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This rig was built for gaming, design & development. Everything has worked well and I recommend any/all of the components used in the build.

With this setup I am able to push GTA 5 with ultra settings at 4k resolution.

Node 804 houses all my components perfectly. I removed the HDD cages and mounted the two SSDs on the inside of the front panel.

No problems thus far with this build. Node 804 is a wonderful case, but it's definitely a tight squeeze with the 280L radiator and the SLI GTX970's.

2/24/16 - Update

  • Removed detachable portion of GPU backplate from bottom GTX970 to improve airflow to the top card (didn't realize this was even a thing until a couple days ago lol)
  • Replaced Corsair RM750 with a Corsair AX1200i PSU
  • Added 3 More Gelid UV Reactive Green 120mm fans
  • Replaced UV lights with bigger better brighter lights
  • Plasti-dipped GTX970 backplate (removable portion)
  • Squeezed a 2TB Red drive in below the GPU's
  • Plasti-dipped crucial MX100 256GB SSD and installed next to red drive
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  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I'm considering a SLI set up using a micro ATX board. Have you had any issues with the temperatures of your graphics cards? There doesn't look to be a lot of space in-between them.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late response!

The top one does run a little bit hotter due to the lack of space for the blower fan. I replaced nearly every fan in the case with high quality Noctua fans to shave off a few degrees. At full load the top on will hit 83-84 Celsius. However from what I understand this is within the recommended temperature range for these newer cards. When I was running a single gtx970 in this rig it peaked at 80 Celsius.

No complaints or issues thus far and I love the small form factor.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Was the bottom gpu sitting fine with the usb connectors on the bottom of the mother board? With the pictures ive seen of the motherboard it looks like you would have to get an adapter to get the usb3 and fan headers underneath it.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The cables don't stick out much on mine so I was able to seat the bottom GPU over them without applying force or pressure to those connectors.

I would suggest having adapters around though because depending on the cables you are connecting you might need them. Adapters could also allow you to access these cables without unseating the GPU's. Which I currently have to do.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the reply and the suggestions.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

How much were you able to overclock the CPU by? I'm doing same build with 980s in this case within the next month. I'll have same issue with GPUs as you, they are reference design cards (that I already have).

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been too scared to overclock seeing as I am getting 83-84c on the top card at stock clock speed. I am planning on overclocking after I add a custom water cooling loop.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Another question:

On the left (GPU) side of your case, can you take a sheet of paper and put it over the open holes that are adjacent to the GPUs?

You have 2 intakes and 3 outtake fans + two blower fans on GPUs. I don't know what the CFMs are of your intake fans, but you may have negative pressure inside the case.

If the paper gets sucked into those holes near the GPU you are drawing unfiltered air (dust) into the case.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I will test this tonight and let you know the results!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

btw, there's nothing wrong if this does happen, some people believe it eliminates stagnant air.

I'm more of the belief that dust is annoying ;)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems negative pressure isn't an issue currently. This is probably because the 2 intake fans are high quality Noctua fans and the 3 outtake fans are less efficient fractal fans.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I kind of figured that would be the case. Awesome build!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Isn't the bottom PCI slot Gen 3.0 x 16/8? Can't you drop the second GPU there to give them more breathing room?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe I tried to space them out but there wasn't enough clearance over the USB headers and other connectors.

If you can find an example of someone who has done this with this board/GPU configuration I would love to see it!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you get the SLI-Bridge?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I ordered the bridge directly from Nvidia. They have a few different sizes. It was a little pricey, but its looks fantastic :D

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/sli/bridges

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok thanks I might use it if I decide to make an SLI build

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I had a lot of fun building this PC and I've had even more fun gaming on it!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I absolutely love the color scheme. Reminds me of a retro bowling alley

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I am very happy with how the color scheme turned out.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Any pics of new lights ?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

All of the images up now are with the new Phobya UV LED lights installed. I will take a picture of the inside of the window panel today so you can see how I attached the LED's.

If you are interested in the lights I cannot recommend them enough as they are definitely the best UV lights I have found yet.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/phobya-led-flexlight-highdensity-120cm-144x-smd-leds-uv.html

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice man thanks

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think this case would have space in this case for something like this as well as the rest of my CPU loop.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I've seen custom loops in the node 804 case before, most of them showcase the pump mounted above the PSU in the right side of the case. It's dooable if you are not going to remove the drive bays and you have enough clearance for the pump between your PSU and Radiator configuration.

With my current radiator setup (280L with push pull fans) there probably wouldn't be enough room for a pump to sit comfortable between radiator and PSU.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't fit my pump/res combo in my current huge DeepCool Steam Castle.