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What is your intended use for this build? The more details the better. Gaming and some CPU heavy simulations as well. I also wanted to have a case that can fit in a luggage very easily in case I need to carry it to somewhere. If gaming, what kind of performance are you looking for? (Screen resolution, FPS, game settings) I was going to go for gtx 980ti however I noticed that in a year, the technology will be changed from 28nm to 16/14nm which is huge, I also noticed that GPUs are using same node for 3 years so there wouldnt be a huge difference between different generations. I still didnt want to wait for new GPUs because I might take up to 1 year from past experiences (the reason to skip 22/20nm is an example) therefore I want to start gaming and upgrade in the future if necessary. As a result I got an Evga gtx 970 GPU and i couldnt be more happier. it is very silent, factory overclocked and very stylish just what i needed in my build. Even though i didnt use the costumer service(hopefully i wont need at all) but i heard nothing but a praise. I was going for i5 6500 however I thought the difference is around 60 euro to get 6600k and I might be beneficial for my work therefore I got it. For the case I wanted to have a minimalist case which is not very wide that can fit in a luggage, have decent dust filters and the perfect combination was Node 304 that I could find in Europe, originally I might have preferred Ncase m1 but it is not available and very expensive to import. PSU is silverstone sst650w gold which is the only fully modular PSU that I could find that fits the case so I went with it. I wish the cables were shorter... Mobo is gigabyte z170 wifi which seemed the perfect features for the price. This was my first build so I was a little nervous and tbh it took a lot of time because I dont think the case if well designed. e.g. PSU could be put vertically so that sata connections could be used easily in my opinion and then the fan of PSU would look at the front side. I would definitely prefer to include opening at the top which the heat flows easier. Anyway after I tried to turn on the PC I saw that it was restarting every 10 sec without any display, I was a little freaked out that I was to harsh to CPU and I screwed up mobo and CPU but after doing some research I saw that it might be a ram problem so I took them out and put back in and it worked which suggests that I was too gentle to them in the beginning :) I tried to overclock the CPU I seem to get up to 4.4 GHz with gigabyte easytune I think I can go a little further if I scale the voltage up a little which I consider in the future when I run simulations (aim to get 4.5 GHz to have substantial difference from 6500) Due to all cables I needed to take out the CPU cooler and connected 14cm Case cooler instead. I works at top speed but it is very silent and airflow seems to be really good so I have no complains. (the major noise source seems to be PSU which doesnt seem to scale with the power demand as far as I saw.) Thats all, if you have any questions or comments feel free to share !

In what country are you purchasing your parts? Germany, Netherlands, Belgium

Edit: I would definitely go for 480 gb ssd instead of 1tb hd with 250gb ssd if I would do it again because the noise of hd is very dominant which I didnt expect this much before.

Edit: my gamer girlfriend also loved the gaming desktop experience after gaming with her laptop for years and therefore we decided to build one for her as well. we decided to use intel i5 skylake cpu and evga gtx 970 or better for her ad well (she deserves nothing less...) we will also use one of their psus(g2 or gs probably) as well since they are praised with their quality components and price too.

2016 Summer

I replaced the HDD I got because GOD it is noisy. I got a Sandisk Ultra II 480gb instead and cannot be happier. I also swapped GPU with MSI GTX 1080 ARMOR OC for my Dell U3415w. It is glorious.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! +1

I could find that fits the case so I went with it. I wish the cables were shorter...

silverstone SST-PP05-E

http://www.amazon.de/SilverStone-SATA-Kabel-Netzteil-Strider-Serie/dp/B00HVKMMPS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452553561&sr=8-1&keywords=silverstone+pp05e

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I know that this exist but I am very annoyed by the fact that I have to get additional cables with a small PSU to fit it in a small case properly. The PSU itself is not cheap and additional cable money is just unexceptable for me. They should just enable you to pick the cables you want.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The short flat cables only come with the newer SFX PSU (500 and 600 watts). I had to buy those cables as I bought the 450 watts SFX which is the older and first gold version. It doesn't make sense that a normal ATX format PSU comes with short cables as it will cause problems in a normal case.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

it is not normal ATX format it is much shorter 14cm vs 15-16cm which allow is to be put in small cases :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Question: Did you take that parts to Turkey?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope but I might need to take them in the future to other countries.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you see the house through the side panel?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean ?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

can you please add the photos with gtx 1080 gpu? I’m gonna buy the same case, psu and gpu. I would like to be sure they all fit each other.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldnt recommend getting 1080 armor for this case, although it fits, it is very loud and it does not cool well the card in this case because the hot air from gpu is getting circulated back into the card hence it becomes very hot. I changed my case to nano s which is larger than this case but can handle everything much better with an SFX PSU