Description

Parts:

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G Quad Core
Noctua NH-L9i Chromax.black CPU Cooler
ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming AM4
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2x 8GB DDR4 3200
Inland Premium 1TB NVMe PICe M.2 SSD
InWin Chopin + IP-AD150A7-2 150W PSU

Things I loved about the build:

  1. Let me be honest here... This entire build was based around the blacked out NH-L9i. My current HTPC is massive amounts of overkill, so I'm going to sell it and stick with something small and simple. This cooler was the catalyst for that change because I don't think one needs a 2700X + Radeon VII to watch streaming content. Originally I ran some VMs and did some gaming, but I've since moved those VMs and don't game much on a TV.
  2. The least complicated ITX build ever. Normally, you're making all kinds of compromises when it comes to ITX. There are component mounting challenges and cable management challenges. Not here. This build was basically cheating. The PSU was already installed and the cables already in the general areas they needed to be. The key here was plugging everything in BEFORE installing the board The only sacrifice I made here was foregoing the front panel audio connector. I literally never use those and there was no clean way to run it with this board. An extremely easy sacrifice to make.
  3. Price. This is probably my cheapest build to date. Even my NUC was more than this to put together. With Microcenter's insane CPU combo pricing, the wallet didn't hurt after this one!

Challenges:

  1. My own patience. Microcenter was out of stock on the ASRock Fatal1ty ITX board when I went. I wanted to get everything for this (outside of the cooler which I got from Amazon) in one shot. I grabbed the ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming AM4 which lacks Displayport (not that important) and USB-C (Important). I get that product segmentation is a thing, but I do not feel that USB-C should in any way be optional. That's not how you get something to become a standard.

  2. Stripped screw. I was very surprised by this. Noctua stuff has never lost with me in terms of quality. When I was replacing the stock mounting hardware with the AM4 kit, the final screw completely stripped out with one turn by hand. I'm guessing it was just a bad screw in the batch. It was simple work with a screw extractor to remove the screw, but then I had to go and find a replacement for it. The AM4 kit didn't come with any replacements. I actually found it a bit frustrating that an AM4 adapter kit was necessary in the first place. I understand the original L9i not having it since it came out before AM4, but this is a brand new product.

    It was funny seeing such a low power draw from this thing compared to all of my other systems. Even under full load it only tops out at about 100 watts. My 2950X rig idles at like 170 in power saver mode. Playing video was flawless on this rig (as I expected it to be) and overall, it's really snappy doing just about anything I did on the 2700X rig it's replacing.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, that is amazingly clean for an HTPC build. Well done!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow beautiful build and even nicer photos! I love seeing quality builds with a proper showcasing

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

O boy would love to buy it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Image number 4. I don't understand how it was possible to happen. CPU is placed 180° off but the golden triangle is in the right corner. Image number 8 is what it should really look like. I am very confused.

  • 4 months ago
  • 4 points

Congrats! You're only the 2nd person to notice lol. A bit of an Easter Egg. #4 is the text from #8. The light source caused #4 to come out blank, so I used the IHS text from #8. I was going to flip it so that it was correct, but was more curious to see if anyone would notice if I didn't.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Simply art, I love it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

You forgot the boxman in the price lol Very nice and classy build

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL! Thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

To start off with.. Wow! those images are incredible. May i ask what camera and lens were you using for the photos?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Canon EOS R w/ 50mm f/1.2 L & 100mm f/2.8 L Macro.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a bit jelly of the all black L9i, and the inwin Chopin combo. Still rocking the beige and cream combo on my htpc system. Really clean and well done. All black is the icing on the cake. +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I love everything about this but I don't respect that the motherboard in one of these images is on some type of carpet.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! That's actually my desk mat/mouse pad. I could see how it looks like carpet though. Certainly doesn't feel like carpet.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Well then. Only positives from me, with such low power, is it simply a home theatre PC or something else?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Selling off my current HTPC because it's very, very overkill lol. 2700X + Radeon VII.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not swap for a better case so you play games or render videos, produce music, etc... I can understand when you don't have the time to use it though.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I have many other PCs. This one doesn't need to be super powerful.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks so amazing... I don’t even know what to say. Absolutely love it.

I’ve routed my front panel audio cable under the PCIe slot to the header. I use the ASRock Fatal1ty ITX board in my Chopin but the header appears to be in a similar position.

You can hide the front IO cables in the space between the front panel and the interior by routing them through the small hole by the IO. It’s a pain to do but makes managing the other cables a lot easier and cleaner.

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! I didn't really need the front panel audio since it's on the side anyway, so I just left it out. The front panel header is actually right by the front panel, so I tucked the excess under the board. Worked out really well. Hid the FP audio about around back by fishing it through the tiny hold you mentioned.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

That cooler is so sleek it's disgusting, I can see how it compels an entire build. The printing on the side of the GPU is kind of busy by comparison . . . I might just cut a piece of something to lay over that. I guess the side panel makes it a moot point. Just out of curiosity, do they leave you the option to remove that mesh from the panel & put something transparent there?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

No, that would be kind of awful considering the Noctua is the only source of airflow in the entire build (except the PSU). That's actually the M.2 riser, not a GPU. I considered seeing if it could be peeled off, but as you said the panel isn't all that see-through.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, so it is! The details make it pop to the foreground in that camera angle, it actually looks as tall as the cooler. But of course it's all SFF so that wouldn't add up.

Yeah I don't think a solid pane of glass would be wise, but I would honesty have some kind of itch to make the inside more visible. Especially with that Noctua unit in a starring role.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Added some more pics. Specifically with the side panel on. It's actually pretty visible at the right angle. Esp if I turn on the LEDs and set them to white.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right, that's a decent amount of light passing through. The M.2 cover does still kind of stick out, but I just have a sore eye for branding. I'm sure it's not that bothersome. Quite elegant overall, I am more & more encouraged to try this form factor.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks great!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What an amazingly clean build. Mine is almost the same except stuck with the brown and tan colored cooler. I really struggled a bit with the cables but then again i didnt really take the time to cable tie everything and slim everything down. I also needed to route some to the back panel for a 2.5" drive.

I do have a question though: Does your PSU heat up a lot when you put the system under stress? I ran a MemTest last night and while the test was running, the PSU became very hot but was only consuming about 100W max from the wall according to my power meter.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It does get warm, but not in a way I would say was out of spec.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How many frames are you getting while gaming?

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

I don't game on it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

oh

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate that you matched CPU TDP with the cooler's TDP range. Most people building small form factor pc's tend to ignore TDP requirements.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow this is stunning! I've been quietly viewing the photos and description on this build for several days now. I've been inspired to build this for my Dad for Christmas, as this is something he'd enjoy and use everyday.

Just wondering what is that expansion slot above the power receptacle? I downloaded the manual from In Win but it's not clearly illustrated and no YouTube video about this case has even mentioned it. Not enough clearance for a GPU so I'm sort of stumped..

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Are you referring to the PCIe slot? It would be for expansion in other cases where there are accessible PCIe slots, just not in this specific case, so it's not really usable.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, it's on the case itself. Oval slot with 2 holes for screws, between the power plug and the mobo I/O shield. (Picture #19)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, that! I theorized that it's either a port pass-through of some kind, or just a remnant from reused tooling. But yeah... no concrete idea.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Did you need to do a BIOS update for the 3400G to work with this mobo? Mine required an update, luckily the local shop offered this service fast and free. I'll have the build photos up soon, with some snaps of the cable management wizardry I had to perform. I'll be sure to credit you and the others for the build tips and inspiration.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Can't wait to see it. No. I got mine from Microcenter. They're pretty good about updating their boards.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I follow this kind of build? Have you had any issues whatsoever? thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How loud are the fans and the psu? Cool build by the way.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Fan isn't too bad. I don't ever hear it, but I do keep it behind the TV.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

[eyes tearing up] It's... it's beautiful...

I wish I had this kind of thing.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

What PSU did you use in this?

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Comes w/ a 150,

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

Great build and I really like theme! Looking to buy this case myself but don’t like the blue USB ports. I was wondering how you changed the colors on the ports from blue to grey. Did you change it on the case itself or only on the photos?

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! That was just the photos, but I did end up covering them with black enamel.

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build! Quick questions: I'm in Spain and it's hard to find some stuff. Is this InWin what I'm looking for? https://www.amazon.es/Chopin-Mini-ITX-Geh%C3%A4use-Watt-Netzteil/dp/B015P6IVKO/

Also found this: https://www.amazon.es/dp/B015P6ME0M/

Also will this setup run with a 4k monitor like: https://www.amazon.es/LG-27UL500-W-Monitor-p%C3%ADxeles-Blanco/dp/B07PVW7BMQ/

thanks!

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah, it's the same one. It will run a 4K monitor, it'll even play 4K movies. Games will give you trouble though at that res.

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