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post #1091 of 7112
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Originally Posted by theriel View Post

Hey all,
Having read through all the pages in this thread (ufff) I am convinced that I would like to build my setup on Node 304.

first welcome to the club and to using, what is in my opinion one of the best super ITX case solutions out right now. it gives a good balance between size and cooling options. I made the same choice you did on the front fans, be sure to get PWM splitter so you can let the motherboard control them.

Since you are going to use the onboard graphics, have you considered going the APU route? You can get the Gigabyte A85XN and a 6800K for a pretty good chunk less money.

For the PSU you will have a bit more options since you are using onboard video. I just recently did my APU build using a Corsair CX, while not the most loved PSU what I liked was the fact it is modular and uses flat cabling, makes routing a lot easier. Also look at the Thermaltake Evo Blue 2, also flat cabling and Gold efficiency rated.

If you decide to go the APU route I would adjust the RAM to get 2133 but other than that everything looks solid.

These are all suggestion for tweaking toward cost efficiency BTW, your base build looks good. BTW can you get the Samsung EVO? It would be a better buy than the Pro.
Edited by Mopar63 - 8/19/13 at 9:50am

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post #1092 of 7112
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Originally Posted by theriel View Post

I would appreciate if you could let me know what you think in particular about:
-> the PSU chosen? I know I don't need the power, but there is no Platinum PSU by Seasonic with lower power frown.gif
-> the RAM chosen?
-> the cooling chosen? I feel like going with anything else (e.g. NH-U12) would be too much/big, given all the HDDs.

Thank you so much for your thoughts!

Best,
Theriel

I can't think of a better PSU to be honest. If I wasn't using a long graphics card in mine, it's the PSU I'd be using. In fact, I have one in my NAS.
post #1093 of 7112
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Originally Posted by Mopar63 View Post

first welcome to the club and to using, what is in my opinion one of the best super ITX case solutions out right now. it gives a good balance between size and cooling options. I made the same choice you did on the front fans, be sure to get PWM splitter so you can let the motherboard control them.

I had been considering the Noctua NF-A14 FLX and 2x Noctua NF-B9 PWM (rather than the Noctua NF-A9x14). Is there a reason I should go for the NF-A9x14 over the NF-B9 PWM?

Also, can you elaborate on the PWM splitter comment? I'm considering the ASRock Z87E-ITX motherboard, which seems to have one CPU fan header and one case fan header. What exactly are you recommending? Skipping the 304's fan controller altogether and plugging all 3 case fans into the mobo's case fan header with a 3-to-1 PWM splitter (is that even a thing)? Am I misunderstanding your post entirely?
post #1094 of 7112
I have the A85XN which has two PWM headers, one for the CPU and one for the system. I have the PWM fans for my 92mm fans and have them on a PWM splitter attached to the system fan header. This means the fans ramp as the system temp rises. Yeah I do not use the built in controller, I hate having to control the fans. I want them on high when needed and low when not, not using a set speed.
post #1095 of 7112
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Originally Posted by Mopar63 View Post

I have the A85XN which has two PWM headers, one for the CPU and one for the system. I have the PWM fans for my 92mm fans and have them on a PWM splitter attached to the system fan header. This means the fans ramp as the system temp rises. Yeah I do not use the built in controller, I hate having to control the fans. I want them on high when needed and low when not, not using a set speed.
So what is the 140mm case exhaust connected to?
post #1096 of 7112
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Originally Posted by QuadrupleDeke View Post

So what is the 140mm case exhaust connected to?

In my system it is connected to Noctua 120mnm PWN that is on an Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer radiator.
post #1097 of 7112
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Originally Posted by Mopar63 View Post

In my system it is connected to Noctua 120mnm PWN that is on an Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer radiator.
Ah.

So what would you recommend in my situation? The ASRock Z87I-ITX has one case fan header and one cpu fan header. How would you recommend I connect the 2 front fans, 1 exhaust fan, and 1 CPU fan (going Noctua NH-U12S)

Also, is there any reason to use 2x Noctua NF-A9x14 instead of 2x Noctua NF-B9 PWM?
post #1098 of 7112
The B9 seems to have better performance but the difference is minor. I got the A9x14 because I was able to get them on sale for $15 each. I would say get whichever set will cost you less money.

As for the rear fan, looking at the cooler you are using, I would use the fan that comes with the case and use the built in controller to adjust for a balance between air flow and noise. That or get another Noctua 120mm PWM fan and use a splitter on the CPU header so the heatsink and exhaust fan are in sync.

Well crap should have though of this, all those fans come with a PWM header splitter :-)
post #1099 of 7112
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Originally Posted by sgtpretty View Post

I tried to fit the Noctua NH-D14 in my build, since I had one from my last build. The cooler fitted perfectly with my Asus Z87-pro board, but i wasn't able to use the harddrive cages afterwards, since the cooling fins on the D14 blocks all acces to the hhd connectors.

So right now i'm using Intel Stock Cooler, hunting for a replacement. Any suggestions? Can't stand the noise!

I looked at the NH-U12s and according to this review it will fit the case perfectly, even with the HD-cases. But how about NH-U14s?

The NH U14S fits perfectly in my build, on an asus z87 pro with 2 HDDs and 1 SSD (1 drive cage), it would even fit with 2 fans





post #1100 of 7112
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Originally Posted by Mopar63 View Post

The B9 seems to have better performance but the difference is minor. I got the A9x14 because I was able to get them on sale for $15 each. I would say get whichever set will cost you less money.

As for the rear fan, looking at the cooler you are using, I would use the fan that comes with the case and use the built in controller to adjust for a balance between air flow and noise. That or get another Noctua 120mm PWM fan and use a splitter on the CPU header so the heatsink and exhaust fan are in sync.

Well crap should have though of this, all those fans come with a PWM header splitter :-)

I think I might keep the exhaust fan and connect it to the case fan header, and then get 2x NF-B9 and connect those plus the NH-U12S fan all to the cpu fan header via a 3-to-1 pwm splitter. The NH-U12S fan is 300-1500 rpm and the NF-B9 are 300-1600 rpm, so it should work pretty well.

Thanks for your help.
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