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Hello guys!

I wanted to build a PC to switch up my laptop. I wasnt using the laptop's benefits, like the display, keyboard, touchpad, becuase i have a monitor at my place and at the dorm, keyboards aswell. So i started thinking, what if i find a small pc case, where i can fit all the powerfull desktop pc parts. And i found the Silverstone SG 13. I had $870 for everything, so i had to plan everything carefully. Maybe the prices are little bit high, but at my local stores these are the lowest prices.

CASE: It was love for the first time. I absolutely loved the idea, that i can fit a full sized GPU and PSU. Of course i found a lot of other Mini ITX cases, but SG13 was the winner for me. Massive case with a lot of good features. Airflow isnt that bad, that i thought. Cable management can be tricky, but if you have time and creativity, there will be no problem. I did mine around 30 mins. Modular must have! My only problem were with the sata cables, the were always facing the wrong way, my solution was to push them a little bit to fit in the case.

MOTHERBOARD: I wanted a Skylake build, so i can upgrade my cpu later on. Great low budget MB, im satisfied with it.

CPU: i3-6100, not a great pair with the GTX 980 i know, but i wanted to the throw most of my money on the GPU. The results are fair enough for now. I have no problem with it. Im using the stock cooler!

RAM: I wanted 16GB in 2x8 KIT so i can use the 128bit benefit of the MB. No problem at all. With my MB i can overclock my RAMs to 1866, so i get the full performance.

STORAGE: 1TB, 7200RPM, works like charm, not noisy. I got my SSD on my birthday 2 years earlier.

GPU: I love MSI. At the beginning i was thinking about the GTX 960, but as the time went i switched up to GTX 970. I had two options, because of the GTX 1080 release. 1. I buy a new MSI GTX 970 2. I buy a MSI GTX 980 from the used market. Because of the GTX 1080 the used cards prices went down a little, so i bought a GTX 980, that is half year old, and has 2,5 year guarantee. It is a really really really tight fit in this case. The only problem was the 8pin connectors at the top of the card. You cant plug them in because the case blocking your way. So you have to cut out a little piece from the case, but it wont damage the case stability or anything else.

PSU: I wanted a better PSU, but i went a littlebit too much on the GPU side in the building, so i got few money left. Its not that loud that i thought at first, so its OK. But mine and most of the units has coil whine! Mine only has if i doing the Windows performance test, if im playing or anything else, everything fine. I wouldnt recommend this PSU, its a good starter, nothing else.

CASE FAN: I love be quiet! brand itself. You cant hear it working, good CFM airflow.

Overall: It was a pretty good journey, to gather the infos and choose the parts. But the best part was to get everything done. It was my most challenging build, i loved it! I would recommend this build for experienced builders only.

Temperatures: The room temperature was 24 Celsius degree. I think my temps are OK.

Let me know if you would recommend anything for me! :)

And a question, At the cable management part i routed the 8 pin connectors next to my GPU and it contacts, i wonder if the GPU gets hot, would it damage my 8 pin connector, like melt the plastic or something?

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Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

If you ever run into heat issues, the HC50 or same works great in cases like this. I have one similar from Coolermaster.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Bottleneck obviously

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice price point, little but big 1+

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

hows school life workn out for ya? BTW can we get a couple full shotz of the build plz

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty cool, thanks! I uploaded some pics for you :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Kool bro, that reminds me, I should probobly get on posting my build soon.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL +1 for I3 + GTX 980 COMBO HAHAHAHA

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the video card fit because it is over 10"47??

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes it fits just fine. The only problem was that i already said in my build. :)

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont feel like, but if i finally upgrade my cpu, i think i will see some difference!

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

If you don't notice a bottleneck currently, I'd recommend instead of upgrading to i5 to save the extra $ and save for an i7. People don't give enough credit to the i3 6100 ;-;

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion, i will think about it. i7 worth it more?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

i5 6600-non k or k is the best. i7 is just if you plan on streaming/hardcore recording.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that because people see the i3 they think that it sucks but It is a good chip. I think this combo (i3 / 980) would work well

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Mr_Majestic what do you think about the question i ask at the end of my build?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

If it's in contact with the backplate maybe but if it's touching the plastic side with the fans it shouldn't be a problem

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It touching the backplate, on the cable is a 80 Celsius degree sign, so i think it should be fine till 80.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

What CPU did you get?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Currently i have i3-6100, but i will upgrade it later on, not now. Sorry if i mislead you with my words.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, Ok

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, you might want a i5 or in between i3 and i5 is like a AMD

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I uploaded some benchmarks, i hope it helps you some way :)

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Going for 300$-350 on eBay 970s going for 200-250

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! yeah, especially in my country :)