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The Black Box

by BlackLickorice



Date Published

May 2, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 26, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.43 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

44.0° C


Alright, so this is the first official build! This is a mostly intensive gaming platform that I decided to build after stepping up from laptop to laptop and losing so much money to the process. My goal was to create a mostly compact, quiet, efficient, and hard hitting computer to tackle anything I throw at it, today or the future.

I had originally stuffed most of the same parts into a Tesseract deep cool case, but it really didn't fit the kind of build I wanted. The moment I saw the Node 804, I fell in love. Love doesn't come without it's challenges though. Fitting two AIO cooling systems into such a compact area really challenged my ability to effectively use the space given. I really wish I could have pulled the CPU cooler around to the other chamber, like I've seen done before, but the (overkill) 32 Gigs of RAM made that a damn hard task with the h60. However, I'm really not complaining a lot.

Cooling in this little cube is admirable given the hardware I've filled it with. Although I've crammed many fans into here, along with the two AIO's, the noise level is quite tolerable at worst. The fan switch at the back of the 804 can really throw some of the fans to their max, and the noise matches that, but I usually keep it at low RPM's and find it suitable.

This little Black Box is everything I could ask for.

Part Reviews


What is there to say that hasn't already been said?

CPU Cooler

Does the job necessary for the turbo'd 4790k

Video Card

If I said the combination of a 980ti and an all in one cooler was a bad idea, I be lying so badly my pants would explode. This card is a beast, and I wish I had two.


The dual chamber design of this gorgeous and simple box is admirable, and I fully recommend it to anyone looking for a mid sized case with little compromise.

Comments Sorted by:

Superman_910 5 points 36 months ago

I would strongly recommend changing the motherboard a overclocking board and get one with more fan headers so you can control each fan. Also, maybe a nice SSD since the prices are nice for the 240-500 sizes. I might suggest looking at changing the fan layout as well and try to maybe it a little more balanced and flow better. The build is a good start, I love the choice of CPU.

BlackLickorice submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Yeah, that really has been one of the two places I cheaped out where I shouldn't have. I will start saving for a new upgrade path for this thing, thanks for the suggestions!

HTTPRO 3 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

How do you have a 4790K + the most expensive 980 Ti and then pair it with a cheap B85 motherboard and a CX600, confused af.

Gzav 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Yeah, it confuses me too. That and no SSD.

BlackLickorice submitter 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

A lot of the reasons for that come from the fact that these are mostly residue from the earlier thrown together build. I am looking to save up and update those parts. At the time, the budget wouldn't exactly allow it, so this will most likely be updated in the near future.

NeonThought 4 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

This is an interesting build. I'm just concerned with what temperature the acoustic foam will start to deteriorate.

OccamAsylum 15 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

+1 for Legos +1 for the Logitech G910

technobreakafobe 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

If you're looking to build a silent build, look at Silent PC Review's website. Dampening foam really doesn't do too much for the sound of a computer. It's mainly the airflow your case has, and the type of fans that you use.

GordoJones88 1 point 34 months ago

Looks great. I'm switched from my Fractal R4 to the Node 804. I've got positive pressure with 4 intake fans on the front and the two fans on the back, with the top opening stock. I was thinking of dampening the bottom like you did to keep the positive pressure and have any additional heat pushed out the top opening. I have no experience with any kind of dampening foam. I was toying with the idea of also putting it on the inside of the right side panel too. What kind is best ?

R3N3G8 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Nice Build... why am I saying this now? over 2yrs after your build? because I inherited this case from a friend last year with an old i7 860 and 4gb of ram. I just rebuilt it with a B250 and i3 7100, Gigabyte 1060-6gb, 250gb Samsung 860 Evo, and 8gb of Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM; and was wondering if my Asus Matrix 980Ti would even work in there when I upgrade my main PC to a 1080 or 2080, so I thought hmmm, should search it on PCPartpicker... Lo and Behold... your build came up. :)

Glad to know this little case can handle it, though I'm pissed because I have front I/O issues (power button is failing, and the headphone jack has noise feedback) or at least I'm hoping that's all my issues with the case. I also connected the fans to the fan controller, without knowing the fan controllers were crap, so I think some of my issues originated there.