No. The only LED on the motherboard is a small indicator light that lets you know it's getting power when your system is off. Almost like a standby light, but nothing more than that. And if you need WiFi, you'll have to purchase an add-on WiFi card.
Are you looking to overclock at all or are you OK with having a locked processor? The processor won't matter much when gaming and you can overclock the GTX 970 to give you very respectable performance when gaming as long as you're not expecting to be playing in Ultra High settings in 4K or even 1440p.
I took this snippet from the Autodesk forum to give you something to think about when considering using your system for CAD.
"Hello from France
At the same basic speed, a Core i7 Seven will run (with ACAD 20xx on Win 32 or Win 64) about 10% faster than a Core i5, so you have to buy the fastest Core i5 (or Core i7) you can !?
The fastest Core i5 available today is the Intel Core i5 4590 which replaces the previous i5 4570 (ONLY 100 Mhz slower !!)
The fastest processor today for ACAD 201X is the latest Core i7 4790K !
It is faster than any Xeon processor because of its speed !!
For 3D with ACAD 201X, you need 16 Gb Ram (or more dependenig of the size/complexity of your 3D Models)
And for 3D the graphic card is important :
- The fastest card for ACAD 201X available today is the NVidia GTX 780 TI (3 Gb Ram)
For 2D a "small" graphic card with its own memory (1 Gb Ram) is enough ...
Please consider a fast SSD as primary disk and the fast SATA disk as secondary disk"
You'd probably be fine especially since you realistically won't be able to get the i7 much farther past 4.4GHz or 4.5GHz so that won't draw much more power anyway. When you are overclocked, you'll know if the power supply can't hold up because the system will become unstable and probably shut off on your from time to time. If that happens, you can just lower the clock.
I like it. I think you made a good decision in going with a PSU larger than 550W with that graphics card, especially if you plan on overclocking. Happy building.
Sorry, just saw your last question. Technically I'm only using 1 dive bay for my HDD since I mounted my SDD to the floor of my case. With that said, I still have space to put in another 3 HDDs so you can realistically expect to get a total of 4 HDDs in there and never get close to the graphics. Again, this case doesn't play nice with more than 1 SDD. Hope this helps.
550W is more than enough. I'm also overclocking my CPU and graphics card with no issues, but if you're thinking about possibly getting a second card to run in SLI or if you're going with an AMD card then definitely go with the 750W. I'd recommend checking jonnyguru.com to see if he's reviewed the power supply you're interested in. I totally trust that guy when it comes to his PSU q reviews.
There were a couple of things I forget to bring up about the motherboard that you'll want to take into consideration if you consider buying it. First the location of the mounting holes makes plugging the the power cable a little tricky. I had to actually "pinch" the side of the motherboard and the power cable between my fingers because the motherboard felt like it was bending back a bit due to the location of the mounting holes/screws.
Another thing to think about is how many fans are you going to be using in your system. The motherboard only has 3 headers for fans (1 for the CPU fan and 2 for chassis fans). I'm using 5 fans in my system so 2 fan headers were not enough. That is why I got the fan controller.
Just some things to think about when your planning your build. Good luck.
When I was initially planning the build, I was going to put the HDD at the top drive slot because the SATA power cables that came with my PSU allows me to power 3 SATA devices. This would have allowed me to use 1 power cable to plug up my HDD, SDD, and DVD burner. The card wouldn't let me do that because it blocked the HDD so as you see the in the pictures, I had to move the HDD lower. It honestly wasn't a problem because my case's drive bays wouldn't let me mount the SDD. I actually had to screw it to the bottom of the case so it worked out OK. Keep this in mind if you're thinking about buying that case.
I honestly wasn't expecting to be blown away by the motherboard, but I have been really pleased with it. The UEFI/BIOS is easy to navigate and use and overclocking is equally easy both in BIOS or in the software included in the OS. I would recommend it.
Most accessory PC components aren't necessary, which is why they are "accessories" and yes I really do want the optical drive. But thanks for your insight.