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yes, im thinking something like the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 GV-N970IXOC-4GD.

thanks...

This from Fractal's site:

"Graphics cards, up to 310mm in length, when 2 HDD slots (1 HDD hanging bracket total) are removed (Graphics cards longer than 170 mm will conflict with PSUs longer than 160mm)"

The card you are looking at is 183mm so I think you are going to have a fit issue.
Edited by Fritzz - 10/20/15 at 9:35pm
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Finished my "mini-fridge" white node 304 build. wink.gif More infoz here.

Final list of hardware Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Fractal – Node 304
Intel Core i5 6600K / 3.5 GHz processor
Scythe Katana 4
HyperX Fury Black Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) 2133 MHz DDR4
Z170I GAMING PRO AC
Crucial CT250MX200SSD6 M.2 Type 2260DS MX200 250 GB Internal Solid State Drive

WD Red 3TB for NAS 3.5-inch Desktop Hard Drive x 2 (two). If mirror and data safety is not a big concern, a 1 TB will do – WD Red 1TB for NAS 3.5-inch Desktop Hard Drive, but I highly recommend skipping a HDD altogether and getting a separate NAS if aiming for a completely silent experience + the additional airflow and cable space in the case will help.

Asus Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Strix Graphics Card (4GB, GDDR5, PCI Express 3ASUS Strix GTX 970 4 GB.0)

be quiet! BN232 – BeQuiet Straight Power 10 600W ’80 Plus Gold’ Power Supply. A good alternative is the 500W one – BeQuiet Straight Power 10 500W. Modular PSU from this company will not fit the case without extra hassle and two-sided adhesive tape. This vendor is a solid choice as well – Seasonic S12G-550 550W 80+ Gold Certified Wired Power Supply, non modular.

Conclusion for the lazy ones Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The non-GPU intensive performance is silent. No spinning fans on video, case fans on minimum. Pleasant experience. The most quiet PC I’ve had.
HDDs are good. 5400 is sufficient for typical desktop tasks.
M.2 SSD has a bit higher temperatures (but not as high as PCI-E ones go) – ranging from 37 C to 50 C. By vendor specs it works up to 70 C.
The case looks nice and pleases me. 😉
Idle temperatures are good, even under load with the tuned fan profile settings the GPU does not go over 65 C (in heavy graphics and games it averages out at 54 C for me) and processor is typically 45 C max. You can feel the cool air coming from case side panel where the GPU is, this was really surprising for me.

The only component that is rather questionable is the GPU. The industry is in a rather sad state when they push chips performance to the maximum to get favorable reviews, but they sacrifice silence, form factor and sometimes require fans of the video card to be extremely loud (vacuum cleaner or washing machine level of noises). This is compounded by releasing driver patches for “optimizing game” performance. What is this? Why isn’t it released to all the games then? Both game developers and chip manufacturers have a lot to consider.
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I really like the Fractal 304 case, and would prefer to build a system using this case, but around Skylake/1151. There seems, however, to be a dearth of really good mini-itx motherboards at this point that are LGA 1151 and support 4+ SATA drives - the latter being why I'd use the 304 case instead of something even smaller.

Have any of you folks deployed a build in the 304 that is Skylake based but with 4+ 3.5" drives?
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?

Every board I've looked at it seems to have 4+ SATA ports + m.2 and sometimes SATAE - what exactly are you hoping to find in a "really good" board?

NE search of Z170 boards w/ >4 SATA
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Ah, clearly then I'm using the wrong tool was using PCPartPicker and it only showed ASRock boards as compatible with 6700k and having 4+ SATA.
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Hey guys, I'm looking to put together the following setup:

Node 304 White -
EVGA 980TI - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487142

ST65F-G - 650 Watt psu -
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009FU2A2M/?tag=pcpapi-20

Would this work with ample space in the case ? Also curious why is the 65F-G so hard to find relative to the 55F-G ? Is it discontinued or bad unit from silverstone?

The card is 10.5 inches wide and recommends a 600w PSU. Also any thoughts on what mobo i should get ?

Thanks guys!
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Hi,
I love this case. However, I have a Corsair PSU RM750i which is 180mm PSU which I love for the corsair link to monitor the power usage on the PSU.

Would this case fit the 180mm PSU. Assuming I sacrifice the long graphics cards and perhaps go with only Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Mini ITX?

Thanks for any help or comments.
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Hi,
I love this case. However, I have a Corsair PSU RM750i which is 180mm PSU which I love for the corsair link to monitor the power usage on the PSU.

Would this case fit the 180mm PSU. Assuming I sacrifice the long graphics cards and perhaps go with only Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Mini ITX?

Thanks for any help or comments.

If you go with the Gigabyte 970 Mini, your psu should fit because the card won't extend past the motherboard. It still might be a bit tight, but you could remove the PSU mount bracket to make more room. I originally stuffed a 164mm psu in the case with a long graphics card, but I had to remove the bracket. I held the supply down with 3m sticky tape.
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Hey guys, I'm about to order this build. Let me know of any final thoughts or comments before I finalize this baby smile.gif

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/shadowdemon/saved/#view=zGbgXL

Thanks.
Edited by shadowdemon - 10/20/15 at 9:10pm
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If you go with the Gigabyte 970 Mini, your psu should fit because the card won't extend past the motherboard. It still might be a bit tight, but you could remove the PSU mount bracket to make more room. I originally stuffed a 164mm psu in the case with a long graphics card, but I had to remove the bracket. I held the supply down with 3m sticky tape.

Looks like I may have to retract my earlier statement. I had posted that the GV-N970IXOC-4GD was 183mm, but after looking on Gigabyte's website that seems to include the bracket. From other information its stated as being 170mm long. Also from the pictures on their website the card does not appear to go past the edge of a mini itx mobo. It appears that may be a perfect card for builds with PSUs longer than 160mm
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