Description

I have a few things I'll be adding additional in the future. First and foremost, I'll be custom sleeving a set of cables to minimize the crowded nature of an mITX case. I plan on adding a full Watercooling setup consisting of a 180mm dual in front looped to a 140mm single in the rear for full CPU & GPU cooling. This will be fairly easy since using the SFX form factor PSU leaves a TON of space available for a pump/res combo. I wanted to be sure I was going to have room prior to going for full watercooling.

The case is surprisingly roomy for it's size. The one thing I didn't like was how rigid the USB 3.0 cable is for the front panel, which I might even remove once Watercooling is in. It's pretty much impossible to hide due to it's length, and it's tough to work with because it doesn't flex. I may just find a way to replace it with a more standard USB 2.0 cable since the rear has 2 USB 3.0 and I don't have enough 3.0 peripherals to bother needing the extra 2.

I'm getting idle CPU temps of 27-30 degrees Celsius and I have not seen temps over 40 degrees at load. GPU sits around 35 to 37 idle and has not gone above 67 degrees at load while gaming so far which confirms the case airflow is pretty good. I plan on running a series of benchmarks later tonight and see how it handles under stress. Windows Experience rates 7.6 out of 7.9, so I'm pretty happy with this build for the price and style.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 9 points

Why do you want a watercooling setup if your board can't overclock your cpu? Full watercooling doesn't make sense unless you upgrade your motherboard to overclock. It may stay cool but it seems like too much money put into it just to keep it a little cooler. Upgrade your motherboard and get a unlocked cpu if you're going to have full watercooling setup.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I have an H81 and locked i5, but I'd like to do it mainly for style/wow factor with the mITX build. Same for the sleeved cables. It's not "necessary" but fun & adds to the overall build. ;)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't go so far to call a H90 "full watercooling." These closed loops are not much better than air coolers.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

He says he plans to go for full watercooling.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, I need to read. I agree, he doesn't need to waste money on it with his components.

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

You didn't need an aftermarket CLC for that locked CPU, but hey, more power to you. Good build overall though, should perform great!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Cable management is well done. Decent parts selection.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Just curious, how did you get such a small PSU to be compatible with that case? The list says the Node 304 and that Silverstone are incompatible.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I think this is bc the PSU wont fit snug as its not a full atx psu (I think its 140mm vs 160mm). The Silvertone does come with an adapter as well.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking build, how about prices?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated it to show the prices :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

nice little machine you got here, how is that pwr supply working out for you?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! Since it will only ever have a single GPU, the 450 Gold shouldn't ever really have a problem. The fit is awesome, leaves tons of room in the case. Unfortunately it comes up as incompatible on PCPartPicker, but I did some research and found the SFX from Silverstone comes with the ATX bracket to overcome the issue. Flagged it with them, hopefully they change that.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

The 4570 is a very capable CPU - recently paired it with a 7950 and it had amazing performance

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I am building same build but with bitfenix prodigy blue , nice work

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the mobo?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that power supply handling? Quiet? Was it hard to route the wires inside the NOde?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The PSU has held up just fine without any issues. I would definitely recommend it considering it's fully modular and the SFX form factor leaves a lot of extra room for routing.

  • 70 months ago
  • -3 points

Very nice. Here's my new mITX build: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Mql

:)