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I built this Workstation to replace my Gigabyte Brix GB-BXi7-4770R. It kind of went up in smoke after 4 years of continuous use. I have always been an Intel fanboy. But when AMD released the Ryzen CPUs, I decided to switch to the dark side.

For this build, I did a couple of things that is usually not expected to do. I used a 65W rated cooler on a 95W rated processor. I used a graphics card in a case that does not support graphics cards. I used a 160W PicoPSU on a total 191W rated hardware ( processor + motherboard + graphics card + storage + RAM etc)

However it all worked out just fine. I don't intend to overclock or run at full load continuously so the TDP is not an issue. I moved the standoffs on the case and made slots at the back of the case to fix the graphics card and unless I run a graphics intensive software/game which also uses all 8 cores at full load, the power consumption is not going to exceed 160W.

I am quiet happy with the build. I mostly use if for software development, occasional mild gaming (GT 1030 is a capable card) and playing HEVC 10 bit 4k videos which my Beebox J3160 HTPC struggles to play.

So I added more pictures. Please note that I still need to file the edges and repaint. I made a bit of a mess cutting the case.

You will notice the graphics card does not completely fit inside the case. It sticks out about 2-3 mm on the top. This actually helped with the ventilation. I was still able to screw the top lid leaving the 2-3 mm gap.

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Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Will you share more photos? I'm interested in how you fit everything in that case.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, thanks! Yes will share more pictures in a day or two.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Added more pictures.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I know you are not a gamer, but spending like $20 would have got you a 1050... Oh well.

+1

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

I don't think he could've got away with the 1050 since it pull 75 watts, whilst the 1030 only pulls 30.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh yes, that was a factor too and also the size of the 1050.

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

I did look at that possibility. Unfortunately all 1050s are too big to fit in the case. The smallest 'best' card I could find was the 1030 and by Gigabyte. 1030 by other vendors are a little bit bigger. By little I mean in millimeters. Here is what I found

GIGABYTE GeForce GT 1030 H=1.47 L=14.99 W=6.89 cm

MSI GeForce-GT-1030-2G-LP-OC H=1.9 L=15.9 W=6.9 cm

ASUS GT 1030 H=2.1 L=16.9 W=6.9 cm

ZOTAC GT 1030 H=1.6 L= 17.25 W= 7.0 cm

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build

But did your ram work at full speed out of stock without any overclocking ?

I am making a build similar to this but with gigabyte X470 mobo and i am having a really hard time finding the best memory

I am looking for a 3200 mhz memory under 170 $ that will run at over 3000 mhz at stock speed

Please if anyone can help

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

The RAM does not run at full speed without overclocking the MB. I don't intend to overclock the MB in Streacom case.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build in the little box case. And nice job trying the slightly risky things that worked out. Nice little fan in the corner there too. I've noticed Mini ITX costs more over Micro ATX, but this one isn't too bad at least for the motherboard. Can you tell us about the case? How much did it cost and where did you find it?

I've learned about Gigabyte Brix, Zotac ZBOX, Intel NUC... I'd like one to come out with one that has an AMD Ryzen 2400G APU - so good graphics and no video card needed. Zotac has announced and shown one (MA551) at expos, but I don't believe it's actually on sale yet.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, Sorry I could not get back to you sooner. I wasn't checking my messages here. I bought the case in the Netherlands at http://4allshop.nl/ I am not sure if its still available. It was years ago when I got the case. I only used it now. Yeah lets hope a NUC is out with Ryzne That will be great. How is your build coming along?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you cut the case

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi I used a dremel rotary tool

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

What temps you getting? Mine are reaching 95c at 100% load. Same cooler as you.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine gets to 85c

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

with a dremel tool

  • 22 months ago
  • 0 points

Oh gee I wonder what the bottleneck is

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

funny