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The Extremest Node 202 Build! Pics and detailed notes inside.

by fatihalt

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76 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 14, 2016

Date Built

March 7, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.04 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

Yes. You read right. Take a deep breath as a precaution and hold on to your horses; a HUGE Sapphire R9 Nitro 390 Tri-X 8GB GPU is inside this beast. Read on to learn how I built the possibly best console killer that is out there.

Why hello! First of all, let me clearly express myself, when I say that this build took me a lot of patience and attention to get it right. This is no child's play, and when you build something like this, you're crossing the line from the amateur side over to the pro side. At least that is what I would like to think :P This is my second PC build that I did all by myself. First one was an awesome mini-itx build as well, however that being my first I did a TON of mistakes building it. This time, the mistakes were not so lucky ;)

I am a gamer at heart, and I almost always spend 2/3rd of my time gaming, every single day. Being so, I always liked the idea of a portable but powerful gaming PC that I could take anywhere. My hometown, my relatives' houses where we could just play and slip away while forgetting all our troubles... Hence, I was always all ears when you talk about portable gaming. That is why I built my former Bitfenix Prodigy mini-itx PC, thinking it would be portable enough. However it proved to be just as much tower as the other PC you would come across.

Laptops? Please. One, they're too mainstream :) Two, they are bound by more limits than you would admit; upgradeability, warranty, customizability, versatility, screen size, refresh rate, performance... Ugh. Don't let me hear you say laptops again! >:D

My family is living abroad here in the UK, and when I came to stay with them here, I realized I have no jurisdiction here since I had to leave my powerful but not-so-much-portable Bitfenix Prodigy, so I knew it was time for a PC build like this.

Enter the Node 202 videos on Youtube.

I fell in love with this case. A case that is almost the size of an XBOX ONE?!?!?! IT ACCEPTS A FULL GRAPHICS CARD AND 2 FANS?!?!?! WAAAAAAAAAT. I knew, knew, knew that I had to build in this case. And being the mad person that I am, I could not be limited by the builds of HardwareCanucks or JayzTwoCents (which are probably the two most popular reviews of this case on Youtube) which would not do mine justice. A puny 3,5GB, hah! And I'm telling this as a NVIDIA person.

So, I started by gathering the parts for the PC. At first I was in no rush to get a GPU, as I knew even the intel integrated graphics would save me from the horrific FPS of my old Samsung laptop and the Surface Pro 3 here. I was right; initially the GPU wasn't in there and this PC would still perform very well, at 100+ FPS on games such as League of Legends, which I play often. I was not in a hurry to buy a GPU because I wanted to justify the cost of the whole thing to my parents, and I was also in doubt about the GPU selection, as I knew the 970's would not be future-proof with the whole 3,5GB scandal. So I went with something that is the same price, but had the potential of so much more: the mighty R9 Nitro 390! So far it is perfect.

Some might argue that the Intel i5 6500 Locked CPU does not blend in with the otherwise brave part selection. I disagree. First of all, I did not go through the trouble of finding a cooler that could reliably fit in there, therefore I had to go with the stock cooler; hence it is really apparent when you use a stock cooler, you will not be overclocking a lot. So why get a K chip? And if you are a PC guy, you probably checked videos where they pit i5's against i7's with no considerable performance difference when it comes to gaming and FPS. Therefore, I thought why not a locked Skylake i5 and cut some cost? Even if the CPU performance would not be enough for me, I have the option to overclock a locked chip with this new Z170i motherboard! If you don't believe me, go to Youtube and check.

Here are the things I would suggest people mind, if making a similar build:

  • CHECK THE RAM TYPE. One of my biggest mistakes was buying a regular 240 pin 8GB DDR3 Corsair Vengeance for this, and frowning in utter disappointment as obviously it would not fit in the new 288 pin DDR4 slot. I made the assumption of this new Skylake CPU motherboard still using the standard old RAM type; I was wrong. I had to order a new pair of 288 pin RAMS. Trust me, you do not want to to everything and wait for a couple more days for more stuff to arrive; it is so frustrating.

  • PSU. If you're not as mad as I am, buy the version of the case that comes with a 450W Integra SFX PSU. As far as I could tell, it leaves a lot of room and it is MUCH easier to do the overall build with one of those. Thinking I would find a lot of PSU's later on I didn't, and I initially regretted it. The Silverstone 500W PSU is much longer than the Integra that comes with the case, and it is modular, meaning there literally have to be cables that come out of the PSU completely perpendicular. At first I did not even think I would be able to fit the SSD bay in there because of the huge PSU and its cables, however with incredibly detailed planning and force I was able to do so. I do not know if I will be able to remove it and then install other drives though... Not to mention the 24 pin motherboard connector. I had to bend the poor thing so much, I am kinda worried about it. Oh, if you do go ahead and buy the case which already has the 450W PSU installed, bear in mind that you might not be able to run a beast GPU such as mine; even if you do, it probably will not be as stable. So I recommend you buy something such as a 970, as JayzTwoCents and HardwareCanucks did.

  • Dimensions and the overall building process. My GPU was so big, I could not install it directly and had to remove the metal part where the GPU screws on, screw it while it is off the case, and lower the entire GPU-Riser card assembly as a whole onto the motherboard. I think HardwareCanucks did the same thing in his video. Also, really take care when putting the whole thing together, and think twice before doing something. I almost broke the front panel USB connectors when I forced the middle tab of the case (where everything installs on) to the bottom panel, where the little tabs pop on-off. On another note, today (which marks the 7th day since I completed the full build with the GPU) I opened my PC again and realized that I did not install the CPU cooler properly. What a dummy I am! I pressed the plastic columns properly to install it correctly.

  • Other important notes: Since I had to remove the GPU support bracket to install both fans, I am a little bit concerned about the GPU since the only things holding it there are the metal I/O panel which it is screwed on, and the riser card. Otherwise it is kind of leaning on the two SP120 Corsair fans I have put in there. Hence, sometimes when I change the orientation of the case or disturb it by moving it in another way, the third fan of the GPU sometimes touches to the fan below it a little bit and making a noise before it spins up.

I also would like to add the fact that I am using this PC with my old 1280x800 ViewSonic PJD5523w projector, which to my amazement is rocking an awesome 120Hz over HDMI!!! WAT!?!?!? Yessir. Since it is a 3D projector, it would have to carry two different 60Hz signals when using 3D. Since we're not doing that, technically it supports 120Hz right? Well, with a 1.4 HDMI cable that came with the GPU (thanks Sapphire!), I was amazed to behold the glorious 120FPS. There you go, the mouse ebbing and flowing on desktop...

My overall suggestion to the builders would be this: Buy the case that has an internal PSU, buy a 970 and buy only one fan to keep the GPU bracket. This is the most stable you could ever go, and this way you would not be troubled by moving the case a lot. However I am satisfied with how my build turned up; the temps are really solid and not worrying at all, especially for a small case like this, the performance is impeccable, and... IT FITS IN MY BACKPACK. ;) Couple that with a 1080p projector and a good mouse and keyboard (or an Xbox One controller with a wireless adapter), and you have a killer portable game station that could fit into a carry-on luggage.

Hope you enjoyed, and bai!

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Squishbean1 2 Builds 4 points 36 months ago

This looks great! It must have been difficult to build in that case.

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 4 points 36 months ago

Oh my god you do not have the slightest idea... :) It paid off, however ;)

Squishbean1 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

If I ever plan on building another PC, it DEFINITELY won't be in a......that.

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Don't let me deter you, it's not really that bad :) You just need to know what you're doing and plan before you do anything while building it.

Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Yeah, there could be worse cases to build in.

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fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Yessir it is :3

Fans are purple doe... :S

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Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Wow, that's pretty small.

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Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I don't doubt it.

kusanagiklan 2 Builds 4 points 36 months ago

390 > 970

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

;) +1. (coming from an NVIDIA guy)

Gooberdad 10 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

"This is no child's play, and when you build something like this, you're crossing the line from the amateur side over to the pro side. At least that is what I would like to think"

Congrats on your pro build. +1

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

I knew somebody would remark that :D

Sssh, we all like to indulge ourselves a little bit, don't we. :)

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

It's all in fun, man. I like the thin design, but it looks like a pain to keep cool. Oh and build.

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

It might be a pain to build it but definitely is not to keep cool :) I did not see anything go past 86.

Squishbean1 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

You mean 86 degrees Celsius? Jeez!

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 3 points 36 months ago

Yes... That is AMD for you :D But then again, it is hardcore gaming (GTA V). It is a small case with no exhaust fans or airflow, just two fans that put static pressure air inside. Don't expect something like this to run at 60 at load lol...

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

"Cool" deal

matthewlolops 1 point 36 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s9YHYJ When I build this I will be crossing from the pro side over to the extremist/insane side...

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Oh please... Where is the challenge :P The only challenge I see there is raising enough money for that xD

"let's spill all our muniez on titanz yay"

Titan8881 4 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Huh seems to me that you pretty much went through and selected the highest priced parts... If your gonna do it at least do this lol http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jfFkhM

camrjamer 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Or he could build this http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Zxn9qs

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Lol oh hey what case?

ajpinton 11 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Good looking build all and all, I like the purple fans. Only one complaint, never build on a static bag. Those bags are made to keep static from getting inside, so the outside draws static. If you don't have a wooden desk or something nonconductive to build on use the motherboards box, never the bag. Other then that good job mate.

Personally I would not have gone with a z170 mobo in this build. You cannot utilize it, this case is too small to properly overclock in or to use the raid features and that is not mentioning you have a locked CPU. But that is just a difference of opinion.

When I read you were using a projector I about fell out of my desk (yes I was in my desk, it is a tight fit but cozy). You need to add a pic of that running a game. This is amazing. Ha. Other then the static bag thing and a difference in opinion on mobos I really like this build. +1

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Thank you for the heads up.

For the mobo selection, I don't think I had a lot of choice as I wanted to buy a quality mini-itx chipset that also supported Skylake CPU's. And I disagree about overclocking; this case is so brilliantly designed, that GPU's heat does not go over to the CPU side. So in the future I might dump the stock cooler, buy a good low profile CPU cooler that will fit, and have some fun in BIOS ;) Who knows.

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Oh sorry, did not see the last paragraph :) Haha I personally think it is utterly brilliant. Just you wait, I'll add some pictures with the projector ;)

Hen_Ree 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Where is your source regarding the static theory, the bag is the same material on the inside as on the outside, the outside of the bag doesn't draw static many people build their pcs on the bag and work fine afterwards.

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

By the way I did not build it on the bag, I built it on the wood desk you saw in some of the pictures. Of course I didn't know about the static properties, but I was more concerned about the sharp pins below the motherboard getting stuck in the bag :D But naturally I know that you must either build on a desk or the motherboard's box itself.

zman1079 1 point 36 months ago

Read up on Faraday cages. The net electric charge of the conductor is on the surface and the electric field inside is 0.

Aceboyz 2 points 36 months ago

I built the possibly best console killer that is out there.

Still waiting for that console peasant troll joke...
No one? * Shrug * I'll do it my self

But can it compete with $1200 dollars worth consoles stacked on one another? CHECKMATE PC PEASANT!


I have the option to overclock a locked chip with this new Z170i motherboard!

Didn't Intel make like a BIOS update to lockout non K chips from being overclocked using new Z170i MoBo? just pointing it out.

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Well, since I also have a PS3, an Xbox One and a Nintendo 3DS, I think I am an ALL PEASANT :)

Jokes aside, I did not hear about the BIOS update. Bummer if that is the case.

Aceboyz 1 point 36 months ago

Well, with that extreme and hard to build in case. Welcome to the PC master race

All Hail PCmasterrace

W1ckedwolff 0 points 36 months ago

Haha, I've stayed last gen (PS3 and Xbox 360) until I get a pc. PC MASTER RACE!

donpsw 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Awesome built you've got there! The only Node 202 build with the 500W SFX-L psu. It wasn't easy at all. Thank you for sharing it here :)

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks! :) I believe there is another Node 202 build with an SFX-L PSU on this site though...

waffle502 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

That psu is sufficient for the 390?

ajpinton 11 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I was thinking about that, but I don't see it having an issue. At load it looks to be pulling 391w, and as we know a PC will never actually hit its load unless you are stress testing it. I think that 60w buffer should be more then enough here, not like he can add much more to this build anyway.

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Well... Apparently I'm using it right now to write this, so... :P

Hen_Ree 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Hey great build I was looking at downsizing my full tower to this case so would be putting a i7 6700k and gtx 980 ti in there however, temps are a worry, what are your temps like with that massive 390 in there for both gpu and cpu?

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Well you probably know that AMD GPU's are notorious for their hot temps. If I am confident about temps here (which I perfectly am, with the hottest temps of the GPU being around 86) you should be. However, I would definitely recommend putting at least one SP fan like I did, and if you put a lot of stress on your CPU, you might look into some better CPU coolers, as an i7 might in theory run hotter as it is more powerful. And I do not know about how much power the 980 ti consumes, so you might wanna look into that as well.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

This is a very nice build, I just think you should have gone with the 600 watts SFX PSU...

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Lol dude I'm not gonna do Crossfire here you know. :D I do not see any stability problem, why would I need to do that?

pegotico 2 Builds 0 points 36 months ago

That's funny.. you are going to crossfire 2 390s with a 600 watts PSU using an ITX motherboard..

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

It was an exaggeration, gosh do people not have a sense of humor around here... All I am saying is the gold rated Silverstone 500W is enough for these parts. Geez bro!

AFlyingBuffalo 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

That PSU is an SFX-L, a regular SFX PSU like the SX600-G would've fit just like the integra one included with the bundle, but would still be modular. Also that is a LOT of power in a tiny package, I'm not sure if I want to go with this or the SG13B-Q for my next build, because EXTREME PORTABILITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! +1 on the build

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Yes it is an SFX-L, I did not notice the difference between a regular SFX like Integra and this L one beforehand. Learned the hard way :) However, I still do not see the reason to buy a 600W PSU for a build like this. I obviously bought one of the hungriest GPU's that is out there with 2 x 8pin connectors for this build, and I still do not have a problem with it, bear in mind there are a ton of other accessories that are connected to my build that draw power, like an LED Asus keyboard, iPad charging off of USB (which it does real good), mics etc...

Hiyougami 4 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hell yeah, awesome build! Node 202 builders represent!

I too moved from a Prodigy to a 202 after moving abroad. Wonderful case, with a difficult but rewarding build process. The temps freaked me out a bit at first, stepping down from a CPU AIO in the Prodigy, but apparently hitting 76°C under load is fine and 82°C for a GPU is actually better than what I had before (obviously no plans to overclock). Surprising how quiet you can get an aircooled build these days, too.

Mine currently houses a GTX 770, which has nowhere near enough VRAM for modern resolution gaming, but I'll be getting a flagship Pascal when they get onto the market in May.

Gotta say though, your backpack must be seriously spacious!

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks :) My Prodigy has a GTX 770 in it as well. Great card, although it had its fair share of problems back in the day...

My backpack is just a 15.6" laptop backpack of Targus lol, I tried to fit the case in before I built in it and it did fit, although there was not much room left for any other stuff :P But a fit is a fit!

IPROXGio 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I have a question about the fans. Witht he case do I need to add fans or does the case come with fans. Also are fans needed for the gpu. Hope you can answer

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Hi, the case does not come with any fans and you need to get them separately, you can put up to 2 120mm fans but I have found that if your GPU is very big, you might need to remove one of the fans. This is because GPU's own fans are very close to the 120mm fans, and they are touching each other, due to the fact that you cannot use the included little GPU bracket that supports the GPU (which comes screwed into a place where a fan should, hence occupying it). I now use my build with one 120mm fan and the GPU support bracket, I play LoL and idle temps are around 47-50; load temps are around 70 and would go all the way up to 86-87 on AAA titles like GTA (I have never seen it hit 90 though). The triple fans on my GPU (Tri-X) helps I suppose.

Hope this helped!

IPROXGio 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

It did help, thanks for the reply!

smmankad 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Great build, first of all! Love it! I too have a question on the fans. Based on your notes, I will also be using one 120mm fan (I have an R9 390X STRIX, triple fan GPU) to utilize the GPU bracket.

My question: What is the recommended direction of that one fan? Intake or exhaust? And is the placement towards the tail-end of the card? Hope you can help :)

ClarkWGriswold 1 point 36 months ago

I built a new machine last week and took a lot of what you said into consideration. It worked out...poorly.

I'm using an MSI R9 390X Gaming 8G video card. Idle temp for this card is 67 degrees, even with the top of the case off. With the top on, I've seen it hit 95 degrees under stress testing (using Kombustor to monitor temps). Not good. With the top of the case off it I can put another fan in there, but don't see that it will do much good, since the card itself already has two, less than 2" from the air intake. The big problem is that the side of the case, where GPU fans exhaust, doesn't have much space for the hot air to escape. There's a 1/2" wide space running along the side, but it's simply not big enough and not in the right spot. So the fans blow, but the hot air is trapped inside. The CPU side of the case is well ventilated, but the GPU side is not.

The other problem is that the 450W PSU just isn't even close to good enough for the high end AMD GPUs. According to PCpartpicker my build should be using under 400W. It's a 6600K (not overclocked) with a Silverstone cooler, a single SSD, and the R9 390X. That's it. Under a normal gaming load it will run around 360 watts, but under stress testing it hits 480W and, within a minute or so, the machine reboots. The Fractal PSU might work for a 960 or 970 build, but I wouldn't recommend it with anything more powerful than that. Running a 390X definitely requires at least 500W of power. If I had to do it over again, I'd get at least a 600W.

So now I'm trying to decide if I should even bother upgrading the PSU, since I'll still have to contend with the heat problem. I could probably make it exhaust better with some hacking and using the case upright, but I bought this case specifically for use in an entertainment center. Standing it on end defeats the purpose.

KiofQu 2 points 35 months ago

Hello,

The problem with this case is, it's not well designed. As you have correctly pointed out, there is no proper exhaust opening in the GPU compartment. The gap between GPU and case opening (2" = 5 cm in SI) is too big. Even 1 cm would probably be too much. The air is just circulating inside the case.

There are two possible solutions:

1. Install additional fans. There needs to be enough space, though. A standard fan is 2,5 cm thick, a slim one 1,5. Furthermore, the gap between the fans of the case and the graphics card's should be more than 1 cm wide (else additional noise occurs). But you don't need to use "static pressure fans". The difference with fans is, they are actually blowing air inside the case. And the air that goes inside needs to leave the case somewhere. So you are forcing the case to develop some kind of airflow.

2. Use a graphics card with a radial fan. These throw the hot air directly out of the case and prevent it from being trapped inside.

Even then, the case still is an oven. fatihalt, your 87° C under real live conditions are tolerable for an AMD GPU, but far from good.

ClarkWGriswold, your PSU miscalculation is a classic beginner's mistake. Automatic calculations usually can't be trusted. If you aren't sure about the PSU power, let people check your build in an online forum in advance. A very simple rule for the minimum PSU power required for systems with no more than two drives is (CPU TDP + GPU TDP) * 1.4 . In you case this would result in 512 W.

Regards, KiofQu

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Sorry how your build turned out... However, I'm sorry to say that you didn't listen to what I had to say, at all. See what I recommended:

"Oh, if you do go ahead and buy the case which already has the 450W PSU installed, bear in mind that you might not be able to run a beast GPU such as mine; even if you do, it probably will not be as stable. So I recommend you buy something such as a 970, as JayzTwoCents and HardwareCanucks did."

The point of my build was to see how far I could take matters, although I don't really overclock. So naturally, if you buy an even more powerful GPU (an 390x vs a 390), logic goes that if I used a 500W SFX-L quality PSU, you must use something that gives even more power, as opposed to the integrated 450W. And you even used a K chip as opposed to my locked chip, which I presume uses more power... These are all things you should be taking into consideration.

As for the airflow and temps, you probably did not use SP fans which pressurize air into the case, rather than provide a regular straight airflow. As I have said many times, my temps are idling around 45-50 and around 70 at load for games like LoL and around 85-86 for games like GTA V. I have never seen it go even to 90. This is amazing for a powerful AMD GPU in a small case with no regular airflow.

Bottom line, I either suggest that you change your GPU to a 970 or the PSU to a 600w, as one or the other might give in at some point given their current setup...

Maetheus 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

This is probably my favorite build on the whole site.

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

Wow... Thanks!! :) Comments like this is why I have favorited this link on my Chrome bar, because I check if there are any, every day :) Means a lot, really.

IIVindictiveII 1 point 31 months ago

Curious what backpack you have!? Just finished a Node 202 build and would love to have this a a carry on in a backpack with zippers

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Lol... Sir, if you have trouble fitting this in a carry on luggage, I don't know how you have handled your holiday luggage management until now. I have no trouble fitting this in my Targus 15,6" laptop backpack, although it looks kinda perky as it is long, and needs just a little bit of extra care with the zippers, and it does fill the main section of the backpack completely. But after you're done closing it, you still have space in the front section...

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Not sure but from the looks of it, it might not. You need to check it with the dimensions of the case itself. And bear in mind, once full, that thing is HEAVY. Do not expect a weight anywhere near a laptop...

madducks15 1 point 26 months ago

Which targus backpack is it specifically?

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Unfortunately I do not know its model/name. But I do know they advertised it as a 15" laptop backpack. However, it is kind of spacious, so I do not think all backpacks would cut it. You would have to test it or measure it...

Drokovian 1 point 26 months ago

This is probably stupid, but this build could easily fit a 1050 Ti right?

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Unfortunately I do not know the dimensions of that card, but R9 390 is a huge card, so I do think most video cards will with this case. You can never check enough though, so make sure you do that!

Drokovian 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks for the reply, but I have a question about the dimensions of your R9 390. I heard the limit for it had to be 37 mm for height of GPU if you wanted to have 120mm fans like yours installed, but when I checked height online it said 88.9 mm.....if you could provide pictures of your GPU and casefan sandwich it would be SUPPPPER APPRECIATED :D

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

I can't really provide any photos right now because I'd have to take the thing apart, which I totally do not want to do :D However, although I managed to fit the fan inside, don't think that it is perfect. For the longest time, I had issues with my fan scraping and making loud noises. The only solution I was able to do is take out one of the 120mm fans and instead install the gpu support bracket which essentially takes the place of the removed 120mm fan. I now have no noise or other problems, but essentially I'm running with only one 120mm fan and the Tri-X fans of the R9 390.

Drokovian 1 point 25 months ago

Which case fan did you take out if you put it in vertical positioning with case fans showing on the right? The left or right case fan?

fatihalt submitter 1 Build 3 points 25 months ago

It's the fan that is far side of the GPU backplate I/O, closer to the front usb and headphone jacks of the case. That is the only way if you want to use the GPU support bracket, which is only possible to install by taking the place of one of the screw slots for 120mm fan that is closer to the GPU I/O. Did that make sense?

MrAwesome5445 0 points 36 months ago

Case is horrible for something like this

Maetheus 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

That was the fun part

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fatihalt submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

O_O