WHY I BUILT IT
I decided to build this HTPC/portable gaming PC mostly for streaming movies and watching YouTube. But I also wanted to be able to do some gaming on it since I go to my cousins house over the summer in Oregon and I cant bring my Main gaming rig since it is just to big and I wouldn't be able to take it on the plane with me, This on they other hand fits into my back pack and is super portable. I have always thought that Xbox to PC conversions were really cool and saw that no one has really ever converted a 360 slim into a PC so when I decided to build this PC I got my old Xbox 360 slim out of my closet tour it apart and started working. (It also saved me some money on a case lol)
The case was really fun to work on I got to try lots of new things with it and learned a lot from building on it. It defiantly presented some challenges one of them was that when I was drilling the holes for the mother bored stand offs one of the holes was on an uneven plan where the metal sloped down and i had to drill that a couple of times because the drill keep slipping and drilling in the wrong spot. Another fun challenge I came across when cutting the back of the case to fit the io shield in once again the plans were uneven and I was worried that the io shield wouldn't stay in place but once I got the mother board mounted and pressed against it it stayed in place just fine, It was also my first time using a dreamole so there was a bit of learning during the process. The last and finally big problem I had with the case was mounting the power button, on the other Xbox 360s the power button was mechanical and you physically pushed the button in to turn on the console, Buuutttt on the 360 slim the power button is touch and I couldn't figure out how to make that turn the PC on which was disappointing since I wanted the PC to feel as much like the original console as possible (If you know how to get this to work or have any ideas please let me know) So since I couldn't get the original button to work I put a button I got on eBay for like a dollar and made a little mount out of old parts from the case that I had cut for the Io shield and put it behind the sync button from the old console and hot glued it down and it worked surprisingly good. I also rapped the stock plan black case with white and light grey vinyl which I think looks really cool. I also took the thin metal peace from that sits on top of the case and cut holes in it so I could mount my hard drive on it so I had more room to put other parts and to allow better air flow threw the case I also had to cut almost half of this thin metal peace in half because it was hitting the CPU cooler and it would not allow the fan to spin. Over all this was a really fun case to build with and I defiantly learned a lot during the process.
I didint go super over the top with the specs since I'm a broke high school kid and went with a ryzen 5 3400G APU which has been really good to me so far able to run all the games i throw at it at 60FPS medium settings at 1080p and the temperatures are pretty good.
I found a really good deal on the 970 evo during black Friday so I got one for my main boot drive and its fast but not as fast as I thought it would be I think the evo series is really over hyped I mean there good dont get me wrong but it feels just as fast as my 2.5 Gigabyte ssd I have on my main rig. I also had an old laptop hard drive laying around so I threw that in there for lots of extra storage in case I ever need it.
I decide to go with 16gb of vengeance LPX Because of its low profile and I had it laying around. I deiced on 16gb because any less and the system would have been terrible for gaming considering the memory is being used both for the graphics and the CPU and any more then 16gb and it just gets to expensive for my budget.
I went with noctua because they are just simply the best and are one of the few company's that even make CPU coolers this small. The cooler is relatively quite while at idle and while watching videos but when its under full load it can get quite noisy which was a bet disappointing but
I went with the mother board because it was just the best all around for what I needed in my build case, It already has built in WiFi which was a most because most of the time it will be using it in my room where there is no Ethernet to plug into and when i'm at my cousins over the summer it will be a lot easier to use the WiFi sense they dont have Ethernet to plug into any where but the front room which is not the most practical.
I went with a pico psu because of the size restraints and it worked just fine I only had one problem which was my motherboard indeed a 8 pin cpu plug but the pico only game with 4 so I had to wait a couple of days for the adapter which wasn't a big deal and just a bit of bad planing on my part by not realizing what I needed before the build. the AC/DC adapter was pretty hard to find for a decent prize because of the wattage I needed and needing it to be a 12v adapter, most of the adapters that are that high of wattage are 19v so it made it difficult but after some patience's I was able to find one and it works great and is quite.