The build happened on the first day of snow giving the name WHITE WIND!
Basically I was looking for a build that could handle the graphic editing/rendering work I do for a living while also being not too bad for gaming in 1080. Gaming will possibly upgrade to 1440 if there are decent BF and CM deals and I buy a better monitor.
Cable connections and management were an absolute ***** in this case and took forever to undertake and eventually get right. But the product is absolutely phenomenal. Most of the connections are at the front of the motherboard beside the PSU making connection fairly simple. All headers as well as GPU power are directed to the top of the case beside the front fan. They follow the top strut to either the GPU, Fan connections or front motherboard inputs. The 24 pin connection, EATX connection and drive power cables run under the front two fans to the opposite side of the case and to their respective outlets.
What is left is a very spacious case that leaves a considerable amount of room for air flow. No fans are obstructed in any way. Even the tower cooler fan in the centre of the case is completely free of cables in front of it.
** EARLIER PICS INCLUDE a 500M: Originally had one but it was DOA so i got a 600M instead!
BENCHMARKS: Stock clocks (no optimization)
CineBench: Open CL-139 fps | CPU-739cb
Firestrike: Graphics-11095 | Physics-10132 | Combined-4309 ||| Overall - 9468
Xeon: Basically an i7 except without a iGPU. Wasn't plannign to overclock as this is my first build ever and I'm still learning the ropes. Very happy with the processor and it was a good price/performance ratio as i got it 40$ of at Tiger Direct.
Hyper 212 EVO: I don't think you can really go wrong. Quiet and a good price and there is plenty of room in there. Didn't feel like going with a AIO water cooling solution for now and there is plenty of room in the case for the tower.
Asus H97i: Very beautiful board and good quality. All the features I need and more.
Crucial Sport 8GB: Will be adding another stick in the future so I went with 1x8gb. But the lower profile ram was a great purchase. The DIMM is tiny and can move in and out under the cpu tower fan which is a bonus.
Samsung 840 EVO/Seagate Barracuda: Realiable and well known brands. Booting from the SSD with HDD acting as storage.
Zotac GTX970: Got it extremely cheap because of some stacked coupons at Staples. Very happy. More power than I need from a graphics card and the small form factor is a godsend in this case.
Node 304: Amazing case. Wanted something SFF and almost went for a Silverstone SG05 but I'm glad I didn't. This case is over super high quality and is suprisingly spacious for it's form factor. The integrated dust filters are icing on the cake.
Corsair CX 600M: Well known brand and a good looking power supply. First one i got was actually a 500M and was DOA so I got a 600M instead and it is perfect!
I hope you like the build. Despite the crazy cabling I loved building it and it was a great first time.