Description

Largely a gaming rig, but with uni stuff also being written on it and other general computer use (Windows for gaming, Ubuntu otherwise). Also wanted it to look nice as I wanted to put it on my desk.

Paired this rig with a Combaterwing mouse, K90 vengeance keyboard and HyperX could II headset.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU. Does everything I need it to comfortably and even on the stock cooler it doesn't get hot. Wish Intel hadn't blocked overclocking but still

Motherboard

One of the cheapest ITX boards with WIFI when I bought it, and the cheapest with actually good reviews. Had no problems so far and the orange lighting gives a beautiful glow off the white interior of the case. UEFI is easy to use as well.

Memory

It's RAM. It works. The low profile heat spreaders actually look cool and are useful in this tight a space

Memory

As above, though I prefer the red. Only reason I didn't get a set was that this was an upgrade later.

Storage

Mine was the CS900, but that wasn't on here. Either way its an SSD and consequently fast - I only got this one over any other because it was on sale.

Storage

I didn't actually buy this, I stole it from an old laptop that got broken and used it basically as a game dump drive. Not the fastest, but gets the job done and is quieter than most HDD i've used.

Video Card

Great card, runs every game maxed out at 1080p, 60 fps+ except ARK (what can max ARK out?), fans don't even spin up at idle or light gaming load. I got 1393 Mhz on the OC before it started artefacting. The RGB lighting is also nice, but in this case you can't really see it due to the motherboard being horizontal - for me just a pink glow on one side when looking through the fan grill.

Case

For the size this case is amazing. everything fitted and the space below the drive bracket made cable management actually possible. Only thing to point out is though it does support 140 mm fans, it requires (officially) not having the top drive bracket, so get a 120 mm fan.

Power Supply

Great PSU for the price, or at least i was when I bought it. Doesn't seem to be available anymore but if you find it great - it's Seasonic inside so good quality. Fan is almost always quiet, only getting loud after 45 minutes or more or gaming - and I'm using it as a the only dedicated exhaust. I also used the back side as a mount for my fan controller.

Operating System

Eh, It's Windows. Still clunky and unreliable but it plays games. I'll stick to Ubuntu for everything else. Got the license key form the the same old laptop I got the HDD from.

Case Fan

Mixed TBH. When it's spinning it looks great, but it can take 2-3 minutes of twitching before it actually starts. Looks to me like not enough voltage, but I don't know if its this fan or the Mobo. I still recommend the fan because it's near silent and looks AWESOME, but again, get the 120 mm one for this case

Custom

If you are in the market for a a budget monitor just buy this one. Freesync, IPS panel, >99% sRGB, 75 Hz refresh rate all for £120. The menu system is great as well, with joystick controls on the bottom. The only thing to point out is that on this monitor Freesync works via HDMI not DisplayPort.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like you've bought a power supply make for an ATX build and used it in an ITX build. Does it work? Also, why do you have 2 different kinds of RAM?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

SFX is just a smaller ATX. The case supported full ATX PSUs so I bought one. not much space but it fits. I got 2 different DIMMs because when I ordered the second the first was sold out

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok makes sense. Cool build!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Looking to build same case + cpu + gpu. Is stock cooler sufficient enough in this tiny case to cool CPU and open air Rx 480? Everyone suggest water cooling for this case...

What are you temperatures under heavy load?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

under heavy load about 55c on the CPU and 65-70C on the GPU

  • 32 months ago
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Actually ignore that, the GPU never hits 70C. reduce by 10C or so

  • 32 months ago
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Thank you for clarifications. Did you measure it with closed side panels? What is about noise? I am bit anal about it, because 55 / 65-70 sounds like are absolutely good values, though there are a lot of controversial information about this case. Some people says AIO, blower style GPU and SFX PSU are must for sg13, but i really want to keeps things as simple and cheap as possible, (i.e stock cooler, non blower gpu and ATX psu)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

closed side panels and noise is near silent at idle, louder at full load but not proplematically so(cant hear it when gaming with headset). And it's normally less than 2 feet from my ears because of where ive put it

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

If the fan's not spinning up, you might want to check on your fan control settings in BIOS. Your board looks to be PWM-only, so try switching to Manual mode for the Riing's connector and bumping the value.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that on the fan controller?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it's all in BIOS. Under the M.I.T. tab, Select PC Health Status. From there, you have 1st System Fan Speed Control and 2nd System Fan Speed Control. Select whichever one your fan is plugged into, and play around with the settings.

I'm going from the manual downloaded from Gigabyte's website, and hope it's not too confusing.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man - I've only booted once since trying it but it seems to be working

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to hear, and glad I could help.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, Thanks for posting the build!

I am actually looking to build a very similar pc to yours but im also trying to get it under 8kg and under the EU hand luggage size limit.

Could you perhaps let me know how heavy your build is when complete?

Thanks a lot!

  • 29 months ago
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it weights about 5.5kg according to my scales - but ive no idea if they are accurate

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch for the reply!

Yeah, that sounds about right; I used the amazon weight specs for each component and added them up to a very similar weight.

Thanks for confirming this for me!

Best,

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

i have this same motherboard and i don't know whether the beat mode from the ambient led settings of gigabyte app center is working or is not supported ?? still and pulse mode for leds are working .. have you tried any ??

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I couldn't get that working

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

that's sad ..