Description

I had a few parts laying around that I wanted to put to use by creating the rest of the build. Been pretty into SFF lately. In the fall I finished a Node 202 Ryzen 5 3600 build (I painted the Node 202 white, maybe one of these days I will get around to posting that too :P). Anyway, when I saw the Jonsbo C2 on aliexpress I knew I had to have it, since it fits the (much) less expensive Micro ATX motherboard size and full sized ATX power supply form factor. It's only 12L (only 2L more than my Node 202!). The downsize is that it is an absolute pain to work in, and it is cramped inside (hence no pictures!). Since this build uses a slightly wider 4-dimm Micro ATX motherboard, I had to remove the only drive mounts the case includes and therefore had to double-sided tape both drives to the inside of the case. Also, since this power supply is not modular/semi-modular I had to really bunch up the cables in order to fit them in. Airflow is also pretty poor, there's a single 120mm intake fan at the bottom and that is it. The power supply exhausts air out the back. The only reason this works is because the low TDP i5 (65w) and RX460 (75w) don't put out that much heat, but the case still feels warm to the touch after loading the system up.

The prices are accurate to what I paid on eBay and OfferUp, but they may not be the exact parts (for example, the memory I used is 4x4 DDR3 1600 but is not the exact model, same with the hard drive).

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 4 points

i got a funny idea of how to fool your mates

put a door handle and hid the case in the TV cabinet

ppl will never expect a bar fridge be the PC

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Haha ya know I put the la croix there for size reference but it does look like a mini fridge now that you mention it...

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

It is possible to shorten the wires on your power supply. I did it for my mini-ITX case and it's now much neater with improved airflow.

Warning: It's tedious. You'll need to double and triple check to make sure you've got the plugs in the right orientation to the headers and peripheral power jacks. I strongly suggest buying new plugs rather than trying to reuse the old ones. You will also need the correct crimper for the ATX power and Molex pins--or else learn to solder. I soldered mine after attempting to crimp using needle-nose pliers. A accurate and effective wire stripper is also important. Also, before I put the pins into the plugs, I put sleeves on the wire bundles.

I know exactly what you're talking about regarding the double sided tape. I used stick-on Velcro to hold my power supply in place because the screws did not line up.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

for convenience and time saving you could also order custom length cables

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yes, that is possible, but it entirely depends on the power supply in question. If the power supply is fully modular, custom cables are easy and straightforward. If it isn't modular (just a wiring bundle--no plugs), or uses a non-standard plug on the power supply side (like mine did), custom cables are most likely not available.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's common knowledge by now, no need for a paragraph on this lol

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Not everyone is an expert. For instance, I'm learning about the availability of new parts all the time. Discussions like this are a great way for people to discover novel ways to do things they have never tried before.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

true

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I would definitely do that if this was my main build because I am OCD like that and the mess of cables really bothers me inside but I am probably going to keep it for a little while as a secondary PC and then sell it off.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Cool case!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! $40 on aliexpress!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Came for the La Croix

Stayed for the build

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

i made a build in this case. Your build makes much more sense in this. I had an rx 470 (xfx single fan WAY TO BIG) it fix but it scraped both sides of the inside of the case, ryzen 5 1400, 16gb ram, cougar 500w psu, 120gb nvme ssd, 1tb hard drive, pci wifi card, and a silverstone 120mm slim case fan. the cpu cooler i got a bit creative on though. i bought this for 9 dollars 4 Heatpipes CPU Cooler 3Pin PWM LED 90mm Cooling Fan Radiator Heatsink for Q1K4 off of ebay and used an 80mm noctua grey fan . i had the fan pulling the air up rather then pushing it down and it forced the air out of the case through the power supply. Its a tough build but nice job with how you did yours

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! In my opinion it really is a perfect case for older hardware. You can use cheap second-hand micro ATX boards and ATX power supplies but the overall package is small. Most 12L cases require mini-itx motherboards and SFX PSUs which cost considerably more. The case itself is also pretty cheap, but honestly the build quality is meh.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

im not sure if older hardware is where i would put the focus of this build. ITX form factor with having the additional pcie slot is where this shines. its smaller then mini itx cases but has more expansion.