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Compared to my last build, this one went extremely straightforward, pretty much without a single hitch at all. After building my last computer, I felt lonely gaming without my fiancee who only has a 5 year-old MacBook Pro. We built this computer together and I let her do pretty much everything. It was her first PC build. I only handled mounting the processor and its stock heatsink onto the motherboard only because I was on autopilot and forgot to let her do it!

This is the second time I've used the Fractal Design Node 304 and I'd still highly recommend to anybody looking for something compact and minimalist. It's even the case used by one of the official Steam Boxes.

A few things to node when building on this case: it will get cramped when you're connecting the power plugs onto the motherboard, especially the CPU one by the rear fan. The most important things to keep an eye out for are the length of the GPU and PSU. This case is suited for middle-of-the-road, lower side of high-end at most. Why? Because more powerful cards tend to be very long and then end up requiring more wattage which means bigger/more powerful PSUs. The two cannot coexist in this scenario. Check Fractal Design's website for limitations and more info.

This time, I did not have that problem, as you can see the GPU is exactly the right length and I wasn't limited by the length of the PSU whatsoever. I was pretty happy about that.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Good low end build! Probably good for Photoshop and other GPU intensive programs. Also light gaming

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Good low end build! Probably good for Photoshop and other GPU intensive programs. Also light gaming

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok I found this build at #2 on the EXTREME preset score. I have a slight feeling that an i3 and a R7 didn't actually get that score. . .

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Theres absolutely no way you got that extreme preset score with a measly i3 and r7.....

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build curious about the performance of the r7 260x.

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