Description

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.

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

CPU Cooler

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.

Motherboard

Awesome MoBo for my small form factor build. It comes with Wifi and has a nice protection cover for my NVME.

Memory

Nice looking memory that works. Not much else to say

Storage

It works, once you start stuffing it with games/videos/music it definitely starts to slow down a bit but that was expected.

Case

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.

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of games have you played on it? Build looks nice!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

So far I have tried out CSGO, Mordhau, and Dishonored. It can run csgo max settings at a solid 60-80 fps, Mordhau at low settings 60-80 fps, and Dishonored Medium settings 60-80 fps. Overall its a pretty solid build and can run most popular games just fine.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Super impressive for a build that only requires a 150w power supply!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

This is legendary

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi

I'm looking at the InWin case for myself but I have a question if you don't mind?

Can you replace the PSU with one of your own choosing if you want a bit more powerful pc?

Thanks in advance for your help

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried it myself but it looks like you can take it out. The only problem is that it is decently small so if you bought your own it might be hard to find the right size to be able to fit.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the information. I'm aiming to downgrade/sidegrade from a 6600k 1070 machine to a Ryzen 2600 w/ 570 gpu to go from 1440p gaming to programming and 1080p party games (with the ability to play a cyberpunk type game when it comes out) so the HTPC style cases just seem like the perfect fit for me.