I haven't heard anything bad about it, though I don't think the PSU is a standard form factor

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, you're right. That's the only downside I can think of, athough I've heard reports that the picoPSU-160-XT fits the case nicely.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

My overclocking days are long gone together with my previous build 10 years ago (a Core 2 Quad Q6600). Besides, this is supposed to be a replacement for my low power Android box (MiniX Neo U1) and I'm already exceeding my power usage budget by going with a full blown HTPC. You're right though, just looking at the 2400G overclocked power consumption alone, the built-in 150W will not be enough.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

What CPU would you suggest?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean to overclock? I don't think it's a good idea to overclock using this case in general. Otherwise, any CPU around 65W TDP like the one I'm using should be fine.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah ok well on that basis im actually quite surprised a 150 watt PSU can actually support your build.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm quite surprised myself actually. Back in the day, we used to need a dedicated graphics card and that was a factor but now AMD has finally delivered a true APU. The $5.4b acquisition of ATI is finally bearing some fruit at last.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using this case and a build pretty close. 2400G @ 4GHz w/ iGPU @ 1600MHz ~ playing Fortnite it draws around 120~130w range on my kill-a-watt.