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I bought a few Mini-ITX cases that just sit in the corner. I wish they were more interesting, but as I start to arrange the little innards I can't be satisfied with the layouts of the cases I bought. They're just too bulky and/or nondescript, seeming to defeat the novelty purpose of this form factor. Some might argue it's not a novelty but a necessity to build a miniature desktop PC. Yeah, sure it is. Here's this.

The first idea for containment was just to fit everything inside the original cardboard box the motherboard came in. That was amusing enough for a little while, and it was going to fit very nicely, but my ambition unfolded beyond that space & I knew it deserved a more elegant & durable solution.

Sometimes you accidentally discover what you really want & then nothing else will do. I could have stayed with the original goal of the utmost compactness, but then the novelty impulses came into play & I had to soup-up the mini system with Dual Graphics (evidently a thing people did with these A8s sometimes). Detached the ATX bracket & VGA sidecar from the cute little R7 240, leaned it sideways & bada bing it's like it was meant to be. The motherboard's I/O shield just happens to stand exactly in the space provided by the plastic pillar pieces. Do you see why I had to obey the call of the cosmos here? I'm placing my trust in a plan bigger than I can see.

You have probably heard people describe PC building as "adult LEGO" & thought of building your own case out of some kind of interlocking toys. Well, why haven't you done it? That's what I asked myself. These PC parts were pretty cooperative in their dimensions, so it was a good opportunity to experiment & consider more elaborate ideas with newer hardware. . . .

This obviously needs to be the Minecraft server for the kids in the family. OK universe? I have done your silly bidding. Let me move on.

No idea why photo #6 came out all lousy, but I am not taking this thing apart just to reshoot it.

Part Reviews

CPU

Not going to knock your socks off, but it's still basically adequate for a desktop PC & should do alright serving Minecraft. If you find a cheap one, try it for a novelty project like I did.

Motherboard

I was a little surprised to see this older socket in Mini-ITX form. Gave me no problems for the light load I placed on it.

Memory

No-brainer go-to memory sticks since my first build. In fact I reused 2 from that build in this one. They just work correctly.

Storage

Pretty skimpy, but sufficient to boot Windows & install some applications. Fast enough that I didn't have to ask Why isn't this faster?

Storage

I get these a few at a time from eBay. I guess they're salvaged in bulk from office buildings or something. HWiNFO64 shows an alert icon on this one, so maybe I'll investigate that one of these days.

Video Card

Just a funny little GPU I picked up for the chance to try Dual Graphics with the A8-7600. Detachable VGA port can make it truly low profile.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I am not really sure what this is!?! But it's pretty cool!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a proof of concept, mediocre PC parts held together with toys. I learned a few things that will help in another project I'd like to try later.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It was about equal parts fun & rage. If you don't get all name brand LEGO® stuff, there can be some unwelcome tension or looseness in just the wrong spots. But it's pretty great how they can hold the power switch & the I/O shield just right.

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