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First Build - 1440p Mini-ITX

by HalfGeneric



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


I have been itching to assemble a build like this for about a year now, and it finally became a reality this week! This build will mainly be used for web design, photo and video editing, and gaming; the 1440p real estate really helps with productivity and makes gaming more immersive. As this is my first time building a PC, the assembly proved quite the learning curve. The entire build took about eight hours. Sorry about the photo quality; I'm not a great photographer! And cable management definitely has much room for improvement.

A quick run-down of components:

4770k: I was debating between this and the 4670k, but opted for the former because I wanted HT for video editing. I only did a mild overclock to 4.1 ghz. So far it's been stable, cool, and blazing fast!

H60: Fits in the Node with some room to spare. As I travel in the summer, the MB is less likely to be damaged thanks to the little pressure that the H60 exerts on the MB vs. large air-coolers like the Noctuas (which are great coolers in their own rights).

Asus Z87I-DELUXE: Connectivity is abundant, UEFI is easy to work with, and overclocking was a breeze.

G.Skill RAM: It's G. Skill. Stable at 1866mhz.

Samsung 840 pro: This SSD does not fall short of expectations from its rave reviews online. Windows always boots under 10 seconds, and my rig almost always takes the lead loading online games.

WD Blue: Both drives have been stable so far, and the Blue is pretty fast for an HDD. 1TB mainly for storage.

EVGA GTX780: Fast and quiet; makes 1440p a truly enjoyable experience. Playing modded Skyrim (RealVision ENB + a bunch of 2048 and 4096 texture packs + more) without a hitch. Constant 60 fps indoors and ~47 fps outdoors.

Node 304: Minimalist design, great construction and aesthetics, and good airflow.

Silverstone PSU: 550W powers everything just fine! Short cable set made things a lot easier. Great PSU for the Node.

Asus PB278Q Monitor: Good color reproduction, no noticeable ghosting with Trace Free set at 20. Using the ICC profile from TFT Central.


Logitech G500: My G500 is two years old now. I used it on my laptop before this build, and it followed me in all my travels. It is still as functional and as awesome as the day I bought it.

CPU temps are acquired through Prime95, and GPU temps through Unigine Valley on Ultra. Both tests were run for about 30 minutes.

I love this build. I find it hard to leave my desk now!! Feedback and suggestions are welcome. Go easy on me please as it is my first build :)

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sketch24 9 Builds 4 points 50 months ago

Nice build. Smart selection on parts, including getting the silverstone PSU with shorter cables for the node.

iiLeGiT101 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

Thanks for much for building this for me man! Lol jk, but this system is badass. Ever since I built my PC, I've still had this obsession with very powerful miniITX cases. So small but so powerful! Need... to... build... one.. Enjoy your build man!

slykrysis 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

I would have used a fully modular PSU so you could route cables easier, but hey, if it works it works. Did you get the new Splinter Cell game coupon with the card? (go register on EVGA if you haven't already!)

Also, on a completely random side of things, can you please explain to me how you got RealVision ENB installed? I have used ProjectENB before but I had to wipe my mods and reinstall everything (250+ mods). I have followed the instructions on the site but I took screenshots of before and after and nothing changed.

HalfGeneric submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I got the coupon indeed! As for RealVision, I simply followed the instructions on the page to the book and it worked. I did start with a clean vanilla game though so that could be the difference. Uploading a few screenshots from the game for your reference.

Maximation 1 point 50 months ago

Thats a really nice PC build you have there! The look of the Node 304 is amazing! Great to see someone buying windows 8, this OS is really great but most people dont see through the new UI which i actually love. Is that 550W PSU enough to power all of your components? There isnt a whole lot of room to expand in the future with only 550W. Do you use that 16GB of RAM for video editing or something? Where did you plan to use this pc for? You didnt say that in the description. But a very nice overall build! Im amazed it all fits in that case :D great job! Happy gaming!

HalfGeneric submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I totally agree! Besides the UI, the boot speed seems also slightly faster. My hope is that future parts will be even more power efficient so that the 550W will remain sufficient. Plus, for my needs, I don't see myself upgrading in a few years with this rig! Thanks for the suggestion, I will throw in the purpose of the build in the description soon.

renesillo2 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Hey nice build! Good amount of power!

Just asking, for the overclocking, did you use the 4-way optimization that the Asus Z87 boards do or did you do it manually? I ask because I am between buying this one or the Asus ATX Z87-Pro. The real difference between the two is that I think this one has the WIFI AC vs the ATX pro has the WIFI N. I really only need one PCIe slot since I will only install a graphics card. It will also let me get a smaller case.

HalfGeneric submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Thanks! I tinkered with both methods while playing around with overclocking, and both worked fine. 4-way opt literally took one click and I was good to go. Personally I would recommend the Z87I-Deluxe, as it provides you with that flexibility as you mentioned.

renesillo2 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Thanks for the recommendation!

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

This is sick! What kinds of FPS are you getting at 1440p?

HalfGeneric submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

With Skyrim modded I get constant 60 fps indoors and ~47 fps outdoors (in the area around Whiterun). Haven't tested with any other games yet!

skemble 24 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

That's pretty solid! Have you looked into overclocking the refresh rate? I just bought a Qnix 27in 1440p monitor and I'm rather excited for, as Tek Syndicate said, ALL THE PIXELS!

HalfGeneric submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

I'm excited for you man! That 1440p @ 120hz will be quite the eye candy. Unfortunately, I don't think the Asus PB278Q has much overclocking capability.

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

I will have to let you know how it goes! Hopefully it rolls in on Friday, I'm so damn excited :)

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Been gaming no my new monitor for a few days now. Overclocked it to 96hz. 110 was fine but 120 had artifacts in Skyrim. The monitor is perfect minus a slight edge bleed when the screen is all black. I'm so in love :)

HalfGeneric submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

That's solid! Congrats on receiving a good unit. Have fun :)

fnapoli 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Great build! Also, that monitor.......damn. I want me some.

LookTopHats 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Have you got a HD mod for TESV or is that just ultra? Otherwise looks great man!

HalfGeneric submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Yup it has Skyrim 2K textures + a bunch of other texture mods such as Lush Trees and Grass and Skyrim Flora Overhaul!

LookTopHats 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Ahh, nice; looks really good!

stnz 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Great build ! Also a modular PSU would've helped cable management wise. You could have got one for pretty much the same price too :)

GalacticGamer 1 point 50 months ago

that graphics card is more than my entire build . LOL

shadowcwal 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Awesome build. What speakers/headphones do you have?

HalfGeneric submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I have the Sennheiser HD595s and a Polk stereo sound system (PSW505 + tsi100s)

whitespace 1 point 49 months ago

Great rig! Just curious, how do you measure your "boot time"? Are you reading the recorded "Boot Duration" from system events or using a stop watch from some point A to B?

I have the same CPU (not overclocked currently) in the same case as it happens, but with a Samsung 840 EVO 120GB. I see recorded boot times of around 28 seconds (Win 7 Pro). You mention Windows 8 boot speed seems "slightly faster", but is there really so much difference between these SSDs at boot time?!

EDIT: Having done some research it would seem that the general consensus is that Win 8 boots in less than half the time of Win 7 - so I suspect the OS might be major factor here.

cjeffcoatjr 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

The reason Skyrim exists - So you can mod the crap out of it

dc 2 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

I really like you build.

dcmabry 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

My god this is the best build I've seen on here, so minimalist... Well done.

HalfGeneric submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Thanks for your kind words :) A minimalist build was exactly what I was going for.

winstonofwar 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

is your graphics card running cool? do you think in a small case like this a blower style card would run cooler?

HalfGeneric submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I'd be more concerned if it were a typical mini-ITX case. Thankfully, the Node has vents cut out right in front of the graphics card, so there is enough airflow for the open air cooler to work with. That being said, a blower style card would have been definitely an equally good choice and a safer pick in general. Wouldn't want to risk building a ~2k mini-oven now would we!

JohnTsams 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

You lift brah?

HalfGeneric submitter 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Cheers man nice catch haha

Alan150003 1 point 46 months ago

Cool build. Thinking about making one similar, but with an ASRock board and an i5. Nice screenshots too, are you using an ENB or ELFX?

HalfGeneric submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks man! Using RealVision ENB here

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Mincading 12 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

once you go black, you cant go back

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Goku671 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

kevin hart, name it kevin hart