First time build to replace my trusty, but dying laptop of 5+ years. Forgive the photos. Some are vertical. I'm a bad photographer.
My goal was to build a pc that...
- I could carry onto flights, buses, and trains
- Would hopefully last many, many years
- Could handle having an excessive number of large spreadsheets, Word docs, pdfs, and tabs open at the same time
- Could store the 2.5TB+ collection of movies/dramas/anime downloaded for family and myself
- Would be quiet
- Would be ok for gaming. This was a low priority. Was.
What should have have been a <$1000 project turned into a $1550 project, but I had a lot of fun building and learning about components so I don't regret it much.
However, the final build is an awkward mix of components for the price. While it meets my needs for portability, storage, and longevity... it's not a gaming pc, it's not a workstation, it's a weird sort of inbetween.
Some tweaks could be made for those who don't value storage as much as I do, or for those who won't be gaming on their pc.
The $900 Workstation Ie. what it should have been if I had self-control
A huge chunk of money could be saved by reducing from 16gb to 8gb RAM and removing the HDD and GPU. An additional $50-ish could be saved by going for a cheaper ATX PSU. This eliminates the need for an ATX to SFX PSU bracket as well.
More Gaming for the Same Price
Downgrading the PSU and 6TB HDD could free up funds for an overclockable CPU, CPU cooler, and better motherboard.
USB 3.0/2.0 interference
Usb 3.0 ports, when in use, may interfere with usb 2.0 2.4GHz wireless devices — like the Logitech unifying receiver.
While I did not experience this interference on my old laptop, it was not the case with this build. I'm not sure if the issue was caused by the case, the motherboard, or both. The interference persisted even when devices were plugged in far away from each other — one at the front, and one at the back of the case.
My solution was to put the unifying receiver on a 3ft usb extension cable. The extension is bundled with my HDMI cable where it ends up hidden behind my monitor to reduce clutter.
I broke 2 of the 4 rubber screws that came with the Cryorig fan while trying to readjust it (my fault). They were replaced by rubber bands looped with cable ties. Janky, but it's held up so far.
Not outstanding, but functional.
Comes with wifi.
Just the right number of USB 3.0 and 3.1 ports.
Costs ~$50 less than the next option.
Rear ports are a bit wiggly.
Audio is not the best (mic is barely audible without gain when it's fine on other pc's).
Just short enough to fit into the SG13 from the top instead of having to slide it in from the front as recommended in the manual. Made building a lot easier.
Was a lot of fun to build with this case!
The SG13 expects GPUs to be slipped in from the front, but the Sapphire Pulse RX 580 was just short enough to be lowered into the case from the top. Made building a lot easier.
Reducing clutter with a M.2 SSD and SFX PSU was well worth it. It would have made cable management very frustrating otherwise.
If using an SFX PSU, be aware you will need an ATX to SFX PSU bracket.
It's possible to route HDD and GPU cables between the outer shell and HDD bracket to further reduce cable clutter. However, depending on your cables, it could create a bulge.
Despite what it says in the manual, the SG13WB does come with a dust filter for the front case fan. Still no filter for the top/side vents.
Small, quiet, fully-modular, and very well built.
Thank goodness for the Home Use Program. Cost $13, no tax.
Works. Comes with 4 rubber screws that are very secure. So secure they are difficult to remove without snapping.
Used with the Corsair SF450 and Silverstone SG13. Does the trick.