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I wanted to build a solid gaming rig that could stand up to the requirements of games for the next couple years, but also wasn't obnoxiously loud or intrusive on the desk. It also had to have decent support for Hackintoshing (hence the strange Gigabyte motherboard choice).

I got an overclockable CPU, motherboard and video card to stretch the performance limits of the machine, but I'm already having cooling issues and will need to address them before boosting anything.

One funny installation note: The video card is literally 1mm shorter than the entire case length. To get fitment to work, before even putting the motherboard in the case, I had to slide the video card in vertically and strap-tie it so it was hovering above where the PCIe slot would be. I then slid the motherboard in underneath and cut the strap ties, lowering the video card into the slot. The plastic of the GPU cooler is pressing up against the front of the case -- it's that tight.

I had to sacrifice one motherboard fastening screw, as access to it was impossible after the video card was installed.

The rest of the installation was a breeze. Cable management is a bit gross, to be tackled when I figure out how to cool the CPU better.

Regarding CPU cooling: I'd love some recommendations. I put too much thermal paste on at first and used vinegar windex on a coffee filter to remove it. It looked mostly removed (from the cooler and CPU) before I reapplied, but maybe I didn't get it all? Either way, this is pretty bad cooling performance even for a stock cooler.

Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 4 points

stock coolers come with pre applied thermal paste

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

The pre-applied thermal grease sucks.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

In a cramped build like this replacing thermal paste is a good idea. Especially considering it is haswell.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

It probably would have been fine, but I had to remove the cooler when I was figuring out how to get the video card in and had to reapply it.

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  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Would increase PSU before overclocking GPU/ CPU.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

You can't. SFX power supplies above 450W don't exist.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Silverstone makes a 600W SFX supply that comes with one of their other ITX cases.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

The one in the SG08? That's an ATX unit.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, did not know that!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

looks like a tight fit with that graphics card! how is the power supply doing?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

The PSU is fine! Not sure what I'm drawing under load, but probably around 350-375, so I have room to spare.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Use 70% or higher rubbing alcohol to remove to thermal paste for the cooler and the cpu, then apply a pea sized dot to the center of the cpu and reinstall, should be better.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

When I first put on my first aftermarket CPU cooler I was so scared. I got the hang of it now.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll give that a shot.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I know, that case can fit cards 10.2" tops. I'm amazed you could get a 10.24" card into it.

You know there are shorter versions of the GTX 770

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I dropped the ball on my GPU choice. I was focused entirely on bang for buck vs. size. It fits, though! Barely.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Is 75 degrees dangerously hot, or playable until I get around to replacing the cooler?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

It should be fine for now until you get the cooler. Before I had 5 case fans, my 2600k was running 78 degrees under full load. I still have to get an aftermarket CPU cooler before I OC, but I think the max temp before it shuts off or lowers the clock rate is 85 degrees for my CPU.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

75C doesn't sound too bad under load, although maybe that depends on what "under load" means? All cores on 100% for an hour (eg. Prime95 stress test) and 75C is reasonable I'd say. However, 45C when idle is not so.

I'm curious, what does your motherboards (GA-Z87N-WIFI) "System" temperature report?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

You have the wrong Mobo in your parts list.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Quite right. PPP is incredibly confusing with where it retains the parts list. Updated.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm interested in this case. Can it be modded slightly to fit an ATX psu?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

yes it can. I was going through the Overclock.net SG05/06 page and there are a few builds with ATX PSUs, but you have to forgo using a optical drive and probably have to watercool the cpu.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd grab some Noctua NT-H1 thermal compound,and apply it in a grain of rice method, it performs 5 or 10 degrees better than the thermal grease Intel includes with their Haswell chips, and wet a paper towel, and get as much moisture out as you can, so it's barely damp, and gently wipe the CPU off for 15 uninterrupted seconds, as for the actual cooler, NZXT, Cooler Master, Corsair, Noctua, and be quiet! are the brands I trust for air/closed loop coolers, I'd reccomend spending a good 45-120$ on a good CPU cooler, do not decieve that little K on your 4670k. Just my input.