This was a loooong time into building .... browsing through countless builds, reading about compatibility issues, be it size or actual parts ( old gen with newer gen ).
The unit is used for gaming, editing in 3D ( Maya ) , 2.5D ( Nuke, After Effects ), and 2D ( Photoshop, Premiere ).
My old build found here 2013 , which had an EVGA 660 Ti FTW ( cannot explain why it would display a gtx 970 when it was built before 700 series came out haha ) , has been through a lot in the last 3 years. The GPU was upgraded to 680, then to 690, of course EVGA ( Fanboy alert ).
Then, in middle, I discovered the Fractal Design 304, which was smaller but much much harder to cable manage as around that time I already had snatched a Corsair AX760i PSU brand new for £100, and I was pushing my luck with it having the GTX 690 inside. As you might have expected temps weren't brilliant, the PSU was sitting inside without any screws holding it as I had to remove the psu "cage", and yet it was still pushing in the GPU. In the following 2 years I have given up on my Corsair H60 for a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo which was brilliant. Bad thing was that I might have screwed it too tightly on my CPU which led to the mobo getting some bent pins and resulting in losing a DDR3 slot.
I was heartbroken and a bit desperate as I couldn't afford to purchase a newer gen of mobos as it effectively meant buying a new CPU and DDRM in the process. But I managed to find someone selling the Gigabyte z77n-wifi so I paid the price for it. Sadly the audio card is busted so I had to buy a usb to jack converter, but I ain't really bothered.
The temps for the CPU are in real time, idle for 2 hours at 28 degrees and load for 2 hours at 79 degrees. Of course the 79 degrees won't be hit ever no matter what I do, maybe except for some exporting from Maya.
The build is how you see it in the pictures, with cable management as good as I could, and with enough space. For future I will definitely get the NCase M1 and continue with AiO cooled GPU and AiO CPU cooler as I found a build here that did just that with incredible temps. But of course this will happen when I will replace the mobo, CPU and DDR memory.
Still running after so long, been kept at 4.2Ghz while in the Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe, now pushed to 4.3Ghz with the Gigabyte mobo. Definitely worth the money back then, definitely worth the value you would find it now as used.
Pros: Brilliant cooler, aesthetically pleasing, good and sturdy materials, and the most important thing it fits the Gigabyte z77n-wifi perfectly without sitting on any transistors or anything else. Temps are incredible. Would recommend to everyone.
P.S. Initially I wanted to use my old Evo 212 but it couldn't fit because of either GPU or ram (depending on direction). Then I got a Cooler Master Seidon 120v2, but I had problems mounting it because of those damn transistors, which forced me to return it.
Cons: Fans are a bit loud even on idle. Would suggest purchasing separate PWM fans that are actually quite ( Corsair or Noctua maybe ).
Brilliant compound, been using it since my first build
Decent mobo, but the positioning of CPU slot and the transistors around it limits the CPU coolers you can choose from. OC is limited to 4.3Ghz for the i7 3770k as 4.4Ghz effectively crashes your system Fan control is very limited and the Gigabyte App Center crashes the Win 10 system, effectively meaning there is no support for this mobo anymore from Gigabyte. Good thing about it is the Bios recovery which can be a life saver, especially when you play around with overclocking ( talking from experience haha ). Also it is very easy to update the Bios and the 3D display of the Bios interface makes it easier for people that are not sure of how to safely clock or change other settings.
Still running fine at a constant 1600Mhz
Money well spent, booting Windows or running any piece of software I use is fast and flawless.
I couldn't resist but purchase it. Bad thing about it is that you have to effectively format it to actually see the damn thing, compare to other hdd/ssd. Not many people know how to do that, especially in windows 10.
Powerful, cool GPU. I don't regret getting it. The CUDA cores is what I need for Adobe, Maya and Nuke. Gaming wise it just obliterates any game I give it at 1080p.
Got it before the new 1000 series came out.
Mini ITX case. Good space, could have been a bit smaller, but at the moment is perfect.
So small I couldn't believe it. Some cables that it comes with are actually short themselves, like the 24pin one. The only small hiccup is no switch to turn it off/on. But I presume that's because of the size so I ain't bothered.
Hate it, but it's the future. Incompatible with many a software, pestering you with random updates, which cannot be turned of except for actually going in Group Policy editor and looking for the damn registry key to modify it there. It pesters you with all kind of "mini-ads". Many other things but I won't bother mentioning them, you probably found them
Loud, even though they are called "low noise". Got them just in case I need airflow for the CPU cooler.
Incredible. Only 1 port though, the DP of course. Colors aren't as vibrant as other monitors but the refresh rate and the Gsync makes up for it and more. Adjustable, detachable, I think even wall mountable.
Brilliant mouse for editing shortcuts, gaming and much more. Working fine. Definitely worth the money at the time of purchase. DPI is what you would expect from a Razer mouse, configurating software for the lighting, binding profiles for the keys etc. Fast and smooth
Good headphones, quality sound, Noise cancellation. Can be a bit tight after wearing them for over 2 hours. Detachable cables and microphone. Comes with 2 sets of cables. One for pc, long and one for phone short. Worth the £30 I paid last year