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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!

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  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the pumpkin =D

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It was an afterthought, but when I reconfigured my pc/monitor layout I realized it was just something I had to do!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice to see someone using an M.2 SSD. How does it perform? Also, needs more monitors

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Compared to my Samsung MZ-7TD250BW 840 (SSD) 250 GB it is amazing. I tried both, the M.2 seems way speedier, but mainly just wanted to use the M.2 to give me flexibility with the limitations of 4 drives on the ASUS Z97I-PLUS (also having the middle drive bay empty on the Node 304 gives great airflow).

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

cool ssd haven't seen anyone use one like that

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea there is very little documentation on the ASUS Z97I-PLUS M.2, so I took a bit of a gamble. Most of the guides and doc show the port as being on top of the board, but I found one install guide showing the install on the bottom of the MOBO...so I went for it. I know it's only 6gb/sec vs potential of 10 but there's none out there and b/c I would rather have my build complete and have all 4 SATA options open. One important not is to be very careful with the Asus Z97I-Plus screw, it is NOT proper to secure the M.2 SSD you must be very careful tightening it.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the mobo, but I don't have the M.2. Is there any particular things I need to keep in mind when choosing one?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

No nothing particular, just be careful inserting the M.2 (you kind of need to insert it at about a 20 degree angle and then push it flat), also as stated about the screw to secure the M.2 is not good so make sure not to over tighten.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Upvote for the awesome build and sheer amount of monitors

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The AUS Z97I-Plus is limited to 3 monitors, the one to the far right is connected to my old rig & laptop.

Aslo, for those looking for an option for HDMI to DVI the BlueRigger High Speed HDMI to DVI Adapter Cable (6.6 Feet/ 2 Meters) (Item HDMI-DVI-1.4-BL-6FT) works great!

Currently running monitors 1VGA, 1DVI and 1 HDMI via the BlueRigger Cable HDMI to DVI

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build +1

i like the monitor array, where did you get all the monitors from, are any of them the same size?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

The 2nd from left monitor is a Dell U2412M, Monitor's 1&2 are Dell 1908FPBLK, both with sound bars #3 is set for input from #4. The #4 is a Dell P2210 set to my existing PC & a laptop.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

any chance you could spare one of those? :P

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol not for now, I may be able to spare with the P2210 on the far right if I no longer need to utalize my old pc/laptop connection to a display.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

let me know if it becomes available :O

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

6spooky5me

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Lots of monitors.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

The more the merrier!!!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for posting the pictures - very useful to know about the U14S compatibility. I'm planning on getting the low profile RAM so should fit nicely.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

4 Displays? Wow XD

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

No GPU? faq?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

2.0GHzSpooky4.0GHzMe

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thought it was orange...

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

good build but IMO, the 8530 or 8320 would have served you better with it's 8 cores and 16 threads. though you would need to plan accordingly for a graphics card of a SFF (260x or 750ti would be more than enough power with a small size)

but that's just my thought

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks pretty similar to how mine was setup for a while until I was finally able to get my hands on a 980. But good choice of parts. Can't wait till you veer away from gaming work and set it up for some serious gaming. If not, it would have been interesting to see a Silverstone or FSP Group fanless PSU in there.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, love your builds! Yea I wanted to choose my components to keep me open for future possible gaming ect., so I know its not exactly perfect for my current needs and I could have done things differently but really just wanted options for the future.

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