Description

Purpose: Plex Media Server

The system disk is just 120GB since it will only run the OS and Applications. In the HDD compartment, I install two WD HDD's of 750GB each in RAID-0 configuration for a total of 1.5TB.

The CRYORIG C7 shows in the part configurator as "INCOMPATIBLE" but it fit in well under the raised "dome" mesh of the closing side/top case panel. It has around 1mm to 2mm of clearance, enough to avoid contact with the mesh panel even at high seep rotation of the fan.

The WD-WD7500BPVT HDD's are temporary and will be replaced by two Seagate 4TB Barracuda Sata 6GB/s 128MB Cache 2.5-Inch 15mm (ST4000LM024) for a total of 8TB in RAID-0 eventually. For this, I had to slightly modify the removable metal trays to allow the 15mm height HDDs (ST4000LM024) to fit. The standard 2.5 HDD (WD7500BPVT) height is 9mm.

Cable managemet in the InWin Chopin is extremly dificult and time consumming. You need to do a good pre-desing of the cables path depending on your motherboard connectors. The fron pannel USB 3.0 cables are the worst part since there're too long and stiff. I pulled out the aluminum outer wall/ring of the case to gain access to a small enpty space between the front pannel and the metal chassis frame to hide the excess cable.

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  • 17 months ago
  • 4 points

I love that case. Perfect for a miniature entertainment system. Only thing I would have done different is the Ryzen 5 2400g purely because the integrated GPU is much more capable than HD630. Would have added $60 to the build though.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Totally agree. Originally i was going to use a discret graphics card with this build but I fell in love with the InWin Chopin with no expansion slots and had to deal with the parts I've already purchased. Thanks a lot for the recomendation!

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

You know, you could swap your current SSD and replace it with a Kingston A400 240GB 2.5" SSD. It has more capacity and comes off WAY cheaper than your current SSD. I'd assume that the only reason your SSD is more expensive is that of a better controller, but if you are okay with sacrificing some controller goodness then I would recommend that SSD.

Also, I could be wrong, but I don't think that a 150W system with a Core i3-8100 is in much need of a cooler other than the stock one included. Am I missing something here?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Not LP enough

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean the OEM heatsink or the Cryorig C7?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

OEM - the Cryorig goes flat on the CPU

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi Crescive and thanks a lot for the comments and suggestions.

I purchased the Corsair Force MP500 M.2 2280 120GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 at Newegg with free shipping when it was at discounted price for $65.99. The other thing to cosider was the very limited space in the InWin Chopin since it only have two 2.5" bays wich I planned to use for mass storage. The M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 was the most efficent solution since my motherboard had the M.2 PCIe 3.0 port wich at the same time is faster than any 2.5 SSD.

You might be right about the OEM heatsink but the one inclued with the Core i3-8100 it's quite low in height and density compared to heatsinks of higher and more expensive Coffee Lake CPU's. The CRIORIG C7 will do a much better job considering that its the only fan in the system. The price was $26.99 at the moment I purchased it, a cheap investmet for a great efective upgrade.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the immensely detailed reply, Rafael! I now understand your configuration in more depth thanks to this answer.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah that is an awesome case. And that looks like an awesome cooler too. Nice that it barely fits under the mesh, ha. Did the black color version of that memory cost more? It looked like it cost more when I bought my red Corsair Vengeance LPX. I went with that too for low profile.

Hopefully since it's to be a Plex server then backups aren't crucial, because RAID 0 on big drives is asking for trouble.

Oh, the case doesn't have a price here. How much did it cost?

I really like the build, nice one.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Mike and thanks for the comments.

The RAM kit comes in black (CMK8GX4M2A2400C14) and red (CMK8GX4M2A2400C14R). This part number is for the CAS Latency 14 model. The difference in price could be for the CAS Latency 15 model wich should be less expensive but not by much in price.

For the RAID-0 risk I'm planning to setup a recurring automatic backup to an external HDD trough USB 3.1 Gen-2 wich should be fast enogh and reliable. That storage is intended for media files only therefore it's not so critical in the case of a failure as long as I have the content backed up in the external unit.

The InWin Chopin case cost me $99.00 at Amazon with free PRIME shipping but that exact model is no longer available at Amzaon US. I found it available at MicroCenter for $89.99 in black. The case includes an 80 Plus Bronze 150W PSU which is enough for this build.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I believe I had seen the different colors on the same listing at Newegg actually, so it would have been the same CAS. That sounds good on the backup. Thanks for the info on the case.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I recently saw the PC case posted at Amazon but it was out of stock rapidly. It seems that availability for this case is low.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I have this case, it's a beast to cable manage.

The 6th picture you posted is the thing dreams are made of. Beautiful Management.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot ChinStrap!

SFF builds are a cable management nightmare but this case is in a league of its own. It took me a lot of work and tie-wraps but the end product is a great satisfaction. The other benefit is practicality, I can just unplug all the conectors and take the motherboard out for troubleshoot or upgrades without afecting the cable management job. Thanks again!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Just finished a re-build with this case, using your pictures as a guide. Cable ties running the length of the 24 pin is the key to keeping this build clean.

I snapped a picture and will post my log when I have a few mins.

Thank you again.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

That's awesome! Looking forward to view your finished build. Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi Rafael, I think your build is the best Chopin I have seen on pcpartpicker. Abolutely fabulous cable management, how did you get so much length on your CPU power cable? I'm busy with my own Chopin build but there is no way I can get that length on the CPU cable.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi and thansk a lot for the review!

If you go to picture #21, you will see the cable crossing behind the motherboard trought the HDD compartment. It comes from the PSU and then I hold it with a tie-wrap hook that is in the same compartment on the enmpty area after installing the two HDD's. If you zoom in picture #6, you can see it comming from top of the MB to the connector. If your MB its similar to mine, you should'nt have any problems.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for your explanation, I did try the same as you several times as I'm using your build as a "blueprint" for mine but I'm fairly certain that my CPU cable is a few centimeter shorter then yours (yeah I know it sounds stupid but manufacturers do stupid things to reduce prices). As soon as my build is up and ready I'll post mine ( Asrock Z370 and a delidded i3 8100 :P ).

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! If you need more close-up photos just let me know. I'll be checking to see your build.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is awesome as ****! Nice build!

  • 17 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks!