Description

Hi There, In the beginning it was just a normal boring 202 build. Then I came across this platform and saw a lot of awesome builds. I have tried different configurations but this one suites me the best.

I have oced the CPU at 4.4Ghz and the ram at 2666mhz. Max temperature in benchmark of CPU is 70 and for the graphics card 73.

For those who say you need to alter or remove the CPU dust filter, I managed to do exactly nothing and it would still fit ;)

I did cut a 140mm dust filter in two and placed it in the top grill, so now its completely dust proof.

Under the graphics card I placed a skate you normally place under a chair. I see that some node 202 builds place their graphic card dust filter outside their case. If you use the noctua absorbing mounts it creates enough clearance for the fans not touching the filter.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU and after a delid also nice to oc in a mini itx build.

CPU Cooler

In the begin in used Noctua NH-L9i with a 140mm noctua fan above it. After reading otherbuilds I decided to go for the Big Shuriken. I replaced the fan with a noctua 15mm and I am very happy with the outcome!

Motherboard

I have used this motherbord many times before. Its a clean and simple bord to have incase you want to oc. In this build i did not needed but it has enough fan headers.

Memory

easy to oc and is small enough to fit under the shuriken cpu cooler.

Storage

Simple but effective SSD.

Video Card

Looks nice but in a normal build it gets to hot in my opinion. In the node 202 with 2 fans underneath it works like a charm.

Case

Lovely case and great to experiment with different components.

Power Supply

Small, powerfull and sillent. For a mini itx build the only powersupply in my opinion.

Case Fan

Great and silent fan!

Case Fan

Great and silent fan!

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! Love the use of Noctua in here.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thnx :) big Fan of Noctua even started to love the color.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are commendable temperatures for a build of this caliber in this form factor. It's interesting that you should note that the fans in front of a Founder's Edition card helps in a significant way. I have a blower card in a case where I can't put fans in front (RVZ02) and now kind of wish I had. Your cable work is also fantastic. Neat build; hope you get many good years out of it.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It helps alot the two noctua fans under the graphic card. I started with a gtx 970 and the fans of the card wouldnt even turn on because it was under 63 degree. So i knew I could oc it to the max and didnt have any problems. It is that I could by a cheap 1070 FE that I switched. Thnx for your reply, I also saw your build very nice aswell.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Your temprure looks very good. My 8700 can use 120w power under that stress test and hit 90 to 100c. Your 8600k use even less that 95w? I wonder what causes this?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont know much about oc and I recently started to change the multiplier and did not change the voltages settings. But I did let my CPU 6600K be delidded and its about 20 degree difference.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. Is the original fan too noisy or performance not enough so you replace with 15mm Noctua fan?

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I did not even try the original fan and went straight for Noctua. For what I have experienced is that Noctua fans make less noise and perform better.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. How about the socket compatibility of the scythe cooler with intel 1151 ? how did you manage it to fit ,
  2. then the height of the heatsink+ cooler does it fit ? (I see you keep the case open like I do almost like a bench, cool Thanks nice looking clean build and potent
  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, I Recently build another mini itx with almost the same components. This time I did not use the noctua 15mm fan and that’s a shame because, temps are much higher and the dust filter gets pulled against the scycth cooler. For the pictures I opened the case, normally it’s closed. I can really recommend to use the noctua 15mm fan because it cools better and you don’t have the problem with the dust filter.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

sorry, didnt awsner the compatiblility question. The maximum CPU height of the node 202 is 56mm, but its more like 60mm. The height of the scythe cooler is 58mm and if you place the noctua fan and leave the dustfilter on your node 202 case will have a little bubble because the pacing wil reach something like 61mm.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, nice build - I have something very similar in mind.

Two questions: 1. If you were to remove the dust filter above the CPU, would the bulge disappear? Big Shuriken + Noctua 15mm fan should be 61mm tall. Node 202 official max is 56mm, maybe 59 without the dust filter. I would like to avoid the bulging, so I'd rather stick with the Scythe 12mm fan, if the Noctua 15mm won't fit..

2. I see that you're using regular 25mm case fans below the GPU - is there any clearance left? Kinda looks like the GPU is resting on the fans. I'd go for 15mm case fans to avoid tension on the GPU/PCIe-slot, but if it fits snuggly, I'd of course prefer full-height fans.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, The bulge is minimal but you can remove the dustfilter and place one with magnets on the otherside. Some builds on here have done that.

Their is a bit of clearance between the fans and gpu. I can let it rest on it, but I choose to place something in between for beter airflow and keep the gpu straight. It also depends on which gpu you use, because the clearance can be different per card.

For what I have tested is that the replacing the shurkiken fan is a + and I think normal fans instat of the 15mm would do a better job to cool the gpu instat of the smaller onces.

If you want more information I can shoot some pictures? Kind regards, Ian

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you supply pics of this bubble? I have my parts and I am about to do the same build.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply about the noctua fan bulging a bit on your picture, I bought 2 cooler master black 120mm x 15mm thin quiet fans for the node 202 behind the video card, I also I went with cryorig 7, to avoid all issues, but I have a dan case I grabbed from ebay for $250, I am gonna transfer my build into it, using gtx 980 bower fan evga brand hopefully temps will be ok I also picked up from ebay some older SFF rig called digital storm bolt as is for few hunddreds bucks but found out it is working fine it has an asus P88 something Z77 mobo with i7 3770k: beautiful mobo, layout is amazing with scythe hurricane B cooler and CD ROM an older card gtx 660 evga that looks sick though, beautiful piece blower fan, only issue is the PSU is one of those flat SFF 500 watt ( flat server like) and is very noisy, there is no room to install a different FX PSU,

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  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Well i started with a i5-6400 and a msi gtx 970 and slowly upgraded to this, so it was a little boring. Thank you for your feedback. Dont tell a soul, but all parts are second-hand and this pc is being use by my girlfriend xD

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