Description

What I had in mind (design requirements): small, quiet, under $1500, plenty of RAM and an i7 for Matlab, maximum gaming performance

Reasoning behind each component's selection: i7-6700: didn't want to bother with overclocking in such a small case with limited cooling and figured I'd try the stock cooler until I find that I need a quieter/more effective one

GTX 1070: The 1070 came out at the end of the week where I had planned to purchase parts, so I was easily persuaded to wait. Managed to snag one on the 17th on the third try. Worked out nicely since the G1 Gaming has a custom card and cooler.

Motherboard: Mini ITX, WiFi, M.2, plenty of USB ports/headers, and was a bit cheaper than the Z170 version

RAM: 2133 MHz is the max supported by the H170 chipset so anything faster would see no gains

SSD: solid state seemed cool, M.2 seemed cool, Samsung 950 Pro seemed really cool but some reviews said you won't notice the difference outside of synthetic benchmarks and a few specific scenarios so I opted to get double the capacity and save money

Case (with bundled power supply): Finally, a case that didn't have tons of space I didn't need and wasn't a cube like the CM 110. Reorienting the video card with the rider card does wonders for the form factor. The 450 W PS seemed to suit my 283 W estimated draw. Unfortunately it isn't modular, but without a window to view the mess and with saving around $50 it made sense.

Fan: Other builders with this case noted improved temps with a fan (duh), so I decided to try one. There's space for a second one if need be.

The Build: Even with the cramped case and this being my first build everything went smoothly. Only took a couple of hours (including time spend staring at the shiny new 1070 before hiding it away).

Results:

✓Small: about as small as you can get with a full size video card

X Quiet: stock cooler and video card can be loud when under heavy load

✓Under $1500: about $1370

✓Plenty of RAM and an i7 for Matlab: 32GB and 6700

✓Maximum gaming performance: the GTX 1070 seems to perform a bit better than my old Radeon HD 3400

CPU Temp: Idles at 30, settles around 75 under load, but jumps into the high 80s and bounces off the thermal throttle if it runs at 100% for more than 5 minutes. A new CPU cooler may be in order...

GPU Temp: Idles at 32, settles around 72 under load with the fan profile set to the "quiet" preset.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 5 points

While I love the build, I don't think the true intention of this build is "Mini Matlab" haha. Reminds of back in the days when I told my parents I needed an iPod to listen to audiobooks for AP Biology.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehe swindled

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It is indeed the justification for the quantity of RAM. As for everything else... okay yeah its a gaming rig

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

oh and also i7 vs i5

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

You should have kept going with picture 10, seen how many pictures deep you could have gotten.

We have to go deeper.

Love the case, and the component choice is on point.

Much love and +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points
Very well built PC. You have explained how did you choose the parts very good.

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

MMMM love that Node 202!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build and all...but that monitor needs to go +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

lol it's a temp till I can afford something (vive?) befitting of the build

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I threw a Cryorig C7 in my 202 w/ a 6700 and it keeps temps around 75 under full load for prolonged gaming sessions. I went w/ a 1070 as well but all my components will be migrating once the Cryorig cylinder cases drop in Q1/Q2 next year. Nothing like a enthusiast-class gaming PC disguised as a Mac Pro :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're not overclocking, the stock cooler should be alright. The real issue is that your GPU is exhausting all it's hot air on the CPU cooler because you chose a fan GPU rather than a blower. In a computer this small, a blower card is basically a necessity unless there's water cooling involved because there's not sufficient air flow. You need a GPU that exhausts all it's hot air out the rear of the card by the video ports and directly out the back end of the case and not into the case where it floats and heats up every other component. Still, nice build!