Description

The build happened on the first day of snow giving the name WHITE WIND!

Story:

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


REASONING:

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.

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 6 points

Really nice...love the Xeon

  • 60 months ago
  • 5 points

It's a great chip that I don't think gets enough love around building circles. Especially the budget building circles.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

That Node though. Nice build. Also that's one short 970, +1.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm sure this is good enough for 1440p

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, good pictures. Enough said. +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I looked at the pics first and I kept assuming the Zotac was a 750ti. It looked small in the pics, still kinda looks small. But wow a 970. +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking at builds using other 970s and was convinced it would have been bigger. When I got it I was a little take aback. Was gonna wait for an ITX 970 but this works just as well. Plus the price was very good for Canada.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice little card lucky you staples in US not stocked 970s yet but 770s have been phasing out of stock/ discontinued.

For my next build with Staples I'm looking to build an ITX build similar to this. :) +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha ha very lucky, the next best 970 was 379$ so it turned out well. It's funny to have Staples as the go to GPU provider. I did look at 770s and even 280x but the prices didn't drop quite as much as I would have liked in Canada after the 970s hit. But good luck! I can't wait to see it because I love sff builds!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The 770s have dropped some here but so far no 970s. I hope they get in stock before end of December so can get it and pop me back up to the mid level rewards. If not I'll have grab a 770. Hopefully it gets built easily lol shall see.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I just realized it could be the same video, mb and ram lol.

The finally stocked 9xx in Staples us a few 980s also but over priced imo.

Going this so far but may change to Devil's Cayon cpu. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/bkomnimon/saved/cqdJ7P

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build for the price.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Dawww baby computer. I love SFF builds. You should mod one of the panels to have a window because you did some pretty awesome cable management considering the space you were dealing with. Good to know the Hyper 212 EVO fits! Didn't know Zotac had an mITX card for the 970, that's great!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not marketed as a mITX card, but the thing is tiny. I may put in a window at the top to get the board and cooler!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i saw it was only 8" and just by looking at it, it's really similar to the ones that are marketed as mITX cards. Definitely a great job on the build.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Really cool, are you happy with the 970? I was considering picking one up. :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Very happy. I really like the metal aftermarket cover. Very slick. The performance is great and has done very well in benchmarks and games alike. Metro 2033 (original) runs extremely smoothly. I'm considering changing the filter on the GPU side of the 304 to improve airflow in order to reduce GPU temps below 70c under load, but that's more of a personal thing which isn't the GPU's problem. I would recommend it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Terrific for the budget. Even though it's about $200 more expensive, I'd still say it's a console killer since anybody with $500 can rack up $200 more, and the difference it makes is so big it's not even funny.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you are reading it wrong. This has price listed as $703 CAD plus $343.84 US.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right, I added it all up and it came out over $1000. Sorry for the screw up, I'm just so tired right now. God knows how I'm still even conscious. Insomnia sucks.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

all the yes

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you feel about GPU noise at load / idle?

I'm looking to replace my Asus 760 in my Node 304 with that GPU, but I'm concerned that such a small card would end up being too loud.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Realistically the card is fairly audible, but I have the configuration to a very aggressive fan curve. Idle noise isn't a problem but I have the fan set at 80% very quickly to keep temps below 65 degrees when playing a game.

It's really down to personal preference. If you are comfortable with a more relaxed curve noise isn't a huge problem.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

How was cable management like with the Corsair CX500M PSU in this case?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It took a bit of time to get down right but in terms of effort it wasn't so bad. The biggest pain were the peripheral molex plugs which are basically one long strand and created some unnecessary clutter.

But as long as you run all the cables up the front corner and along the top struts there is no problem with cables.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Finally, another builder concerned with graphics work and rendering (in addition to gaming)! We're definitely few and far between here... What a beautiful build, +1 :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

do you think a xeon is better at gaming than a i54690k? at stock speeds and when the i5 is overclocked and the xeon isnt? im pretty curious since im going to be building my own pc also... ;)

  • 53 months ago
  • 3 points

Probably too late but yeah, this Xeon is basically an i7 without integrated graphics.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice photos. Good use of DOF

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome cable management. thanks for the numerous pics, very clear and helpful.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like a little microwave I love it :D

  • 56 months ago
  • -2 points

IT'S OVER 9000!!!