Description

My Personal Build: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/68bXsY

Built my first pc a year ago in the IN WIN 301. Decided to build in the IN WIN A1 Cube for a sibling.

On June 25th this PC was featured of Pcpartpicker! Thanks for the upvotes everyone!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Gaming PC Prices I have paid below in Canadian without 13% tax

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor $225 @ Canada Computers
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler $26.99 @ Amazon Ca
Motherboard MSI - B360I GAMING PRO AC Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $129.99 @ Amazon Ca
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $219 @ Canada Computers
Storage Western Digital - Blue 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $152.99 @ Newegg Ca
Video Card NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB Founders Edition Video Card $562 @ Nvidia Store
Case Inwin - A1 (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case w/600W Power Supply $209.99 @ Canada Computers
Case Fan Thermaltake - Riing Plus 12 RGB TT Premium Edition (3 Fan Pack) 48.3 CFM 120mm Fans $122.69 @ Amazon Ca
Case Fan Thermaltake - Riing Plus 12 RGB TT Premium Edition 14.0 CFM 120mm Fan $37.99 @ Amazon Ca
Total $1686.64

Peripherals

Type Item Price
Monitor [Dell - S2316H 23.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor] $156.24 @ Dell.ca (2017)
Monitor [MSI - Optix MAG24C 24" 1920x1080 144Hz/1ms Monitor] $299.99 @ Canada Computers (2018)
Monitor Stand [PWR+ Duel Monitor Stand] $50 @ Amazon.ca (2018)
Monitor Adapter [HumanCentric Dell VESA Adapter] $35.99 @ Amazon.ca (2018)
Keyboard Razer - Ornata Chroma Wired Gaming Keyboard $70 @ Used Kijiji
Mouse [Razer - DeathAdder Chroma] (https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/ZdZQzy/razer-mouse-rz0100840100r3u1) $40 @ Used Kijiji
Mouse pad [Steelseries mini ] $9.99 @ Amazon Canada
Headphones [Monster DNA ] $79.99 @ Best Buy Canada
Chair noblechairs ICON Series Black/Gold $459.99 @ Newegg
Total $1202.19

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 5 points

I love it!!! I'm working on my in win A1 mini build right now! Can't wait to share

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Great to hear! Yeah it really is something else when its all done and put together

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a watercooled 303 and I'm making this one to sorta match it! Kinda fun.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Your pictures came out great btw!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool!, thanks a lot. So will you be water cooling this one ?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about it but it's really small and I am building it for a travel pc. Always wanted one and being it'll match my 303 I love so much I had to build it

The gpu I am using had a block on it already too... I took it of and put back the stock cooler,but I thought about it

  • 16 months ago
  • 4 points

Toasters come with RGB aswell now?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Good thing about this toast is that it only costed ***$19.99, and you get another for free!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Stunning build a quite fancy this case my self now.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks Mate

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! That case is pretty sweet, the only downside for me is the cable management, but I’m just a little ocd when it comes to that part. Solid build though!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh no, the Cable management is pretty good in this case. The PSU cables are shortened so it is easier to manage throughout the case. It just looks like a slob in the back, since I didn't take the time to organize them that well. Just imputing some of the cables on the MOBO which are right beside the PSU are a pain, but well worth it.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I just love it ! For the temperatures it is good (VRM and the rest)?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, Yeah temps are pretty good. Cpu at idle is around 38-40 degrees celsius. And around 50-52 Degrees Celsius when doing demanding task like Fortnite at 120 fps on high. I have yet put it through a bench marking application tho. Gpu idle is 40-45 running these 2 monitors. If it was just the dell 60hz 1080p monitor it would idel around 32. When gaming it will reach to 80 degrees.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

They are really good temperatures, it's perfect :)

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey I have no clue abou PC builds and how good these parts are. Could you try give me a fps count on games like pubg fortnite and overwatch and csgo etc if possible? might just buy the parts and watch a video on how to assemble it if it has good fps. Edit: Just realised how expensive this is in Canada although it is super cheap in England right now!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I guess these are more on the high to mid tier parts. They will shred any game on high to ultra settings. For Fortnite on high, i get like 160-200fps. CSGO around 300-400fps on high. overwatch prob around 150-180. PUBG around 150-170 ish. Yeah thats exactly how I built my first pc, through youtube vids. Yeah well the 1$ euro is $1.55 Cad.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I just realised most these parts dont have a price tag which is wh they were so cheap. might have to improvise on some stuff. any opinions on what i could change to make it cheaper but have more or less the same experience. i dont mind fps 100+ since i play on xbox currently so alot of stuuf would be an upgrade.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah you can go cheaper on the CPU, maybe opt for a AMD ryzen one. you can get 8gb instead of 16 gb ram. You can get a regular hard drive instead of an SSD. A Gtx 1060 is good enough for the games you wanna play which is a lot cheaper. And you dont need fancy rgb fans. Also you don't need a fancy expensive motherboard. You just gotta do the research and you'll be good

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

ok ty

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

looks great. I like the new WIN A1 case.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, Agreed.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing work!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this case!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed, on of the best ITX cases in my opinion

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude, that's pretty damn cool.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I am a fan of ITX cases and Inwin. Thanks for showing me what case to get for my next build! Very beautiful and congrats on the feature! +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Awww thanks :) it’s a great case

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build its very clean! I am trying to determine if I am going to use a small AIO cooler for the CPU or a regular fan / heatink design.... not sure yet... times tickin :P

Def a sweet build though something you can hold onto for a long while because it's so small and clean and out of the way and beautiful haha I dont see myself upgrading the case for a long ways to come once i have it

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! If I had a better CPU or extra cash to spend, I think I would opt for the new NZXT kraken M22, or something like that. Yeah its a super elegant case, def won't change for a few years!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking superb = very nice work!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! much appreciated

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything is squeezed, and yet the build look fantastic +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

How good is the included psu that comes with case

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't say its the best. Its your classic Bronze 80+ 600w PSU. However sometime it makes a whining noise when doing demanding task for a few minutes then its gone. I was also sketched out, cause inwin isnt known for making PSU's. However, my CX550m Corsair PSU sometimes made a whining noise, in the beginning, but slowly dissipated. The good thing about this PSU, is that it has custom smaller cables which helps soo much in cable management. If you are building a super high end PC, I suggest getting a SFX PSU, then get custom cables that are shorter in length. But all in all, it does the job!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

The first guy comment here, said he was just building in the A1, and the PSU was DOA, so im sure INWIN will send him another. Also it is pretty simple to take out if you wanted too

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Question: How effective is the fan behind the GPU? You currently have set to intake, but the PSU exhausts into the same space that's it in-taking from. Doesn't that create a loop of hot air? You are the third person I've seen install that fan as an intake and I wonder how the thermals are vs. it as an exhaust.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Ugh I don't think its that effective. Naw there is no loop of hot air, since the PSU is on the top, the hot air rises, and the fan is below sucking in cooler air, which is fed directly to the PSU fan, which is then exhausted. Its more of an aesthetic piece IMO, as my sibling wanted one cause they thought it would be better. However I rock 1 exhaust and 2 intake on my INWIN 301, and the INWIN A1 still has a bit better temps, due to the lest volume of air needed to be replaced

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

im downsizing from the 301 also to the a1. but both are white!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

what is the default led color of the case without the rgb header by chance?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

There is no lights on without the rgb header plugged in. Its an rgb strip that connects to the motherboard essentially. So your motherboard should have one

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Default is Blue - if you don't have an RGB header there is a cable that connects to SATA power.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean build!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful Pics and a Beautiful setup +1

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! taken all on the iphone X

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice pics and your build looks amazing. I almost have all the parts necessary to complete my first mini itx with this glorious case so I have a few question:

1) How long did it take and how hard was it to build in?

2) Would there be any benefit to Liquid cooling in this case over air cooling? I can’t decide between a be quiet dark rock 4 and whatever decent liquid cooler (never used one due to fear of leaks)

3) Will I have to delid my 8700k due to high temps and a gtx 1080 ti?

Thanks in advanced for responding and thanks for further justifying my purchase of this case

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I hope yours goes well!

1) I came back from a long month vacation and started building the next day i came back home. It took me from 9:30 Am to about 6 pm. However you can probably skim 2 hours off, since I had to go to the store to buy a sata/molex adapter since the PSU didnt have a molex one and some cables took forever to get in right. So for me some cables on the right side of the MOBO took forever. It is such a tight space there, I had a lot of trouble trying to plug in the RGB cable, and the set of cables such as the power led, power reset etc. Also the 24 pin wasn't clicking in to one side after 30 mins trying, and just pushed really hard and it went in lol. Took some breaks too cause I got frustrated at times ahah.

2) So with smaller cases, they have to displace less air, which is better for airflow. Both are good options. But If you are gaming at high fps, or doing lots of heavy work loads and obviously overclocking, I personally would go for a 120mm closed loop cooling solution. Imo, I would choose the NZXT or Deepcool versions. Or whatever offers the better temps. The newer ones improve on the mistake of others so I wouldn't be to fearful of leaks.

3) If you have a good cooling solution I don't think you will need to delid. Unless you want to go out of your way to get the lowest temps possible. However, I think you will be fine with a closed loop liquid cooling solution on it. For your gtx 1080ti, as long as you got a good airflow fan for intake underneath you will be fine.

Also a tip, I had to take off the PSU shroud to even try to plug stuff in on the MOBO, if not unscrewed its basically impossible. I probably should have removed the PSU to as it would have been easier. Also, I had to remove the Ram to fit the cables on the side to. Any other questions feel free to ask.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

You are a hero thanks for the detailed response. Btw Im gonna copy you and go for the ML 120 fans. I saw them in person and they are gorgeous

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem glad I can help and can’t wait to see your build on here! :)

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm wanting to make a build like this with a 8700k and a GTX 1080ti. Do you think the thermals can hold up? That's really what has me worried. Should I go with a blower Style 1080ti? Let me know what you think please.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Someone asked the same question yesterday, so go look at what I said! However yes 100% go for the blower style. And I suggested to the other guy to get a 120mm liquid closed loop cooling system like nzxt m22, or a deepcool captain to for the cpu.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Humm ok. Thanks! I was actually going to go with a Dark Rock 4 Air cooler as all the builds I've seen so far have had air coolers. Plus it would also mean less cables and more room for air, but I'm not too sure. personally I want this case for gaming and I'm not a hardcore gamer though I do play at 1440p. I definitely just want temps to be adequate for 2-4hr gaming sessions.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean for the best temps I would go with a liquid cool solution but I’m sure the dark 4 will be fine as well

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh ok got it. thanks!

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question. I'm thinking of adding two fans at the bottom for the GPU. One on the back for intake and the side one I would say it's for the AIO. Would I have enough connections for the fans or would I need external hub? I'm not doing any RGB fans. Since you've worked the case you can let me know what would it be like to have 3 fans and the AIO fan.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

So I got these fans, because it connects to one hub and I it’s has pwm, and other nice function. Since you are adding four fans you will probably need a hub, since most itx mobos won’t have more than 2-3 ish fan headers.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Bruv! This is a dope build! I'm getting one of these in white in a couple weeks! Mad excited. It'll be my second PC as I have built my wife's already. I'm glad to see there seems to a quite a bit of left over space in case the graphics card isn't exactly the recommended 300 (I picked one that was 303 long I believe). From the looks of yours, I don't think I'll have a problem with the Vega card. That was my biggest concern. But we will see. But anyways, dope build and this just fuels my fire to build mine.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! Can't wait to check your build out. Yeah there is lots of room left fore bigger gpu's which is great. They show the dimensions on their website too

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!! Do you find that the light from the RGB fans you put on the bottom of the case clashes at all with the light from the RGB bottom panel? Not sure whether I should get fans with or without lighting for the bottom. Also, what's a good number of fans to keep such a small build cool? Thank you!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, Thanks!. The lights from my fans do not clash with the underglow lights at all! If it did I can control the brightness on my fans anyways. Honestly, for this case you only need 2 fans for my specs. 1 exhaust in the back and two intakes. Built this for my bro, and he just wanted another fan lol. (You may need this if you are running hot components.)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the response! Does the bottom panel require a motherboard with an RGB header? I downloaded the manual off the InWin website but it's kind of vague about it. It says you can plug the bottom panel into SATA power but does that allow you to change the lighting or will it be stuck on one color without a MoBo RGB header?

Thanks!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. So for the rgb lightstrip under the case you will need an rgb header on your motherboard. Most mobos Carry it now a days. The led strip is a 4 pin connector that connects to the rgb header on the mobo basically

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the PSU perform bro ? thnx

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

preforms well as any other Bronze 30+. Some times it makes a whining noise when gaming on demanding games. However you're in luck. because at CES 2019 last week INWin is gonna send out their 2nd generation A1 case with a Gold PSU, better wireless charging, and addressable RGB under glow on the case. If you are worried about the cpu. Some youtubers have videos on it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

thank for the info big bro:)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you really spend more on your chair then on your monitor ??

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Built this for a sibling that chose to spend that much on that chair. His reasoning was that he bought a cheap one from amazon for 250$ cad, and it was complete trash after a few months (i.e squeeking, creasing of leather, seat sinking). Since he is older he wanted something that was more firm, and better quality built. Also he wanted something that looked more professional than regular gaming chairs. And thats how he ended up with that chair.

Now for the monitor, he has also replaced the DELL, with a matching MSI one that he already has. This monitor is actually one of the best priced 144hz monitor for its features. (i.e thin bezels, 144hz, g sync compatible, crosshair, eyesaver mode, curved.)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Your monitor won't give you back problems LOL

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Props to managing to cram a 1070ti

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Can that gpu breathe?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yup it sure can, ever since summer 2017 when I bought it. temps are always good

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  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

awww thanks :*

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  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Omg dude, I completely surprised. I always wanted to be featured on my first build. And here we are now. I think your comment made the pcmaker gods make it feature, thanks!

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  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

All good, The bottom two are intakes, so as the one behind the PSU. The one close to the processor is an outtake.