Description

All parts were purchased on sale by checking reddit.com/r/buildapcsales . It turns out you CAN fit an MSI RX480 in an SG13, but it's definitely not easy to do. The temps are good during overwatch and ARK on medium/high, stays around 60c for gpu and 60c for cpu with stock cooler under load. Total money spent was about $600.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great if you don 't plan on overclocking. I got this as part of a motherboard+CPU combination deal. Stock cooler keeps great temps in a case with poor airflow.

Motherboard

Works great, comes with magnetic wifi antenna.

Video Card

Not easy to fit into this case, although that was obvious since it's listed as 10mm longer than the case allows. Despite this, I found a way to make it fit after about 30 minutes without breaking anything or altering the case. I did take the upper drive cage out, that seemed to help. Got this at jet.com and it runs all the games I play, Dota 2, Overwatch, ARK, above 60fps no problem. If I run ARK on epic it slows down a bit but that also happens on my main rig with an MSI 1070 Pro Gaming X.

Case

Very quiet, very small. The airflow is poor but that is true of any small form factor case. Temps are still within reason, haven't broken 70c yet but I also don't play the most demanding games besides ARK.

Power Supply

500w is probably more than I will need right now because I cannot overclock the non-k cpu but I might upgrade this later so I wanted the higher wattage ceiling.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for posting this! Can you comment with CPU and GPU temps? I had no idea the MSI card fit, I had written it off in my search. Any hints for fitting it in if I buy it?

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

My hint would be to stay patient and don't rush things because that will lead to bad results. Besdies taking it slow, you might consider wiring up the 6pin from the PSU to the GPU before fitting it in if you can manage that. I didn't and it was hard to connect the 6 pin after I had stuffed the GPU in because the cage inside the case slightly protrudes over the 6pin slot. Although there is enough clearance to make it fit after it's plugged in, plugging it in is very difficult without the room to maneuvre the 6pin cable. Kind of like a couch that could fit in a room but can't fit through the doorway scenario.

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Huge thanks, just got mine installed and it works great. Installing it was a bit nerve wracking, but it did work out and the card's performing beautifully.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

excellent, good to know, thanks. I just ordered mine so hopefully it works!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice one. :) Same case as mine only difference is the front panel. Wow your CPU temps are much lower than mine.. I'm getting 65c on i3-6100. and using a mini GPU (GTX 1060). Cable management really is a problem on this case.. Planning to cut some unused wires. :/

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Cables shouldn't affect your temps too much (cf. Linus Tech Tips video where they test cases with a lot of open air vs. the same cases with a bunch of **** stuffed inside.) I think my temps are good because it is in an office with great climate control/ambient temperatures.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I checked linus vid regarding the case airflow with/without obstructions well they use a standard case with intake and exhaust fan there whereas it isn't same with our case. ambient temps in my room is around 22-23c now since its getting colder here in my place. i think temps differs on what case is used. Sorry for being concerned in such small issue. I'm such a curious fellow. :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

LOOKS COOL

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

WTF happen to the cables.

Nice build overall but I suggest modular psu or even SF450 or 600 for modularity and it being small

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not modular and they're oversized for the case. Although it's ugly, the temps run great and it's hidden from view anyways.

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

+1 for itx, Good Job!

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  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm sure temps are fine but a quick tidy up with some cable ties would make any future access a lot easier. Really nice little budget build though :)

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