Question Small ITX build with 3400G (Help with Case Selection)

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I would like to make a nice small ITX build for some friends. Very casual, no hardcore anything. Just a nice snappy computer for general every-day stuff.

Like the Ryzen 5 3400g because 65 watts is reasonable and doesn't freeze at the occasional graphics load in case the kids try to play a game.
Motherboard probably MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC because wifi included and had good luck with MSI so far.
Will go 970 evo 1TB because price is reasonable and 500 MB isn't enough. M.2 PCIe is required. Hoping this will add to snappy ness over SATA.
2 x 8 GB 3000 or 3200 MHZ memory.
Case is the hardest choice.
Would like to have a mini ITX build and a small case because I'd like to make a small but good PC (show off factor) but not at a high cost premium.
Slimline optical drive would be bonus (they old school) but not 100% required as it could be done with external CD drive via USB.
Noise level is a consideration. Would love a DC brick which is totally silent but of course again the power considerations for the 3400G. I don't really want to step up to Pico PSUs because of the price and compatibility issues like making sure the 8 pin ATX 12V CPU motherboard header cable is included.

This ANTEC Antec ISK 110 VESA U3/PC looks nice but i'm not sure about the 90W power supply for the 3400G. (sorry for the german amazon links)
This CiT MTX-007B Mini-ITX Case is more or less exactly what i want (with optical drive and 180W power suppply) but the reviews are not positive for the fan noise and reliability which is typical of these cheap included compact PSUs.

I'm also not sure if the M.2 slot on the back of the motherboard would interfere with mounting in the case.

Any ideas for cases?

Regards
Schwizer
 

kurdtnz

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I built a very similar system for my daughter using a 3400G on a Asrock Fatal1ty B450 gaming itx/ac motherboard. Now the case I went for to be honest didnt have great reviews but Ive had no issues with it what so ever. It is the Coolermaster H100 ARGB. It's a cube shaped case with a 200mm argb fan. It is very cramped in there but you can fit a full sized PSU and you have to use a low profile cpu cooler. It's never had any overheating issues and is very quiet. The only problem I can see for it in the future is when I upgrade the cpu, I will have to find a mini GPU to fit in there. I wont lie, there are better mini itx cases out there but it was pretty cheap when I bought it at the time.
 
I would like to make a nice small ITX build for some friends. Very casual, no hardcore anything. Just a nice snappy computer for general every-day stuff.

Like the Ryzen 5 3400g because 65 watts is reasonable and doesn't freeze at the occasional graphics load in case the kids try to play a game.
Motherboard probably MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC because wifi included and had good luck with MSI so far.
Will go 970 evo 1TB because price is reasonable and 500 MB isn't enough. M.2 PCIe is required. Hoping this will add to snappy ness over SATA.
2 x 8 GB 3000 or 3200 MHZ memory.
Case is the hardest choice.
Would like to have a mini ITX build and a small case because I'd like to make a small but good PC (show off factor) but not at a high cost premium.
Slimline optical drive would be bonus (they old school) but not 100% required as it could be done with external CD drive via USB.
Noise level is a consideration. Would love a DC brick which is totally silent but of course again the power considerations for the 3400G. I don't really want to step up to Pico PSUs because of the price and compatibility issues like making sure the 8 pin ATX 12V CPU motherboard header cable is included.

This ANTEC Antec ISK 110 VESA U3/PC looks nice but i'm not sure about the 90W power supply for the 3400G. (sorry for the german amazon links)
This CiT MTX-007B Mini-ITX Case is more or less exactly what i want (with optical drive and 180W power suppply) but the reviews are not positive for the fan noise and reliability which is typical of these cheap included compact PSUs.

I'm also not sure if the M.2 slot on the back of the motherboard would interfere with mounting in the case.

Any ideas for cases?

Regards
Schwizer
You have a location and budget(for the tower) in mind???
 
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My favorite small ITX case is the lian li PC-Q02.
https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16811112370
It is tiny.
5.87" x 9.06" x 7.87"
It comes with a sff psu. and a space for a thin dvd.
There are no fans, but a i3-10100 processor stress tested had no problems with heat.
I have built two using the case.
The bad news is that the case is no longer sold.
You might be able to buy one on ebay.
It is worth the search.

Another small case I have used is the lian li Q07.
https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16811112227
The case is a bit larger at
8.19" x 7.60" x 11.02"
It can be found on ebay.

Lian li makes very high quality small cases.
Good to show off if someone appreciates quality.
There are some other lian li small cases that are hard to find new at retailers.
 

schwizer

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Good suggestions. Thank you. During my searching, I was not really 100% satisfied. I think the last mini it's build I did with an INWIN case put me off a bit. Too many pitfalls with space issues. I did run across these however and will probably go with one of these. There are several variants. The cheapest comes in just over 300 euro and then all the main space incompatibility questions are already solved. Granted that performance won't be same as a 3400g but for 15 watt it's still pretty incredible what can be done these days. And wifi is built in.

https://geizhals.de/asus-mini-pc-pn50-v26823.html

Regards
Schwizer
 

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