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internals only! Wooden case

beardedmisfit

8 months ago

need some help from the community. i need internals for a standard every day use PC. streaming Netflix, YouTube, and watching Plex from. costumer wants 2-3 3.5" HDD slots, either mITX or mATX. does not NEED a GPU. I've looked at builds where the mobo doesn't use a 24 pin PSU, it uses a power brick? I can't find anything like that.

So i need to know what you'd suggest for basic every day use. That will run movies at 1080p. NO 4K. NO GAMING.

He's drawn to draft case we're looking to make.

Budget for components 800-1000$CAD. OS needed. Windows 8 or higher (home not pro) We're building the case out of plywood with veneer.

Any feedback I would appreciate! Thanks guys

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Something like this should do the trick.

I'm not sure about shipping rates of the Mini-Box power bits, so I've just converted the prices to CAD.

Also, the PicoPSU also only has one SATA power cable, so I'm not sure a little mini system like this would work

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $118.00 @ Mike's Computer Shop
Motherboard MSI - B450I GAMING PLUS AC Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard $169.50 @ Vuugo
Memory *Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $65.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $84.99 @ Amazon Canada
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $128.00 @ Vuugo
Other MiniBox Pico PSU 160-XT $61.98
Other AC-DC Adapter $78.64
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $707.10
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-15 01:53 EDT-0400

If extra HDD's are to be added, I'd probably make something around an SFX system. That way, he'll be able to add more hard drives, and whatnot

Only downside is that he'll have to do some creative planning for the larger PSU, but you won't have to worry about shipping, or non-standard formats.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $118.00 @ Mike's Computer Shop
Motherboard MSI - B450I GAMING PLUS AC Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard $169.50 @ Vuugo
Memory *Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $65.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $84.99 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply Corsair - SF 450 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply $114.99 @ Amazon Canada
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $128.00 @ Vuugo
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $681.47
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-15 01:58 EDT-0400
  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

An SF PSU would be great but where do I put a power button? This is what we have drafted for a case. I'd be building in the lighter tone. The dark tone wood is only an inch thick. Maybe room for a power button.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Could I purchase standoffs for the mobo to sit OFF the wood in this case? I'm unsure how to lay the storage out in here. I'm also unsure what to do for a power button or USB ports? Buy an old case and part it out?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point
  • You could try fabricating some standoffs, however, I'd just buy a motherboard tray, and screw it into the wood of the case (that way, there will be less risk of damaging the mainboard)

  • As for USB, you could buy a 5.25" usb dock, like this (or even this, if you need front panel audio output) and fabricate a space within the case (maybe mount it sideways? I was thinking about this, as the case doesn't really have adequate room for a full 5.25" housing)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You're always a lifesaver man. I do like the usb dock. IT'd have to be >1" thick.

However would I need a splitter for anything? And i'm watching the power button video now

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Don’t think you’d need a splitter, but that’s not really my major concern.

My concern is that the case design doesn’t offer anything in the way of ventilation (all panels are completely closed in).

I’d probably look into cutting a 120mm/140mm sized hole over the CPU, for intake and some smaller holes (80mm should cut it) in the top of the case (for exhaust)

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