So, while upgrading from my trusty i7-4790K-based system I decided to go the SFF route, with the goal of keeping as many parts from my previous build as possible, so that I can continue to claim to have been using the same PC for 15 years, much like Gimli’s axe or the ship belonging to some guy named Theseus.

In the end I wanted to keep the following components:

  • Corsair HX620 ATX PSU
  • Optical drive for the odd Blu-Ray rip
  • 2.5-ish slot ASUS RTX 2060 Super
  • Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm tower cooler
  • Storage devices

In the end, the only case I really liked that fit the bill was Silverstone’s recently announced SUGO 14: especially the requirement for a 5.25" drive bay really slimmed down the available selection. The final build comprises these components (in bold new additions specifically for this build):

  • Case: Silversone SUGO 14
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
  • GPU: ASUS RTX 2060 Super Dual OC
  • MB: ASUS Strix B550-I Gaming
  • RAM: 32GB (2x 16GB) 3600MHz Corsair
  • Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2
  • Fans: 1x Noctua NF-A12-15 low-profile PWM fans, 2x Noctua NF-F12
  • Boot SSD: Samsung 980 Pro M.2 NVMe (added September 2021)
  • SSD: Samsung 850 Evo M.2 SATA
  • SSD: Crucial MX500 500GB SATA
  • SSD: Samsung 840 Evo 250GB SATA
  • HDD: WD Green 3TB SATA
  • ODD: LG Blu-Ray reader-writer

PC fully assmebled Without side panels Cooling detail Side view

Side panels removed, PC tilted on right side, with original CPU cooler orientation prior to ODD removal:

Panels removed, tilted, old cooler orientation

Old and new (prior to ODD removal): Built for MSFS!