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This build was for a friend, who after hearing about/seeing my computer I built, was interested in one for themselves. The budget for the build was $600. They recently renovated there house from top to bottom, so everything is really modern and they wanted a desktop in the new office to match. They said they only needed the computer for general use, and for working from home. This entailed checking e-mails, browsing, online shopping, etc. Nothing too intense. So I thought...sleek, sexy, small form factor-the hamster in my head started to spin the wheel.

Since I was fired up and love the research portion, I dove right into the project. Initially when I built my first computer, I wanted the IN WIN Chopin case however couldn't find it anywhere. It was on Amazon shortly after I built my first computer, which was hilarious. So it was only fitting that when I went to Canada Computers to look around one day, the Chopin case was sitting right on the shelf-hahaha. (Unfortunately there was only one, or I would have bought two). I showed my friend the case, and they gave me the green light. The case itself is really nice, I like the finish on the front of the case. It looks like brushed aluminum/steel. The G4560 was 1.50 cheaper at the time of the build, so I thought why not get a slightly faster processor for that price. The rest of the parts are nothing crazy.

Building was very simple the second time around, however the case is so small and I don't think the pictures do it justice. After effortlessly attaching the CPU and RAM to the motherboard, plugging in the fan, and attaching the IO shield to the case, I put the motherboard in, This took me a min because I didn't want to damage anything. At this point, thoughts were raging through my head, "Wow you're the best!" "You're a computer assembling genius" "I'm putting all major computer companies out of business"...and then I realized- Cable management.

Due to my mild OCD and wanting to build a solid/clean computer for my friend, I spent 4 hours with cable management. I took out the motherboard and moved cables out around 15-20 times. What I ended up doing is feeding the cables for the case underneath a small little rectangular hole that went to the back of the case. This helped me reduce clutter, then I fed the ones I needed through the holes at the back. I won't lie, this is tedious. Those previous thoughts of positivity were slowly erased and I was quickly brought down back to earth. At some points, I stopped and looked at the case and components with a blank stare pondering life choices, and then IN WINs choices, and then mine again. After snapping out of the daze, I would come up with a different configuration.

After my spiritual journey with cable management had ended, I was happy with the way the computer turned out. My friend was too! With taxes and shipping of parts, the build ended up coming to $583. I think I did pretty good for the budget given. Overall, it was a sweet experience and I can't wait to do it again.

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Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

That case tho

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Its really sexy in person. Expensive, but its well built.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

That’s what she said. :P

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, but seems a bit overpriced for just a pentium and no GPU.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Its that case, and in CAD from the looks of things. Super sexy case, but its not cheap.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

he never said it was cheap, he said it was overpriced for not having a GPU / just having a Pentium.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I agree with you. Unfortunately Canadian prices aren't the best, and the small form factor isn't budget friendly. $513 CAD is roughly $390 USD.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Now thats a very nice case!

Great build +1!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! First person who hasn't ripped me!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a bad budget build. It's plenty for they're going to use it for. I would've gone with a cheaper case, but it sounds like looks were important. Anyway +1

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I would have as well. Thanks!!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Really good looking build, and considering the size of that case my hats off to you. I would have tried to go with any APU or an i3/i5 (depending on the use case) but that is purely my opinion and takes nothing away from the really good looking build you have.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

the higher CPU and an APU would probably get quite hot in a case that small. So the Pentium is pretty good for this kind of a build.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

An APU maybe but there should not be much of a difference in another CPU. The TDP on the intel mainstream line is 65w as well as most of the APU's, so I don't see a large thermal difference. I would not recommend overclocking in this case due to temps.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for the kind words.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

That build is more snug than my 8 year old self with his teddy bear

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahahahaha, I had a good laugh at this. Thanks buddy!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

:D

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the motherboard have m.2 port

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it had one m.2 port.

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha, Ya I know eh. My friend wanted it to look sleek and modern. Guess you pay for the looks. If looks wern't prioritized, I could have got away with a $40-$50 case.