Description

First time building a PC. I wanted a machine to act as a home server (to host a few small websites and act as a development environment for some of my projects).

First, the case.

The Inwin Chopin is a good-looking case. It seems popular – so if your looking for the smallest possible case to fit a Mini ITX board, look no further.

The stock fan that came with the Ryzen 5 2400G would not comfortably fit in the case, so I opted for the recommended Noctua fan. The Noctua fan works extremely well, and 99% of the time you won't hear it unless you're stressing your CPU.

I couldn't find any other fans online that would fit with this setup – but Noctua is a good brand anyway (from what I've heard).

The biggest challenge was connecting cables to the motherboard, then organizing them in the case. It wasn't too difficult, considering I kept this build to a minimum set of components. (No dedicated GPU, and only using an SSD that was screwed on to the motherboard.)

From start to finish, the build took 2-3 hours. I was able to install Ubuntu Server 18.04 without issue.

My only complaint is the ugly color of the Noctua fan. I'm watching Noctua's new Chromax lineup to see if they release a fan that would fit this build, and wouldn't be so ugly.

Feel free to ask any questions!

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 7 points

+1, Banana for scale.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! +1 for sure!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

You can have a snack afterwords with the banana and the pb! +1!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice small build are those stickers from Red Bubble?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup! A friend got them for me, so I stuck them on the machine for a little bit.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does the integrated GPU do in the Ryzen 5 2600g?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately, I don't have a good answer – I installed Ubuntu Server on this machine, so I don't think the GPU is being used.

I got the integrated graphics in case I wanted to use this machine for a different purpose later on.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a 2400g

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Its about the same performance as a gt 1030

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Ahern

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to comment negatively on the Apple sticker, but I noticed you have the Noctua cooler and not passive cooling, so I know you don't take it seriously. I love the Chopin though, Ballade No. 4 especially. +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

True, the stickers are tacky. But I'll keep them for a bit.

This build was a fun weekend project – Maybe I'll do a more serious build down the road, once I learn more!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

lmao - even new PC builders hate the stock Noctua fan colours. Nice build!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, I like how they look ...

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

About the CPU cooler - the stock cooler WILL fit, but you have the take off the shroud - I believe 2 screws behind the AMD logo - and it will fit the case!! Good luck

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you looked at the Noctua NF-B9 redux-1600 PWM?

Should fit your AM4.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, nice build!

Also wanted to ask you, how was working with the Asus ROG Strix mobo? any difficulties with cable management? it seems to tick all my boxes so far, so its awesome to see somebody else using it with the same build i have in mind :)

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