First ever build!!! No major issues, loved the entire experience and very happy with the results. Used one of our pumpkins from Halloween to add some perspective to the size of the Fractal Design Node 304 and just for fun!
Thanks to everyone on PCPartPicker with your build pics & info and to those on Reddit for your build feedback. I hope my build can help provide the community compatibility and visual reference for their projects.
The system is mainly for Business, extremely complex Excel worksheets with many threads, and multiple Chrome windows with Google docs & sheets, therefore no need for a video card for now, but hope this helps for those looking for spacing with additional components. Everything in this build is a little overkill but wanted to future proof this system so it can last for many years ahead no matter what the uses end up being!
Asus Z97I-Plus: The only issues I had was that the cutouts for the Wifi unit were not punched fully, I included the pictures of the back plate, it was fairly difficult to punch out the holes without causing damage to the back plate, I am assuming this was just a manufacturing default but still wanted to include it and if anyone runs into the same situation I will provide instructions.
M.2 on Asus Z97I-Plus: As other have stated the screw to secure the SSD is absolutely terrible, Asus should change the screw for the M.2 as the current one is not acceptable.
Noctua NH-U14S: Really just wanted max CPU cooling for the future. This fits barley within the case, you must move the fan up to the highest possible position to avoid contact with RAM but there is ample clearance from RAM, the Node 304 structural bar, and the case cover so for those looking for cooling it's a great option. Only have the Noctia connected to the MOBO, all other fans are conected via case controller...set to low, Idle and mid use temps for CPU and MOBO are consistently at 31-32.
Fractal Design Node 304: Honestly I could not be happier with my case choice, it looks beautiful, has more than ample space, and cable management is very easy.
This is just my first post after my complete build, if anyone wants me to run any tests, more system detail, pictures, or any instructions I will gladly help as this would not have been possible without this community!