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First Build Tiny Web Browsing PC for my In-laws

by edl



Date Published

May 17, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz


This was a bit of an odd choice for my first build considering how small, and therefore a bit difficult to work with it was. But I was successful and my in-laws are very happy with it.

I had trouble getting the motherboard in. I had to push the cables out of the way to just the right positions before I finally managed to get it in. I also had trouble fitting this particular ram into this particular motherboard. Not sure where the fault lies. I did manage to get it in but I had to use a lot more force that I would have liked.

A cheaper b250 board would be fine for this build but my in-laws requested 2 HDMI ports so that was why I went with the ASRock h270.

All in all, it looks good, it's tiny, it affordable, and it runs great for general usage such as web browsing. Its quiet too!

I cant wait to build my own ATX mid-tower though :)

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timless 3 Builds 6 points 23 months ago

Dang, I love the case! Only wish they had made it a little bit larger so users could have the option to throw a tiny graphics card (such as the MSI GTX 1050 TI 4GT LP ) in there. But for a build like yours where one is not needed and the on-board graphics is more than enough, it looks great! You even did a great job with the cable management, in a case as small as this. And for some reason I'm very pleased you removed the sticker from the CPU cooler; it actually looks a lot better without it, and blends everything together.

Footnote, that is the exact deodorant I use! Speed Stick sold separately

You got my upvote!

edl submitter 1 Build 3 points 23 months ago

Thanks for the feedback and the upvote! The sticker was really visible through the mesh side panel and it was bugging me so it had to go :)

The deodorant is my husband's and he left it on the dining room table for some reason that day. I grabbed it thinking it made a good size reference. Who knew it would be the star of the show lol

bloodroses75 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

With a video card, he could use a PCI-e ribbon cable to add a video card externally to the system and make a mini case for it (like external hard drives do). The issue though is the 150 watt power supply might not be powerful enough to power much.

BTW, cool small build! Easy to tuck away. :)

edl submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks! It is a nice little case.

Selicos 1 point 23 months ago

I think there are rumored RX 550's in single slot and low profile persuasions. It might not compare directly to a 1050ti but it would work.

nakaman 4 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

There is already a rx 460 lp

Selicos 1 point 23 months ago

And single slot?

nakaman 4 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Yes but keep some space for fans that thing heats up like lava

Selicos 1 point 23 months ago

I've seen half height or single slot 460's, not both. At least not for sale in the US. The 470 is my bottom limit for 1080p though. A 460 will get the job done except in AAA titles.

timless 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

I'd be happy with either but unfortunately the case not only lacks a single expansion slot, but there's no clearance between the PCIxE slot on the motherboard and the power supply. Had they designed the case a tad bit larger it would work. But the manufacturer clearly designed this case as an HTPC, and not a gaming, case. Still, that'd make one heck of a “console-killer” build if you could.

Selicos 1 point 23 months ago

It has a pop out for a small something but could easily be dremeled out to fit a half height/single slot GPU if it existed. Cooling would be interesting.

I had a Chopin (recycled from work) that I modded to fit a PCI wifi card.

Sockens 3 points 23 months ago

Quite the barebones system. I can't say it doesn't look good though. It's simple and rugged. I like that.


Wazzzer 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Really like how compact everything is, as said above the cable management is on show but neat so compliments the case

FlyinToasteronie 2 points 23 months ago

Whoah, this is AWESOME! Now I'm inspired to make an HTPC using this case! How many HDD/SSD spaces does it have?

edl submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks! It has room for two 2.5" drives.

FlyinToasteronie 1 point 23 months ago

Alright, thanks!

dhess34 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

And a m.2 drive, if your motherboard supports it! Plus, now there are plenty ‘o inexpensive HDD’s in the 2.5 form factor; so between the m.2, and a pair of HDD’s, most people will have plenty o’ room!

EndTheFed 4 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Big thumbs up! Looks great.

edl submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Thank you! :)

ReVa 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

At first i was like "oh another In Win Case build" then when I saw the opened side panel with the cooler


P.S I like small form factor builds +1111111

Vairfoley 30 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

I love how you pulled the Intel sticker off the stock cooler. It looks bad-***.

Nice build!

edl submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Ha! Thank you! :)

Camden92 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

This is awesome. Nice job!

aGuyWhoBuildsStuff 1 point 23 months ago

Nice build. I wonder if you could fit in a graphics card in there

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HVK 1 point 23 months ago

Can i use ASRock - B150M Pro4 for the pentium G4560

edl submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

You need a Skylake CPU to update the bios so that it will work with Kaby Lake. They might be shipping with the update, but I'm not sure, which is why I went with a Kaby Lake board.

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Nice build, should last a while being an internet only PC and also extremely small for minimal desk space. I would personally hate building in a case THAT small however as I would have a nightmare doing cable management with my giant hands since that is something I am really picky with on my own builds.

I would say for the actual use you stated it was for the built in graphics will be just fine and that PSU might be a bit weak for even a single slot video card as its only a max of 150w. Your PC is estimated to use 100w already and the video card will need another 75w for peak power. It "Might" work but I doubt you will notice a difference in speed when using facebook.

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edl submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I bought it from Newegg but it doesn't seem to be available there now. I'll let you know if I find it anywhere else.

Edit: found it at microcenter http://www.microcenter.com/product/469278/chopin_brushed_aluminum_mini-itx_computer_case_w-_150w_power_supply

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