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[SFF Build Log] Sugo/Strider build aka "Mighty Mouse"

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Welcome to my SGO5 mini-ITX build thread! I nicknamed it the "Mighty Mouse" project. The idea for the project came about from me wanting a custom mITX PC that was a blend of ideas: small yet powerful, silent, and with a certain minimalist appeal. The basic concept was to incorporate a front-sitting Silverstone Strider PSU in the Sugo SG05, in order to leave an open feel around the motherboard components. The project went through many revisions and it didn't turn out exactly the way I planned, due to some practical and monetary setbacks. But I'd say I achieved about 90% of what I wanted to. In the end, I was pleased with the results. I appreciate any feedback and comments, and remember to rep me if you enjoyed the write-up! smile.gif

First, a list of components used in the project:

Intel i3-3220
Cooler Master Hyper 101
8GB Kingston low profile
GA-Z77N-Wifi
EVGA GTX 660 OC 2GB w/ACX cooler
64GB Crucial M4 SSD
Silverstone ST55F-G 500W Gold
Silverstone Sugo SG05

Standard box collection shot:



I chose these components because they are not expensive but still powerful. Using the Bioshock Infinite benchmark for Ultra settings, average FPS was around 70. I deliberately selected the Strider PSU over the SFX sized PSU for the 120mm fan and extra 100W, which I feel allows for a quiet operation and more overhead. While the ST45SF-G was ideal in terms of space, I felt like the smaller internal fan was a drawback. I also chose the 80mm Hyper 101 because I felt it matched the "mini" look overall. Turns out, it's the perfect cooler for the i3-3220. Average core temp on Prime95 burn test was 64C.

Ok, so now let's get to the main photos. First, here's some photos I took of the components completely stock, for reference:







The red line I drew illustrates about where the GPU would line up in a stock setup.





As you can see, the Strider ST55F-G has enough space to fit sitting in front of the motheboard. The issue is when using an extended graphics card, the only way it would fit a stock case is to drop it in from the top and sit directly on top of the power cables, with the exhaust pointing up. Rather than do it that way, I decided mod the SG05 to allow the Strider to sit sideways, have the exhaust flow out the side wall, and tape the SSD on the top flat side. Thus, I needed to mod the case with a dremel somewhat to allow it to fit properly.

Pictures of cutting the side vent:









Now the case cover has a side vent. My lines weren't entirely square, in retrospect I wish I purchased a square from Harbor Freight and used it as a cutting guide. But, it doesn't look bad. Next, I had to cut the interior frame to allow the PSU more side clearance. Also, I decided I would cut a space so the PSU could slide in and out of the side, rather than going through the top:







Finished the dremeling and sanding. Now the PSU sits in the front with an additional inch or so clearance for a GPU:





I decided to play around with a "blacked out" look. Didn't really spend any money or design time, just took a regular old sharpie and electric tape and colored some stuff in. I don't think it looks too bad, considering the cost:





Finally, everything is ready to be assembled. Here's the end setup:















Looks good! Everything is running perfectly. I didn't have any trouble installing the components, but it did take me a few minutes of fumbling to position all the cables just right so it looks "clean."

I'm happy with the results overall. The PSU and GPU are inaudible, and the CPU fan is audible but not too loud. Might switch it to a 92mm cooler just to be dead quiet. Future mods I'm planning: buy custom black ATX connector (have one ordered), install magnetic dust covers on the sides (will order and install soon), and a momentary power switch threaded into the side panel (sometime in the future).

Thanks for reading! tongue.gif

Edited by janas19 - 7/17/13 at 10:34am
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ATX in a SG05 = Win
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Lots of work!
Good job!

But... was it really worth it?
I am almost sure the stock 450W PSU would have been sufficient for your system.

Then you could have put it in the same place as the ST55F-G 500W without any mod on the case.
I did it with the 300W version, adding a custom back plate:
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Wow and I honestly though my ITX Elite 120 was small...apparently not. I'm trying to figure out how to fit a 240 rad in it... and I currently have 2 CWC's with 2 120mm rad's...

Nice work man! I'd highly recommend like an Antec 620 for your case. Blow that hot air from the CPU out of the case instead of around it...thumb.gif
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Thanks for the feedback guys! biggrin.gif
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Lots of work!
Good job!

But... was it really worth it?
I am almost sure the stock 450W PSU would have been sufficient for your system.

Then you could have put it in the same place as the ST55F-G 500W without any mod on the case.
I did it with the 300W version, adding a custom back plate:

You know, I went back and forth man. Even now, there's part of me that thinks you're right. But in the end, I guess the extra work was worth it for the bigger fan. Plus, the PSU is probably coasting easy. IDK, either way is good really. It's just a matter of taste, I suppose.
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UPDATE

I took you guys suggestions. I flipped the PSU around so the PSU fan was exhausting the case. When I was playing Bioshock before, the top of the case was warm to the touch - not good. I decided to flip it around after that, and see what happened. This required even more cutting to make clearance for the 120V receptacle, and tbh I wasn't expecting a whole lot of results. Here's the assembled product now:







Surprise, surprise - turns out flipping the Strider around makes a HUGE difference! I can definitely vouch on personal experience. Before, playing Bioshock the SG05 was warm to the touch. Now when I'm playing, it's almost totally cool. There still is one hot spot which is the area right between the CPU cooler backside and the PSU frontside. That actually surprised me as well - I just assumed that area would be the coolest since it's right in front of the exhaust fan. Hm, I guess there's much more to case airflow than I thought.

Really happy with the new results! biggrin.gif
Edited by janas19 - 7/18/13 at 5:12pm
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Really happy with the new results! biggrin.gif

Good to see it's working out for you! biggrin.gif
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