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Hey guys,

As much as I like my boxee box, my dad wanted a little PC for the living room.

I ended up building this little guy.

The Silverstone ML06 is a very stylish tiny tiny case which I thought would suit nicely.

As it was such a small case I could still install 3 more 2.5" SSD/HDD's but I dont need them yet as we already have a few external HDD's.

The SSD is great, has super fast boot times.

Motherboard is just what I needed and also comes with a little WIFI antenna which is great.

One issue I encountered was I bought 2x80mm fans for the case, both of which fitted but the SFF PSU only had 2 molex connectors to which I needed 3 (2 for fans and one for my slim blu-ray player). I have ordered a molex splitter so that should help with this issue.

Another other issue I had was because it was super small I had a bit of trouble plugging in everything but got there eventually. I accidently bent a pin on the USB 3.0 plug on the mobo but with the use of a mechanical pencil lead dispenser I was able to straighten it again and works fine :)

The last issue I found was with the slim blu-ray drive and the case having a slit for the discs, I can just push the disc in however I need to push it almost as far as possible (wedging my fingers thru the gap a little for the drive to activate and grab the disc).

I have included a picture of a bottle next to the pc to show some scale of just how small this case was.

Looks amazing and am very happy with this.

If you have any questions regarding the build let me know!

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I've got those same shoes!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Love them aye :D

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work! I'm starting a build with almost the same exact components this weekend, only difference of note is that i got the new MLO6B-E case, which is the same as the original but with the inside flipped around (power on other side of MoBo).

I'm a little worried about cable management, and fitting everything in there in general. To be honest its been 10 years since i built my own PC and that was in a huge case. I'm thinking about returning the PSU i ordered and getting a fully modular one, but they're kind of pricey. Any tips?

Also, Is that the original CPU fan from the g3258?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor Purchased For $49.99
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard Purchased For $129.99
Memory Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $49.99
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $79.99
Case Silverstone ML06B HTPC Case Purchased For $69.99
Power Supply Silverstone 300W 80+ Bronze Certified SFX Power Supply Purchased For $49.99
Optical Drive LG GS40N DVD/CD Writer Purchased For $21.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 OEM (64-bit) Purchased For $79.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $531.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-21 13:12 EDT-0400
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man sorry only just now saw the reply.

Yeah I only used the stock cooler which seems to work fine :)

I think a modular PSU would have made things easier, however a small form factor modular PSU probably wouldnt be cheap :( Up to you I guess, I managed to fit it all in but ive been building PC's for a while. That being said, its not too hard to make it all fit.

I think if I were to put in a graphics card (Didnt need one though) I would need a modular PSU, as it would have become faaar too cramped.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I returned my 300W PSU and got the fully modular 450W version from Silverstone. I'm glad i did because I wouldn't have been able to fit my dedicated graphics card (just like you hinted).

Everything runs fine except that cooling is a bit of an issue with the graphics card. The CPU stays cool running at an overclocked 4.2ghz, but the card gets up to 80C quickly and stays there since there's no airflow to move it out. The exhaust fan the case comes with doesn't do the trick. And the space normally reserved for two 80mm fans is taken up by the dual slot half-height graphics card.

My first thought was to take the 80mm fans and clip them on the outside of the case blowing in through the vents (my case is the ml06-e which is the flipped around version of the ml06-b, so the video card is near the side panel).

Not sure what else I can do. Its not an issue if i don't play games. Temps are manageable for video playback, decoding, heavy browsing.. its just any sort of gaming for more than 10 minutes will get it blazing hot.

Here's an updated list with my 750 Ti i put in this weekend.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor Purchased For $49.99
CPU Cooler Silverstone AR05 40.2 CFM CPU Cooler Purchased For $35.30
Motherboard ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard Purchased For $119.99
Memory Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $49.99
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $79.99
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card Purchased For $129.99
Case Silverstone ML06B-E HTPC Case Purchased For $79.99
Power Supply Silverstone Strider Gold 450W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply Purchased For $90.88
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 OEM (64-bit) Purchased For $79.99
Case Fan Silverstone FQ81 27.5 CFM 80mm Fan Purchased For $13.99
Case Fan Silverstone FQ81 27.5 CFM 80mm Fan Purchased For $13.99
Other Silverstone Short Cable Set for Modular PSUs Purchased For $29.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $774.08
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-26 19:15 EDT-0400
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah sounds like those GPU temps could become an issue. Did you try externally mounting those fans and see if it helped? Or was it just a thought atm?

If only there was a small form factor blower style GPU :'c

I installed 2 fans in my build, in the photos it only shows one but added another one so I had both intake an outtake.

Only other thing that might help is getting some higher quality fans like some 80mm Noctua fans which might give a bit better cooling.

Unfortunately I think with a small case of this size, heat will always be an issue with less airflow and less space to work with :c

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

What... were you out of bananas?

Lately seen a lot of people using cans, didnt have a can so I used a bottle :p

Im very happy with the end result. Great little CPU for its price and case looks great :D