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Hey all!

So lately itx form factors have really fascinated me with exceptional performance along with micro form factors. For awhile i been running around with the idea of a SG05 with a watercooled gtx680 and a aircooled 2500k. Eventually decided to go with a fully watercooled system, thats portable and decently powerful

More details to come
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Parts:
CPU: i5 2500k
Mobo: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
Memory: Samsung(4gb x2) 1.35v DDR3
SDD (OS): Corsair GT 120gb
SSD (Cache): Samsung 830 64gb
HDD (Storage): WD Black 750 gb
GPU: EVGA GTX 670 SC 4gb
PSU: Silverstone 450 watt (sleeved?)
Case: Silverstone SG05-450 Black
Fan: Arctic Cooling ( F9 PWM)

Watercooling:
Radiator or Black ice 92mm
Block: HF Supreme EK- Nickel
Block: EK GTX 670 Nickel
Pump: swiftech mcp 355
Res: Bitspower Ztank 40 (Full Acrylic)
Top: EK Acrylic top
Compression Fittings: Bitspower shiny silver

Future Parts:
CPU: i7 3770k (Delid?)
SSD: M4 512gb
HDD: Western Digital Scorpio Black 750gb (Raid1?)

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Thanks for taking a look! Got any thoughts, comments or suggestions it would be awesome to hear
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Build Updates

- Update 4/01/2012 : First pictures of build (Link)

- Update 5/17/2012 : Start of watercooling phase (Link)

- Update 5/23/2012 : Minor Fan modification, fitting of front I/O and radiator (Link)

- Update 5/29/2012 : Starting the loop (Link)

- Update 6/12/2012 : Dremel work (Link)

- Update 7/08/2012 : Hot Swap Bay, Start of Rad Mounting (Link)

- Update 7/10/2012 : Motherboard first look, Samsung ddr3, First WCing mount (Link)

- Update 7/24/2012 : Case cutting begins (Link)

- Update 8/02/2012 : GTX 670 4gb Arrived (Link)

- Update 8/28/2012: First install of Waterblock (Link)

- Update 8/30/2012: First Leak Test (Link)

- Update 9/05/2012: Leak Test and Stress Test (Link)

- Update 9/08/2012: Temp Testing (Link)

- Update 9/10/2012: Finishing Touches (Link)

- Update 11/10/2012: Revision #3 Water loop, Pre-work on Acrylic (Link)

- Update 01/17/2013: Acrylic Front (Link)

- Update 01/30/2013: Revision #4 Water loop, HDD bracket #1 (Link)

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Thats all the updates for now. More updates to come though.

So stay tunned
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If you can fit a 680 in there, i will be surprised. a 6950 will fit if you notch out the fascia of the case, and have the card sticking through. The 680 is longer.

I am intrigued though, as I have a SG05 sitting here that I am wanting to build on...
 

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If you can fit a 680 in there, i will be surprised. a 6950 will fit if you notch out the fascia of the case, and have the card sticking through. The 680 is longer.

I am intrigued though, as I have a SG05 sitting here that I am wanting to build on...
from what i been able to figure out it should fit in the case (hopefully, though not 100% sure:p ), from the pci i/o bracket to the front the case is a tad more then 10.25 inches . From what measurements i heard the gtx 680 is 10 inches long so about .25 inches of clearance/ wiggle room. I have a spare gtx 260 which is about 10.5 inches and it was a bit to long =\
 

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The reference model PCB should have no problems fitting as this is only 10' long:

http://zh-tw.facebook.com/SilverStoneTechnology

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Since the full cover blocks don't protrude, this should be good.

Oh and if I were you, I'd wait a couple of months and replace the following as they will likely cost the same when they go out:

CPU: i5 3570K (77W TDP, 2500k has 95W)
Mobo: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
 

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Sidenote: ill see if i can get some current pics up tomorrow, although i must say cable management could use some work >_>
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Oh and if I were you, I'd wait a couple of months and replace the following as they will likely cost the same when they go out:

CPU: i5 3570K (77W TDP, 2500k has 95W)
Mobo: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
Thanks for the suggestion
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but hmm i been thinking of picking up the Asus p8z77-i Deluxe along with a 3770K, though i already have the zotac board and 2500k. Im just trying to figure out if i would want to put the z68 or z77 into which of my itx builds. Only thing is with the board is that at the moment im not sure if a waterblock can fit on the vrms, so might not put that into my full water build but yeah, guess i have some time to figure it out
 

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Since ur going for a GTX 680, you could also consider the Gainward Phantom:

http://www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=863

It's exactly 10" long and even if its 2.5 slot it still fits on the SG05.

Did I mention it looks uber sexy?
 

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i was thinking about that, im going to see if i could find a thick 120 radiator, from what been figured out i could just fit a SR-1 120 rad with a fan into the front
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but the gainward 680 looks AMAZING
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but guessing it doesn't have a block
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Update 5/17/2012:

wow havent updated this in awhile
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Butttt, heres some of my progress
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Decided to go with the asus z77 itx, also changed to a gtx 670 over a GTX 680, as well as go with a fully watercooled system. Here some pics of the start of the water phase
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Currently ordering parts from frozen cpu, jab-tech and performance pc's, so those should be coming in within the next 2 weeks or so.

Only thing im debating is if i should sleeve the psu or stick with the stock "sleeving".
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Update 5/17/2012:
Only thing im debating is if i should sleeve the psu or stick with the stock "sleeving".
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for your small form i would probably keep the stock sleeving. the only reason i say this is because you would be surprised at how much more room all the wires take up when they arent squeezed together in one "tube"...but also if you have the ability, you can chop down all your psu wires to accommodate your small form build..this would help out alot of air and manageability of said cables.
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for your small form i would probably keep the stock sleeving. the only reason i say this is because you would be surprised at how much more room all the wires take up when they arent squeezed together in one "tube"...but also if you have the ability, you can chop down all your psu wires to accommodate your small form build..this would help out alot of air and manageability of said cables.
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hey thanks for the input
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but yeah i think ill def have to shorten the cables, since things are getting tighter in there
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After some thought, i was thinking maybe i could do some half sleeving? since, sleeved cables do look better then the stock cables (IMO at least
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), but they can restrict the air flow alot. So i could leave the 24 pin and some other not so visible cables stock sleeved and sleeve the 6+6 pins and the 8 pin connectors which are the more visible cables
 

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Reference 670 + GPU only block = card as short as your motherboard = radiator in the front.

Subbed, wanting to see how this'll end up. I've become ever-so-fascinated in SFF builds in the last few months.
i really cant wait to see what the water block is going to look like since the board is pretty short
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But its really nice seeing more overclockable boards lately in the itx platform; not just for HTPCs and such anymore, which has got me really interested as well
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