"Poor man's" Lego SFF PC

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JarryHead
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"Poor man's" Lego SFF PC

"Poor man's" is in quotation marks, because I know I'm not really poor if I can afford a high performance PC, so let's rather call it a budget build.

I have wanted a true SFF PC for a long time, but in South Africa the available SFF cases/hardware have always been very limited, and importing is very expensive. I bought a 2nd hand PC in a Phanteks Shift X almost 3 years ago, and was never happy with the cooling performance on air. I was excited to get a NR200 when it was released last year, but after a while went by, some local retailers confirmed that the suppliers were not planning on importing it here. Saddened by the news, I decided to try and build a case with Lego I already had from childhood, and if it proved successful, I would consider rebuilding it with new matching color blocks.

I started off with only a rough plan and dimensions in my head, and it took me a few evenings to finish it - longer than I expected. While I was busy with it, the NR200 suddenly popped up on my favorite retailer's website and I immediately ordered it, but I went on with the Lego case just for the fun of it while I waited for the NR200 to arrive. I was quite pleased with the result. I ran my PC in the Lego case for a few days, and especially my Vega 56 was running much cooler and quieter than in the Shift X.

The dimensions of the case ended up at 352 x 160 x 240 mm - 13.5 liters total volume. Standard configuration - no GPU riser - with the PSU mounted vertically at the front with its exhaust to the top. The only component I bought new was the CPU. Hope you like it, even though it's ugly!
Color(s): Black Blue Gray Green Red White Yellow
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: none
Cooling: Air Cooling
Size: SFF
Type: General Build

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Hardware

CPU
$ 110.43
AMD - Ryzen 5 (3600)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 6
Motherboard
$ 548.86
ASUS - ROG STRIX X370-i GAMING
Chipset: X370
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: Mini-ITX
Memory
$ 81.99
G.Skill - Trident Z (3200MHz) (Black/RGB)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 16 GB
Graphics
$ 659.00
MSI - Reference
Chip Manufacturer: AMD
Chip: Vega 56
Storage
$ 87.95
Samsung - 960 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 250 GB
Storage
$ 70.95
Samsung - PM981
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 512 GB
PSU
$ 199.00
Corsair - SF600
Wattage: 600
Form Factor: SFX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
Custom - Custom (custom)
Case Fan
$ 156.00
Cooling
$ 59.90
AMD - Wraith Spire
Type: Air Cooler
Monitor
$ 299.99
LG - 29UM67-P
Size: 29 Inch
Panel: IPS
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Keyboard
$ 119.00
Logitech - G410
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Romer-G
Type: Tenkeyless
Mouse
$ 41.71
Corsair - Harpoon
Interface: Wired
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