Description

I built this machine for use as a web-development workhorse that I could easily transport from my remote home office into the actual "office" with ease. The big key items that I needed were: (1) linux support, (2) easy transportation/setup/taken down, and (3) needed to support a multiple monitor set up.

So far, it's worked like a charm and this is the first system that I've set up without running into any hardware/driver compatibility issues with Linux -- multiple monitor, built-in wireless, and even Ubuntu's 3D Gui/Open GL worked right out of the box without any system tweaking at all.

As for the build. I would highly advise taking out the power supply before seating the motherboard and not putting it back in until everything else is hooked up. I struggled trying to angle the screwdriver around the psu to screw down the motherboard until I realized that the psu was removable. Also, ASUS shortchanges you on the screws, but thankfully, I had quite a few spares sitting around. Overall though, I was hesitant about the Mini-ITX form factor because I thought putting together such a small system would be a pain-in-the-***. But the Sugo05 was about as spacious and easy to work in as a full-sized case.

I am not using a dedicated GPU for this system, but am rather relying on the Intel HD Graphics 4000 of the I5. So far, this seems more than enough to power two 24" monitors and Ubuntu's minor opengl gui. I have seen photos of builds that incorporate a dedicated GPU into this case, and quite frankly it bewilders me as to how they succeeded at fitting it in.

The promotional photos of the Sugo05 do not give the system's sleek design justice. It looks very practical in a work environment and it's small form-factor makes it easy to just set on top of the desk (versus having to crawl around underneath as is the case with my ATX systems).

Noise wise this case is noisier than my ATX case, but this could be because I have it sitting closer to me. The hard drive read/write cycle is also rather noisy and at this time I'm unsure of if this is because the hard drive itself is bad or if the case is amplifying the disc noise.

I'm using the stock cooler that comes with the i5. The idle temperatures are around 27f - 34f. I ran 4 threads of burnP6, which essentially runs each core at 100% usage for five minutes. During this run the temperature rose to 67f with a couple peaks into the 73f range.

The cost (at the time of purchase 5/1/2013) came out to $720 which would place this build roughly $150 less than the cost to go with a Shuttle and over $200 less than going with a Mac-Mini so I'm extremely pleased with the savings.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

What distro of Ubuntu do you have? Kubuntu?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like stock.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

he has ubuntu 12.04 lts

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

The only thing I don't like about that motherboard is that if you have something plugged into the sound header, its really hard to get something in the pci express slot. It's too bad cause it's one of the best Mini ITX mobos out there other then that. But it doesn't matter for you anyways cause you won't be putting a gpu in there

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the white antenna sticking out?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Wifi.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Genius

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I just died.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Princess Mononoke! :D

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure why you have a 3570k. You'll need a better cooler if you overclock. If you don't overclock then you could have saved money by buying a H77 motherboard and 3470. So why the extra $$$ on cpu and mobo.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

I have no plans on overclocking. The choice of the K was simply because with the various combo deals Newegg was running at the time made the'K' a cheaper deal.

The motherboard was selected for two reasons (1) I've had ASUS motherboards that are still running after 10+ years so I know they have a solid build quality, and (2) this motherboard includes an integrated WiFi unit whereas most other motherboards would require a separate adapter. This makes this system very useful if I need to configure it as a network gateway or desire to direct services across the LAN on two different IPs.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

A lot of people don't realize how cheap the 'k' editions really are. Often enough you find them $60 off in a combo deal on newegg.

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah, I've seen good deals on them. However, I'm in Asia now and we get no good deals. Prices are ok, but can't find deals like on newegg.

Considering the 3570k was a combo deal, good buy.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks pretty good! :) Love SG05 build! :D

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I was wondering if this build would support virtualization... Also if you were to add and SSD, where might some cost be shaved off elsewhere?

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