Background -I created this PC to be able to bring with me to college. Instead of bringing my giant gaming rig I wanted to build something a lot smaller that could do the basic stuff I needed for college plus some minor gaming for my free time. I wanted something that could fit pretty much anywhere, something that was easy to transport, and something that didn't create a ton of heat.
CPU -While looking for a cheap but powerful CPU at around the $100-$120 range the Ryzen 5 2400G was a no brainer. It had to come with integrated graphics (preferably Radeon Vega 11) since there is no room for a GPU in the mini case that I bought. At just $20 more than the Ryzen 3 3200G with Radeon Vega 8 the extra $20 was definitely worth it.
CPU Cooler - The choice here was pretty easy since there were only a few choices. The stock cooler did not fit in the case so I chose the Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 since it was fairly cheap with decently high performance for the price.
Motherboard -Again there wasn't much to choose from motherboard wise. I knew it had to be a Mini-ITX to be able to fit into my case and I needed wifi to be able to connect to the internet. Like the CPU I was aiming for around $100-$120. Ultimately it came down to the looks of the motherboard. I figured the ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming looked a bit more dated than the Gigabyte B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI so I went with Gigabyte.
Memory - I picked the G.Skill 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory due to the fact that it was cheap. At the time that I purchased the RAM it was cheaper than the rest of the DDR4-2400. Again this computer isn't meant for any hard gaming so the 8gb of DDR4-2400 should be plently.
Storage -For storage I really wanted to find a decently cheap M.2 since putting a harddrive or SSD in my case would be quit difficult due to its small form. I found a 1tb Intel NVME on sale for a price that I couldn't pass up. The drive is plently fast for what I need it for and it is easy to upgrade in the future if I ever need to expand.
Case -The case was my favorite part of the build. Like I stated above I wanted something small that I could take or put just about anywhere. The Inwin Chopin HTPC Case not only looked nice and clean but it came with a 150 W power supply which could save me some more money since I did not have to purchase a power supply.
Perfect CPU for my small form factor build. It fit (obviously) and it came with Radeon Vega 11 which is just what I needed for my build since I skipped the GPU.
Absolute life saver for my small form factor build. There are so few fans that fit in the InWin Chopin SECC Mini-ITX Tower case that I picked. The packages is spectacular for the cheap price that it holds.
Awesome MoBo for my small form factor build. It comes with Wifi and has a nice protection cover for my NVME.
Nice looking memory that works. Not much else to say
It works, once you start stuffing it with games/videos/music it definitely starts to slow down a bit but that was expected.
Really awesome small form factor PC case. My only complaint is that their could have been some more holes for cable management, other than that it was perfect to build in and came with the perfect power supply for my build.