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My SFF lan rig. Weighting in at less than 7lbs (3kg).

by blackzaru

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51 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 12, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C

Description

This is my third build, the one I drag along whenever I go to a lan or at a friend's house. It's got a whole bunch of emulators on it, and enough punch to run any games we play (csgo, overwatch, rocket leagues and such) easily.

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LeMMingSlayeR 22 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Very nice! It's only 2lbs heavier than my HP Envy laptop, and 242% more powerful... Of course it jumps up to 314% for the iGPU… O_o

+1

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks! In fact, it's probably even more powerful than that, I overclocked the CPU from 3.6 to 4.0GHz (11% improvement) and the CPU from 1250MHz to 1400MHz (12% improvement).

Bevrel 1 point 4 months ago

Its 1lbs. lighter than my dell, which is on its last legs now.

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 4 points 4 months ago

Cut the leg, boom, a few pounds lighter!

_Unphazed_ 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

I really appreciate the clean SFF aesthetic. Looks great! Thinking of building a similar lan box with the Realan H44 case!

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I'd be worried about my components ability to "breathe" in the h44. The nice thing about the Chopin (besides the look) is that 90% of its side is meshed, 60% of the top side is meshed, and about a quarter or a third of the front panel is too (behind the alluminum shell). So there is a ton of place for air to move in and out. SFF have one big enemy (besides cable and space management): it's heat and proper airflow. A lot of SFF solutions create feedback vortexes (suck in the hot air they just pushed out, or, even worse, try to cool on the hot air trapped in the case).

Be wary of that, and good luck in your build!

gugu96 19 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

InWin for the win! when I saw the title I thought "psu are so heavy, impossible!" and then I remembered pico psu and... InWin cases (with provided psu).

I like your build, it makes me want to go mini-itx, although my main computer is already htpc-sized.

Also you could have gone with m.2 storage and save on space and cables, too!

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

I know, but I already had the spare A400, and, honestly, didn't feel like putting 100 more dollars for something I would barely notice.

gugu96 19 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

totally understand that!

mikie1011 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

i like the build very nice computer

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks!

Anthack 1 point 5 months ago

Can someone explain onboard wifi, is it were you plug in ethernet or it can connect to routers or it conects to cellphone towers?

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

That motherboard has 2 wifi antennas, a Bluetooth device, and an ethernet port. So you can connect both wirelesly to your router or wired to your rooter/switch/modem. In no way does it connect to a cellular tower though.

Although, if you do want to connect a computer to a cellular tower, you can, but you need to purchase a dongle with a sim card, and either pay for data packets or sign a contract with a cellphone carrier for a data plan.

Anthack 1 point 5 months ago

Ok thanks that's clear now

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

No problem.

DarTroX 9 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Love SFF builds, definitely a +1 from me

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks a lot.

pradeepkumarprajapati3 1 point 5 months ago

Excellent, I am planning a similar build. Two questions, 1. why did you choose ASRock Mobo over gigabyte when later has more ports? 2. And why not B450?

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

I had read that the Gigabyte had problems at first, plus, I already had the Asrock Taichi, and I'm in love with their bios. Seriously, they did one hell of a job on all bios. And why not B450? because I did that build before the B450 came out (ordered the 2400G as soon as it camed out and flashed the B350 bios using a R5 1600).

pradeepkumarprajapati3 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks

JDR_EZ1 1 point 5 months ago

That fan is big af.

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

It's actually a 92mm fan. The case is small as hell.

PunchyFisty 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Love it, I will never get tired of these little Chopin builds! +1

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks.

TurboSwim 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

thats a big fan

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

It's actually a 92mm fan. The case is small as hell.

ketetefid 1 point 5 months ago

Awesome! Man you made me want to sell my 4670k and build one exactly like this!

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks. Although, the 4670K is still a solid cpu.

Omniknightordie 1 point 4 months ago

Is the PSU in the chopin sufficient? I want to do something similar but I worry about the tight power constraint.

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

It's sufficient for stock, light OC, or iGPU hard OC.

It can't support hard CPU + GPU OC.

In other words:

everything stock = fine.

CPU at 3.6GHz + iGPU at +100MHz oc to the iGPU's core speed = fine

stock CPU + 200MHz oc to the iGPU's core speed = fine

CPU at 4.0GHz + 200MHz oc to the iGPU's core speed = crashed while stressing

xCrackedPlayer 1 point 2 months ago

What voltages did you use for your soc?

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Actually, I did not touch SOC_Voltage at all and left it stock. Might be an idea to play with it.

MichealJoeden 1 point 4 months ago

PCP says that the cpu cooler won’t fit, did yours?

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

It fits with less than a mm to spare, but you can tweak the side mesh a little, and it gives a 3 mm clearance.

PlutonicHydra 1 point 3 months ago

How big is the case? Are we talking Xbox sized or bigger

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

We are talking about half the size of a Xbox.

Here it is next to a node 202, which is just a bit bigger than a xbox: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/3giiOGOysOE/maxresdefault.jpg

PlutonicHydra 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks for the reply. Is there space for a 1050 in the case or another small card

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

You can actually fit a low-profile card (the half-bracket length ones) if you opt out of the included internal psu and opt for an external brick psu or a pico-psu. (this might require some modding though)

zyanni 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

How does it hook up to the Asus B450I Rog Strix Gaming motherboard that has only one onboard USB3 header? Does the Chopin have splitter to connect the two USB3 ports?

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

It has a single usb3 header that connects to the two usb3 ports.

zyanni 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks! Just what I needed to know.

rider345 1 point 2 months ago

How is the system’s sound under load?

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Not too bad. Clearly audible under load though. Although, that's when I'm gaming on it. And any speaker or headphone will cover the sound of the single fan.

rider345 1 point 2 months ago

Tks a lot

rider345 1 point 2 months ago

Tks a lot

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jesusAllNicksAreTaken 1 point 2 months ago

Hi, awesome build. I'm thinking about building this for my gf but I've no experience with sff cases. How complicated it this to build? I've only built two big towers, so no problem with space. Ive read below that you needed to tweak the case to fit the cpu fan. How did you do it? Or can I just pick any other fan that is a little less thick? Regards

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

You can pick another fan that is less thick. Although, what i did is simply loosen the tabs with which the side panel mesh is holding (those are metal parts that can be slightly bent), which allowed me to get the extra 1mm of clearance needed for the fan to fit perfectly. All I had to add was the rubber standoff on top of the ram to make sure the mesh would not wiggle back down given the tabs holding it in place where now looser, thus locking it in it's slightly (1mm) higher position quite securely.

All you need to know about SFF pc is: plan ahead, and plan your cable routing, otherwise you will have a mess of cables. It's the same principle as building a larger PC, but cable routing is the key to a good SFF build.

jesusAllNicksAreTaken 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you so much!

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blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

It's especially good for any CPU with an iGPU. (so, any non-xeon Intel chip would also do the trick).

You can actually use a graphic card if you replace the psu by a pico psu. You can then place a low-profile card (ex: gtx 1050 or 1030) were the actual psu was, although, you might have to jerry-rig the assembly à little.

Sene 1 point 3 months ago

Interesting, have you seen this somewhere ?

blackzaru submitter 3 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Yes, a few modding sites have example of this.

example with a 1050ti: https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/inwin-chopin-gpu-1050-ti-mod-pluto.8227/

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