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Party in the front, business in the back

by msental



Date Published

March 19, 2017

Date Built

March 12, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

43.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


I needed a better video card, I needed more hard drives, I needed a faster CPU ... it was time to build a new PC, but I also needed it be smaller and look batter than my last PC.

Apart from the typical everyday activities, the computer would be tasked for modern gaming, running at least one virtual machine at all times and hosting a media server .... and it needed to be small and pretty. This build fit the bill.

From the media server side, I am using a 6 HDD parity array with Plex to feed all of the TV's in my house. This PC was almost silent until I added these 6 mechanical HDD's .. now .. o well but I don't have enough $$ for 15 TB in SSD. This was the key in case selection for me, I wanted a mATX case, but it would need to hold at LEAST 7 HDD's. There aren't many out there. Not only does the Node 804 hold up to 10 HDD's but it also looks good doing it and is small. Win, win , win.

I kind of hopped on the RGB train as pretty much every component that is capable of having RGB has it on this build. Now that it's built I will probably keep them blueish white, but maybe as a gimmick, I will do holiday colors when they roll around =p On the subject of lighting, I also wanted to do something custom with my desk, I used the mobo's RGB header and instead of putting a LED strip inside the case, I bought a few adapters, and routed a LED strip to the outside, along the back edge of my desk for some cool and rather inexpensive ambient lighting that I can control at will.

VIDEO - Build Night 1 - Desk Lighting Test w/Music Mode: https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipONRD1ef6qXGWRXjOZZP7qc0-jXChvUJEyxpU6V

*The picture with the phone is do demonstrate size, it's a small case that fits a LOT in there. Thank god the other side is hidden. I do not want to show you what it looks like back there. I was barely able to close the panel there are so many damn wires back there!

Part Reviews


I wanted the latest and greatest, and that what this is in the price category in my opinion. I heard that it doesn't bring much new to the table as compared with the 6700k and that it had higher temps (more on that when I get to the cooler) but I wanted current gen CPU.

CPU Cooler

I expected a lot more from this cooler from all of the reviews and information on the internet. When I first tested my rig, I was getting really high idle and load temps ... idling ~50C .. gaming hit 80's a few times. Bad. After a lot of troubleshooting and reapplying thermal paste I found that the standoffs did not thread into where they should have been on the back plate. I did not detect this at first since there is supposed to be some form of slack/gap, but I finally noticed that I could see ~5 threads on the standoff screw even after fully hand tightened and there was just tooo much space. In the end, I had to use PLIERS (carefully) to force the standoffs into the back plate the rest of the way because I didn't feel like waiting for a RMA/return. After doing that I finally have what I would call acceptable temps, but I still don't think its 100% and could get better with one that didn't have QC issues.

Thermal Compound

Does what its supposed to. Free to me since I already had some lying around.


Beautiful mobo with all the options I was looking for. Works like a champ. I made use of the RGB header to do some nifty desk lighting too!


Most beautiful RAM I have ever laid eyes on ... but freaking expensive and the lighting control is still very buggy which is why I knocked off 1 star. Performs up to expectation.


Got it from a friend for $20, so I have literally nothing to complain about.


Had 3 of these from my previous system, added 2 more to this one to expand on media server storage array. Good sizes and the drives I have had so far have been running well.

Video Card

Great looking card, cooling is superior! I was a little disappointed in how little i was able to OC it as compared to other peoples 1070 OC results, but that's just the silicon lottery ... no room for complaint though, running 5 FPS behind my friend with almost exact system with a GTX 1080 Founders Edition OC'd. Oh and 0 RPM fans at no load is pretty great.


Unique looking case which I love. What sold it for me is that it is a small case that still has room for up to 10 HDD's, can water cool and has a nice side window. Having the split chambers allows you to hide all of your wires and keep the side with the window looking pretty. The only thing I would have liked is a toolless/latch access to the side panel (had that on my last corsair case) as opposed to thumb screws for every little thing.

Power Supply

Nothing special to say here. It works and I like the eco mode.

Operating System

I actually used Education Edition here. If you have a school email address its likely you can get a free license!

Case Fan

Debated between these and the Thermaltake Riing RGB Premuim Fans. The AER RGB look amazing, but one thing I failed to notice is that the lighting is only on one side (intake side) so it will limit the fam placement /usage. Had I realized this earlier I would have went with the Riing fans, but I am still pleased none the less.


Huge. Looks great. Got it on a really good sale (not whats listed here).


Mobo only had 6 sata ports. My build has 7 HDD's. Worked the second I installed it, didnt even need to load drivers. A+.

Comments Sorted by:

LatamirDigital 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Hot DAMN that storage! The build is beautiful! +100 another +10 for the name :D.

msental submitter 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Thank you!!!

msental submitter 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

And actually i have another HDD in there thats not listed since i put it in last minute ... lol :)

c_tsnx 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Sweet build! May I ask, what RGB strips did you use?

msental submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I used this strip: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ADDA6YS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

With this adapter: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EAHRZEC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

and added 1 pic so you can see how i got it out of my case. i snipped through some of the honeycomb by the rear fan and ran the extension out of there and ran it down to the strip on the desk

Skimby 1 point 25 months ago

Dope setup!! +999999999

msental submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thank you!

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

How does this run when someone is streaming and you are gaming? Hawt build though.

Also, the link gives me an error 404 message

msental submitter 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Zero issues. I'll commonly have 2+ streams going at once + the VM will be running and i have no gaming issues. I attribute this to the fact that since I have so many HDD's with specific purpose, theres no HDD bottleneck (media on hdd array, os on a separate drive, VM on a separate drive); streaming and running the VM arent very CPU intensive (i was doing the same thing on a 2600k previously with n o real issue) and the UL bandwidth never hurts me. Most of the time I dont even realize anyone is watching.

try the link again? ive tried it from a few different comps/browsers and cant get it not to work?

Vreaker12 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Nice build! I'm also considering doing all those functions (plex and media server - but would this configuration be powerful enough to handle all those multitasks)? Sorry I'm still learning into plex so really curious how you're doing yours.

msental submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Well .. it comes down to content quality and volume. I'm using a Storage Space in Parity for my media array, so performance isnt great, but its fault tolerant and generally good enough for what i need it for. I can typically handle 3-4 streams without it really affecting anything. These would be 1080 or lower, but usually 1080. If I was doing 4k ... id probably have trouble keeping up with 1 stream and it would be a HDD bottleneck. So in short, if you would be using it for 1080 streams, max 3-4 simultaneously (id say 3 if you are using the PC yourself for something at the time, 4 if you are not) then yea, this is more than enough. I was doing almost the same thing on my previous box with a 2600k. One of the factoring reasons for this build wasnt the cpu power for this, it was that i needed more storage space and I needed a new case to house the new HDD's.

Vreaker12 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Great! That's very, very insightful. Thanks

msental submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

My pleasure. If you had a more effective hard drive setup than me such as not using parity and using mirroring (or no fault tolerance) and had your files broken out over various hard drives, I'm sure you could get a lot more streams out of the box. From my experience it really doesn't consume much CPU or RAM, the bottleneck is always the hard drives.

Project460 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

SO dope. +1

msental submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks!! It was a frustrating (the CPU cooler) but fun build. I have a ticket open with NZXT to see if they will ship me another back plate and standoffs to see if I can get the cooling where i feel it should be. Hopefully they will be accommodating.

PolarBearsHD 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Sleeved cables?? +1

crazyeyecarl 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

How come you didn't put your RAD in the other compartment? That's really the reason I'm looking into moving my PC into this case.

msental submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Because I have 7 HDD's on that side, no room for the rad. In any event, stay away from the Kraken .. my rad pump died like a month ago and apparently its rampant throughout the line up. I switched to a Cryorig air cooler and believe it or not it actually runs cooler than the Kraken.

crazyeyecarl 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I'm actually considering doing a custom loop now.

DoItMyselfToo 1 point 11 months ago

Wow! The front side is like a disco club! Lovin' it!

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msental submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Well ... a mullet is business in the front, party in the back .. so this would be a reverse mullet!

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msental submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Ed Zachery.

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