This build was for a friend, who after hearing about/seeing my computer I built, was interested in one for themselves. The budget for the build was $600. They recently renovated there house from top to bottom, so everything is really modern and they wanted a desktop in the new office to match. They said they only needed the computer for general use, and for working from home. This entailed checking e-mails, browsing, online shopping, etc. Nothing too intense. So I thought...sleek, sexy, small form factor-the hamster in my head started to spin the wheel.
Since I was fired up and love the research portion, I dove right into the project. Initially when I built my first computer, I wanted the IN WIN Chopin case however couldn't find it anywhere. It was on Amazon shortly after I built my first computer, which was hilarious. So it was only fitting that when I went to Canada Computers to look around one day, the Chopin case was sitting right on the shelf-hahaha. (Unfortunately there was only one, or I would have bought two). I showed my friend the case, and they gave me the green light. The case itself is really nice, I like the finish on the front of the case. It looks like brushed aluminum/steel. The G4560 was 1.50 cheaper at the time of the build, so I thought why not get a slightly faster processor for that price. The rest of the parts are nothing crazy.
Building was very simple the second time around, however the case is so small and I don't think the pictures do it justice. After effortlessly attaching the CPU and RAM to the motherboard, plugging in the fan, and attaching the IO shield to the case, I put the motherboard in, This took me a min because I didn't want to damage anything. At this point, thoughts were raging through my head, "Wow you're the best!" "You're a computer assembling genius" "I'm putting all major computer companies out of business"...and then I realized- Cable management.
Due to my mild OCD and wanting to build a solid/clean computer for my friend, I spent 4 hours with cable management. I took out the motherboard and moved cables out around 15-20 times. What I ended up doing is feeding the cables for the case underneath a small little rectangular hole that went to the back of the case. This helped me reduce clutter, then I fed the ones I needed through the holes at the back. I won't lie, this is tedious. Those previous thoughts of positivity were slowly erased and I was quickly brought down back to earth. At some points, I stopped and looked at the case and components with a blank stare pondering life choices, and then IN WINs choices, and then mine again. After snapping out of the daze, I would come up with a different configuration.
After my spiritual journey with cable management had ended, I was happy with the way the computer turned out. My friend was too! With taxes and shipping of parts, the build ended up coming to $583. I think I did pretty good for the budget given. Overall, it was a sweet experience and I can't wait to do it again.