Description

This is my portable machine, i went through many iterations before settling on this. It is primarily for Media and Gaming when i need to travel or when it is sitting at my bedside. The build is themed after Witcher 3 with the PC being named Geralt of Rivia and the Drives being Yennifer and Triss. The Keyboard and mouse lighting is synced up with the Glyphs that are also the desktop background. So alot of problems came about with this build. First was This build originally was on a mATX board in a Cooler Master Q300L case with worse drives 4 4gb sticks of ram rgb fans and a XFX 4g RX 480. It also had a lesser monitor that was mounted to the case with a vesa mount to create an all in one with a power strip mounted to it. I was trying to keep it all together as an all in one style pc for travel but found it easier to go with this build and carry my monitor. Now once this was built i ran into a few issues that caused some changes. Issue Number 1 was easy and already known going in, i had to remove the ram heatsink. Issue Number 2, the fans are in the gpu chamber and this motherboard has no way to control fans through any software other then by CPU temp. So this was fixed with The NZXT Grid and using the CAM software to control them, but then the next issue comes with the Grib, the PSU for this case only has 2 Sata ports and no molex so in comes the sata to dual sata plus sata to molex connector. Any gpu in this case was idling at close to 70c without the fans now it will idle at 35c,. The reason for the change in GPU is actually a stupid one, but i have the Nvidia sheild hooked up to my TV and sometimes i want to stream a game to it so i needed an Nvidia GPU with gamestream capability.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Such a great Cooler for SFF cases, my first noctura product and i love it

Thermal Compound

Great quality thermal paste included with my cooler

Storage

Always have loved Crucial SSDs as they offer the same performance as samsung and save you some cash

Storage

Great 2.5" SSHDD that is good for storage when you dont have 3.5" bays

Video Card

Perfect for my Node 202 build, Also not this exact model as mine is actually quite hard to find much info about but my build is using an Asus Turbo GTX 980. The card does have a light coil whine that in a normal case wouldnt be as noticable but in a node 202 can actually get a little annoying if running idle with nothing playing sound, however a normal game or video overpowers it and leads to this being an almost non issue other then that this pc is next to my bed so if i wanted to let it idle overnight that could become an issue, but overall lower temps then the open air cooling design 970 i had in previously and more power as well

Case

The perfect case for my SFF needs with a decent PSU included, only downside to the PSU is that it does not have enough sata and molex for my build, i fixed this with sata to dual sata splitters and sata to molex spliters

Case Fan

Great small fans that are good for pushing just that little bit of extra air for some exhaust in a small case

Case Fan

Quiet, Powerful, and thin, perfect fans

Monitor

One of the best monitors i have ever had and never have had screen tearing even with a 1080ti hooked up to it, i recommend this monitor to anyone still even though it has no freesync or Gsync

Custom

Good Splitter for when your PSU doesnt have enough SATA power

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I like that case. It is small and still easy to work in.