Yes, although it's pretty tight if you have a full-sized modular PSU because the cables will need to make a pretty sharp bend. With an SFX or non-modular you should be fine.
I don't have this build anymore so I can't measure the noise at all, but I remember it being pretty quiet. I didn't have the fans running at full RPM so that helped.
I made the top window, but it was pretty easy. More info in the comment here:
The top fan slot and window are not standard, I made them myself, but it was not that hard. I responded here regarding how to do it:
I just bought them in white, but you can get individually-sleeved wires in various colors and replace the stock ones, which is a cheaper route. Checkout FrozenCPU.com.
Sorry for the late reply! I've used cathode tubes in the past and I definitely prefer the LED strips. They are a lot more diffused in real life, especially with the top on looking through the window.
Glad you're joining the Node club :-)
Thankfully they are :-)
It was pretty easy actually. I used a jigsaw to cut the top of the case, and hole saw for the fan hole in the acrylic (you might be able to rent these from a HW store if you live near one). Just need to cover the top of the case with masking or painters tape, trace the hole you want, and jigsaw along it (with a blade for cutting thin steel).
I do like the card, but it is pretty loud at load. I do some overclocking on it though and like to keep the temps under 70. If you don't overclock it you can set the fan speed lower, which would help.
If I could do the build again I'd get an SFX PSU (probably the SilverStone 450W Gold SFX), which would have allowed pretty much any length GPU in the case.
The molding is from FrozenCPU (although you can probably get similar things from other pc modding sites). Here's the link: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5096/mol-04/Slim_C-Strip_FanWindow_MoldingGrommet_Edging_-_Black.html?tl=g42c355s338
I used bolts to keep the window on the case, which you can also get there.
The top was custom. Originally I had a smaller window/120mm fan kit from FrozenCPU (http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9049/atw-11/DIY_Window_Kit_-_Top_Mount_-_w_120mm_Blow_Hole_730_x_603.html?tl=g42c355s915), but that is still a plexiglass window so it may not be what you're looking for, although it will give you a 120mm fan. I did a custom top because I wanted a bigger window and bigger fan (140mm). In fact, if you did it yourself you could fit up to a 180mm fan.
If you don't want the plexiglass window at all, what I'd recommend is getting a hole saw (or renting one from a HW store). You can use that to cut the hole in the top in whatever size you want (just make sure you get the hole saw in the right size), and then a normal drill for the fan holes.
I hope that helps! Let me know if I can give you any more info.
They're very quiet. I can't hear them at all over the sounds of the radiator fans. When I stop those, I only hear a very faint sound from right next to the case.
Yea the white Node looks excellent. I'm almost wishing I'd waited for it :-)
It seems to perform as well as I expected. I think the benchmark results are similar enough to the regular-length ASUS 670 cards.
That's what I had originally, but when I made the top window with the fan I switched it up. Now the front fans and radiator fans are intake, and the larger fan on top is exhaust.
The H80i comes with fan inputs on the CPU block, so all the fans are plugged into that, and then the CPU block is plugged into the CPU fan header on the motherboard (just make sure you don't have any fan control set in the BIOS or it will affect the pump). The CPU block has two inputs (and it comes with a splitter), so you can power 3 PWM fans from it. If you need a fourth you can buy another splitter from Corsair's website.
I hope that helps!
Yea I did, for space reasons. They still fit with them on, but there was a lot of pressure from the cables above them that pushed them together. Plus I kind of like the look better with them off :-).
The video card at 66 is fine though, as far as I know. They'll start to throttle at 70, so as long as I stayed below that I felt comfortable.
It's definitely high. In order to get the 4.5 overclock I had to push the voltage up some, which had a major effect on the heat. I normally use the computer at 4.4GHz, which means I don't have to push the voltage up as high, which in turn means lower temps (in the upper 60s-lower 70s).
Thanks for the question, I should probably put this in the description.
I made the window myself, but it was fairly easy. You can order the size acrylic sheet you want from various places online (this window was 1/8 in thick, 8-1/4 in wide, 11-3/4 in long). Then it's just a matter of cutting the top of the case, and drilling holes for the bolts. I'd recommend a jigsaw for this case. You can also just use some modder's tape on the inside to stick the window on. With the molding it will still look just as good, and this prevents having to drill into the acrylic (which can be tricky).
Yea I did, and it was surprisingly easier than I expected (given that I'd never done any case modifications before). Thanks!
I love the Node 304. It was really easy to modify too. Let me know when you get your build up!
Thanks! White light is underrated :-)
Yea I don't have a lot of experience with expansion slot fan controllers. I use the H80i to control all my fans (which works really well). Could be helpful though.
The major concern with the video card was length. With the modular power supply I couldn't fit in any card longer than 8 inches or so. There are only one or two 700-series cards that fit that bill, and last time I looked they didn't have any reviews, so I decided to stick with the mini 670.
That's a nice build! I loved the learning experience of it too. You thinking of any improvements?
For cable management, I'm not familiar with bigger cases and spaces behind the Mobo so I don't know how helpful this will be, but I know they make colored extension cable sets, so with some other cable switches you could go for an all-black look (or something els) with some zip ties to make it cleaner.
Love it! I'm a big fan of a black/white color scheme too... nice choice.
Yea I agree, I definitely don't need the 650W for this system... if I could do it again I'd buy the 450W version for sure.
For the Mobo and RAM, I think I was swayed by how it would look in the case as much as anything :-p
(although I suppose in the end you can't see them that well anyway).
I appreciate it, thanks! Yea picking the parts was an endless process... I probably could have done better for the price. Have any suggestions?
You and me both, lol. It was a lot of fun to build.
I'm glad you like it! Yea cable management was tricky. I was wavering about modular for awhile because I wanted a good (long) GPU... then came this ASUS short card :-)
I've had a 2 TB external USB 3.0 drive for awhile to hold movies, music, etc. Most of the space on this machine is used for games and work.