Internal Examination

 Computer enclosures are a lot like other things in life, the outside catches your attention, but the good stuff is always on the inside, be it cases or Oreo cookies. So it is with the Silverstone SG-01.

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The photo above is a side shot with the ‘U’ shaped hood removed exposing a rather interesting interior, but each area deserves a look of its own, so let’s get started.

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You’ll remember that we mentioned that Silverstone had removed the 60 mm (noisy) fan in version 3.1 of the SG-01 and actually redesigned the exhaust air flow pattern with the angled 80 mm fan placement that took advantage of the second set of ventilation holes on the top of the case along with four rows in the area where the 60 mm fan was mounted. This dramatically improves airflow. Further to the right is another optional 80 mm fan placement which I fully intend to take advantage of to increase the air intake. One other note here, you can see that the motherboard standoffs are already permanently in place, for your convenience.

Just below the upper fan placement bracket (for lack of a better name) is the removable hard drive rack capable of supporting two 3.5′ HD’s. As you can be seen below, the second of the two stock 80 mm fans supplies fresh intake air to cool your HD’s.

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The one and only thumbscrew in the whole case is used to hold the hard drive rack in position under the 5.25′ drive bays. Remove the thumbscrew and the hard drive rack comes out easily to make installing or removing your HD’s a breeze.

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In the photo above, you can see the interaction of the hard drive rack and the 5.25′ bay bracket, please note that the drive bay covers are screwed in place, so don’t try to push them in from the outside, it won’t work!

Just below the 5.25′ bay bracket and partially hidden behind the hard drive rack is a circuit board that has all the connections for the front access ports. The photo below will give you a better view.

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So, what’s the big deal? Well if you’re anything like me, you don’t like the clutter of unused or unwanted wiring and I never use the front audio ports, so instead of looking for a place to hide the wiring all I have to do is disconnect the wiring from the circuit board, as simple as pie. Now all I have to do is remember where I put it, just in case it’s needed in the future.

This next photo is a panoramic view of the interior of the case and is added here to put all the individual photos in perspective.  It’s also the only photo that shows the power supply support bracket through the power supply opening.

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In looking at power supplies that would handle just about anything we wanted to throw into our new system we settled on the very efficient (85%) Silverstone ELEMENT 500W power supply (what, you didn’t know Silverstone made some of the best PSU’s on the market, visit them at http://www.silverstonetek.com/ and while you’re at it, check out their line of fans.)

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The Silverstone Element 500 PSU seen above was supplied by and modified by none other than our friends at http://www.performance-pcs.com/ . Modified?? Yes, besides installing nylon mesh on the power lines we also had Hank remove, what we considered to be extra lines, cutting them close to the power supply and placing a connector on the shortened lines so we would have a minimum amount of wiring within the case. We did however; decide to keep the dual PCI-E connections in place, just in case we wanted to switch to a high end Video Card instead of the onboard video supplied on our Asus A8N-VM-CSM motherboard.

In the middle of our photo, you can see the bundle of what we considered excess wiring for this application, you can also see the short connectors, and so if we ever wanted to use this wiring, we could!

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