Description

I built this for my mother-in-law to reduce the clutter on her desktop and will mount with VESA mounting screws on the back of her 21" monitor.

The fan mounts from the bottom of the motherboard with special standoff screws. I laid the fan upside down on a hard surface, installed the CPU on the motherboard, put the thermal paste on the CPU and then flipped the motherboard over and visually aligned the motherboard holes with the fan screw holes. Then I tightened the fan screws on opposite sides, a little bit at a time to uniformly put pressure on the heat sink.

Once that was done, I put the I/O panel in the case. In retrospect, I should have attached the wi-fi antenna mounts to the I/O panel first to make it easier to tighten the nuts on the back. The motherboard slides in easily from either side of the open case (not very easily from the top). I was able to screw the motherboard down to the built-in standoffs on the case bottom and assemble the rest inside the case without any difficulty.

Then, I inserted the memory, mini-PCI wifi card, pico power supply, power led, switch and front panel USB 2.0 header. The 192W power supply brick uses a DIN connector, so the case had to have a ring removed and the female DIN connector screwed to the back of the case.

The supplied hard drive mounting bracket cleared the cpu fan case and mini-pci card with no problem. I wish I had a shorter SATA cable, but the right angle end fit in SATA_3 (covering the other slots) and I could fold the standard cable up in the space. It's not like I'm putting 2 drives in here.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Has anyone seen the new mini stx boards they are even smaller than that and they don't have integrated CPUs anymore

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the aftermarket cooler for the 6100?

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

The stock cooler should fit, but the aftermarket cooler is only 37mm tall and has about 7mm to spare.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Height limitations of the case.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, got it!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

very compact. Is that cooler shorter than the Intel stock cooler?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

According to the specs, it's only 3 mm shorter than the stock Intel E97379-001 cooler, but it looks to me like the stock cooler would just barely fit.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Ive seen a few builds in this, never was able to use the stock intel cooler of any generation. Always had to use a small/slim form factor cooler.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice small build!! And very powerful for the size and price.

One thing though: didn't you bend one of the clips from the IO shield? Because it seems that the Display Port is blocked by something.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I did bend one of the little I/O shield clips out and noticed it after I took the photos.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point
This is awesome to see another M350 HTPC with a picoPSU! I'm certain your mother-in-law will be very happy with this. Great job! +1
  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

OHHH the pico PSU is soo cute <3

+1!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

This specific motherboard has 20 pin power connector and the pico PSU has 24 pins. Shouldn't those be equal ?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I missed this message. If you look in the photo https://pcpartpicker.com/b/MHd6Mp , the 4 pin connector attaches separately to the ATX 12V Power Connector on the motherboard.