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Everything posted by Nick.Desrosiers

  1. Due to the current situation, its been pretty hard to get stuff like paint and switches so I decided to put the build on hold and get some gaming done on this thing. This is probably a good moment to discuss the actual hardware used (all $ in CAD): R5 3400g w/ Vega 11 graphics - $140 on Kijiji Cooler Master G200P cooler - $55.99 on Amazon Patriot Signature 2x4G 2666Mhz @ 3200Mhz - $52.99 on Amazon MSI B450i Gaming mITX - $142.39 used on Amazon Lexar NM600 256G NVMe SSD - Previously owned Seagate 500g 5400rpm drive - From an old laptop The worst
  2. Started on the bodywork. I've filled in the nooks and crannies that I won't be using. I removed the previous black paint as it was quite textured and would have wrecked the new paint. I also opened up the front of the chassis to free up some space for cable management (I did a test run, this is gonna be annoying). I glued and puttied the slot cap that is used for an SD card reader on some models. Once I figure out my new power/reset module, I will cut out that area to fit the buttons and LED (see OP). Also got started on primer for the other part to get them ready for the
  3. Hi all, I made the move to PC last summer and now, my XBox has been getting increasingly obsolete. In order to replace it, I decided to build a HTPC around an R5 3400G I bought for 140$ on Kijiji. It would have to be small, as it replaces a console, and the ability to read Blu-Rays as I still own a lot and will continue to buy physical discs. While I fell in love with the In Win Chopin, which seems to be a favorite for this type of build, I went with its little brother the BQ656. I uses the same chassis, but trades the brushed aluminium sheet for disc drive support. I managed to grab one
  4. Here's the bracket from Amazon: KingWin Internal 3.5-Inch Hard... https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00A659JXS?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share Here are the RCA connectors i'm planning to use: VCE 3-Pack Gold Plated RCA... https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07FQ2PMBR?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share Honestly, I wish some OEM would offer something like this, ideally with a dedicated PCIe card to save those precious internal usb headers for RGB. You would just have to screw in your front unit, plug in your PCIe card and connect the two. I really think that there would be a market for this, cons
  5. So part of why I built my first was to clean up my desk from all the cables going in and out of my laptop. I hoped to switch to a PCIe sound card as well, so to reduce the amount of boxes on my desk, but by looking at the offering I realized that USB sound cards were still superior in pretty much every way - a big thing for me was XLR in, which is not a thing on PCIe cards. So I reverted to an external unit, picking up a used Scarlett Solo for 70$. I was still determined to mount it internally, and I have no need for an optical drive, so I decided to mount it in the 5.25 bay. Firs