Originally Posted by samwisekoi
I have a Silverstone Sugo-05 with a 450w included PSU. It has a Micro ITX motherboard with an Ivy Bridge i5, 2x8GB RAM, a 7870 GPU, a 128GB SSD, and a 2TB HDD for storage. Cooling is provided by a stock Intel cooler from an i7 with front intake air provided by a Noctua 120mm fan on a speed reducer. OS is Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. There is a slim DVD burner in the front, although I don't use it that much. There is room for additional SSDs.
I use this as a gaming machine sitting next to my main Linux tower. The CPU stays under 60C during the most intense games, although the fans do spin up during a gaming session. Normal temps are in the 40s; high for me, but acceptable. Running hard, noise and temps are okay, although I do game with a headset. The combination stays in the 60fps region, depending on the game. The Silverstone provides plenty of air for the GPU, so it runs fine as well.
Unless you need more storage, I would not get a bigger case than the SG05. If you get the SG05 with included PSU, the cables are shorter, although you can save a few bucks getting the Silverstone SFX separately. I am happy with the included PSU.
I would not try to drop in an H-80 or equivalent for a couple of reasons. First, ITX cases are always tight, and this is no exception. Second, unless you are going to overclock an i7, then you won't need the extra cooling. One of the 92mm Noctua low profile coolers would be nice, however.
When I build an ITX rig, I want to make it small. That is why I don't like the Prodigy or its family members. I previously had this PC in a Lian Li case, and that was pretty, but hot and loud. The SG05 is a really good balance, IMHO.
If I was going to do this again, I might
take a look at the 250D, which looks llke it has all the best features of the Sugo, the Coolermaster, and the Prodigy without their flaws. The benefits I would get from the 250D are a full-size PSU (not all crammed in like on the Prodigy) and full dust filtering. Of those two, dust filtering is the thing I miss most on the Sugo.
Anyhow, for an ITX gaming rig up to an i5, the Silverstone SG05 gets two thumbs up from me!