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?