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As the title suggest this was a build for my girlfriend. She has never had a desktop computer and has been wanting one since I have got into building these computers. So for her birthday I decided to build one for her. The focus of this build was to give her something powerful and compact. As were both in college, I am OK with the size of my midTower computer but I figured I make something as small as possible for her move around with ease if needed.
This is why I went with the node 202. It was basic black so I just painted the top portion of the case white to have a two tone color scheme going on for some flare but nothing crazy. The thing about this case is that it was so compact and putting a 1080 and a 7700k in it, meant that I needed to make sure temperatures were under control. I delidded the 7700k and still get kinda hot temps after an hour of torture test with prime 95, usually around 85 degrees. Either way I got the "K" version just in case I want to under-clock this CPU but it does not seem to be necessary right now. Im not surprised of these temperatures because of the size of the heat sink and little space inside the case but this will do as the temperatures while using the computer are very good and she is a very light gamer but will use this mostly for school work and her future job. Meaning she will rarely if ever have this CPU under full load.
Also the cable management was an absolute B**** to do in this case. I do not have small hands and this easily was where the most time was taken of this whole build. Just getting all the cables neatly routed and zipped down is almost a necessity for this case and not easy to do with the limited space made available. Not only is it just good for aesthetic reasons but also for cooling and just fitting all your components inside the case and also for easy upgrading at a later date.
The blower style GPU I think was a good choice. It does get hot on furmark after an hour but never throttles. There is a lot of heat it dumps outside of the computer than blowing it inside the computer. If I had a non-blower style GPU I would believe the CPU would eventually thermal throttle under heavy gaming loads because of all the heat that would have been blown around the case. I dont know if I should have went with such a high refresh rate monitor for this GPU though. I doubt the 1080 would ever reach the monitors full potential in most games and I haven't noticed to much of a difference from a 60hz to the 144hz refresh rate when testing it on my computer which has a 1080ti. Either way I think I prefer my 3440 x1440 display compared to the 2450x1440 displays, its just more immersive.
Lastly the computer is pretty quite. Under a heavy load with all the fans at 100% it can become noticeable but that only under torture test. When using for daily use and gaming the computer isn't even noticeable. Having an extra fan pushing air into the case over the heatsink was a good idea I picked up from another PCpartPicker builder and also putting two high static pressure intake fans in the GPU chamber also helps give the GPU cool air that keeps its temps low too.
Let me know what you think in the comments.