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The goal was a very small, virtually silent computer with VESA mounting capabilities.

I decided to go with the AM1 platform cause it was cheap and I wanted to tinker with overclocking it. I really like that the ASRock board is DC powered! That cut down on a lot of cables that would have been on a normal psu powered motherboard. Plugged in an extra ASUS laptop power supply I had and I was set.

I ran into a problem where the CPU placement was in the middle of the board and the cooler was too high to install the SSD on the backet that comes with the case. It fit if i removed the fan on the cooler but it didn't want to cool down after a prime95 burn. I ended up having to mount it under the mobo because there was literally no where else to put it. I used electrical tape and it ended up working well with only a slight flex.

The Alpine M1 is silent even with my ear up to it, I can hear the slight coil whine of the 5350 under load over the fan. I decided to paint the case with some stuff I picked up at O'Reilly Auto. It's a plasti-dip variant that I didn't really like... the paint just didn't turn out how I wanted and was a little hard to work with. Overall it did the job I wanted. I really liked that I could hide the bluetooth and wifi adapters behind the front cover.

I'm pretty satisfied with the build so far. I might peel the paint off and use a better quality paint so it's more smooth. Let me know what you guys think!

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Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for aftermarket cpu cooler on am1 platform

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely love the mounting procedure used for the ssd. Wonderfully designed.

The paint is awesome! great little living room box!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks xD

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Always love these tiny builds. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Me too :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

You know something's amiss when almost half the cost of the build is in the storage. :) It looks like it would be a great little streaming machine.

+1 on a very nice build and great paintjob

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL yeah i know right! I had the SSD lying around otherwise i would have cheaped out on that too lol. Thank you so much!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How is this for streaming video like netflix or amazon? I have been wanting to make this exact build.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty good for streaming on my ac dualband wifi. It manages 1080p playback just fine for me. I tried to use a hdd instead of a ssd and that REALLY shows the slowness of the processor. I haven't been able to overclock it like i want though, could only get the bclk to about 110 before running into issues so i'm trying to figure that out atm.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

What OS are you running? Would like to setup something similar and run Linux Mint (not sure if the drivers will work with AMD as I've used Intel CPUs on my other builds).

Also, do you have the specs of the laptop power supply you are using? Curious how many watts this is running off of.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It's running on windows 10 very well :) I'm also using a 90watt laptop power supply, a 60watt would work well also but i already had the one i'm using.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

What size fan is on the stock cooler?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the size!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

best incredibly tiny yet somewhat useful build also i like the custom paint :)

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah! If it had a m.2 pcie slot there would only be the cpu fan header cable! I wish that was an option for the am1 mini itx. Yeah its just a "wrap" paintjob, peels right off. If i was to sand it and paint it normally, it would look a lot better but like you said, its mostly going to be hidden :)