Build a PC – SilverStone SG07
Quick look video for the SilverStone SG07 small form factor case. Total build price $900. This build will be used for a home media server. PC was completed with the following parts:
2010 SFF PC Project Parts List
• SilverStone SG07 case with 600W PSU
• Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 Motherboard
• Intel Core i3-530 2.93 GHz LGA 1156 Processor
• Intel stock CPU cooler
• G-Skill ECO Series DDR3 1333 memory (4GB)
• ATI Radeon HD5670 video card (optional)
• SilverStone TOB02 slim Blu-Ray combo drive
• Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT 320GB 7200RPM notebook hard drive
• Western Digital WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200RPM hard drive (storage)
For this system, we needed to go with a Mini-ITX motherboard to fit inside the SG07. Luckily, the big name board companies are finally making some nice boards for this form factor. We decided early on that we wanted to go with the new Intel Core i3 socket 1156 processor and ended up going with a Core i3-530. The 530 is a 2.93 GHz dual core Clarkdale processor that has an integrated graphics processor built right in. For a gaming system, you’ll want to get a dedicated graphics card, but if you build a system like this to be used as a basic HTPC or home Media Server, the integrated will work great. In fact, the media server would actually be running without a monitor after initial setup.
The motherboard had to be a socket 1156 that was able to support Clarksdale graphics, so we went with the Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3. The board has some really nice features like integrated USB3 ports and support for SATA 6Gb hard drives. It only has two memory sockets, but 4GB will be plenty for what we need to do. We did check the AMD offerings before we started, but the board selection wasn’t as good.
For the memory, we chose G-Skill ECO Series DDR3 1333 Memory (4GB). Our board supports higher speed memory, but we plan to run this system at stock speeds, so the extra cost would have no real benefit. The voltage requirements for memory modules are not the same for every manufacturer. The board has to be able to run the memory at the manufacturer recommended voltage or you may have problems. The best thing to do is to check the motherboards QVL (qualified vendor list). This is usually available on their website and will list specific memory modules that have been tested with that board.
We picked out a dedicated graphics card for this system (Radeon HD5670) to test out the SG07 case. We want to run the system with integrated graphics when we’re done, but wanted to test the fit of an add on card. The final build will be used as a Windows Home Server down the road and will not be hooked up to any monitors anyway, so graphics aren’t a priority.
We are going with two hard drives for this PC. We picked a Western Digital Scorpio Black (WD3200BEKT) 320GB notebook hard drive for the boot drive. The second drive is a Western Digital (WD1600AAJS) 160GB for storage. The SG07 case doesn’t have room for two full sized hard drives, so we definitely needed to use either a SSD (Solid State Drive) or a notebook drive. Since we already had a spare notebook and spare 3.5” drives lying around, we went with those. The 160GB drive will eventually be replaced by a 2TB drive when we convert this PC into a home media server.
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