Description

I recently showed my father-in-law another build I did using the ASRock DeskMini A300. He was so blown away that you can have such a great PC in such a small form factor that he immediately asked if I would build him one to replace his aging laptop.

He is someone who values quality and still abides by the tradition of buying something to last. The Ryzen 5 2400G with 16 GB of RAM is actually way overpowered for what he needs but I figure this way he will be able to use the PC for many years to come.

The Crucial P1 was the most reasonably-priced 500 GB M.2 NVMe SSD that I could find at the time. A low profile cooler is included with the A300 but the Noctua cooler keeps the PC extremely quiet and cool, even under load. For the Windows install we were able to reuse the license from his old laptop.

And now the A300: It's honestly amazing. The build quality of the whole thing is quite good and I think it's perfect for any non-GPU builds. The mobo has 2 M.2 SSD slots, 1 M.2 wifi slot, 2 SATA power-data ports (can fit 2 2.5" SSDs/HDDs in the chassis, even in RAID configuration-- cables are included), ample I/O, and a basic but decent BIOS. I decided to add the optional 2 USB 2.0 ports and wifi kit (hence the higher total price for the A300). I forgot to take a picture of the power brick but it's rated for 120W and is sized... accordingly, I would say.

All in all, a pretty beastly build in a very tiny package.

Part Reviews

CPU

Not much to say that hasn't been said; this APU is incredible.

CPU Cooler

Expensive but worth it. Dead silent and performs like a champ.

Memory

Performs well at a decent price point.

Storage

Not the fasted NVMe drive and not always the cheapest either... It performs well but it's probably worth shopping around a bit.

Custom

Honestly, amazing. The build quality of the whole thing is quite good and I think it's perfect for any non-GPU builds. The mobo has 2 M.2 SSD slots, 1 M.2 wifi slot, 2 SATA power-data ports (can fit 2 2.5" SSDs/HDDs in the chassis, even in RAID configuration-- cables are included), ample I/O, and a basic but decent BIOS. I decided to add the optional 2 USB 2.0 ports and wifi kit. The power brick is rated for 120W.

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

My Friend: "Bro! The mobo is LITERALLY the PC"

Me: "Hold my beer"

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice compact PC :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

JAW DROPS Thats the most compact build Ive seen!!!!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing Job, I hope he likes it! :D

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

He loves it! :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats good!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

The A300 is a standard AM4 mini-STX motherboard, correct? Not one of the embedded ones?

Does it have a standard 24 pin ATX and 8 pin EPS connector, or just the DC in from the brick?

I'm looking to do a brickless miniSTX build in a GameCube, using a 2400g and a 300w DC/DC HDPlex PSU with the internal AC/DC brick stashed under the mobo, and I'm reasonably sure it will work, but not quite sure enough to rush out and buy a DeskMini barebones to test.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, it's AM4, no it doesn't have 24-pin/8-pin connectors, just the DC input.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

^ This is correct. Right now it's the only way to get an AM4 mini-STX mobo too.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks to you both for the answers.

Guess I'll have to deal with the brick, which is not that bad considering the original GameCube had a brick nearly the size of the console anyway.

How many USB headers are there?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Just 1 USB 2.0 header.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Really love seeing these tiny systems. Had Ryzen APUs and the A300 been around when I built my system, I would've probably gone that route instead of mini-ITX Ryzen 5 1600. Should be a good little PC for a long time to come. :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

great choice of noctua cooler

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Onboard video I assume?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. There's not even a PCIe slot on mini-STX boards.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohhhhh. Didn't realize that.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Some mini-STX motherboards have MXM slots for mobile graphics cards.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never seen that. Good to know!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

It is an APU.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

That is just amazing. was looking for a super small form factor AM4 to use for my shop workstation with vesa mount.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Seriously want one these little beauties but I will wait ryzen 3000 apu support First then build one with 32gb ram and the same noctua cooler overkill the Hell out of it

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build. I've specked a simular build but not seen the case you are using.

I will defo get the A300 and fan for my build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Incredible build. Could you please indicate where you bought the A300 from? Thanks in advance.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I bought it in Germany from Mindfactory.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

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