I’ve been wanting to do a mini itx build for a long time, both of my other builds ended up being micro atx due to budget. I wasn’t as restricted with this build.
My last build was a devils canyon 4790k that I ended up running on an aio liquid cooler, and was still in the mid 60’s Celsius, which was fine, and it was pretty much silent, except the pump. I wanted this build to be even more quiet, which is why it has all air cooling.
I pretty much just build for the enjoyment of building. No real specific use for the pc. I don’t edit anything, I do play a few games but nothing serious or hardcore. Bills and spreadsheets probably see as much time as games. Hopefully this explains why I chose the hardware.
I wanted the full RGB treatment. This was about 50% of why I was building. My previous builds had no lighting, and I wanted it to look flashy.
I knew space was at a premium in this case, and I wanted as few cables as I could get away with, so I utilized both m.2 ssd slots. If I hadn’t, I would not have been able to get the commander pro to fit in the rear of the case. The only hitch I did run into was the cryorig bracket, I had to file it down just a hair to make the rear m.2 clear.
I bought the inwin a1 case purely for the looks. The built in power supply and wireless charging aren’t really a factor for me. And it looks amazing, the build quality is top notch. They use really nice materials on the case for sure. With that said, I would like to put in a sfx power supply and try my hand at custom cables. The built in power supply fan gets pretty noisy under load and that’s a pretty big bummer for me.
Cable management was not easy, but that’s probably true of most mini itx builds. Having two cables on each fan (pwm and rgb) didn’t help. My motherboard didn’t have enough fan or usb headers for everything I was putting in the case, the Corsair commander pro was my first and quickest option. I knew it would 100% with my fans. I will keep working on the cabling to try and perfect it.
Surprisingly the quad lumi cooler keeps the highest temps on the cpu peaking out in the upper 50’s under load and in the 30’s at idle. The gpu fans only ever spin when I am gaming, and even then only go to 30% speed and are still silent. There is no coil whine on this card which is a huge plus over my evga Gtx 970 I was using before. The 970 had pretty bad coil whine and was relatively loud under load.
I’m about 90% happy with the build overall. I just need to change over to a nicer sfx power supply to make it completely silent and I’ll be happy with it.