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So I downsized my gaming rig (which was also my first build) into this beautiful itx killing machine.

I really wanted 2 things: portability (because I move a lot because of my job) and air cooling so that I don't have to worry about leaks during transport and have the best reliability possible. My Grandpa made me an amazing wooden desk with metal feet that is easy to disassemble so when I need to move into a new dorm/apartment like I do almost every year, my whole setup is super easy to move and doesn't take too much space once built.

The internal layout of the Inwin A1 is the absolute best for air cooling in an itx case in my opinion. You can have 4 case fans plus your cooler tower. The only thing I didn't like was the transparent plastic feet that made the whole case look cheap, so I painted the silver to mimic a brushed aluminium finish. I also swapped the included PSU immediately because I've heard to many bad things and I needed extra space for the commander pro anyways (which I stuck on top of the PSU with Velcro tape). That said, I didn't want to leave my cables exposed so I cut a piece from a cheap mailbox and painted it in the same silver than the base. I attached it with Velcro tape to the top of the case.

Now please don't roast me too hard for swapping the NF-A12x25 on the Noctua cooler for an RGB one, I know this will be a sin punishable by death to Noctua fans, but worry not, I put the included fans into good use in the case feet under my GPU. The slightly overclocked 1080ti now sits comfortably in the mid 60s while gaming.

All in all, this was a challenging build for a novice like me on his second build, but the final result is worth all of it. Hope you guys like it :)

If you want to check me out on Mixer, I would greatly appreciate. Come chat about planes n'stuff :) https://mixer.com/Airwarrior

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  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWER

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! Hopefully the international space station can see me with all the rgb :P

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats your temps please?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

They are in the details on the left :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks , what about idle temps?

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Gpu idles at a stupidly cool 25c but the CPU idles high, in the 50s. Apparently this is a know issue with ryzen 3000 where the Mobo pushes a high voltage to the CPU even at idle so i'm not too worried about it, but hopefully there is a BIOS update to fix that soon. Hope that helps !

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Love your whole layout! what's the tiny monitor on the low left? And what is Bose doing for you?

I never considered the SFF case below the mega monitor with the extra monitor beside, but man, that works so well.

Great cheeser photo too, lol.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry for the late reply. I dont recall what the tiny monitor is but it's one of those cheap 1080p monitors, around 10 inches. The bose soundlink mini is awesome! I use it all the time wether it is as a desktop speaker or in blutooth mode with my phone around the house! The only complaint I would make on this setup is that the case itself is a little high on its feet, meening that my main monitor is a bit high for my liking. Other than that, it works well for everything I do (monitoring temps while I game and some occasional streaming)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How much space is in front of the GPU? Is there at least 25mm space to lay an HDD on its side?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I just checked and there is about 45mm :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

That's definitely enough for a 3.5" drive! Thanks!