Project: Mini-Monster

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Jonathan D. Loyer
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Boisbriand, Canada
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Project: Mini-Monster

All my life, i always had mid towers and full tower PC. It looks nice and you don't really care about how big or how heavy they are when you are bringing them to LAN Parties or over to a friend's place. But the older you get, the lazier you get. This is where i started considering a mini build. At first, i was very skeptical. I've been building computers for more than 14 years and i built only one itx build and the experience back in the days was more than painful. I'm very picky about performance in my PC, so my future build had to be as powerful as a regular size tower and enough airflow to keep a RTX 2080 and an i7 9700k perfectly cool. I kept searching for something that would meet all those criterias

This is when i saw the in-win A1 mini-itx case.

I was absolutely blown away by the quality of the case. I mean, all of in-win cases are amazing in terms of built quality, but to have the same standard applied to a case of that size is quite surprising. It supports a full length GPU and the fan setup on this case is well thought and perfect for good air flow. The included 600w 80 bronze plus is also more than enough for the most demanding hardware you could put in this chassis. It is also pre-routed for optimal space optimization in the case. In top of that, the tempered glass panel and the RGB transparent stand makes the case look fantastic and allows you to show off your components perfectly. Another really nice function of the case is the wireless charger that is built-in the glass top of the case, which allows compatible devices to charge while sitting on your case. The final built was more than impressive and it is one of the best looking PC i've ever built.

Here is the specs list:
CPU: Intel Core i7 9700k @4.6GHz all-cores
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S
MOBO: Asus Z390-i ROG Gaming motherboard
RAM: 2x8GB White Corsair Vengeance RGB @3200MHz
GPU: MSI Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Duke Edition
OS Storage: 1x 256 GB Evo 960 NVMe SSD
Data storage: Kingston 500GB 2.5" SSD

In terms of thermals, this case is so well optimized that it has better results than my older Full ATX tower with an AIO CPU cooler.
I'm really proud of this build and i 100% recommend the in-win A1 case for anyone considering a mini-itx build.
Color(s): Black
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: none
Cooling: Air Cooling
Size: Mini-ITX
Type: General Build


This build participated in 1 contest.


$ 304.13
Intel - Core i7 9700K
Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 8
Integrated Graphics: Yes
$ 284.00
ASUS - ROG Strix Gaming (Z390-I)
Chipset: Z390
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: Mini-ATX
MSI - Duke (discontinued)
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 2080
$ 59.99
Kingston - HyperX 3K
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 480 GB
$ 87.95
Samsung - 960 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 250 GB
$ 161.37
Wattage: 600
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Bronze
Type: Mini-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 83.56
$ 74.95
Noctua - NH-U12S (Brown)
Type: Air Cooler
Size (WxHxD): 158 mm
$ 1,499.99
LG - 24GM79G-B
Size: 24 Inch
Panel: TN
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
$ 72.17
Corsair - K70 Rapidfire (RGB)
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Cherry MX Speed
Type: Full Size
$ 59.98
Corsair - M65 Pro RGB FPS
Interface: Wired
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