Description

Case was a lot easier to work in then other people have stated, although I can say a big part of that is due to ASRock's motherboard layout. I do highly recommend this motherboard for this case, all of the cables fit perfectly. If you only plan on using one of the 2.5" drive mounts, the graphics card side serves really well as a cable management area. Make sure when reinstalling the bottom of the case, that the front i/o board lines up, I ended up removing the i/o board and then reinstalling it. I was able to get the i5-6500 overclocked up to about 4.2 Ghz stable with stock voltages, but for everyday use i tuned it back a bit to 4.0. With the stock cooler it goes up to 66 Degrees under a stress test, and the gpu goes up to about 74. Under full load the system is still extremely quiet, which for now is worth the trade off of the graphics card running a bit warm.

Part Reviews

CPU

As long as Bclk overclocking is around, you get extremely good overclocking headroom. However if it does get disabled, this chip still preforms really well for its price at the stock speeds.

Motherboard

Easy board to work with, all of the connectors are in well thought out locations. The built in Bluetooth is an awesome feature that i was unaware of until I assembled the computer. Being able to directly connect wireless headphones, and PlayStation controllers is pretty sweet.

Storage

Wicked fast. Around the same price as competitors, with much longer warranty.

Video Card

Can handle almost any game you throw at it maxed out at 1080p, Great "console killer". with that said, For $100 more the 970 is worth it.

Case

Best looking slim-ITX case out there, and its really easy to work in if you research it a bit. The built in power supply has worked out exceptionally well for me, however I have heard of some issues if you pair it with a gtx 970 or higher.

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Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, I want to do a similar build to you. Would you recommend the node 202 with the integra psu?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are planning on using a 960 or lower, id say go for it. If you want anything more powerful... you most likely need a different power supply. As for the case, I love it. It looks beautiful, it's really easy to work in, and nothing gets too hot, even without any case fans.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I am planning on putting my old 7950 in it, with 2 noctua fans underneath, just trying to work out whether the integra psu will have enough horsepower.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

That i'm not sure of, it looks to use just slightly more power than a 970, and one of the other builders on here had a problem with that combination.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you remember who could you link it to me?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

WHY A NON-K PROC- Jkjkjk, I love that you're able to overclock with these chips. An awesome build, I think you got a good build out of the price!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, I figured I could just overclock it to the point of a 6600k, And it was on sale at micro center for $199, and then you get $20 off when you get a MoBo at the same time, which was also open box, so I got that for like $100. So I figured $280 for that combo was about as cheep as I could go without the CPU limiting FPS.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

very neat build!!! is it roughly the size of a VCR? or smaller? looks like that mobo with the way the connector for the GPU looks perfect for a case of that shape.

  • 48 months ago
  • 5 points

It's a few inches bigger than an xbox one, but you can actually play games on this.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome job. Excellent budget with super nice end results.

Wonder if they put an end the overclocking? Thinking of getting the same motherboard, but worried its now microcoded and can't be flashed to the older bios.

Joe