The inspirations for this build came a couple months ago when my parents changed out their PC, they had been using a 2012 Dell Inspiron 660s with a 3330s intel core i5 and 8gb of RAM, No GPU. I am a person who likes small builds, granted none of my previous builds have been small. I had a lot of fun building this PC, even with some of the headaches that came with making it work, especially with the GPU, but we'll get to that in a moment.
I currently have an intel core i5-3570k in the system running at a modest overclock of 4.1GHz at 1.275 volts and that is cooled very well with the H7 cooler from Cryorig which i have pointed at the intake fan at the rear of the case. As for the GPU I have not overclocked it at all, i have left it with factory settings where it boosts to 2077MHz no problem and it only gets to a very acceptable temperature of 69 degrees Celsius.
Getting the system put together was a nightmare and a half, on several occasions i thought i had broken some things. The most obvious modification i had to make to the case was the demolishing of the HDD cage to get the GPU to fit into this case. when i bought the GPU i had measured the clearance that i had for putting a GPU in, but the card was longer than what Amazon said it was and i had to spend 1 infuriating hour banging the crap out of the STEEL HDD cage with a 5lb hammer till the GPU would fit in the case.
the other modification that i had to do was to mount the PSU in the case, the original unit was a 100mm Chinese PSU and the new one was a full centimeter longer so i had to smash the original PSU holder flat with the motherboard tray so i could figure out where i would need to double-sided tape the power supply in place.
other than that the assembly went without headache, but the booting and installing of windows did not go so well. it took me about one hour to find that my gaming keyboard was not letting me access the BIOS and select a proper boot device. And when i was finally able to do so, the computer decided that none of the already installed files on my SSD and HDD should be accessible to me. another hour of troubleshooting later and a live chat with Microsoft we're good to go, it all works just fine. :)