This is a build meant to live in the living room as an HTPC for 4K playback/streaming (Netflix, YouTube TV, etc). The goal of the build was to make a system that was unobtrusive and quiet, that still offered performance, enthusiast features, and plenty of storage. It's difficult to achieve a unique look within the constraints of the Chopin chassis, but I believe the parts here form a clean interior to go along with impressive performance for an HTPC.
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G (4C/8T) CPU w/ Radeon Vega 11 iGPU
ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming Motherboard
16GB of G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 (CL16)
480GB Crucial BX500 SATA SSD (Win 10 Pro)
2TB Seagate Barracuda 2.5" 5400RPM HDD
In Win Chopin ITX Case w/ 150W PSU
Noctua NH-L9i chromax.black CPU cooler
65-inch LG C9 OLED TV
Series II Bose 901 Loudspeakers
Hafler DH-500 (250W x 2ch) Power Amplifier
Exceptional CPU for HTPC duties. Four Zen+ cores with SMT alongside 11 CUs of Vega iGPU provide seemless performance for video streaming and 4K HDR playback. For these tasks, it performs just as well as the Ryzen 9 3900X in my desktop.
Good looking, well built CPU cooler for mini-ITX cases. Changing over to the AM4 brackets was simple, and cooling for the 3400G is similar to the stock Wraith Stealth, while being quieter and much more compact. Zero thermal headroom for overclocking, but a more than fair trade for the size.
Great little board, robust build quality and more device support and features than necessary for this build. The familiar ASUS ROG UEFI made setup a breeze, the isolated onboard audio sounds good, and I'd say it looks pretty sharp for an ITX board. Came with BIOS Version 2501 installed, but booted with the 3400G despite not officially supporting it.
Took a BIOS update to run at XMP settings, and still will occasionally fail to boot, but a decent performing kit for the price. Apparently features Samsung B-Die ICs, but the issues running XMP alone mean I wouldn't try to overclock this kit at all.
Great looking chassis, very small footprint, and adequate space for storage. The fan in the integrated 150W PSU is quiet, and the airflow for the CPU cooler is sufficient. Some cable management space would be appreciated, but given the form factor and purpose this is a small issue.