I have just managed to build and set up my very first desktop PC.
The build started out as an idea in March, and for this I want to thank everyone who helped me in the build planning.
I have always been using laptops all my life, but as my Asus NV56 started having issues to run newer gaming titles (i7-3360QM + NVIDIA GT 650M), I decided to start looking for something new. At first I was looking at MSI laptops, but then the idea of building a PC just made more sense. The trouble was to find something that I could move between Italy and the UK on flights easily (hence the Node 202). After learning day-by-day about hardware, I settled down with this.
Building was quite easy, it took longer than expected but just because of newbie mistakes and distraction (e.g. forgetting about some screws etc.). The first real problem I encountered was that the Sapphire RX 580 was too large and didn't fit the chassis of the Node 202. As you can see in the pictures, I had to cut it off.
Cable management was not too hard, the cables were quite stiff and hard to fit between the PSU and the drive cage, but I managed to do this in a few minutes.
While gaming and streaming, the CPU once peaked 79C, but usually hovers around 70C (might have been a misreading from HwMonitor). But the CPU usually stays at 60C* while gaming (no streaming).
This build scored (at stock clocks) 11,752 in FireStrike 1.1 (FutureMark):
Graphics Score: 13,808 - Physics Score: 14,987 - Combined Score: 4,816
Update September 2017: I have found a trolley-bag to bring the PC with. I fitted its sides with foam rubber to minimise damage (added photos). I have added a fan (Corsair SP120) below the GPU to keep the card running at stock settings, without it I had to underclock and undervolt the component. I didn't get two fans in order to keep the GPU support in place for extra-security while travelling. The fan reduced the GPU temperature by about 10C*.
Update December 2017: Added a picture of the setup while in UK. The monitor there is an AOC G2460PF instead of the ViewSonic (I only travel with the PC and peripherals). Upgraded the keyboard to a Corsair K63 with Cherry MX Red... Extremely nice keyboard for travelling as it is tenkeyless and shorter.
Update January 2018: Replaced the Biostar X370GTN motherboard with an Asus Strix X370-i. Loving the BIOS! Added an RGB strip to go along with the motherboard integrated LEDs (will add pictures at some point). Replaced the Cryorig C7 with a modded Wraith Spire and Noctua 92mm slim fan for better temps and slight overclocking headroom. Overclocked the CPU to a modest 3.6GHz, without having to touch the voltage too much from stock.
Update June 2018: Returned the Asus X370-i and the G.Skill RAM due to continuous blue screens. Got an Asus B350-i (cheaper and same board) and another pair of G.Skill Trident Z RAM. No issues so far.
Update April 2019: The RX 580 started flickering on desktop and in-game. Luckily I had 1 month of warranty left. However, I decided to upgrade to a EVGA XC Gaming RTX 2070 regardless and use the 580 in a build for my brother. The 2070 runs super cool compared to the RX 580. It is bottlenecked by the Ryzen 5 1600 at 1080p, but I might upgrade to Zen 2 once it comes out.
6c/12t - Best CPU you can get for the price in my opinion.
Amazing board. Definitely the best Mini ITX AM4 motherboard on the market right now, but you pay a price premium for that. Excellent VRMs and MOSFETs. Good use of vertical space to surpass the 10x10cm limitations of ITX boards. And, last but not least, RGB!
Fast RAM. Perfect match with Ryzen as its performance seems to be highly linked to RAM speed. Low timings as well for being a 3200MHz.
Never had a SSD before, and boy, is it fast. One of the best SSDs in terms of GB/price.
High idle temperatures (49C), but does not spike that much under load (75C - which is okay in my small ITX case). Had to add one fan to keep it running at stock without getting temperatures near to thermal throttle. Excellent card for anything else.
Note: This review is from a small ITX case, temperatures reported here do not apply to bigger mATX/ATX cases.
God bless ITX cases that fit full-sized GPUs. Love the case, elegant and can host a powerful rig for its size. However, lookout for GPU width, my Sapphire RX 580 was apparently too large and didn't fit part of the case which had to be cut off (unless I did something wrong). Not too bothered as it was only 5mm. You can check my build pics to see what I mean.
EDIT: Removed one star (from 5 to 4) because of how complicated cleaning filters is with this case.
Modular, black flat cables, good reputation.
Reduced my GPU temperature by a good 10C*.
144Hz, 1ms, awesome colours, FreeSync! I would buy it again.