Description

I present you my first build: PANDORA BOX. It stores great power, but also great personal hardship.

My objective was to build a high-end compact computer to be used first and foremost as a gaming machine, but that could also be used as a workstation (programming and CAD). Another consideration was to not overpay for components. Hence, Nvidia's 2080 Ti and Intel's i9-9900k were out of question. I acquired the components throughout the last few months as I found good deals on them.

Overall, I think the end result was good with respect to performance, thermals, and aesthetics. The games I have tested run flawlessly at the monitor's native resolution and refresh rate, and the computer feels very snappy. The CPU's temperature stays below 70 C when running Prime 95 (Small FFTs + SSE), and the GPU's temperature stays below 65 C when running Furmark at the monitor's native resolution. The room temperature is around 21 C. Aesthetics are very personal, but I love the minimalistic design of the InWin A1.

In addition to its power and beauty, Pandora also brought hardships to my soul. First, building inside the InWin A1 case was very difficult for me. There is barely any space inside it. I had to carefully plan ahead the assembly process, and use special tooling to plug some of the connectors. I was also unable to place back the cover for the PSU cables because of the CPU cooler (bad design from InWin). Second, I noticed different buzzing noises coming from the computer under different circumstances. The very poor quality of the PSU the case comes with might be the culprit. When the video card is under load, for example, the PSU makes a noise similar to electric interference. Also, when the computer is in idle or under light load, the motherboard sometimes makes a slight buzzing noise reminiscent of a dot matrix printer. Since the noises are not very perceptible with the panels placed and the speakers on, I just decided to live with it (well, and because I found it impossible to disconnect the 24-pin power connector).

In the future, I think I will have to replace the terrible PSU of the InWin A1 for a decent one. When I tested Prime95 and Furmark together, the computer shut down after 10 minutes. Maybe it overheated. Add the noises to that, I'm very disappointed of InWin on this. Nevertheless, I am not going to replace it right now since I want to enjoy the computer... and my soul needs to recover.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

be quiet! makes good looking coolers.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice clean build! +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I would at least let INWIN know about the PSU problems so that they are aware.

How is the Nixeus keyboard? It is so hard to find a mechanical keyboard that doesn't have SOMETHING annoying about it, like: NumLock LED being way too bright, crappy/amateur font on the keys, unable to permanently disable backlighting, repeating keys, etc.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Compared to the Das Keyboard which I use at work (blue switches), the typing experience of the Nixeus does not feel as smooth. You can actually hear the spring mechanism bumping the keys up. However, the Das Keyboard is twice as expensive. But you do feel the difference.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build. My build is also in the A1 and I completely agree with all of the challenges with it. Your desk setup is so clean and I love the teal color of the RGB strip. Unfortunately I can't get mine working because my motherboard has a 3 pin header. Oh well, I still love the case even though building in it is a serious challenge. Amazingly clean build and setup. +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Post your build when you have a chance!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan to. I'm getting a new cooler and some other small things then I'll post.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

So quick question. Do you think that the Dark Pro 4 would fit? I know if i replace the PSU for a SFF one it will make a lot of room but I'm not sure if it can fit. The DR4 which you have measures at (LxWxH) 96.3 x 136 x 159.4. The DRP4 measures at 145 x 136 x 162. Do you think there's enough room maybe for the height?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I just saw your message. From what I can see, with the glass panel on I don't think there is enough space for the 2 centimeters of additional height.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Wheeeew, man! That's some sick computer graphics right there bro. Keep it cool.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Excuse me, what's the size (length, size) of your table?

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the PSU recommendation, it looks very neat. From your experience with it, is it noisy under load (e.g. the fan)? Also, did you have any issues connecting the AC power cable into the PSU length/bend wise? I noticed the connector is on the right border of the side with the switch rather than on the left border as in the built-in PSU. Finally, did you have to get custom length cables or the ones that come with the PSU are good for the InWin A1?

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

do you also have an inwin a1 ? im looking to swap my psu out of my inwin a1 also. will the sf 750 fit in the inwin a1 ?

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