It's a big mess. I like the case, and I'll probably reuse for a home server/NAS thing at some point (maybe transplanting the current mainboard+CPU back
). But it's not well suited to power hungry components and obviously cramming a full size ATX PSU is kind of perverse. I took some pictures. Gentle souls may want to avert their eyes.
The first one is a perspective shot; note the bundle of excess PSU cabling spewing out of it. With the last card (the one that died), I crammed it all in there somehow, mostly in the tiny space between the graphics card and the front of the case. I think the replacement card is a cm longer, so that's going to work right now; ie. I can't close the case at the moment.
I gingerly folded up the hard drive (the system was running) for the second shot, which shows off the internal configuration. You can see the S12 PSU in the front, under the SSD which is separated from the PSU by insulating foam. I removed part of the PSU casing -- better not touch those high voltage internals -- because it just wouldn't fit otherwise (I didn't have a spare ITX PSU lying around). The tiny ITX mainboard is almost but not quite touching the PSU, and so is the graphics card (I put some insulating tape between GPU and PSU just in case). The CPU HSF and the graphics card also almost touch, but that's normal for ITX.
The third drive is a frontal shot that's not very remarkable.
I made a sizeasy thing comparing SG05, TJ08E, Define Mini and Prodigy: http://www.sizeasy.com/page/size_compar ... efine-Mini
The SG05 is tiny! Clearly all of the alternatives will be huge in comparison. They're all broadly comparable I think; the Define Mini is the largest in volume; the Prodigy's values do include the stand and grip.
While the two alternatives support m-ATX, ITX support is getting better and better (right?), and they're not really more expensive than m-ATX boards, so what's the downside? The upside is that, all other things being equal, a case designed for ITX will have more room for the other components and cooling equipment. At least that's my theory.