This is a new small build dedicated to streaming media to my TV. While being planned for some time, I decided it was finally time to get it started when the Corsair Dominator sticks became available after upgrading to 16 GBs of Vengeance LED sticks on my primary build.
The main component driving the direction of the build was the case. I wanted something that was unique, small, and didn't resemble a typical mini computer case, while remaining affordable. I searched through dozens of different cases until finding this one on accident on Newegg.com, and when I saw it I immediately knew it was exactly what I was looking for. It is small, stylish, very well made, and even includes a decent power supply (a separate power brick and internal board, which for a build this small I knew was going to be a necessity anyway), and honestly I'm surprised it is not more popular than it is. It arrived quickly and well packaged straight from Hong Kong. Despite its small size it was not that much of a challenge building in this case, and I would easily recommend it or build in one again.
I originally planned to pair the H110i Pro AC motherboard with the Pentium G4560, as the seller on ebay stated the boards they were selling would come with the latest BIOS update preinstalled. When I booted the system for the first time however, there was no video output. After contacting the seller and learning that they forgot to update this particular board before shipping it, I decided to go pick up a G4400 in person at Micro Center rather than wait for the motherboard to be shipped back to be updated. The build now works properly, and I may keep the G4400 installed as I believe it should work well enough for streaming purposes.
The build could have easily been an AMD build with the release of Ryzen's new APUs which I did consider, but the selection of AM4 Mini ITX boards is limited and thus more expensive, and at this time I did not wish to deal with driver compatibility issues that may arise before Ryzen APUs are fully optimized for Windows 10. Also the G4400 I ended up going with was about half the price of the Ryzen 2200G (albeit also half the cores), and the motherboard was $20-40 cheaper than the closest AM4 model, plus I liked the looks and features of this MSI model and really wanted to use it. As it is this build went somewhat over budget, as I originally intended it to be price competitive with a NUC box or stick, although only when factoring in that I already had previously purchased the RAM at half of its current price.
Other than the above the only issue I ran in to was the cable for the case's USB ports was just slightly too short to reach the motherboard's header, to where it would have been bending the pins when installed or the cable would have been draped over the CPU fan, which already had limited clearance. When picking up the aforementioned second processor at Micro Center I picked up a header extension cable to take care of the problem. The height of the RAM heat spreaders means that the SSD and mounting bracket just barely fit on top, but I was determined to make it fit as I was very intent on using the intended leftover Dominator RAM sticks. The RAM runs at 2133 MHz as that is the highest supported by this motherboard. A second SSD could be installed and I did obtain a Molex-to-SATA power conversion cable, but installing one would further restrict the CPU fan's air intake, and at this point I don't believe I will need the additional storage space anyway. I am very pleased with how everything turned out, especially the case which is perfect for this build.