Description

I wanted a quiet, portable gaming machine with a good processor for some light video editing. My gaming mostly involves Kerbal Space Program, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Portal, and Minecraft, so the 1060 SC Gaming is more than enough for my needs.

I did try to install Fedora (Linux) on this machine, but I had some trouble with the graphics card drivers not playing nicely with Steam and PlayOnLinux, so I installed Windows 10 and now my games work beautifully.

Overall, I'm very pleased with this build. I did upgrade to a quieter power supply, the Corsair SF 450W Modular Power Supply, which I will talk about in the Mark 2 description.

(Prices listed include shipping and handling, but not taxes.)

Part Reviews

Motherboard

The ASRock AB350 motherboard works very well. The only drawback I have found is that I cannot seem to install the ASRock F-Stream tool on Windows 10. This is only a slight drawback, but it is an advertised feature that I cannot use.

Case

I really like the Silverstone SG06 case. The only downside is that it needs to use an SFX power supply. Of course, the smaller PSU means a larger CPU cooler can be used.

If you want the option of using an ATX power supply and don't need the drive bay, the Silverstone SG13 case is barely larger, but supports a longer graphics card and an ATX power supply.

I also unplugged the cable for the HD light on the case. The power and HD lights are a very bright blue and the flashing of the HD light can be very distracting.

Power Supply

The FSP Group power supply was not as quiet as I had hoped. It wasn't really loud, but I could clearly hear it, even at idle. It seems like a solid PSU, but I expected the fan to be a bit quieter.

Monitor

The display is very bright. I keep the brightness down around 5-10 (out of 100) and it's still bright.

The QHD resolution gives me plenty of space when editing spreadsheets, documents, audio, or video.

I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the built-in speakers. They are not super loud, but they work great for a portable setup and there is no obvious distortion that I can hear.

My only complaints are that it is almost painfully bright at times and that the menu buttons are on the back of the monitor behind the right bezel. This placement makes changing inputs, contrast, or other settings a bit awkward. These are pretty minor problems though, and some people may like those features.

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Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I have an SG05 system on my desk that, with a few modifications, fits a Zotac 1070 Mini and Corsair H55 while still keeping a dvd drive and mounting point for my 2.5" SSD.

After extended mining/gaming I highly recommend you look at an H55/H60 or similar cooler should CPU temps seem higher than you'd like. It took me an hour or so to rebuild with the AIO (and drill out rivets on teh odd mounting bracket to fit over the radiator) but temps under stress with an 84w CPU fell nearly 20C now rarely breaking 51C unless the GPU is overclocked and running hard as well. In that case I hit 52, maybe 53C CPU at peak but it always falls back closer to 49C on average.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the recommendation. I'm hoping a larger cooler will help me control the temps better without so much fan noise.

I tweaked my fan settings in the motherboard UEFI to be aggressively quiet, so things do get warm with just the stock cooler. CPU package temps generally stay below 45C at idle and below 84C at 100% CPU (with or without GPU load). I took these measurements with an ambient temp of about 20-21C and used BOINC to provide the CPU and GPU loads. The fan noise gets a little loud at the higher temps, especially when the graphics card kicks in.

Yes, I know that 84C is high, but I'm not seeing any throttling or instability and I don't think it's going to kill my processor, since I won't hit that very often. Until I get a better cooler, I'll probably just change the fan settings to max out the fans at a slightly cooler temp.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

It'll survive that. I had this PC running full for up to 16 hours a day and wanted to keep temps lower so H55 it was. I am impressed especially with how the PSU location limits air coolers in this thing.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Your 1060 is suffocating +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

The side panel of the SG06 case has lots of vent holes on that side. The 1060 has plenty of air coming through that vent. I'll add a picture of that side to show it.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahh, I see. Thanks. Also, I was half joking when I said that.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

fix your cables that ***** hella ****** up

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

In OP's defense that is the PSU they replaced, not the SF450. The SF450 is modular with black cables.