So, I’ve been wanting to build a mini-ITX build for a while now, and it looks like I’ll have some budget for it this autumn. Relevant purposes:
- Will run primarily Linux - Microsoft is too unreliable and Mac is expensive as fuck these days, not to mention very limited in upgrades
- Extra GPU for Looking Glass - Sometimes I just wanna game with my friends still on Windows
- Small form factor - I want to maximise my desk space so I can tinker with electronic hardware such as arduinos and stepper motors
- Budget around $800 to $1200 - Because then I can buy two and game with the wife
So, I’m thinking something along the lines of (exact brands are not set in stone except for the case which is the best price-to-size for my needs):
case - Silverstone Sugo SG13
psu - 650W modular ATX (Bronze+)
cpu - Ryzen 5 2400G APU (APU for looking glass)
gpu - RX 580
memory - 2x16GB 3200MHz
motherboard - B450 chipset
storage - M.2 NVMe SSD 512 GB
So, my plan is to build this in the autumn and perhaps upgrade to a next-gen APU with 3600G once it comes out. I do have a couple of other questions:
- Anything I’m missing? I’m aware not all GPU cards will fit the case I’ve chosen, and I need to be careful with my CPU cooler height, and I might need to buy a 120mm or 140mm extra fan.
- I’ve heard some Zen2 chips may not be compatible with the B450 chipset, will this be an issue with the 3600G? Should I invest in an X470 or X570 instead?
- I don’t think swapping GPU in a few years will be a problem, but is it worth to reach a little higher to a 590 or maybe even an RX 5700?
Would really appreciate some input if you can give it.