Description

We took the most popular part list from the Fractal Design Contest based around the Node 804. A big thanks goes to Fractal Design for hosting the giveaway and providing the case used in this build.

You can find the YouTube video of the build and bonus cable management here.

Now on to some benchmarks:

Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 Physics Test Combined Test
FireStrike v1.1 17272 108.74 FPS 88.91 FPS 40.12 FPS 36.65 FPS
FireStrike Ultra v1.1 5179 28.8 FPS 18.54 FPS 39.96 FPS 12.72 FPS
Benchmark Score Average Minimum Maximum Settings xx
Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0 2753 109.3 FPS 9.3 FPS 234.5 FPS Direct3D11, 1920x1080, 8xAA, fullscreen, Custom Preset: Quality: Ultra, Tessellation: Extreme
Unigine Valley Benchmark 1.0 4512 107.8 FPS 28.7 FPS 218.5 FPS Direct3D11, 1920x1080, 8xAA, fullscreen, Extreme HD Preset
Game Settings Resolution FPS
Overwatch Ultra 1920x1080 160 FPS
Overwatch Epic 1920x1080 126 FPS
Overwatch Ultra 2560x1440 122 FPS
Star Wars Battlefront Ultra 1920x1080 157 FPS
Star Wars Battlefront Ultra 2560x1440 110 FPS

If you have any questions about the build let me know!

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Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 5 points

Where is your Mountain Dew? I feel it's presence. Nice build! I do like a good micro atx build time to time.
Here's this +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Watching the video for the build right now lol. noice job. And can you send me some doritos?

  • 42 months ago
  • 13 points

Sorry, but I don't share Doritos.

  • 42 months ago
  • 13 points

Not knowingly ;)

  • 42 months ago
  • 10 points

Can confirm.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

An A40 with the mini fan blowing the right way? That alone is a +1.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

So what are the GPU temps and fan speed during the benchmarking runs? Are the GPU fans wailing? With the AIO dumping heat on the GPU it would be interesting to know it's affects.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps and fan noise were fine. I didn't modify any of the fan settings so everything was running at stock speeds.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Very interested in that NZXT Hue+ controller. Where did you install it in your build?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I mounted it to the bottom of the case in the left chamber.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I have a question though. I've heard that the HUE+ strip adhesive inst the best. Is it possible to use the HUE+ module and the software with cable mod strips?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I've had no problems with the HUE+ strips. I normally don't even use the adhesive, just rely on the magnets.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you need to purchase extra LED Lights with the Hue+ or were ones it came with enough?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It came with 4, which was enough for the side window.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Josh sending a pack of Doritos by mail is damn funny.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

what fans and stoage devices do you use?

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

The fans are just the ones that came with the case and cooler. For storage I used an M.2 drive: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/PMbkcf/sandisk-internal-hard-drive-sd8sn8u512g1122

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job!!!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a question because my build is extremely similar. If I wanted to perform an out-of-case POST Test, would I need to attach the AIO? I know it sounds awful, but I don't have an air cooler as this is my first build, and another reason I ask is because the AIO come with pre-applied thermal paste, and I wasn't sure if removing it and re-applying it while it's in the case would ruin the pre-applied thermal paste completely. Or maybe I can fit the radiator through the routing hole in the chassis if I take the fans off.

Thanks.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

If you wanted to do a test, I would always recommend putting some kind of cooler on the CPU. If you use the AIO, you'll need to reapply it if you take it off.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

A bit confused on one aspect regarding the AIO cooler. Does it really not matter that the rad was installed with the tubes on the top? I like the way that looks but I have always been told that the tubes should be on the bottom. I used an AIO cooler in a recent build, I first installed as you did and did not hear anything of note from the pump like it was working harder or anything. I then switched the orientation, the tubes are in the way a bit and it looks like crap. I would prefer the tubes on the top, but the whole "working against gravity" suggesting that I would shorten the lifespan of the cooler makes me hesitate switching it back.

Any thoughts?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you class that CPU cooler against the infamous H100i?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Bit late to the game, loved the video and build. My question is regarding the pci-e slots on the Motherboard. If I'm using an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, will there be enough room to install an Asus PCE-AC68 wireless adapter?

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

There is a x1 slot, but you'd have to move the video card down to another slot to access it.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet action, thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Question,

Watched the video and just built something similar. Do you guys have any tips for extra fan speed controlling?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

It all depends. Are you using a fan controller that is built into the case or just using the fan headers on the motherboard? If you are looking for separate fan controller, I'd suggest a Grid+V2: https://www.nzxt.com/products/grid-plus-v2

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Was considering a separate fan controller, as the built in only supports 3 fans, unless you can use a splitter for more fans?

Thanks for the link. Will check out their product!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I have this case, I just wish the whole computer was the same...

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking about using this build template. Would a corsair h100i v2 be able to replace the cryorig a-40? What would be the pros or cons of swapping these two?

Also debating on an i5 6600k as this will be almost exclusively for gaming ?

Anyone got any input? Thanks in advance!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

The H100i can replace the cryorig just fine. Both are solid coolers.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info!

Could you tell me if this setup would be able to support 2 1080's in SLI down the road if I chose.

Would the Case size / mobo / and power supply be able to handle it?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes there is head room for an additional card down the line.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like the GPU is getting pretty hot under load. Would there be room in the case for the EVGA HYBRID 1080 GPU and cooler?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! I like what was done with the Multi-LED Lighting you installed. And it was very nice of you to add the benchmarks of your build, You truly outdid yourself. The only thing I would change is the CPU cooler, I recommend that you use a "Corsair - Hydro Series 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler" It has a higher RPM Than the one you have currently, and it is still relatively quiet for the fan's speed. In all, I really love this build, And I hope you upgrade it for years to come. +1 Upvote.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, what optical drive could i use with this?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Most slim/slot load drives should fit. The compatibility check should be able to help you pick a valid option if you've already added the case to your system.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

can i put the radiator on the top of the case to allow extra room for the GPU? I am using a CorsairH100i v2 with a EVGA FTW and the card is too long. want to move the radiator up top to make room for the GPU

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

It might be doable, but could be pretty tight depending on the clearance from the motherboard/RAM at the top. Another option if you need to allow more GPU length space and don't need all the drive bays, would be mount the radiator in the second chamber (removing some drive cages), mounting it to the top of front on that side. [ Example using a different, but similar sized CLC in the Node 804 -- look at picture #8. ]

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

worked! thanks. Got it in on top.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

You should be able to mount the cooler in the top of either chamber depending ram height (left chamber) and removing the hard drive cages (right chamber).

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

got it in the hard drive cage slot, had to remove cages and cage mounts, but so far so good. thanks!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, thanks. First build ( shocker ) and really appreciate the video and responses.

  • 42 months ago
  • 0 points

Is it just me or is that cryorig cooler SUPER UGLY

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

But of course! Watch the video to the end ;)

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're certain that you'll be happy at 1080p for a few years, yeah go for it.

But personally I'd save up and get a 1070 so you can run games at 1440p and have the option of adding a second card in SLI. The 1060 doesn't have a headers for an SLI bridge (apparently Ashes of the Singularity can SLI through the PCIe bus, but most games won't).

I'm assuming at some point supply will catch up with demand and prices will fall to or below MSRP.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1060-pascal,4679-3.html