Before we can lay out the carcass, we need to choose our technology. As of the writing of this article, my CPU of choice would be an AMD 7950X except for how hot it runs (Only concern is keeping this below tj max and this isn’t a case thing, its and AMD thing). I don’t want to run water cooling inside the case, or have a massive fan inside (not even sure we would have enough room) that will make much more noise. So, the choice is the AMD 5700G APU. It packs 8 cores and 16 threads running up to 4.6 GHz. The Radeon Graphics on board the APU will handle Premier Pro for our video editing fine.
Time for the Motherboard. I chose the ASUS ROG STRIX B550-I GAMING which measures only 6.7 x 6.7 x 3.2 inches. This will fit nicely inside this wooden PC case. It comes with PCIe gen 4, so the NVMe SSDs (drive) will be screaming fast (no hard drive here). It also packs WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and a 2.5Gb LAN. More than enough for most power users today.
To power this beast, I am looking at an SFX power supply, but have not landed on one as of publication time.
Some other considerations when it comes to laying out the carcass is how do we connect peripherals? And not just the rear I/O but also the front USB connectors. I mean we have to get the video out to the monitors as well as connect USB devices, our wired Ethernet cable, etc.
This APU comes with a Wraith Stealth cooler, we should design room for an upgrade, like a Noctua NH-L9x65, Premium Low-Profile CPU Cooler or if we need some extra cooling something like a Noctua NH-U14S, Premium CPU Cooler with NF-A15 140mm fan. We will also put a fan on the back for good internal airflow.