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White Wind

by Valoen



Date Published

Nov. 15, 2014

Date Built

Nov. 14, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.076 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

41.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


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.

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ImDaBaron 3 Builds 6 points 53 months ago

Really nice...love the Xeon

Valoen submitter 1 Build 5 points 53 months ago

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

LeeTheNinja 3 points 53 months ago

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

Mayday9158 3 points 53 months ago

I'm sure this is good enough for 1440p

SpicyPickle 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

Nice build, good pictures. Enough said. +1

Daisyahoy 4 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

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

Valoen submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

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.

bkomnimon 3 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

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

Valoen submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

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!

bkomnimon 3 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

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.

bkomnimon 3 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

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

Meithen 2 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

Great build for the price.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

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!

Valoen submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

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!

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

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.

MrChimp 2 points 53 months ago

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

Valoen submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

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.

Euphemia 1 point 53 months ago

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.

MrBeastshaw 15 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

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

Euphemia 1 point 53 months ago

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.

sigmabeta 1 point 53 months ago

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.

Valoen submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

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.

KVNG 1 point 52 months ago

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

Valoen submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

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.

aflamion 1 point 49 months ago

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 :)

valentijn1999 1 point 48 months ago

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... ;)

pnged 3 points 46 months ago

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

gavjof 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Nice photos. Good use of DOF

svefn 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

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

Pixelsandwich 4 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

It looks like a little microwave I love it :D

Arnaud -2 points 49 months ago

IT'S OVER 9000!!!