As my old rig lags constantly when I edit FHD video, and chocks when I play WvW with zergs in Guild Wars 2, I decide its time to build a new one from scratch as my xmas present, this time though I decide to get a small case for my rig, as my old one is a full tower which is heavy and quite a hassle when moving it around if work requires to bring my PC in.
Originally I was on set to get CoolerMaster Elite 130, it is quite small but accept normal PSU and full size graphic cards, but not until I stumble upon SG05 which is even smaller! Don't let the small size fool you, it runs even cooler than the Coolermaster case from the reviews I've seen, so I chose SG05 instead for my case.
I choose i7-4770K since rendering take a lot of CPU power, and plan oc it later on, for mobo I got Gigabyte Z87N-Wifi as I like how all the connectors is on the side which won't interfere with the airflow from the 120cm fan at front. Make sure your one is V2.0 which come with AC wireless that gives over 2X more speed than V1.x ones
With such a powerful CPU the stock cooler just won't do, I settled for AXP-100 since it is small and gives clearance to both GPU and RAM with headspreader. It also gives about 1XC lower temperature than stock cooler on full speed.
The reason for choosing Zotac GTX is because of the smaller footprint compare to other GTX660, since the space inside SG05 is tight, it also give air flow to the HDD/SSD behind it, with longer graphics card they will block the flow completely, resulting higher temp for HDD,
I've decide to go all 2.5" since the 3.5" cage is blocking the fan, I bought a docking station which can dock my old 3.5" HDD, I managed put 1 500GB 2.5" and 1 7mm SSD into a single 2.5" HDD cage provided. I use the leftover HDD caddy from my old laptop to put my other 1TB 2.5" HDD.
One thing I regret is not checking about the UEFI compatible before hand, it is only after I installed Windows 8 to find out my graphics card don't have UEFI bios (only the latest Geforce 700 or Radeon R series have it, or ASUS 600 series with update), so the Windows 8 Ultra Fast Boot cannot be enabled on this new machine which is a bummer.
I also add dust filters to the open holes of the case, since I have a dog at home so it is more susceptible to dusts and fur
At end of the day, its the performance that count, Guild Wars 2 is now running at 28fps all high in LA compare to 12fps with older rig (Q9300/HD5830), a 2 minutes edited video export from Premiere takes 7 minutes instead of 27 minutes. I also tested the same footage with HT disabled, its add about 1 minutes more rendering. Editing is much smoother too thanks to CUDA support for preview.