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Euphoria Gaming PC - Node 202

by EuphoriaZX



Date Published

March 26, 2018

Date Built

March 23, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C


The purpose of this build was to replace my Lian Li mid tower with a compact but powerful solution. I did my research as everyone else and decided to go with Node 202 case. Need to have patience with cable wiring as there is limited space, but got inspired by other people's builds and I think I did a decent job at it.

Case: Node 202... should I say more... compact, quiet, sturdy and sleek.

CPU: Core i7 8700k ... a substantial jump in performance and cores from i3770k

CPU Cooler: Decided to cool this with Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev. B and is doing a great job at it. Idle temps @35C & max load @75C. I haven't delided my CPU but maybe down the road might do it ...

Thermal Compound: I used Gelid Solution GC-Extreme 3.5g thermal paste between the CPU and the heat sink. I do recommend heating up the paste for easier application.

Motherboard: Gigabyte's Z370N. I've been Gigbayte user for last 15 years so why change :) Plus I love this mobo as it offers 2 nvme m.2 slots so I can run my Samsung 960 EVO 500GB in Raid 0. Love it!

Storage: My OS and some games are installed on the Raid 0 2x Samsung 960 EVO 500GB, and my other media files are located on a Crucial 1TB MX300 SSD. No more spinning drives!

GPU: I used the Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! edition as I already had it and did not feel like spending $1000+ to get a 1080ti. Runs everything at 1440p so its good enough. TEMPS: Idle @36C & Max Load @78C

Power supply: Corsair SF 600. Small, powerful, fully modular... Love it!

Case Fans: I used Noctua's slim 120mm fans so there is space between the GPU and the fans for better air circulation. Had to create custom fan grid profiles based on motherboard CPU temp sensor as SpeedFan does not have configuration for my motherboard and for some reason no one has come up with an app that can let you control Case Fans based on input from GPU temp sensor. ( Who will be the genius to figure this one out?) Havent done scripting in a while and am not planning to start now.

Could not use the 60mm wide and 20mm thick fans to pull air out of the cpu as 20mm are just too thick... Even a 10mm slim fan will be a challenge in this case... Not sure how this one guy was able to fit on 60mm by 25mm fan and one 40mm by 15mm fan... He must know magic ...

So far happy with my CPU temps so did not purchase 40mm fans...

Anyway, feel free to ask questions. Happy with my build! :)

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AlphaQ99 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Impressive temperatures. It looks really clean. What's on your front panel?

EuphoriaZX submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! Not sure if you are talking about the front panel Thermalright Dust Filter.... I got a magnetic one and placed it outside the case for easier cleaning.

AlphaQ99 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I was referring to the red/white decal around the audio jacks and USB ports. I did notice the dust filter and think that it's a nice touch.

EuphoriaZX submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Ah that is just a reflection from the sun and my red bag :) The panel is glossy so it reflects things...

coalfield 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Where do you get the filter? I have no clearance issues, but would like to be able to clean the filter without removing the case!

EuphoriaZX submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I got it from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KHO0CZW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It's a very fine filter so it catches everything. It is also useful to note that it somewhat restricts the airflow. My CPU temps increase by 2 degrees when using it at high load... but is not bad as they are still at 70C and lower and I prefer having dust free case :) At idle and regular work/movie watching CPU temps are same with and without filter.

Amyrul 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Are you sure the 2 Noctua fans are improving air flow, so close to the GPU fan intake. Try and see load temps with only 1, both and w/o the case fans.

EuphoriaZX submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Well they are sucking cold air in, and I have a dust filter on both the GPU Case fan and the CPU case opening. ... So the dust filters do reduce airflow but still fans help suck it in... Without Case fans GTX card will circle in hot air. BTW I have positive air flow as when I place my palm on the top exaust and also behind the PC where the GPU card has openings I can feel warm air streaming out. Just played Battlefront II and temps maxed at 75C. Idle it's sitting now at 37C

EuphoriaZX submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I took the air filters out... My Max CPU Load temp decreased from 75C to 68C... and idle is stayed at 35C.

and for the GPU, without dust filter Max temp at load is still 75C but idle went down to 32C... I guess when fan speed goes down dust filter prevents further cooling... also my Thermaltake dust filter at the CPU is really fine... so it feels like a membrane... this definitely can account to extra 7C in temp load...

EuphoriaZX submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I got similar results as this guy here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Nv6fpskKyM They are static pressure fans, which means they can still do a decent job at pushing air behind a dust filter.

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PingerDetector 1 point 12 months ago

I am wondering if you configuared your m.2's as pcie or sata? If pcie then how many lanes does the gpu use?

EuphoriaZX submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I configured both m.2 drives as a SATA Raid 0 drive. I enabled Intel's rapid storage Technology for that.

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