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!