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Hey guys; thought I would upload my latest build (one I have been planning for years as I bought the Node 304 over 2 years ago!). I will add more details here soon, just wanted to get the build online for now so others can see the limits of the Node 304; limits which I haven't broken!

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  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh my. Little machine packs quite the punch. Don't forget to upgrade to the latest firmware for the Samsung 850 EVO SSD. It fixes some serious performance issues and brings it up to its rated speeds.

Out of curiosity, why not max out the board with 16GB of RAM considering the budget you put into it? 8GB is still great for now though.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Considering that some of his stuff is in AUD not USD, I'm guessing that he's buying in Australia where parts like RAM are way more expensive. 30-40% more is quite possible

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Not to mention our poorly performing dollar isn't turning around anytime soon... We actually don't get all of the products from all manufacturer's either so we have to be picky sometimes. Nothing personal, just business I guess. :(

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Teejers, I did not know about this SSD bug/fix! (this is why open comment boards are great).

Re. the RAM... Some of the parts were provided by my insurance provider and I specifically gave them the part number for the 2x 8GB kit in the same specs however they provided me with 4x 4GB modules.

Although whilst trying to sell my spare 2x 4GB kit, I found a person who is waiting on the 2x 8GB sticks who would prefer my 4x 4GB sticks to max out his 4 channels so we shall wait and see if this swap happens.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Does sandwiching the radiator between two fans on the exhaust help it stay a lot cooler and quieter?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Watch a video on YouTube by LinusTechTips about fans in a push or pull or push pull setup to get a layman explanation... Basically it is nothing like twice as good, airflow basically remains the same however the pressure increases etc. I didn't analyze it too much I just wanted to ensure that the air in my tiny case has a strong flow back out through the radiator. Those noctua fans are made for radiator use, you want fans that have very narrow gaps around the edge of the blades and the housing; this gives you good flow and higher pressure differentials. Some fans out there have fewer fins and bigger gaps... You don't want those for this purpose (even noctua make some like this), I compared a few brands and decided on these as the airflow Vs. dB was a great balance.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

So, did you replace the screws on the CPU Power Daughter card heat sinks with longer screws to mount it to the case? Or do you only need to use the two free mounting holes?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish someone had mentioned this before I realized however the solution was simple. I removed the screws and nuts and used replacement standard mobo screws and perfect fit. The screws it comes with though must be slightly different threads as they didn't catch the mobo standoffs. It's far too angled if you leave the nuts on the header and sit them on the mobo standoffs and too wobbly if you remove the top two standoffs.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I like your build!! I 'm Planning to build in one of these in the next few weeks and I'm just trying to work out what parts I should use and what issues I might have. I am also in Australia so I know we can't be too picky sometimes. did you have any trouble with the H90 was it a tight squeeze?.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck and enjoy bro!

The H90 is too tall to have the tubing coming out of the top or bottom orientation. It restricts the GPU if the tubing comes out on that side so I had no choice on that mounting. The fan-rad-fan section sticks out way over the cpu water block as seen in one photo but that's how it has to be if you want that setup! There's a lot of acceptance you have no choice over with a build as this and my OCD had to work with what I had.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm Getting keen to get started!! :) I think i might just make it easier for myself and go for something smaller like a H60 i think it should go straight in. also I read a few things saying that your cables are a tight fit between your PSU and GPU and people are saying to go non modular which in a case this small I think is a bit silly I plan to use the Silverstone Strider Gold 850W ST85F-GS which is only 150mm long and an XFX Radeon R9 280X Double Dissipation Black Edition 3GB for the GPU do you think i will have any issues with these?. sorry about all the questions but I wanna get everything spot on before I order anything. I will be sure to post up some pics of the build once it is done :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Just quickly looked your GPU up on PCCG and the length is 29.5cm whereas mine is 28cm and this may cause a headache. I was going to get a non-modular PSU and it was going to be the Antec EA platinum; I wanted platinum efficiency rating too with this build as higher % efficiency means less power lost as heat and probably relates to lower temps therefore quieter fans etc. and maybe a few dollars saved each year in electricity. BUT I saw some people managed to fit a Corsair AX760 (also platinum & I like their warranties) in their Node 304's so I decided to use that. I'll be honest, I ordered the parts I wanted and decided I would deal with problems as they came up. I was lucky in that I only needed to use the PSU modular ports that were on the far side of the PSU so the big ATX connector was away from the GPU as well a couple of the other cables. It was just 2 I think that needed to be bent at nearly 90deg vertical to clear the GPU and that's fine for them. Being an electronics guy I planned to actually open the PSU and hard wire the cables I wanted to the PSU PCB all cut to the right lengths etc. but thankfully it didn't come to that. I did shorten the SATA connector though and change the connector orientation and I found a flat head screwdriver I used as a crimping tool along with the right technique I managed to only damage one connector lol. I will update my description when I have time and add some more photos if people ask for particular things etc. I am contemplating making a YT video with some commentary about the build as there must be other people worldwide that have the same questions I had beforehand and couldn't find answers to.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the info I had the idea for a Platnum PSU aswell but I saw the Silverstone Strider Gold 850W ST85F-GS was 10mm shorter than the Corsair AX760 at 150mm so hopefully it should fit a bit easier fingers crossed :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi again, it's getting closer and I'm almost ready to start my build do you think its worth the extra $130-140 for the I7 4790K over the I5 4690K im just wondering if I should just do it just because this is not going to be a budget build by any stretch so im not sure what to go with also I was going to ask you what sort of temps you are getting?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It can be worth it if you will be using HT a lot... I got it just because I always go for the best & price difference was low compared to overall cost. I do occasionally do video encoding etc. and that's when the HT saves time so over the next few years that time saved will easily outweigh the small cost difference upfront. I usually get a new PC every 5 years and therefore max the specs out so that it lasts the time I use it whilst still holding some value for resale even if it's just a few hundred $. I haven't been using it much lately as I was busy with other things however with the stock settings I am getting CPU core temps of min 36deg & max 40-50 (varies between cores) with light loading. Under stress testing the CPU temps do creep up to 70-80 but stay quite steady and that's all fine considering I have the fans running at the lowest settings using the ASUS fan control software (I value quietness over temperature). The other thing is I don't always have AC running in my small home office space so the ambient temp would be slightly higher to start with. I will also mention that the GPU rarely spins its fans up which is perfect; it will only spin the fans over a certain temperature/load so having the best means it doesn't sweat & stays quiet. I just got a Philips 40" 4K screen and when gaming it has started to spin up (finally lol); running a 1440p display seemed not to require much effort from the GTX 980!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Epic build. This is 90% consistent with the build that I will be putting together very soon. I'll be going with a 140mm length PSU on mine as well as a semi-passive GTX 980 card (Asus STRIX).

Is there anything you would alter from this build now that you've had it together for a bit? How's the heat and fan noise? Any issues with dust buildup? One of the things I'm a bit concerned about with the Node is the dust filtration.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks; there is nothing I regret!

I haven't needed to change anything since the build, it's running perfect as I'd hoped! I run all the fans at the lowest RPM via the ASUS software and leave them there no matter what I work on or game. The noise isn't heard if you have sound playing through the speakers however when I sit in silence I occasionally get distracted by the fans as they are then the most prominent sound source (I haven't used the voltage limiting resistors though to further reduce their RPM, that may be my only change to consider). The 8GB RAM has handled several applications that I occasionally run so glad I saved a bit of $ there by not buying the 16GB kit. The only dust I notice is a thin layer along the top grille section on the case front and I swipe my finger along it to get rid of this dust about once a month. I haven't looked inside yet though but I do run it on my desk in a small home office environment so it's relatively a clean air area. Enjoy your build.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you use the original Corsair PSU cables?

Every Corsair Fractal build I've seen looks messy and crowded...but yours doesn't.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, sorry for the delay in replying. This was all original Corsair PSU cables that it came with. Originally I was going to customize the PSU cables but it was a LOT of effort & time I didn't want to spend (however is ideal).

I used only the cables I needed for starters so I think there's less than half of the PSU modular ports still open (I used the ports on the far side of the GPU to leave as much space as possible for the GPU card as it's HUGE). I hid the CPU power cable and the MB cable inside the framework of the case structure, there was enough space to push these big cables in and I secured them with black cable ties so it all blended in. It was a priority for me to have as little cables in the airflow as possible so I followed the case framework and only dropped cables down that had to.

The SATA power cable I modded on the spot with a flat head screwdriver (it may seem dodgey but it's fine electronically). I measured it to the front of the case where my SSD was located and cut it short. I then took off the connector on the end but taking its cover off and then pulling each wire out of the crimps that hold it down (they also break through the insulation to make an electronic connection to the wire cores). I then pushed it into the new distance position I wanted making sure it was facing the right way around (1. the wires enter the crimps the right way around & 2. the connector needed to protrude out when plugged into the SSD as the SSD was to be mounted flush to the case frame. triple check this part). I used the screwdriver to push each wire into the crimps being careful not to damage anything (I pushed too hard on the last pin on my first attempt and bent the crimp so had to throw it away and try again with a new connector).

All of the other cables from case buttons/LED to MB headers are lined along the bottom of the case hidden under the GPU & other bits (they are really thin so are easier to hide). My only wish was that the PSU IEC plug that comes with the case was moulded facing the other way around as I had to loop that cable to get it facing the right way (can see in the photo where I show the back of the PSU).

Hope this answers you well!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Built something similar but with a Strix 980 OC. Thanks to the backplate on the Gfx card, it's an VERY tight fit with the H90 radiator. Perhaps a little too tight as the cards at a slight angle...

Had to take the WiFi card out to fit the radiator too- haven't done a dual fan set up like yours though.

  • 59 months ago
  • -1 points

over all a good build

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