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Skylake Node 605 HTPC

by marsilea


Part List View full price breakdown

  • CPU

  • CPU Cooler

  • Motherboard

  • Memory

  • Video Card

  • Case

  • Custom

    $89.00Antec TPC-450 450W True Power Classic 80+ Gold
  • Custom

    (Purchased)WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200/16MB/SATA3 HDD
  • Custom

    (Purchased)Samsung 850 EVO 120GB SATA3 SSD
  • Custom

    (Purchased)Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM
  • Custom

    Ubuntu Linux 4.04.3 LTS 64-bit Desktop
  • Custom

    (Purchased)Samsung LED 1920x1080 CRM200 Quad Core Smart TV 40"
  • Custom

    2 x Fractal Design Silent Series R2 120mm 3-pin Case Fan (included with case)
  • Custom

    $16.00Fractal Design Silent Series R3 120mm 3-pin Case Fan
  • Custom

    (Purchased)Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Keyboard 7000 (Bluetooth)
  • Custom

    (Purchased)Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 (Bluetooth)
  • Custom

    (Purchased) Motherboard Diagnostic BIOS Beep Code Internal Speaker Buzzer
  • Custom

    $199.00Hauppauge HVR2215 MCE Dual DVB-T PCIe TV Tuner
  • Custom

    $30.002 x Noctua NF-R8 80mm Redux 4-pin PWM Case Fan
    • $1430.00



Date Published

Jan. 16, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 13, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.165 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.61 GHz


For Video, Pictures, Music, Documents and Data (This is my only PC).

Next Step: Save $$ for Stereo Receiver and Floor Speakers, and for 50" UHD TV too :P

Edit (Jan. 21, 2016): Build complete, TV tuner card now installed. I have also installed a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD in anticipation of use for future OS.

Noctua NH-L12 CPU Cooler set up with both 92mm and 120mm PWM 4-pin fans using Y-Split Cable and Low-Noise Adapters. Fans' speed response to CPU temp set up within BIOS.

Case Fans (Side Mounted): 2 Fractal Design Silent Series R2 120mm 3-pin fans included with case (pre-mounted) at front left and front right drawing air in through plastic filters. 1 Fractal Design Silent Series R3 120mm 3-pin fan installed at rear right drawing air out from CPU area. I still need to figure out how to remove the plastic filter for this fan - Fractal Design don't make this practical although their manual states that the filters are removable. The 3 side fans are all connected to the case's 3 mode (Fast, Off, Quiet) fan controller (manual switch at case right side near front).

Case Fans (Rear Mounted): 2 Noctua NF-R8 Redux 80mm 4-pin PWM fans installed at rear near CPU drawing air out from CPU area. Fans' speed response to CPU temp or Mobo temp set up within BIOS.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Excellent. Configurable, with top mount 120mm fan removable for use in small cases (Y-Split Cable and Low-Noise Adapters included). I had room enough in Node 605 to use both fans.


Good Board, except I/O plate is not correctly aligned to all ports, especially the USB Type C port. Asus AI Suite 3 software not much chop - better to setup case fan speed behaviour from the excellent UEFI BIOS. Mobo drivers/utilities/documents should be available for download in one click (for initial build setup), rather than having to use all the individual download links.


Overall, an awesome case. The Front Panel I/O Ports (USB 3.0, SD Card etc.) are installed upside down and cannot be inverted to 'right way up' position. The 4 case side vent filters (plastic) are not removable without bending the 4 metal mesh vent cover tongues. This matters especially for the right side rear vent which has a suggested exhaust use (I will also probably remove the PSU air inlet filter). Support was initially very slow to reply (they must be busy) but were very helpful once they finally made contact.

Comments Sorted by:

th3legitbeast 1 point 39 months ago

More pictures?

Ataraxic 1 point 39 months ago


KenAyugi 1 point 39 months ago

nice case

Firecheetah13 1 point 37 months ago

how many usb 3.0 ports does the motherboard have, because I might be getting it