Description

Hey all,

This is my attempt to build in the Node 202 without compromising on the performance I've come to expect from full sized builds. Most parts were bought new but a few have carried over from previous builds, namely the CPU and GPU.

The Node 202 was the driving factor to get this started. The mobility of a small form factor case and the ability to fit a pretty large GPU were essential. Ended up being a fairly easy build considering the space you have to work with.

I went through a bit of trouble to get temperatures under control. The GPU has been run pretty hard since I bought it at launch, so it was torn down, thermal paste and pads were replaced, and all dust blown off. The CPU was running warm initially and GPU overclocking pushed it to uncomfortable numbers. As a result, it has been de-lidded, Conductonaut applied, and re-lidded. Turned off Intel's Turbo technology and set clock speeds to a constant 4.0GHz. Underclocked from there to bring temperatures down to the more reasonable level they're at now. The GPU got a slight overclock but with the two Noctua fans sitting up against it thermals haven't really been a problem for it.

Custom cabling was done by CableMods. My only regret at this point is that I could have cut a few of the cables 50mm shorter. Oh well. Hope you enjoy!

Part Reviews

CPU

Bought this new several years ago and it's been through several build iterations. Overclocks well when given adequate cooling.

CPU Cooler

In a mini-ITX case like the Node 202 you're going to be limited on cooling options. The choice came down to this or the Noctua NH-L9i, and it honestly came down to aesthetics at that point. The C7 really struggled to keep up with the i7, bordering on being completely unacceptable. De-lidding the CPU and applying liquid metal made all the difference. Under artificial loads it can now keep the i7 under 80*C and gaming has never surpassed 70*C.

Memory

3200MHz with 14-14-14-34 timings, XMP worked perfectly. No complaints.

Case

Surprisingly easy to build in given its size. An open layout with both halves of the case removed gives you plenty of room to jam your fingers in to route cables. The fan placement inside the GPU chamber does a great job keeping the GPU cool. It seems to me that the CPU chamber could use a little more ventilation. A big vent over the cooler does a good job supplying air, but I suspect that it's more difficult getting it out. All in all a really cool case.

Power Supply

Silent and it fits. Fairly certain it won't blow up, so I'm happy.

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Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 5 points

That Bob Ross funko tho lol. Awesome build!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Big fan, lol. Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly amazing build and great concept. The Bob Ross Pop figure in particular is very tasteful. Only thing I should say is I think you payed too much for the GTX 1080.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Much appreciated! Note that I haven't yet updated any pricing, so everything listed is the PCPP pricing. I'll be updating that soon. I did buy it right around launch though, so it's still up there.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I just recently did a build with the node 202 that I should publish... Thanks for including the details of the temps, I'm running similar temps too so it's it's good to know that's the norm for this case.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Happy little PCs

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is the console killer 3 times as much as a console! Great build though

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. Definitely not taking over the casual market with this price point.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Very surprising temperatures for a system like this.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I admit I'm very excited about the end result. Had to put a little work into it. The C7 really struggled to keep up with the 6700K in its stock setup. Applying liquid metal between the CPU and IHS really made a dramatic difference. Undervolting helped as well, which took some time to fine tune.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a console. How big is it compared to PS4?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Just eyeballing it, I'd say about an inch taller, and a few inches longer. Width is about the same. It's much heavier though, given the parts involved.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

hahaha same console you right if you person always mobile this build good for u how was the cooler cpu it good for i7 what speed rpm u use in 50c cpu

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I really like your cable management in such a tight enclosure; for sure that’s shaving you a few degrees off your top end! Out of curiosity, what was your cablemod.com order?