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Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I made the top window, but it was pretty easy. More info in the comment here:

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/qy7Pxr#cx132220

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

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:

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/qy7Pxr#cx132220

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

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 :-)

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Thankfully they are :-)

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

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).

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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.

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea the white Node looks excellent. I'm almost wishing I'd waited for it :-)

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems to perform as well as I expected. I think the benchmark results are similar enough to the regular-length ASUS 670 cards.

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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.

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

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!

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

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 :-).

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

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).

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

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).

I hope that helps!

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I did, and it was surprisingly easier than I expected (given that I'd never done any case modifications before). Thanks!

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the Node 304. It was really easy to modify too. Let me know when you get your build up!

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! White light is underrated :-)

Comment reply on Bladedrummer's Completed Build: My first build, Oct 2012.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

Comment reply on Bladedrummer's Completed Build: My first build, Oct 2012.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

Comment reply on st3's Completed Build: Great White

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it! I'm a big fan of a black/white color scheme too... nice choice.

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

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).

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate it, thanks! Yea picking the parts was an endless process... I probably could have done better for the price. Have any suggestions?

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

You and me both, lol. It was a lot of fun to build.

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

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 :-)

Comment reply on pmwalk's Completed Build: Mini ITX Box

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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.

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