Just to post my SFF "Moonglade":
- Intel Core i5-4590S 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
- Asus H97I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard
- Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
- Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler
- SFX PSU FSP300-60GHS
- Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card
In the quest for Performance/Size/Wattage I came up with this. My workflow was more or less like this. Lian LI PC-TU100, because it is cool, so... Must use SFX PSUs so clearance is 6cm so.. Must use Noctua NH-L9... I want to keep it cool without much trouble -> use 65W CPU. Power efficient GPU so the 750 Ti (first Maxwell) was a no brainer. I wont overclock it so any H87/H97 ITX will do, better with m.2
The provider sent me DDR-1866 CL9 instead of DDR-1600 CL8. The MB will default it at 1600 CL9, I will reuse it in other build. The Asus card normally WONT FIT. Use a shorter card, many others 750 Ti will fit.
My biggest troubles were with the PSU. I choose the Silverstone ST45SF-G. I needed 150W, so any 300W would be good enought but I wanted modular cables and gold rated. I used it and made custom sleeved cables to avoid cluttering and improve airflow. However the noise was unbearable. The PSU fan is very noisy, more than the case fan. It was so strong I got a second hand FSP300-60GHS. I had to open it to paint it black (heat resistant paint just in case). The cabling is awful now but it is not noisy anymore. I may customize the cables in the future. Also, going from a 450 Gold to a 300 Bronze saved me 5-7W for a total of 40W from mains at light usage.
Regarding storage I used a cheap 128 m.2 SDD and 2 tall 1T hybrid 2.5 SSD in RAID. Boot time under 10 seconds.
My biggest problem was the PSU. There are not that many options in SFX form factor. No modular PSU under 450W. Any 8cm fan may be noisy. Unacceptable for a living room. Apparently SFX-L fit in the case
My wish: (pls, some company do this one)
I would like a modular 250-300 SFX, SFX-L Fanless/Fanless mode PSU. It has to be modular as SFF can be cramped. I would like to integrate it with a 65W CPU and a 100 - 125W GPU.
In the future, I may do a fan replacement on the ST45SF-G and consider going for a 180W+ GPU. However I don't think I will ever go over a 65W CPU for this kind of case.