Originally Posted by Zap Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The SG05 and SSG06 fits the same size graphics card, even though the SG06 has bigger externals, due to the extended front face. It should
fir the GTX 670 just fine since that card is 10" deep and the case fits something like 10¼". However, I would not buy that graphics card. For around the same money you can get a GTX 680 like this one
that is only 10" long and will fit. The extra VRAM won't help you at all until you hit super high resolutions, which you won't unless you use a 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 resolution monitor, or do surround gaming with triple monitors. You may as well save over $100 and get a normal 2GB GTX 670. Heck, if you are primarily gaming at 720p on your projector or using borrowed monitors, GTX 660 Ti pricing starts a whopping $200 less than your FTW+ and at those resolutions you won't notice that much difference.
If you use the liquid cooler, you can't use the drive bays in that case. There is room to mount the SSD elsewhere using double sided tape or Velcro tape, but you won't be able to fit the optical drive. Either way I would ditch the optical drive unless it is something you really, really need (not a "nice to have"). If you really need one, you may need to go with a USB drive.
Just for better portability (AKA weight) I would suggest just going with the stock CPU cooler and forgo the overclocking. This way you can also go with a much cheaper motherboard, like a $100 H77 chipset board. If you are wary of the push pins of the stock cooler you can use a bolt-through kit from just about any manufacturer. You basically need a backplate, screws that go into the backplate and springs for the screws like this kit
. Besides keeping the cooler from ever falling off on its own (great for traveling) it also usually applies more pressure, thus making the stock cooler perform better.
You don't need the extra fans. The case comes with a decent Silverstone "golf ball" fan and even if you go with the liquid cooler, it comes with a fan already. Those Corsair SP120 fans run almost 2400RPM, and will be super noisy at that speed.
Even if you end up overclocking with the liquid cooler, feel free to go with a cheaper motherboard such as the ASRock or MSI. Both of those overclock as well as the Asus. The big selling point of the Asus is that they moved some of the VRMs off the motherboard onto that little daughtercard. This allowed them to move the CPU socket away from the graphics card, which helps if you use a big air cooler
. Liquid cooling? Save the $40 or so.
I've seen people run out of battery juice many times on wireless mice and once on a wireless keyboard at LAN parties, plus I've heard people in Teamspeak go "oh crap, batteries dying." That's why I would never use wireless devices for gaming. But that's just personal preference.
Originally Posted by WiSK
I thought I had some stuff to say too, but Zap's covered it all
Haha; well thank you both for all of your input!
You make a good point about the GPU; I guess initially I was going for the 4GB VRAM to gain a little more future proof-ness at a cheaper price than I would get for a 4GB 680. On my desktop build, with three 3GB 580s in SLI, I've seen Skyrim get close to using all of the memory with all of the mods I have loaded into it displaying to a single 1080p monitor. I would like to ride out this single card as long as possible, even after attempts to overclock it to its limit don't seem to keep up. Do you still recommend only 2GB?
I think, at the least, I would like to get this card
for $299.99 after a MIR; however, I do appreciate recommendations.
Regarding the drive bays: Thanks for letting me know! I tried to figure out the inside of the case as best I could by looking at pictures of others' builds using it, but they were all so crowded and none of them addressed having to remove the cage.
I also don't need the optical drive. These days, even if I do buy the game from the store in DVD format, we have to log into something to get the full package or to even start the darn game (which really sucks out here in Afghanland; haven't been able to play a single Steam game on the little down time I do get). I will ditch the optical drive. I may throw in a secondary storage drive, probably a HDD that's lying around; but, even that would be unnecessary. Really, the Intel 250GB SSD will suffice, and it gives me a reason to ditch it from my primary system and get something better later (thinking of doing a RAID 0 SSD setup for the main rig).
Regarding the motherboard: The Asus does seem like it's a bit expensive. I did not really know which mobo to purchase and just went with the one that had the most reviews (which was actually just the standard deluxe version; I was going to get the WD version because it was only $5 more).
I have changed my mind and am looking at this MSI board
(which isn't on PCPartPicker's list for whatever reason) - good choice?
The weight won't bother me at all; I just want something small enough to fit in my Mystery Ranch pack
. And, this, being the smallest case I could find that would fit a reasonably powerful GPU, is pushing the boarder. It's going to be hilarious when I pull this thing out of my pack at the airline's security gate and throw it in a tub to be scanned...
I like the Corsair water solutions. Since I'd like to stick with an all-in-one loop, do you think the H55 is a good choice? It has thinner, more flexible hoses than the H60. I didn't think the H80i's radiator would fit in the case, so I didn't even consider it.
I opted for the two pack of static pressure fans to do a push/pull on the radiator... will there be enough room for that? I saw it done in the SG06, so I'm assuming it would work. I planned on using the included fan as the front intake on the SG05. I actually wasn't sure about fans on this case at all. Aside from the front intake (which I'm guessing will be covered by the push/pull radiator setup if that's where it goes?), where else is there to place any fans and what size would they be? Are additional fans even needed in such a small space? With a blower type GPU, the PSU having its own fan (ideally exhausting out of the top if possible), and the CPU being cooled by the push/pull, would I need more airflow? Should I instead get the "Quiet Edition"
static pressure fans? If I do, will I be able to still overclock and not see any uncomfortably high temps? Recommendations?
Also, now that I'm guessing the radiator has to be mounted to the front intake position, will my Corsair Vengeance RAM sticks go unhindered? I can purchase separate, low profile RAM if needed, but I already have 16GB of this RAM laying around. While on the subject of RAM, would I be able to push these 1600MHz sticks to, say, 1866 or even 2133MHz with the i7 2600k and the MSI mobo without having any issues?
The Logitech G700 has a quick USB connect if it ever came close to dieing, but I've never not monitored battery life before and I meticulous keep spare Eneloop
batteries charged just in case. I don't think I'd ever be in that situation anyways; I'm no professional.
I have a Noppoo Choc Mini 84
mechanical keyboard as my main for use at home. I only opted to get the Bluetooth Logitech for its slim profile. I could easily stash this in my pack along with the projector, mouse, PC, etc. Plus, I like that I can use it with my tablet, PS3, and the PC all without needing to reconnect. Not to mention, it also comes with a USB quick connect and battery indicator.
And, finally, I forgot to include the much needed sound department... I'm sure the on-board audio is probably crap, so I've decided I'll bring along an old external sound card I bought from Creative with a pair of Sony monitors and a small attachable Zalman microphone. Here
is the updated list.
Sorry for the super long response; I just wanna make sure I've got all my bases covered before I purchase everything and put it all together. Thank you VERY MUCH for your help!