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ASUS Z87I-DELUXE LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -mITX with lots of features
-cheaper than the maximus impact (or whichever the mITX is)
-everything's well arranged
-could run well for everyday use via the cpu's graphics

Cons: -Can't support a high-end cpu cooler (a big one could run into part of the mobo)
-Not enough space for any type of ram if using an air cooler (limits on height mostly)
-Sloppy wi-fi
-positioning on some of the components

Other Thoughts: I'm aware that there's a new one out right now, and it may have better performance and/or newer tech. But I did wanted to own this for a while before giving it a review.
I'd recommend this over the impact unless you want the "hd audio". sata placement's a little awkward but bearable.

Last thing I have to say is that the wi-fi IS removable and attached by 2 small screws on the bottom, and an M.2 card (someone stated it in their review). But that's an extra ~30$ for a premium motherboard. This is where it loses the 5th egg. But I can't say that I'm dissatisfied with it working flawlessly for over a year now.

ps: as a fan of mITX, if you have the money to go for it, check out the new asrock x99; that's a true minibeast that even has placed the m.2 ssd slot smartly (unlike the newer deluxe where it sits at the bottom). That may be my next build, although that's some time from now.

Noctua NH-L12 120mm & 92mm SSO Bearing PWM Fans CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs My first fancy cpu cooler 11/29/2013

This review is from: Noctua NH-L12 120mm & 92mm SSO Bearing PWM Fans CPU Cooler

Pros: Adjustable fans
Medium size (good for small rigs)
Good design

Cons: Could limit your memory options

Other Thoughts: I'm very realistic when reviewing a product and i really liked this cooler. First thing though, I had to adjust it's fans (which ended up fitting just fine on a z87i-deluxe) just a little bit. I'm happy with it though.

Regardless of what reviews say (can fit in 'this' csae without the top fan...etc) i have to admit with the only con it has, that is the cooler could limit what ram you use, that is, assuming you're installing it as most of us would, having part of the fan cover your ram just a little.

Other than that i'm confident it does its job well and have no regrets on replacing this with the stock cooler of any cpu.

ps: if your setup is on a full size atx you might be able to install it in a different way without any problems and still use a high profile ram but then agian, you'll probably be wanting something with water cooling. Just a possibility if 3-7 degrees are not a big deal for you.

Fractal Design Node 605 FD-CA-NODE-605-BL Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Media Center/HTPC case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Spaceous
Good design
Provides good airflow

Cons: Slim drive only
Drive bays (see other thoughts)
Cable management
No reset button (if you need one; otherwise it isn't)

Other Thoughts: I may have listed more cons but i'll explain here:

The hard drives/ssd's problem, they seem to have forgot to place them within the case so they instead created a removable bay where the drives are placed, these bays reside on top of the slim drive on the left side. Very confusing if you'll be using all of them with its 'cable management' which is none.

The space management is pretty neat itsell though, you really don't have much to worry about, just make sure to put first your slim drive and fans, after putting everything in place i still had room left, that's neat. I know there is no cable management but remember the case is meant to be htpc, not a gaming rig with all its accesories.

Why the 4 eggs? I didn't expect it to be the perfect case (that's ambiguious) but I do like to notice how well polished something is given its price tag. Where the egg got knocked off was with my psu, after installing it i realized the slim drive (with the adapter that's needed) wouldn't have any room for the cables to connect it to, its hieght almost made me return my GTX 650Ti but you'll get just a milimiter or more of space. (i'm refering to the 4-pin power connector)

Airflow: The description doesn't lie, it pretty much has a filter for dust which does a good job and provides cooling, I like that a lot, in from the sides, out from the back, makes sense.

Recap: overall i'd recommended only if you're planning on using it for a htpc like me and will no be placing a full sized board. It's worth the money if you want a fancy looking computer to your home media room.

What can fit inside a node-605:
Asus Z87i-Deluxe
Rosewill Capstone 650-M (most likely will not allow you to install the slim drive)
Asus GTX 650Ti

These are just to give you an idea.


John P.'s Profile

Display Name: John P.

Date Joined: 07/17/08

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 11/29/13
  • Last Review: 06/17/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
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