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I was reading the SG05/SG06 threads and any posts regarding this case. It's the size I like and although it's a challenge to build in (not an experienced builder by any means), it is portable and the smallest that still allows a lot of efficiency (not as much wasted space as other cases). Still there is one particular issue that makes me hesitate in choosing it for my particular build.

But, perhaps, someone might have an idea for me or an alternative case idea? Or you know of a mod that can be done?

The parts I'd like to use include:

Mobo: ASUS Z87I-Deluxe OR Asrock Z87E-ITX
CPU: Intel i5-4570
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport Low Profile 16GB - 1600MHz 1x8GB) - BLS8G3D1609ES2LX0
GPU: 750Ti (*I won't go with a discrete card right away)O
CPU Heatsink+Fan: Noctua NH-L12 (single 92mm fan) ??? - I noticed this as a popular choice - what do you think?
Case fan: Noctua NF-F12 PWM (120mm fan)
Hard drives: 2 SSDs* - I'd like to go with two solid state drives - as I want to boot two different operating systems

That brings me to my dilemma. How to get two SSDs in this case.

There are SSD HDD mounting module for 3.5" Bay that are sold at computer shops or online (ebay?) - would that work?

I couldn't help noticing in some reviews, that some reviewers said a missed opportunity or potential was missed by not offering a mount setup of 2 SSDs instead of the slim optical drive. I agree! I'd rather have that option!

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6167/silverstone-sugo-sg05-the-miniitx-standard-bearer

"For how simple the SG05's design is, though, I feel like there's a bit of wasted potential here. The optical drive cage probably could've supported a pair of 2.5" drives side-by-side on the underside without interfering with the expansion slots, or alternatively could've included some means of mounting a 2.5" drive to the optical drive area. "

I thought this! I was trying to find comments about this and finally found some. Is there any chance Silverstone will revise the case or offer a new cage to allow for 2 SSDs in that compartment? The only other idea would be to mod the case or find room on the floor of the case? I just thought the case floor will be populated with cables and didn't think that was the best location/option. Or maybe I'm mistaken?

Any other ideas?
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I have my SSD mounted on the side of the PSU with Velcro (temp) I'll be drilling an L-bracket into the PSU that will accommodate up to three 2.5" drives. I'll post a pix in a few when I can get to me PC smile.gif



There is also a ton of space to fit two 2.5" drives along the bottom front.
Edited by hyp36rmax - 4/9/14 at 8:18am
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I have my SSD mounted on the side of the PSU with Velcro (temp) I'll be drilling an L-bracket into the PSU that will accommodate up to three 2.5" drives. I'll post a pix in a few when I can get to me PC smile.gif



There is also a ton of space to fit two 2.5" drives along the bottom front.
Adjacent to the psu or? Well, good luck. wink.gif What are you using to cool the cpu? That's my other dilemma. I want to use liquid cooling but I won't be overclocking so maybe I don't need to. Also, I have read at various places of some H60 and H75 owners complaining. Although, I guess there's other liquid cooler choices out there.

I suppose a low profile air cooler will do the job but which? smile.gif

I like your creativity in adding drives, btw. smile.gif
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Hey, can someone give me their opinion on some RAM? There's the first one I mentioned in the OP and this one:
BLT8G3D1608ET3LX0

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148655

They're both low profile. The 'Tactical' one is $5 more and it looks like the heatsink is slightly higher but is C8 instead of C9.
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Mine is above the GPU, secured with a bolt


Really, there is not a dedicated 2xSDD but you can place them anywhere tongue.gif
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Okay. I think it will help once I get one (in my hands). smile.gif So, this question: white or black one? Any reason to get the white one? It's not painted white inside, right?

Also, I read some posts (old ones, though - I think), that it's sharp inside? Is this still true? If so, does anyone buy any sandpaper to do over the edges before working in the case? Or is it not that bad?

Thanks for any answers. It's $50 for me (w/tax) or around there but stock is low.
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Another question: if you use the stock intel cooler but decide the cooling is not sufficient for one's liking, how much trouble is it to switch to another air cooler or add a rad/liquid cooler? Do you have to remove the motherboard? I guess you have to take the PSU out too (first?)?
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Hey, can someone give me their opinion on some RAM? There's the first one I mentioned in the OP and this one:
BLT8G3D1608ET3LX0

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148655

They're both low profile. The 'Tactical' one is $5 more and it looks like the heatsink is slightly higher but is C8 instead of C9.

The height won't make much difference. Then again, neither will lower latency.

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Also, I read some posts (old ones, though - I think), that it's sharp inside? Is this still true?

Anyone who thinks it is sharp... has never worked on a truly sharp cheap case. rolleyes.gif And I say that from experience. Is it all rounded so that any 'tard can go rubbing his fingers all over the inner edges? No. However, a bit of care can go a long way.
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Another question: if you use the stock intel cooler but decide the cooling is not sufficient for one's liking, how much trouble is it to switch to another air cooler or add a rad/liquid cooler? Do you have to remove the motherboard? I guess you have to take the PSU out too (first?)?

Yes, PSU has to come out. Whether motherboard has to come out will depend on whether the cooling you're putting in has a back plate.

I can' t see why the stock cooler won't be sufficient at stock speeds, unless you botch the push pins. Just make sure the BASE of the pins are fully seated against the board before pushing the pins in. Put the cooler on. Wiggle pins until all 4 tips go into the holes in the motherboard and the flat base are against the motherboard. Then push the pins in alternating fashion as you would with lug bolts/nuts when changing out a tire on your car. This is easiest to do when the board is outside of the case.

Every time that someone has brought such a setup to me with overheating issues has always been this problem. They slap the stock cooler on, mash down pins and think it is fine. A couple overheats later and they become the typical guy you see around here spouting the "stock coolers suck" mantra. The other time I've seen people with issues are a year down the line and the heatsink is clogged with dust.
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