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My First SFF Gaming Machine - questions on cooling / size

post #1 of 5
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Hi,

I have been reading these forums of late trying to put together how to build a sff gaming machine. It has been incredibly helpful. I am replacing my dell xps m1710 which was great but I want a portable(ish) machine that isn't a laptop this time.

I have got a spec based upon this blog:

http://www.overclockers.com/gaming-t...paces-miniitx/

So my spec is:

SG07 Silverstone case (600W)
Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 Motherboard
i5 proc
OCZ Technology 4GB (2x2GB) Gold Edition DDR3 PC12800 CAS8 Dual Channel
GeForce GTX 470 Gfx
SSD 60GB and 500GB HDD

My questions though are (I haven't build a pc for 10 years!). Is the SG07 overkill over say the SG05?
My Main concern is cooling. My room doesn't have great airflow and gets hot. How much cooling should a system like this get. I looked at coolers such as: http://www.dabs.com/products/akasa-i...efs=4294951219

but I just don't know what and how big a cooler you should get. Do you need more than just the proc cooler or is it enough given the SG07 has a big fan.

Anyone have the SG07 and how noisy is it?

Gonna order this next week hopefully

Any advice is appreciated

Thanks
Colin
post #2 of 5
Hello Colin and welcome to OCN

That's a well thought out SFF system you have there!
Unfortunately since your ambient (room) temperature is already warm I'm afraid your cooling will hit the ceiling quickly no matter the case or cooler. If you are not planning on OCing then the stock cooler will be more than enough

It is true that the SG07 might be a little overkill however, I have heard nothing but great reviews from it (the acoustics are amaing ). Also, the SG05 is quite a bit smaller than the SG07! Because of this I believe that you should stick with the SG07 especially if you're going GTX 470.

Hope this helps!
Edited by Huster - 10/7/10 at 5:39am
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Yea totally! Many thanks.

I tend not to overclock to be honest. I keep my system pretty clean (in terms of os) and have never felt the need.

I thought the SG07 would be a safer bet with its big fan, power and size esp going with the GTX470. I had looked at the Ati 5850 but from what I read the GTX 470 was better given they were the same price pretty much.

Nice to hear the system makes sense. Did not want to buy it all to find half of it would not really work together!

All this plus a 24" monitor for under £1000.. I am very impressed (or I hope to be!)
post #4 of 5
If you're not planning to OC it, then you should be fine

If you haven't seen my update to the blog you linked....you should check it out too
http://www.techreaction.net/2010/09/...-and-gigabyte/
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Vertex 3 Segate Momentus XT LG Blu-Ray combo drive Custom water loop for CPU & GPUs 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Acer H5360 (100" 1280x720 3D projector) Asus VG278HE Asus VG278HE 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VG278HE XARMOR U9BL Corsair AX1200 home built 
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Logitch G400 Custom 7.1 home theater system 7 channel SimVibe setup with 10 tactile transdu... Fanatec ClubSport Wheel with F1 & BMW GT rims 
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Sweet. Did not know there was a follow up. Now to start browsing that for changes to my spec! Thanks
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