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Node to self...

by SimonRoss



Date Published

April 25, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz


I finally went ahead with my first ever build. The process was fun, if a little frustrating at times. But I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, and loved building in the Node 304.

There is still some cable tidying to do, a storage drive to be added and I may have to change the cooler (the cables on the HD audio connector are very very close to the cpu heat sink not sure if this will prove to be a problem, has anyone else experience this compatibility issue?)

Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo but the SSD is mounted under the front fan filter using velcro.

The Seasonic G Series is a great power supply and I had no compatibility issues at all. The modular connections are low enough to fit under the GPU.

I will be using the system for gaming, web development, content creation and Adobe creative suite design work. Basically I wanted it to cover all the bases.

So here it is, my first effort:

CPU: i7 4770k GPU: MSI R9 290X Gaming OC edition PSU: Seasonic G Series 650w MOBO: ASUS Maximus VI Impact RAM: 16Gb Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866Mhz SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 250gb CPU COOLER: Noctua NH-L9i CASE FANS: 2x Noctua NF-A9x14 PWM, 1x Nocuta NF-A14 PWM

Sorry for some of the photography, it got quite late towards the end of the build.

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5ive 2 Builds 20 points 60 months ago

A creative name?

how long was I gone for...

Nice build, be sure to post some temps; I am interested to see how the low profile cooler will perform.

skemble 24 Builds 10 points 60 months ago

Elegant, clean, and powerful. This is literally brilliant.

cooperred 2 Builds 4 points 60 months ago

I think you need more Noctua fans....

Great build! +1 and this is the first build I've seen in a while with a creative name...

pegotico 2 Builds 3 points 60 months ago

very nice and clean build!! +1 love noctua fans!! the only thing I would change is the cooler as it is rated for 65 tdp and your processor is 84 and btw expensive and deserves better!! If you aren't overclocking you should get the NH-L12 which is low profile and compatible with your mobo and TDP up to 100-125 tdp. BUt not recommended for overclocking.

SimonRoss submitter 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago


I did have some concerns with the cooler. I had originally planned to use an i7 4770S but changed my mind and got the i7 4770K after ordering the cooler. A new cooler is on the shopping list, i'll check out the NH-L12.

Infixite 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

Insanely clean build, I'm in love. +1 for original name

Aelon51 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

Freaked out for a second until I saw the GPU at the bottom of the part list :P. Nice and tidy, though. And powerful. +1

SimonRoss submitter 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

Thanks. Couldn't find my exact GPU in the list so tagged it on manually at the end.

ITneto 1 point 60 months ago

Good cable management!and Man that's an awesome motherboard!nice work +1

Akut 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

And covers all the bases it does. Well, minus the GPU, which is missing from the parts lists but is clearly shown in several pictures. Judging from the pics, it's either a 760 or up, or a R9 280 or up. No good pics of the box either.

Enjoy your rendering monster. +1

skemble 24 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

He added it as a custom part.

Akut 1 Build 3 points 60 months ago

I failed to see that. Thanks for the clarification.

skemble 24 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

No problem :)

SimonRoss submitter 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

Thanks, the GPU is a MSI R9 290X Gaming OC edition. Couldn't find it in the GPU list so added it on at the end!

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Great job, especially for your first build. Parts list is awesome, and cable management is top notch. Creative name too. +1

TooGood 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Great build. I've been wanting to see some builds with the Node cases. Definite +1.

plgdg 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

... I miss you terribly.


8F01C198997 11 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Did you lap the processor?

Jwood013 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Needs more Noctua.

Songster 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

VERY clean build!

I would give you 2 thumbs up, if I could!:)

darakom 1 point 60 months ago

Clean, decent, and solid build! like it!

xOutrageous 1 point 60 months ago

I don't even know what's in this build.. +1'd it for the name. :)

Gigglerump 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

+1. Perfect in every way.

ThePCguy2013 1 point 60 months ago

the g-series is great for matx and mitx, but i used a seasonic g series 750 watt psu for my atx build, and i had to use power extension cables for the cpu and gpu.

shoe59 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

This is a really cool build. Well done with the cables for sure, the mobo looks sweet.

joeh4384 5 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

What kind of temps do you get? I have pretty much an identical build and when I run a valley benchmark my card is at 90c with the fans going full blast.

ckoebel 1 point 52 months ago

Very nice! I too would love to see some temp scores. I've been looking at building something smallish and quiet/cool.

Good work, sir.

garethccc 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Very nice!

KingGyroMidas 1 point 38 months ago

Brilliant. Clap Clap Clap.

ballbag78 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Very tidy build, nice work & love the name!

Dak00ldude 1 point 26 months ago

+1 for name

ToFast 1 point 2 months ago

The puns are real

masrawy_remix -2 points 60 months ago

U know that this graphics card will be extremely hot and wull automatically underclock itself ? try nvidia 780 or the Ti version. much better.

MagmaticMC 1 point 49 months ago

Today you hurt me by saying that Nvidia could make a better card with something besides a reference cooler. You bruised my inner tech geek.

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comptech0408 4 points 60 months ago

Like what?