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Jonas’s Modified Silverstone SUGO SG13

Case Silverstone SUGO SG13
MotherBoard MSI H81i mini ITX
CPU Intel i5 4460
RAM 8GB Corsair RAM
Video Card MSI GTX960 2G Gaming
PSU Sharkoon 450W SFX PSU
Hard Drives Maxtor 200 Gb
CPU Cooler Thermalright Macho 120
Accessories Arduino Nano

Builders Take

I modded the PC over the course of a couple of months. I made a fan controller using Arduino. The Arduino NANO reads CPU heatsink temperature and ambient temperature with sensors I’ve added. Those two temperatures are displayed on custom made segment display LED screens in the front of the case. The Arduino then controls the two CPU fans. The control enables the fans above 42°C and lets them spin for 30 seconds to cool the CPU down. This means that during regular office work the CPU fans don’t spin at all and the CPU is cooled passively. During games, the fans spin now and then.

I moved the SFX power supply to the front of the case to be able to fit a HUGE heatsink with push-pull fans to be able to cool the CPU passively. I cannot tell you how huge this heatsink is until you’ve seen the pictures. It sure is overkill (but that’s how I like it). I modded the GPU with a new cool acrylic design and it can also pull air more directly from the side. To accommodate the temperature displays in the front, I completely made a new front bezel from scratch with sheet metal. Overall, the PC got a cleaner industrial look.

I tried to apply my skills in modding, electronics and PC building to create a PC which is compact, cool, silent and efficient. Thermals and spacing wise, I could have easily fit an overclocked 4700K with GTX980 in this case, but I went with a bit lower budget. My requirement was to be able to play GTA V at that time.

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