Description

The approach to building this was to have something small yet efficiently powerful enough to run all of my games on 'Ultra' settings at 1080p. The other requirement was to also have something Hackintosh-able because I use some OSX apps for work.

The build was price sensitive as I wanted to maximise my performance per dollar spent. I did hours of researching to find the right GTX 970 to put in and whilst I was going to get the EVGA GTX 970 ACX SSC, I was put off by some of the reviews mentioning coil whine and fan noise. The MSI Gaming model appealed to me because of the 0db cooling feature, design and overclocking performance.

Whilst Silverstone state that the max length of cards supported is 10.5" (266mm), it does certainly fit the MSI model here even though it's roughly 4mm longer. It peeks out past the frame at the front but since the mesh cover is hollow, you can put it on without an issue. Phew!

500W is more than adequate for this build, and I'm very glad I got this PSU. It's super quiet during idle and light usage with the fan turned off. The fan spins up under load and is still very quiet.

Temperatures at idle are around 40, 40 and 53 degrees (celsius) for the CPU, motherboard and GTX 970 respectively. The system gets quite warm when playing Battlefield 4 - temps go up to 76, 36 and 60. I'm contemplating adding a front 140mm intake fan to bring in some cold air as I can feel the heat seep outside the case.

If I ever get interested in CPU intensive tasks like video rendering then I'll definitely be on the look out to upgrade the CPU to a Xeon model but for now I'm happy.

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a great little Mini-ITX build you got there, I like it.+1

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks dude! I put it off for ages until I couldn't stand gaming on my Macbook Air anymore.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

On what camera were those taken.... Stick build and may the moufukin high fps and textures be with you, how is the ITX working for you, I assume we don't need to compensate anything.... Hahaha

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I took it with the Sony RX100. The PC is great and I've had lots of fun gaming on it. The temperatures are ok but could definitely use more cold air intake.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad to hear that, and why did you chose the itx format, I mean I do travel a lot but, was it for any space clearance issues?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, I have plans to move to another place in the future so I don't want a big rig. Having a small setup reduces the load a bit. I just also like having more desk space.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay, it's because I was thinking of building an itx since I would be moving my pc about 3 to 4 times a week, hope your creation makes you happy.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

SG13 Open cooler gpu GG

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I know haha. The recommendation was to get a blower style card that would shuttle the hot air out but I just loved the MSI GTX 970 design too much.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

FYI, with SSDs, the more data they have on them the slower they get. For some reason this isn't common knowledge. It won't affect games outside of load times. It will affect boot speed though. I have a 240 gb drive and when I filled it up I went from a 7 second boot time to 15. I took my games off the drive and went down to 8 seconds.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Mien Gott. It definitely looks like it took some shoehorning to get that GPU into the case. How difficult was it?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Sort of. I had to take off the front panel and reverse the card in from the front, but after that it was all good. You'd be surprised as to how well it fits in this case.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

If Linus can cram a Titan X into this case, I guess there's no excuse for anything else NOT fitting

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

:D temperatures are bad though. Might need to get a front fan and possible water cool the CPU.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Little late to the party but would you put the front fan as intake or exhaust to keep some dust out? I was also wondering if there would be any difference to flipping the PSU to have it exhaust some of the hot air from the MOBO, I know an AIO cooler would be the way to go but I'm on too tight of a budget for that atm.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Front fan as intake as the case is designed for positive air flow. I flipped the PSU to face upwards because I didn't want it to compete for air against the CPU cooler. An AIO water cooler is only useful if you had an overclocked CPU, or are really concerned with temps.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Would I still be able to fit components in it if I had a atx psu?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

it depends which ATX PSU. I've seen Linus from Tech Tips put in a large 750W Corsair modular PSU. The video is on youtube if you search 'epic titan sg13'.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yea I've seen it that's what made me go with this case should I give u a link if that helps ?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9 Here is he link thanks for your help!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

It'll definitely fit but I don't know how much clearance you would have between the CPU cooler vertically and also the drive mount plate against the modular cable connections. If you can, you should save up to get the SFX PSU only because it'll save you a lot of hassle with cable management and give you some adequate breathing space for air flow.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Which model PSU are you getting?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehheheh.....sorry I'm no longer opting to use this case (if ur mad I understand) but thanks for your help.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there, I'm planning to build pretty much the same system. How is the temperature issue? Do you think it's fixable with aircooling or is watercooling the only way to go?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps are fine. For extra insurance get an intake fan in the front.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Do you think there is room for the H80i GT? I was looking to get the slightly smaller H80i but it seems to be sold out in Canadian stores.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, but you should research on overclock.net for that specific build. I think it fits but not 100% sure of clearance

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I can confirm that the H80i GT fits. I have it myself in the SG13 along with an MSI GTX 970. I was also originally skeptical about it but then i found a review on amazon with it: www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Mini-DTX-Mini-ITX-Computer-SG13B/dp/B00U8IS89E It's the review by Zen.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

the reason it says that lengh of gpu wouldn't fit is if you wanted a aio 120/140mm watercooler +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! Big fan of you build. May I ask you a question? Do you have a MSI GTX 970 4G or 4G LE?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Just the 4G - the LE is the green one I think.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

There is 2 types of this card, both of them red. The standard Gaming 4G is 277mm long on paper - https://www.msi.com/Graphics-card/GTX-970-GAMING-4G.html#hero-specification

The LE version is 268mm on us.msi.com but on the https://www.msi.com/Graphics-card/GTX-970-GAMING-4G-LE.html#hero-specification its 277mm long too.

Can you measure your card for me? Or just send me the link where did you buy from. Thank you!!! :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the 277mm version. Both cards fit either way, it was somewhere on the SG13 thread on overclock.net

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, Thanks!!! And did you put in the intake fan in the front?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, a 120mm fan. it doesn't affect how the card fits.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Use a low profile cpu fan

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Was there enough clearance in the case to just use the stock cooler?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

what cpu cooler do you have

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  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Added :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Just added :)

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I like it a lot too. Just added some inside photos but I'm not really that good of a photographer.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude, appreciate the lovin'!

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