This custom PC was built for light gaming and mild Finite Element Modelling and Analysis. I also wanted to Mac OS X Yosemite on a desktop, thus Hackintosh compatible parts were chosen.
The good: - Case looks cool as well as being filtered to prevent dust build up - Broadcom BCM94360CD apple networking card works flawlessly on both windows (Using Bootcamp drivers) and Yosemite - Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 gaming overclocks very nicely - 4690K Overclocks nicely with Phanteks cooler - Raid 0 array (2x 250GB SSD was cheaper than 1x 500GB SSD at the time)
The Bad/Meh: - Broadcom PCIE did not fit in the case properly and required slight modification (Removal of bolts for double sided tape) - Node 804 case had mounting hardware that did not fit slimline optical drive (attached bracket with double sided tape) - Node 804 case has awkward cable management fittings - Gigabyte Z97MX onboard audio was very average (Used external DAC from Fiio instead) - Case fans and PC fans a little noisy but not unbearable
Future Possible upgrades: - GTX 980 Ti - SM 951 SSD - Intel Core 4790K - Extra 8GB Ram - XFX XTR 650w Modular PSU
Great Quad Core CPU, perfect for gaming and overclocks nicely. Integrated graphics are pretty useless (But who would buy a 4690K and not have a discrete graphics card???)
Average cooler, looks decent, has a slight hum during idle and not totally silent but cools the 4690K to about 30 deg during idle and mid 60s deg under load in non overclocked situations. Fairly fiddly to install but after the screws bite the thread it should be alright. Cooler blocks access to the notch of the PCIe slot in mATX configurations making graphics card changes annoying.
Decent board, great aesthetics, average on board audio, no wifi or bluetooth onboard and only 3 fan headers.
Decent ram, looks great, should have gone for the crucial ballistix with lower latency.
Great value Sata 3 SSD, great performance compared to competitors only slower than the Samsung 850 Pro series and obviously PCIe ssds.
Really decent performance, great looks with the blue LED "WINDFORCE" logo as well as relatively cool card, no fanless mode (Can be bios hacked and very easy), beware this card is extremely long and some midtower cases and most matx or itx cases may need to lose drive cages fans etc to fit. Beware some cards may have noticeable coil whine, choose PSUs wisely!!
Looks great, has slim slot optical drive, fan controller and 3x 120mm fans included. But slim slot mounting gear may not fit properly as well as awkward cable management positions.
Very decent value power supply, may cause slightly louder coil whine then EVGA's supernova but fairly silent under idle and stable power delivery.
It works, it reads it writes whatever requires odd slimline sata to sata with power cable attachment...