I built this for traveling back and fourth to see friends and family cross-country. I figured it'd be better to have a dedicated rig vs. a laptop that wouldn't be nearly as powerful as this for the same price. I wanted it to be small enough to fit in a carry-on-able backpack, because there's no way I would let this go under the plane in checked baggage. (Have you ever seen how they just toss everything?!)
I had some minor setbacks when putting this together. Most notably, the GTX680 Classified is NOT 10.5" long as it is stated to be on EVGA's, Newegg's, and Amazon's websites. It's actually 11" and extends beyond even the plastic shell of the Silverstone SG05 case. (I planned on dremeling out the inner metal to fit a 10.5" card, but it would have still been too long, so I ordered a second card and will be selling the Classified to a friend.)
Other issues I came across... Asus not including the necessary screws for mounting the motherboard. (Luckily, I had some thin ones lying around.)
My fans didn't come with screws, just rubber mounting... things. They'd be great for mounting to a case, but I needed to mount the fans to the H50 radiator; so, for now, I'm only using two screws to hold each fan into the radiator... Amazon Prime shipment of the needed 6/32 x 1.25" screws (eight in all) should be here in a couple of days.
Also, if you decide to build in this case, make sure to slot the GPU card in next after you've mounted the motherboard and connected the front panel audio, indicators, and switches... I got all the way to the end of the build and figured out the card would not just fit in (at 10" long); I needed to remove everything in the way and shimmy it in there.
Last but not least... please don't buy a Logitech G700 like I did... the battery life is crap; it ends up being plugged in more than wireless and the cable isn't braided, it's just a normal rubbery cable... so it kind of sticks to my wooden desk - hindering movement. And, the SetPoint software is crap... there's supposed to be a working option to have your profiles automatically change depending on which program you're running, but the "detection" doesn't work. This forces me to use the manual profile change button... I have like 300 Steam games; switching between three profiles is all I can do like this. If I want to play a different game, which I don't currently have mapped to the profile switch, I need to go into the software and switch it out on top of manually switching to the profile with the mouse button (which also gets rid of a potential keystroke).
The build posted, but it's 0200 now and I gotta be up in a few hours for work, so I won't be showing any test results. Great case; I would like to make some changes to it myself and I've heard that the PSU fan can get loud, but it didn't seem any louder than my screaming Dell projector so I won't bother changing it out like others have. (Not yet, at least.) And, for goodness sake... don't believe anyone online when they tell you a GPU bigger than 10" will fit in this case. Don't spend $700 on a card like I did just to find out it wouldn't fit.
Hope y'all like it. :)
Update - Added photos of it in my backpack (It's a very expensive Mystery Ranch model named the Crewcab, if you're wondering). I forgot to fasten the buckles in one of the pictures, so if you're worried it might fall out of the sides, fret not. ;-9
Update 2 - I added CPU and GPU temps recorded averages while running Prime 95 and Unigine Valley Benchmark 10. Also, after many attempts to get the Kingston RAM I'd purchased to run at the rated XMP Profile speed of 2400mhz, I've given up. The RAM will successfully clock to 2133mhz utilizing XMP Profile # 2, but it will not post with Profile # 1. I'm happy with 2133mhz, as I believe the problem might be due to my CPU being a low-power-consumption variant. Windows 7 64-bit Experience Index rated my system at 7.8, where the 7.8 comes from the CPU; everything else was rated to be 7.9. Both the RAID 0 of the two Samsung 840 Pro SSDs and the RAID 1 of the two WD Caviar Black (7200rpm) HDDs were also surprising rated at 7.9. I figured the two 7200rpm drives would have been rated lower. BTW; the RAID 0 is ******* insane. I thought one SSD was nice... this is just crazy. Anyone who thinks the extra few seconds it takes for the RAID driver to startup after post isn't worth using two SSDs is mental. Besides, I have a password on my system, so it has to wait for me to enter the key anyways... it's SO fast that once the driver has loaded, the Windows logo appears and disappears so quickly that my monitor actually shuts off for a second and then comes back on believing there was no image being outputted. Everything is snappy and immediately responsive; I mean, EVERYTHING. Finally, I haven't heard any sort of odd noise from the PSU... it's no where near as loud as my Dell projector, and it's quieter than my ceiling fan, so, on top of never being bothered by fan noise in the first place, I'm quite satisfied.
|Intel Core i7-3770S 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.1GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||30.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||50.0° C|