I wanted to build an HTPC with the following goals: 1) Small form factor, to fit in my entertainment center, 2) under $500, and 3) quiet, so my wife wouldn't hear it when the room's silent!
After vacillating between discrete GPU vs non, I decided to go with a Ryzen that has an onboard APU. That narrowed down the case debate, and I settled on the In Win Chopin! The media I play from my Plex server's generally ready to play when I download it, but my other PC handles transcoding before the files reach this Plex server, so the CPU won't ever handle that load. The PC will likely never be used for gaming, but the onboard APU should handle any light Steam games I may play in the living room.
The two solid-state drives, plus the ultra quiet Noctua CPU cooler (with the low noise adapter), resulted in a virtually silent PC! I can't hear the fan running from 4 feet away! I'd like to eventually add a 2.5" HDD, like the 4TB from Seagate, but I'm worried that the HDD may introduce more noise than I'd like.
The build was pretty easy, though the SFF case does make things a little tough. Nothing bad though. I would recommend having a 'electronics screwdriver' that has an extender (or a flexible screwdriver). The only issue I ran into was that Windows didn't see the M.2 when I first booted it up, but it was showing in the BIOS. I found out you have to initialize M.2's to use them, something I hadn't encountered as this is my first M.2!
I bought most of this as it went on sale, over the course of a month. I would've been under $500, but added the $55 M.2 at the last minute (and I'm glad I did).
(BTW, the TV's a 65" LG B7A)
Low power draw, runs cool, ridiculously inexpensive.
Super quiet, especially with the included Low-Noise Adapter! Note that it barely fits with the 'ASRock AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX AM4'; see two pics showing essentially zero clearance between part of the cooler and a couple random sticky-uppy things on the mobo. Being Noctua, the fan's brown, but the innards of my case aren't visible, so I don't care!
I got one from Newegg, which advertises that you'll get a Raven Ridge-ready board! Has good features: wifi, good I/O, etc.
Note that the Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 barely (less than a mm) works with this mobo. But it does work! See a couple pics on my build to see the clearance issue.
Works as expected. Fast, inexpensive, compatible with my mobo.
Had to initialize the drive, and it's been perfect! I use it to host the OS, and that's about it. Stupid fast.
Works well. Decent price for the $/GB.
ZOMG I love this case. Very stylish and well built! I picked it because it fits in with the rest of my aesthetically-pleasing entertainment center.
Documentation's a little sparse, but putting together a system this simple ain't rocket surgery... I'd recommend having an electronics screwdriver with an extension (or a flex-neck screwdriver) for the mobo screws, as they're almost under the edge of the case. Cable management isn't super easy, but it's not terrible. Has a nice cutout to easily pass the SATA cables to the back panel.
The power LED's just sitting behind a small hole drilled through the hefty aluminum faceplate. 95% of the time, you see a pleasant white light, letting you know that the power's on ... but if you happen to have your head at the same height, and are 'centered' with the light, it's blindingly bright (see pic in build details). That alignment occurs for me when I'm laying on the couch! I solved that by putting a 1/16" piece of electrical tape over that LED.