This will stream all media/Netflix and take care of any gaming needs for the foreseeable future. Will build a small tv tray thing for RTS keyboard and mouse needs. It will live in my media cabinet (when built) with all of the other home theatre gear. The intention was to have a full use computer that can take care of my movie/music needs and eliminates the need for a new PS4 console.
The Node 605 is a really nice case, just a little larger than I would have liked. It think it has the smallest footprint on the media cabinet though in that it sits like a large audio receiver.
I went for the full ATX because I wanted the additional features - the extra PCI slots for a tuner/capture card at some point, maybe SLI if I can fit 2 cards in with HD cages installed. I wish it had provision for a standard size optical drive instead of only a slim drive. Also, a full ATX board doesn't allow optical drive installation as well - you have to use an external. A smaller ATX board would be suggested if you only want a media center unit. Some screws feel a bit cheap and the front panel USB 3 connector is beastly - a very tight fit with all of the fan headers on my board next to it.
On the positive side, this case is super quiet. Comparing this to my PS3 for movie watching is almost a joke. It's also pretty solidly built with a nice finish on the exterior. Hard drive cages are nice. It comes with 2 great case fans as intakes - I added a third as an exhaust.
CPU cooling is a bit of a challenge - you will need a low profile heatsink + fan combo. Liquid cooling doesn't fit unless you want to shave a bit of the board edge and mount your fan or rad outside your case (not nice looking). I really wanted to fit an H50 in there so there was some breathing room. The Noctua option I chose just squeezed (horizontally). I needed to shift the small bottom fan a little to fit beside the heatsink on the board. The pipes occupy one slot of RAM with this configuration. Plenty of clearance to the top of the case though as recommended by Fractal Design - even more if you don't want to top fan installed, but I don't know why you wouldn't want it there.
Cable management is non-existent. A modular PSU helps but its going to be a bit messy if you've got a large graphics card and CPU heatsink.
Price-wise, I could have cut some corners and gone with some less expensive parts, but I want this machine to last for at least 5 without needing to make upgrades. The graphics and processor are the major expenses and I want to play some nice looking games.
Pictures of the guts once GTX 770 card is installed and cables are wrangled.
*apologies for the low light camera phone images.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$319.99 CAD|
|CPU Cooler||Noctua NH-L12 37.8 CFM||$70.00 CAD|
|Motherboard||Asus P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT ATX LGA1155||$200.00 CAD|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866||$120.00 CAD|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" SSD||$224.00 CAD|
|Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$134.00 CAD|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX||$419.99 CAD|
|Case||Fractal Design Node 605 HTPC||$153.00 CAD|
|Power Supply||Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V||$157.00 CAD|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)||$100.00 CAD|
|Keyboard||Cooler Master Storm Quick Fire Pro||$80.00 CAD|
|Logitech K400 w/Touchpad||$35.00 CAD|
|Custom||BitFenix Spectre Pro All-White Case Fan||$5.00 CAD|
|External Blu Ray Drive - Asus SBC-06D2X-U||$50.00 CAD|
|Shipping Costs||$34.00 CAD|
|Total (Canada):||$2101.98 CAD|
|Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|