Originally started as a Node 202 build. Was not happy with temps or loss of space. So, I decided to go with a bigger case that provided plenty of room for upgrades. Mainly, storage. Instead of 2 SSD and 1 M.2 I can now use 3 SSD, 1 3.5" HDD and 1 M.2. May even be able to squeeze a 2nd SSD or 3.5" with some ingenuity.

Temperatures now are great, lack of bright RGB is fantastic ALTHOUGH, I may add an LED strip or 2 just to be able to see my components at night.

Other future upgrades will be a big 3.5" HDD, thinking 4tb. I do not care for load times(this will be for large single player games, I do care for multiplayer load times) A 1tb M.2, for multiplayer titles. An air cooled cpu cooler, due to hating wires and rgb pain in the a*ness. Ditching the laptop hdd for 2 500gb SSD(just cause, fck my wallet) A 650w+ PSU for futureproofness.

TL;DR Replaced Node 202 for better temps, better cooling options, more storage space, more overall room. 10/10 am happy.

Part Reviews


Great CPU so far. Price to performance is fantastic


Very easy mobo to work with. Simple bios. No problems so far.


Boots system in SECONDS.


Laptop HDD is HTCP sooo does not fit properly. Strange but whatever. Not fast, not super slow. Free due to broken laptop.

Video Card

Great gpu price to performance wise. Only complaint is thickness on top of length. Very bulky card.

Power Supply

Power connector was in a weird spot compared to other sff PSUs. Works good though and is very quiet.


No hdmi. You get fo sta


Budget LED Mechanical keyboard?!?!? Little clunky and metal sounding with certain pressure but hey, budget.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

You were brave for trying an HTPC build :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks. After talking with some buddies I've decided to get a bigger itx case. Love the thought of htpc gaming but I lose out on what I want.

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Someone else was able to overclock that RAM to 3200, just so you know.

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

I actually did that and forgot to mention it. Partially because I was building my brother in laws at the same time, and forgot I had 3000 and set it to 3200. Lol