Description

Yin is my latest build. I wanted to get as much power as I could into a tiny case, and this is the outcome.

Why Yin? Because it's in a black Node 304 and it's part of a pair. I also have a white Node 304 in which I am going to be building a fileserver to store my enormous media collection. Still confused?

The case itself is wonderful for this sort of setup. That is when you don't use any of the drive folders and have a full size graphics card. It is also very good in the exact opposite situation: where you have no graphics card, a low profile CPU cooler and all the drive bays loaded up. In the middle... it doesn't work as well. Cable management is pretty difficult in both situations, and the Silverstone short cable set was a lifesaver. I strongly recommend it as well as the Silverstone Strider Gold S series PSUs for anyone considering getting the Node 304. The PSU is a little bit shorter than most, which gives you the clearance you need to get the graphics card in.

Cable management, even with months of research into the parts and cables, is still difficult. As this was only my second build (my first one was even worse...) I'm still not very good at it, but I tried my best.

The NH-U14S is a great fan - fits perfectly in the case and just about clears the RAM, which are quite tall.

I don't game in 4k (the 970 couldn't handle it if I tried) but at 1440p, this thing handles like a dream.

Part Reviews

Monitor

Definitely one of the best 4k monitors out there for people who want to game but also do other things. I also do a lot of photo editing and so accurate colour representation is more important than 120Hz refresh rates. Great workhorse monitor. My only major qualm is that it does not support HDMI 2.0, but for most people that won't be a problem.

Keyboard

Great keyboard, only niggle is that LEDs are dying all over the place. At least 10 of the backlight LEDs have died since I bought this 2 years ago.

Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice neat build using the small case. That psu looks huge af lol

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build. been seeing alot of node 304's here on pcpp recently

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for Noctua

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

and Yang

Nice build! surprised that air cooler fit! lol

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to assume your last name is Yang. Don't try to tell me it's not and ruin it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there any problem with placing the ssd on top op the psu like that? Those using the bracket cause problems?

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