Description

Traditional desktop PC usually comes with large size of case, motherboard, and other parts. For some advanced players, they make the most of its interfaces and space to setup extreme water cooling which ensures maximum thermal dissipation and performance. However, most of the PC users don't treat their case as that kind of machine, it's quite common to see users buying a big PC case but uses a small amount of its space, choosing a standard motherboard but end up occupying less than half of its interfaces.

Inwin released the mini-ITX A1 in 2018, it blew me away with its' compact and elegant body, nice RGB chassis and the additional wireless charging function, so I decided to build up a great PC using this case. It took me nearly a whole month to figure out which part fits this case best, and the part list of this post is my final verdict.


UPDATE

  • Inwin launched A1+ with new addressable RGB bottom strip, I bought one and replaced it with mine, the result is insane.

  • The wireless charging module has a micro USB input, I made a MOLEX-micro B adaptor to supply the module with 5V power, now wireless charging is available when the system is on (I'm not turning it off anyway).

Part Reviews

CPU

The best CPU comes with an m-ITX board

Memory

Actually it's 32GB in my build, I personally think it looks better than the popular Trident RGB.

Storage

The best SSD in the market

Storage

The SSD which has the greatest cost-performance ratio.

Storage

This drive is the largest 2.5-inch HDD you can buy currently.

Video Card

I honestly prefer FE rather than STRIX or AORUS because of the cleanness design.

Power Supply

I've been using the stock PSU for a while, it worked fine during normal usage, but when it comes to heavy load situation, the PSU just shut down immediately, so I replaced it with the best SFX format SF-750, everything goes fine now.

Case Fan

I put these three fans at the bottom (intake x2) and the side (exhaust x1), providing both good airflow and visual effect.

Case Fan

I expect CPU fan to be both quiet and effective, Noctua has the most airflow/pressure at the same sound level comparing to others.

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the temps on i9 9900k? Have you overclocked it if yes how does jt performs in csgo .it looks amazing +1:-):-):-):-):-):-)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

at all core 5.0G (140watts) will be ok (temp 80~90 degrees)!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you seen any issues with the Samsung PM981, bought one for my new build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

PM981 has a great value for its performance, but there are some little problems that don't affect normal usage:

  1. You can't use Samsung Magician software to monitor the PM981
  2. In Windows or Linux it works perfect, but you can't install MacOS with PM981 (it's a well-known issue)
  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Planning to use it as a boot drive and to store some video files for editing, I think it should work fine for that.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the Corsair PSU fit in the PSU enclosure from INWIN

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

No but it provides us with ATX to SFX adapter that fits well in the case. :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, love how clean the entire build looks. Do you have a link to the Logitech deskpad you're using?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, I'm surprised that I can't find this mouse pad on either the official or some international shopping website (e.g. Amazon, ebay), but in our country, there truly exist the product. For your reference, https://my.carousell.com/p/logitech-gaming-mousepad-153644171/?hl=en)

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

That is weird. But, either way, I appreciate you providing a link.

Cheers!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you know the max temps on the 2080? I plan on getting the same.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

There's no worry about the temps on 2080 Founders. At auto fan speed, burning Funmark results in about 73 degrees, which is both acceptable and quiet. At full fan speed, burning Funmark results in an incredible 56 degrees, but it's quite noisy.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Just built in this case and I am getting really high temps at stock. With a dark rock 4 any ideas how to cool this i9 in this case?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the H60 CPU cooler do?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Get the 100x

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you manage to put the psu shroud back? I ordered the same case and same power supply. I just want to know if i can still put the shroud back. Cheers

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great build and it looks really nice! I just have a quick question about the 5TB HDD as I found it's 15.5mm height, is there enough room to put in into the drive bay? I remember the 1TB and 2TB models are ~7.0mm.