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IN WIN A1 Cube (2nd Build)

by Veko

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My Personal Build: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/68bXsY

Built my first pc a year ago in the IN WIN 301. Decided to build in the IN WIN A1 Cube for a sibling.

On June 25th this PC was featured of Pcpartpicker! Thanks for the upvotes everyone!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Gaming PC Prices I have paid below in Canadian without 13% tax

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor $225 @ Canada Computers
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler $26.99 @ Amazon Ca
Motherboard MSI - B360I GAMING PRO AC Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $129.99 @ Amazon Ca
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $219 @ Canada Computers
Storage Western Digital - Blue 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $152.99 @ Newegg Ca
Video Card NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB Founders Edition Video Card $562 @ Nvidia Store
Case Inwin - A1 (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case w/600W Power Supply $209.99 @ Canada Computers
Case Fan Thermaltake - Riing Plus 12 RGB TT Premium Edition (3 Fan Pack) 48.3 CFM 120mm Fans $122.69 @ Amazon Ca
Case Fan Thermaltake - Riing Plus 12 RGB TT Premium Edition 14.0 CFM 120mm Fan $37.99 @ Amazon Ca
Total $1686.64

Peripherals

Type Item Price
Monitor [Dell - S2316H 23.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor] $156.24 @ Dell.ca (2017)
Monitor [MSI - Optix MAG24C 24" 1920x1080 144Hz/1ms Monitor] $299.99 @ Canada Computers (2018)
Monitor Stand [PWR+ Duel Monitor Stand] $50 @ Amazon.ca (2018)
Monitor Adapter [HumanCentric Dell VESA Adapter] $35.99 @ Amazon.ca (2018)
Keyboard Razer - Ornata Chroma Wired Gaming Keyboard $70 @ Used Kijiji
Mouse [Razer - DeathAdder Chroma] (https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/ZdZQzy/razer-mouse-rz0100840100r3u1) $40 @ Used Kijiji
Mouse pad [Steelseries mini ] $9.99 @ Amazon Canada
Headphones [Monster DNA ] $79.99 @ Best Buy Canada
Chair noblechairs ICON Series Black/Gold $459.99 @ Newegg
Total $1202.19

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customgtp 21 Builds 6 points 5 months ago

I love it!!! I'm working on my in win A1 mini build right now! Can't wait to share

Veko submitter 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Great to hear! Yeah it really is something else when its all done and put together

customgtp 21 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I have a watercooled 303 and I'm making this one to sorta match it! Kinda fun.

customgtp 21 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Your pictures came out great btw!!

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Cool!, thanks a lot. So will you be water cooling this one ?

customgtp 21 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I thought about it but it's really small and I am building it for a travel pc. Always wanted one and being it'll match my 303 I love so much I had to build it

The gpu I am using had a block on it already too... I took it of and put back the stock cooler,but I thought about it

PrivatePengu 4 points 5 months ago

Toasters come with RGB aswell now?

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Good thing about this toast is that it only costed ***$19.99, and you get another for free!

Flika1999 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Very nice! +1

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks!

Gmantoon3 2 points 5 months ago

Stunning build a quite fancy this case my self now.

Veko submitter 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks Mate

Reconyx 2 points 5 months ago

Awesome build! That case is pretty sweet, the only downside for me is the cable management, but I’m just a little ocd when it comes to that part. Solid build though!

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Oh no, the Cable management is pretty good in this case. The PSU cables are shortened so it is easier to manage throughout the case. It just looks like a slob in the back, since I didn't take the time to organize them that well. Just imputing some of the cables on the MOBO which are right beside the PSU are a pain, but well worth it.

Keidan94 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

I just love it ! For the temperatures it is good (VRM and the rest)?

Veko submitter 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks, Yeah temps are pretty good. Cpu at idle is around 38-40 degrees celsius. And around 50-52 Degrees Celsius when doing demanding task like Fortnite at 120 fps on high. I have yet put it through a bench marking application tho. Gpu idle is 40-45 running these 2 monitors. If it was just the dell 60hz 1080p monitor it would idel around 32. When gaming it will reach to 80 degrees.

Keidan94 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

They are really good temperatures, it's perfect :)

RawrCantBuild 2 points 5 months ago

Hey I have no clue abou PC builds and how good these parts are. Could you try give me a fps count on games like pubg fortnite and overwatch and csgo etc if possible? might just buy the parts and watch a video on how to assemble it if it has good fps. Edit: Just realised how expensive this is in Canada although it is super cheap in England right now!

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Hey, I guess these are more on the high to mid tier parts. They will shred any game on high to ultra settings. For Fortnite on high, i get like 160-200fps. CSGO around 300-400fps on high. overwatch prob around 150-180. PUBG around 150-170 ish. Yeah thats exactly how I built my first pc, through youtube vids. Yeah well the 1$ euro is $1.55 Cad.

RawrCantBuild 1 point 4 months ago

I just realised most these parts dont have a price tag which is wh they were so cheap. might have to improvise on some stuff. any opinions on what i could change to make it cheaper but have more or less the same experience. i dont mind fps 100+ since i play on xbox currently so alot of stuuf would be an upgrade.

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Yeah you can go cheaper on the CPU, maybe opt for a AMD ryzen one. you can get 8gb instead of 16 gb ram. You can get a regular hard drive instead of an SSD. A Gtx 1060 is good enough for the games you wanna play which is a lot cheaper. And you dont need fancy rgb fans. Also you don't need a fancy expensive motherboard. You just gotta do the research and you'll be good

RawrCantBuild 1 point 4 months ago

ok ty

HellRaizrRod 2 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

looks great. I like the new WIN A1 case.

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks, Agreed.

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Amazing work!

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks!

SamuelParker 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Love this case!

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Indeed, on of the best ITX cases in my opinion

tragiktimes101 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Dude, that's pretty damn cool.

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thank you :)

slimshelly 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

I am a fan of ITX cases and Inwin. Thanks for showing me what case to get for my next build! Very beautiful and congrats on the feature! +1

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Awww thanks :) it’s a great case

imerino 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Love the build its very clean! I am trying to determine if I am going to use a small AIO cooler for the CPU or a regular fan / heatink design.... not sure yet... times tickin :P

Def a sweet build though something you can hold onto for a long while because it's so small and clean and out of the way and beautiful haha I dont see myself upgrading the case for a long ways to come once i have it

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks a lot! If I had a better CPU or extra cash to spend, I think I would opt for the new NZXT kraken M22, or something like that. Yeah its a super elegant case, def won't change for a few years!

Wolklung 1 point 5 months ago

Looking superb = very nice work!

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks! much appreciated

freindlybuild 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Everything is squeezed, and yet the build look fantastic +1

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks!

Mr.Jackson 1 point 4 months ago

How good is the included psu that comes with case

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I wouldn't say its the best. Its your classic Bronze 80+ 600w PSU. However sometime it makes a whining noise when doing demanding task for a few minutes then its gone. I was also sketched out, cause inwin isnt known for making PSU's. However, my CX550m Corsair PSU sometimes made a whining noise, in the beginning, but slowly dissipated. The good thing about this PSU, is that it has custom smaller cables which helps soo much in cable management. If you are building a super high end PC, I suggest getting a SFX PSU, then get custom cables that are shorter in length. But all in all, it does the job!

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

The first guy comment here, said he was just building in the A1, and the PSU was DOA, so im sure INWIN will send him another. Also it is pretty simple to take out if you wanted too

scatterforce 1 point 4 months ago

Question: How effective is the fan behind the GPU? You currently have set to intake, but the PSU exhausts into the same space that's it in-taking from. Doesn't that create a loop of hot air? You are the third person I've seen install that fan as an intake and I wonder how the thermals are vs. it as an exhaust.

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Ugh I don't think its that effective. Naw there is no loop of hot air, since the PSU is on the top, the hot air rises, and the fan is below sucking in cooler air, which is fed directly to the PSU fan, which is then exhausted. Its more of an aesthetic piece IMO, as my sibling wanted one cause they thought it would be better. However I rock 1 exhaust and 2 intake on my INWIN 301, and the INWIN A1 still has a bit better temps, due to the lest volume of air needed to be replaced

recklessbaboon 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

im downsizing from the 301 also to the a1. but both are white!

Assquatch23 1 point 4 months ago

what is the default led color of the case without the rgb header by chance?

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

There is no lights on without the rgb header plugged in. Its an rgb strip that connects to the motherboard essentially. So your motherboard should have one

itsbrandonevans 1 point 4 months ago

Very clean build!

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks

RIPRoyale 1 point 4 months ago

Beautiful Pics and a Beautiful setup +1

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks! taken all on the iphone X

Illicits 1 point 4 months ago

Very nice pics and your build looks amazing. I almost have all the parts necessary to complete my first mini itx with this glorious case so I have a few question:

1) How long did it take and how hard was it to build in?

2) Would there be any benefit to Liquid cooling in this case over air cooling? I can’t decide between a be quiet dark rock 4 and whatever decent liquid cooler (never used one due to fear of leaks)

3) Will I have to delid my 8700k due to high temps and a gtx 1080 ti?

Thanks in advanced for responding and thanks for further justifying my purchase of this case

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks, I hope yours goes well!

1) I came back from a long month vacation and started building the next day i came back home. It took me from 9:30 Am to about 6 pm. However you can probably skim 2 hours off, since I had to go to the store to buy a sata/molex adapter since the PSU didnt have a molex one and some cables took forever to get in right. So for me some cables on the right side of the MOBO took forever. It is such a tight space there, I had a lot of trouble trying to plug in the RGB cable, and the set of cables such as the power led, power reset etc. Also the 24 pin wasn't clicking in to one side after 30 mins trying, and just pushed really hard and it went in lol. Took some breaks too cause I got frustrated at times ahah.

2) So with smaller cases, they have to displace less air, which is better for airflow. Both are good options. But If you are gaming at high fps, or doing lots of heavy work loads and obviously overclocking, I personally would go for a 120mm closed loop cooling solution. Imo, I would choose the NZXT or Deepcool versions. Or whatever offers the better temps. The newer ones improve on the mistake of others so I wouldn't be to fearful of leaks.

3) If you have a good cooling solution I don't think you will need to delid. Unless you want to go out of your way to get the lowest temps possible. However, I think you will be fine with a closed loop liquid cooling solution on it. For your gtx 1080ti, as long as you got a good airflow fan for intake underneath you will be fine.

Also a tip, I had to take off the PSU shroud to even try to plug stuff in on the MOBO, if not unscrewed its basically impossible. I probably should have removed the PSU to as it would have been easier. Also, I had to remove the Ram to fit the cables on the side to. Any other questions feel free to ask.

Illicits 1 point 4 months ago

You are a hero thanks for the detailed response. Btw Im gonna copy you and go for the ML 120 fans. I saw them in person and they are gorgeous

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

No problem glad I can help and can’t wait to see your build on here! :)

Awakening7 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I'm wanting to make a build like this with a 8700k and a GTX 1080ti. Do you think the thermals can hold up? That's really what has me worried. Should I go with a blower Style 1080ti? Let me know what you think please.

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Someone asked the same question yesterday, so go look at what I said! However yes 100% go for the blower style. And I suggested to the other guy to get a 120mm liquid closed loop cooling system like nzxt m22, or a deepcool captain to for the cpu.

Awakening7 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Humm ok. Thanks! I was actually going to go with a Dark Rock 4 Air cooler as all the builds I've seen so far have had air coolers. Plus it would also mean less cables and more room for air, but I'm not too sure. personally I want this case for gaming and I'm not a hardcore gamer though I do play at 1440p. I definitely just want temps to be adequate for 2-4hr gaming sessions.

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I mean for the best temps I would go with a liquid cool solution but I’m sure the dark 4 will be fine as well

Awakening7 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Ahh ok got it. thanks!

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Awakening7 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Quick question. I'm thinking of adding two fans at the bottom for the GPU. One on the back for intake and the side one I would say it's for the AIO. Would I have enough connections for the fans or would I need external hub? I'm not doing any RGB fans. Since you've worked the case you can let me know what would it be like to have 3 fans and the AIO fan.

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

So I got these fans, because it connects to one hub and I it’s has pwm, and other nice function. Since you are adding four fans you will probably need a hub, since most itx mobos won’t have more than 2-3 ish fan headers.

rogdog56 1 point 3 months ago

Sorry, a bit of a newb. Are the bottom fans intake or exhaust?

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

All good, The bottom two are intakes, so as the one behind the PSU. The one close to the processor is an outtake.

jjimine1 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Bruv! This is a dope build! I'm getting one of these in white in a couple weeks! Mad excited. It'll be my second PC as I have built my wife's already. I'm glad to see there seems to a quite a bit of left over space in case the graphics card isn't exactly the recommended 300 (I picked one that was 303 long I believe). From the looks of yours, I don't think I'll have a problem with the Vega card. That was my biggest concern. But we will see. But anyways, dope build and this just fuels my fire to build mine.

Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

thanks! Can't wait to check your build out. Yeah there is lots of room left fore bigger gpu's which is great. They show the dimensions on their website too

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Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

awww thanks :*

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Veko submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Omg dude, I completely surprised. I always wanted to be featured on my first build. And here we are now. I think your comment made the pcmaker gods make it feature, thanks!

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