Description

Backstory

I've been wanting to do a build in the Node 202 for the longest time, and an opportunity finally presented itself. The girlfriend's been having laptop issues for a while now, and I finally convinced her to get a PC. Pretty entry-level build, mostly focused on longevity, small footprint, and a couple of personal touches.

Component selection

The Node 202 was a no-brainer for this build. Not only have I been wanting to build in it, but the final setup is very space constrained (a standard desk mat is 2 inches wider than the desk itself). Inside it went the ASRock H270M-ITX/ac board, mainly chosen for its connectivity. The tiny board packs a ton of USB3 ports on the back, as well as dual gigabit ports and built-in WiFi. The G4400 was a pretty safe choice for a processor, and 16GB of Ripjaws should handle the girlfriend's Chrome tab addiction no problem. Cooling the CPU was an L9i with a Noiseblocker fan, which impressed me with its mounting hardware. The GPU choice ended up changing a few times during the build. Originally, I was going to put my old 980Ti in there, but I ended up trading it for an Asus 1060 Dual and some cash. The card ended up not fitting (the shroud interfered with the GPU I/O area on the Node), so I sold that card and bought an MSI 1050 to fit the color scheme (which was based on the extra cable sleeving I had around, plus the cheapest DDR4 RAM at the time). The PSU here was definitely overkill, but it was originally picked to handle the 980Ti, and at a later date I can see myself upgrading this PC to house something beefier. All the cables for it were built from the ground up, using Teleios sleeve and components from Mainframe Customs (still haven't hopped on the MDPC-X bandwagon :P). Last component was a Mushkin SSD which fit perfectly between the PSU and the dividing wall in the Node 202, so I ditched the 202's SSD mount and drilled a few mounting holes. Bonus was that it covered up the PSU connections, which tidied up the cables even further.

Overall thoughts

The build experience overall was different, but not overly challenging. Fractal Design did a great job making this case easy to work in, with removable brackets for the GPU assembly and the PSU. Custom cables are an absolute must for anyone working in this case, everything is much tidier and cleaner even without sleeve (I ended up leaving the 24-pin as just bare wire). I used a few neat tricks for cable management in this case, like running the front panel audio under the PCIe riser card and routing the USB3 cable over the 8-pin and 24-pin cables to keep them trained. Plenty of cable-tie points in this case as well, overall really happy with the Node and would gladly do a build in it again. I'm also really impressed with the Noiseblocker fan mounting, the rubber anti-vibration mounting is stellar. This build was also my first time decorating with stickers, which I'm content with, but it's not something I'd do for too many builds. Overall, a great first build in the Node 202, 10/10 would build again.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Brilliant board, enough connectivity for any build.

Case

Superbly designed case, easy to work in with removable panels and brackets. Custom cables are a must for a clean build, though!

Case Fan

Rubber mounting pieces are wonderful, and the screw/nut combination makes it easy to use on both a heatsink and as a case fan.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Good PC don't spoil Ep 7 for me xd. You could of have saved more by spending on EVGA SSC GTX 1050 or Asus Dual GTX 1050

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Black and red tho my dude. Gotta match!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I read the rest of the comments in Rick's voice unconsciously after this one.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah okay

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Da

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

He's right, you know ;)

  • 27 months ago
  • 4 points

SKYRIM Music

LEVEL UP

Level 100 Speech

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Everything is on point!!! +1000!!! :-)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Daaaaaamn ur pics r so lit

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/67/4c/46/674c4627c788c15408645eb86813785b.jpg

Everything is on point with this build, despite being budget minded. Noob Noob would be proud.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

That's pretty clean inside, did you fix the ssd there or is it just comfortably wedged in? +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, drilled two holes in the middle wall to secure it

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Node 202. I wanted to build in on for so long and I still do, but I'm happy we already have the Phanteks Evolv Shift X on preorder so I'm super hyped. An amazing build that soon I hope I can do some day. +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking at the Shift X as a possibility, it's a pretty sweet case. Hope you have fun in it :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

wubba lubba dub dub

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Clear Pictures

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I'm guessing the reason why you used red sleeved cables is just for the pictures because they're really do highlight your build. And the fan.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Mostly just used the red sleeving because I had it on hand.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

This seems like a hell of a build. I happen to have an EVGA GTX 1080 on me and I can't really seem to figure out if it'll fit or not. Can anyone help me out? Thanks.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

not very good for the price, i built a 1060 ryzen 1600 build for 20 bucks less, but to each there own, and the 16gb of ram overkill like the 600w

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

If you think 16gb ram is overkill, you haven't seen a tab addiction ;)

I do agree that it's not the most cost-effective build, and there would be things that I'd change if I were to do a build with a more fixed budget. Had other priorities though ;)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the science is art quote sticker on the back?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Bought a silver sharpie off Amazon :P

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh no, lol now I need good handwriting to replicate that

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did u have braided cables if you pc does not have a side panel?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Did custom cables anyways, might as well braid them.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems legit

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

THIS IS BEAUTIFUL +1

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

custom cabling in a 202 +1

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