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.