Another iteration of my previous build. SFF life = always changing cases. I needed to downsize and recoup some money so I decided to sell my M1 and some other items. I also plan to sell the GPU and get a cheaper one at some point because I'm not gaming as much any more.
If I'm being honest I had some buyer's remorse from the M1, particularly the tempered glass side panel. A 240mm AIO with the regular panel or a beefier air cooler is ideal but I couldn't justify spending any more money on upgrades just for some better temps. So I downsized again.
The SG13 has gotten a lot of praise from SFF builders and I can see why: very small and compact, no frills, cheap, and good compatibility. The build quality is better than I thought it was going to be as well. What bugs me is the front I/O and all the cables that have to be routed under the radiator to fit in the case (it makes a mess). My least favorite thing about the case is cable management options, as it was difficult to assemble and make everything cleaner at times. At least now I can transport my rig easily without worrying about damaging anything.
I was a little worried about switching over to liquid cooling for the first time but after setting it all up while I waited for the case in the mail, I'm a believer. At idle the PC is dead silent, can't hear anything unless I put my ear next to the PC (still playing with the fan curves). Under load it gets a little louder but mostly because the GPU fans start spinning. The fan included with the AIO is amazingly quiet. Overall, I'm impressed.
Ambient temperature was about 20 C during a 20 minute test of Witcher 3 at max settings. Note that I have not overclocked anything and the GPU is at stock power levels. Here are the temps:
- CPU idle: 30 C
- CPU load: 49 C
- GPU idle: 35 C
- GPU load: 71 C
In the case
- CPU idle: 33 C
- CPU load: 59 C max, 56 C average
- GPU idle: 42 C
- GPU load: 73 C max, 72 C average
Between this build and my previous one I changed a few things. I built another keyboard, changed up my current one, and got a pair of Sennheiser PC37X. I'm loving the sound quality, probably the best money I've spent in a while!
In the future I plan to mod this case a bit, like painting the front I/O ports and logo so they don't stand out as much. Might use 3D printer to make a new mesh front panel as well.
List of peripherals
- Dell S2716DGR
- Logitech G703
- Custom mechanical keyboards (Anne Pro on the shelf)
- Sennheiser PC37X
- Some photos taken with Canon 5D 50mm and 24-105mm