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Node 304 & Noctua nh-d15 (air tunnel itx build)

by indrajy



Date Published

May 21, 2015

Date Built

May 21, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.49 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

3.04 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

65.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


i'm moving from my last case ( bf prodigy ) to this case. Here the link for my last build :https://pcpartpicker.com/b/zJNNnQ. well the case quality was top, really different from the last. in only 5 month usage the prodigy handle and the soft touchfront panel start to yellowing. it's really UGLY.

i'm using this rig for gaming in 4k res. yeah well not in constant 60 fps. range from 35-55 fps depend on the games. some setting need to be dial down from ultra to high ( crysis 3, far cry 4, shadow of mordor) and only use fxaa for the anti alliasing. Well the picture quality was really an eye candy. well this rig can push that pixel while remain very silent thanks for the noctua fan really a great fan. For black case like this node it's really a beauty imho.

The only thing need to be changed in this buil was my psu a little to tight for this build. Any reccomendation on that? If possible i'd like to have a hybrid fan like this seasonic x series. really help silencing the build :D .

The nh d15 3 fan setup was possible in my node because i'm not using the stock psu cage. the psu sits on velcro straps. The third fan was really helping in silencing the build further ( in pwm mode ). And for my silent freak ear i'm adding some sound dampener in this build. Really help the sound from leak from the case ,in my old build the 100% fan speed it was really loud maybe because i'm sitting next to it.

Ps: sorry for the crappy pict :p

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Super silent and can cope with 1.3 volt from devil canyon. give this beast a third fan for maximum silent@ lower rpm


a very nice layout mini itx board for high compatibility air cooling.

Video Card

Very silent at non gaming condition. The fan barely spin 60% while gaming at 4k at 1450 mhz overclock.


Very sturdy and very high build quality. After moving from the prodigy you can tell the differnce in quality.Very nice fractal design.

Power Supply

Semi fanless a must for a silent operation pc . The fan noise are very inaudible even when reaching 500 watt usage.

Case Fan

Solid build and do you find this fan ugly. For me it's a nice non main stream colour scheme. Well for people who find flashy led fan or rubber ring fan a beauty , then this fan was not for you.


well aside from the stand, can't complain on anything else.


Great 60% keyboard. Just don't like the space bar sizing it's 5.5 and it was pain in the *** to find pbt replacement for it.


solid mice with a very good sensor. For those who play games a lot then this mice won't fail you.


Now this can was a black horse at audiophile world. A nice wide soundstage for immersive gaming with good amount of bass. For music maybe the high a bit on the harsh side. Please give this can a try you will be blown.

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cbjunior94 1 Build 7 points 46 months ago

They told him he was crazy.

"A Noctua NH-D15 in a Mini-ITX case? You're insane!"

Well, on this day he proved them wrong, but so very right at the same time.

+1 for Tesla-esque insanity.

indrajy submitter 2 Builds 4 points 46 months ago

Thanks, well a little insanity wouldn't hurt :D

ocd 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

I use a Seasonic x650 with fan switch set to normal (always on) to serve as exhaust. I cannot hear fan running at all. 650 watts puts my 300w right in the max efficiency sweet spot, yet with minimal noise. For a silent fan that actually blows good air in a straight path try a Vortex from Swiftech.

indrajy submitter 2 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

I picked the x750 because a bargain deal at my local store. i'm aggre with you the fan was very silent. But as of now i'm using hybrid mode. All my fan except the front 2x 92mm fan are in "hybrid mode" so it only turn when i'm gaming. Btw your build looks sweet +1 from me :)

ocd 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Returned gtx 970 after my boot up times and restart times tripled. Currently eating leftovers, rice, and beans, with plans to beg, borrow, or do odd jobs for new gtx 980 ti. And then suffer through anguish of waiting until 16 Jun for Amd. Just in case.

indrajy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

what res are you using? In my case upgrading to gtx 980ti only yield 10% more performance, so i'm gonna pass the gtx 980 ti and hope for volta architecture gonna come soon. : D

ocd 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

I paid $380 with tax at Best Buy for gtx 970, which was good enough. After price drop reference gtx 980 only $520. Gtx 980 ti only $650 with supposed corresponding 30% increase in framerates over the 980, if true. So I'm justifying stepping myself up to the ti, unless AMD hits a home run. I am aware the 980 ti is actually a solid 1440p card, not really adequate for 2160p maxed out. Reason and resolution left far behind on the trail.

indrajy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Wow what a nice bargain you got for the gtx 970. Yep the gtx 980 ti was a solid choice for 1440p . But for me in 2160p the performace increase only 5 to 15 fps from the factory oc gtx 980 . I heard the amd r9 fury x are gonna be a beastly card with the hbm memory, but from what i heard aroung the net AMD still optimizing the card hope it's increasing performance in 4k gaming :D.

ocd 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

BTW. That is the only air cooled cpu mini itx build that looks like it can match a liquid cooled setup.

lucadelli 2 points 45 months ago

Hi! I was wondering if you could kindly tell me all the things you had to sacrifice or had problems with by fitting the NH-D15. I would also like to use it in an identical case.

Thanks very much!

indrajy submitter 2 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

if you want to fit 3 fan in the node 304 you must remove the psu cage and hdd cage. I'm securing the psu with heavy duty double tape. if not for 3 fan setup u can get it done with only removing the hdd cage, it will come down to what kind of board you want to use. As far as i know most people use asus mini itx board if want to fit the NH-D15.

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XplatformJEDI 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

First. Good job on the build.

Now, air flow and interior system temps. Even with this air coolers on the CPU I assume your air flow is pretty bad, no?

I still haven't bit the bullet on my gpu and the main concern I have...and why to this day I'm still debating between an evga gtx 4GB 960, MSI Blower 970 and the MSI 4G Gaming 970, is because I want my system to survive 4 years of gaming without me having to replace components due to part failure.

Do you know what system temps you're getting because of the open air 980? I assume they are high.

indrajy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

In 100% fan profile i get about 50c in my system when i'm playing game like witcher 3. But the noise is a little uncomfortable if using speaker . Since ussually i'm using pwm for silencing the fan i got about 60c to 70c when i'm playing gpu intensive games ( please do note i'm using this pc in air conditioned room in 22c) . The node air flow probably not the best for itx, if you want more air flow seem the black prodigy are way better. But i dislike the bf quality ( it's sucks)

the_hu 1 point 35 months ago

Hi! I just discovered this build as I plan on doing something very similar (using an NH-D15 CPU cooler in a Node 304). I have a couple of questions:

  • How much space is there between the outer CPU fan and the PSU? The pictures make it look like they're pressed up against each other. Do you think that might inhibit cooling a bit? The CPU fan might be pulling air in from the power supply.

- How much space is there between the PSU and the GPU? I plan on using a 650mm long modular PSU (half an inch longer than yours). I know you removed the PSU bracket, but how close to the edge of the case did you place your PSU? did some bad conversions lol. It's only 5 mm longer.

Thanks! This is a very sweet build!

insanem0th 1 point 34 months ago

So did you get round to sound dampening it? Would love to know as I'm doing something similar.

Barada_Nels 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Nice build! I have a question. I hope you're still around. I want to put a 8700k, nh-d15, 1080ti ftw 3 elite in this Node 304. I don't plan on triple fan. I will just use that second fan on the case itself. I wish to use the HDD mounts. Is there any way to keep at least one HDD mount with the nh-d15?

Your answer is greatly appreciated.

indrajy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Nope, there won't be enough room for it. If you plan to mount hdd,use nh-u14s instead

Barada_Nels 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you for this. I really wanted to do a mini itx build, but I think I will go ahead and stick with a mid tower for this build. Too much of a headache.

indrajy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Welp that itx build for u :) If you insist to use 304 with hdd cage, then go for noctua u14s. If you don't want compromise both try look at phanteks evolv itx tempered glass.

Barada_Nels 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

This is what I am doing: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/rhTVJV

Gonna use that HDD converter tray. Cut off the outer sides, drop lots of holes in the sides that stay to allow air to go through and use that gorilla tape to mount on top of the psu. I didn't want to lay it on top of my psu because I want the airflow through it. I will post pics once done. Hopefully all parts will be in this coming week.

indrajy submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

It will work just fine. Though i suggest you to try using double sided industrial velcro to mount the hdd tray :)