Hey! Like my last few PCs I've done on here, I'm selling this one on Craigslist. As of time of writing I have not sold this one yet, and I am currently pricing it at $775 (Ik, a little bit of a ripoff but it's still better than most prebuilts at this price, so arguably im doing people a favor).
Anyways, this is my first Mini ITX build, and I really liked it! Overall I would recommend these parts for sure; they all delivered pretty well. The PC is very small, even compared to my Corsair Spec 01 in my personal machine, which is fairly small for a mid tower case. Sorry about the lack of internal pictures; it's hard to get internal pictures of this build because of all the parts.
AMA me about the parts if you're thinking about buying them or anything.
Also the cat on the couch is Axel and the one next to the PC on the ground is Zion.
Performs pretty well for the price
I've never thought of ASRock as being very good, but I was pleasantly surprised by this mobo. After I finished installation, it worked great, and the wifi was actually quite fast. However, I have a few gripes with the installation.
The main issue is with the installation of the wifi. There is an manual booklet with the mobo, but it says nothing about the wifi. I figured out how to do it though. For the record, you take the wires with the gold things at the end, and plug it into the tiny gold ports on the wifi module, which you can find using the diagram of the mobo in the manual, and then put the other side through the holes in the IO shield and secure it with the nuts.
The issue with the wifi installation for me wasn't the lack of instructions, however. It was that it was EXTREMELY difficult to plug the cables into the TINY gold ports on the wifi module. It took me a good 15 minutes and a decent amount of force to plug both in, and that's with the motherboard out of the case and no other components installed If you have a fully assembled system and the cable came out somehow you'd probably have to disassemble a bit to get it into a good enough position to plug them back in.
That was my main gripe with the board, but I also had some strange issues with the CPU fan. The custom curve controls were acting very weird for me. Whenever I set the fan speed to below 50%, it would turn off (surprisingly, at idle the temps were still about 50 with the fan off), and when I turned the speed over 50% it would jump to about 2500 rpm, which is quite loud. The fix is to go into advanced mode in the bios, then manually change the CPU fan mode from "auto" to "4-pin". Then it worked as expected.
All that being said, the mobo worked great after installation. The BIOS is nice and easy to use, it boots quickly with Fast Boot enabled in BIOS, the wifi is fast, and the logo you see on boot isn't gimmicky and weird like on MSI and Gigabyte.
Great, cheap DDR4 RAM. Even though there's no heatsink, it looks very slick. And in this mini itx build nobody's going to see it anyways.
I wanted this as a boot drive in this system, and it sure delivers. It's booting up in about 10 seconds with this.
I'm really, really tired of reviewing this.
This is a great card. PowerColor isn't exactly known for making high-end versions of cards, but this really feels like one. The build quality feels great compared to any other GPU I've worked with, and, although it's not marketed as ITX, it's fairly small, at about 8.75 inches. The fans also look really cool for some reason.
I bought this just because it was the smallest case I could find that supported decently long GPUs and a full-size ATX power supply. However, after building it I was thoroughly impressed. There were no major issues with the case, and it ended up as a great build largely because of this case.
The build experience went very nicely, and there was no BS involved like crappy hard drive mounts and stuff. The manual is relatively thorough, and if you get this case, definitely follow it, even if you're a veteran builder. You have to build it in a certain order to fit everything in. It looks pretty decent overall, but I ended up wishing I got the mesh version, because the front isn't solid color like in the picture.
Clarification about what drives it can fit, because it doesn't say clearly anywhere: It has one 2.5 inch mount on the bottom, and then it has a thingy on the top which can fit either one 3.5 inch device or 2 2.5 inch devices. So, up to 3x2.5 inch or 1x2.5 inch and 1x3.5 inch.
I couldn't find any reviews of this PSU, but I took a gamble on it and it's working fine. It is designed by SeaSonic, but they outsource it, so it's not manufactured at their standard facility, hence the lower quality than most XFX PSUs. It also smells REALLY bad out of the box. I've dealt with 10+ PSUs. They all smell bad. This one smells worse. Not an issue though after it airs out a bit.