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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.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a nice build! You've done your research and it sure looks like it's paid off! i7s + nVidias really shine in video editing. I love those tiny itx rigs, so much power in so little of a case! How are your temps?

I have a question about your old one, there's a mysterious 5 1/4" bay w/ a Thermaltake logo on it... what is that? I'm curious.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The CPU temperature is 70c when rendering out from Premiere, that is about 5C cooler than my old Q9300 which have Iceage 90 cooler on it

You got quite a sharp eye! That 5 1/4" is Thermaltake Hardcano III, which suppose to cool the HDD with its whiny 40mm fan, the one on top is fan controller for Thermaltake PSU

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, could you tell me about the graphics card? In my country (Argentina) it´s nearly the only brand (is it okay to say brand?) that sells nvidia cards and i heard bad things about zotac. Sorry for my bad English, i´m just a 15 y/o who studies Enlish for 9 years

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I only got it so can't comment on their reliability or service, for the card I really like how short and small it is compare to most other graphic cards.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard bad things about Zotac as well but if that's really your only option I would either get it and not push it insanely hard or consider some AMD cards

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, my build is nearly identical except with R9 270 instead of GTX 660.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

So, I recently purchased a Zotac GTX 660, and from what I saw, it says that 450 is minimum, and that 600 is reccomended. How does this hold up when it comes to gaming/running for more than 6 hours at a time?