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I currently considering a build that is the exact same as yours but with a Gigabyte HD7870 Instead of the 6870. I am very excited to see how your build goes as I am anxious to get started on mine.

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post #12 of 76
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MSI Z77IA-E53















Review

The Good:
The MSI Z77IA-E53 Mini ITX Mother Board is feature packed and a solid contender. At less than 150.00 USD, you get USB 3.0, PCI-E 3.0, 2 DIMM slots capable of 16 GB DDR3 total memory at 2800+ MTs, Bluetooth 3.0 and native 802.11 b/g/n wifi at the rear I/O, 2 SATA 3 as well as 2 SATA 2 connections, and a decent VRM for Overclocking. The layout of the board is adequate for those wanting to use an AIO CPU cooler such as the Corsair line of 120mm water coolers or 140mm NZXT Kraken water coolers (please note that the Kraken hasent been tested on this particular setup). If you plan to use a fan sink assembly, please check overclock.net or a simple Google search for compatibility since the CPU socket is closer to the PCI slot than the ASUS or EVGA branded Z77 ITX boards. The blue heat sinks for the VRM and Z77 chipset are a nice touch and contrast well on the dark brown/black PCB. You shouldnt have a problem connecting the 24 pin cable from your power supply on this board though the CPU power cable might have a longer reach depending on how long your cable is. Ive found the distance to be adequate and actually excessive with the length of the cable on my power supply. The Silverstone PP05 short cable kit should remedy the excessive length and tidy the interior quite well.

The Bad:
Theres only a couple things that i found to be less appealing but not a deal breaker. The hoses on my Corsair H60 block touch the ram and bend it slightly. Im not too worried about this and i wouldnt make a big deal about it. The other think is the lack of fan connectors. It would have been nice to have at least 3 fan connectors since most people are probably going to be using this as a gaming rig. The Node 304 comes equipped with 2 92mm fans at the front and a 140mm in the rear. Assuming you will be using all 3 fans, youre pretty much SOL unless you use the fan controller which is pretty much useless short of powering the 2 front fans.

So thats the short and skinny of it. Ive got the 3570K OCd to 4.2 with no V bump and thats pretty much it for not. Im still reading into OCing Intel CPUs and will update this thread with speeds and temps. Also, im using the Corsair Vengeance 1600 MTs 8GB kit that i as using in my AMD rig. XMP profile enabled and its running at said speed at 1.3v AND i had the Corsair back plate installed simply because i didnt feel the need to remove it just to take a few pictures. And now on to the power supply.
Edited by the petes - 1/14/13 at 4:30pm
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Originally Posted by deadmau420 View Post

Sorry, some reason I don't get notifications to my email when people respond to my posts. Any idea how to set it so that it will even for posts inside threads, not just threads i'm subscribed to.

Anyhow, yes, I'm using the Node 304, I put everything together sloppily because I needed a computer to use. But it's far from finished, I basically just left everything stock, left the stock fan, still figuring out how I'm going to go about the H60 install. So you did manage to fit two fans on the radiator all within the constraints of this case, that's interesting. Since the H60 didn't come with pushpull screws, do you know where I can get longer screws?

You mentioned you slapped on two Corsair SP120s, what's funny is people around these boards have been saying that the noise on the GT AP-15 is unbearable and have been finding better or similar options like the Cougar Vortex. I've been reading over and over so much that my AP-15s are gonna have an annoying whine so i've been proactively preparing to switch to another set of fans, and the SP120s was what I was going to try, but after reading your experience, I may have to pass. I'm still earning about fans to be honest. I never even knew there's PWM vs non-PWM. So right now I have to figure out what my best options are considering my case, and motherboard fan pins. Should I go non-pwm for the H60 radiator, and then PWM for the other two included case fans? They are awesome in terms of quietness, but they don't seem to be that good at cooling, I'd like your thoughts on the case fans too. I did a quick skim of noiseblockers webpage, because I read that name a lot across the forums, but don't know much about it yet.

Another note, I also had to use the stock 8pin ATX cable that came with the powersupply instead of the shorter one that came with the accessory short cable kit, it was too short to get to the spot on the motherboard, strange, but no bug deal eitherway. I also had to bend some of the cables the 8pin atx, and the Pci-express, near the end that goes into the powersupply because otherwise they'd conflict with my GPU, is this a problem? If I didn't bend them down there's no way to get the GPU installed. I'll try to update with pictures soon. Not trying to hijack or anything, just wanted to bounce some feedback off someone with similar build.

Are you gonna try overclocking soon? I'll be curious if we end up around the same temps and clock and what not.

I took some pictures of the radiator installed with both SP120s and theres no clearance issues as you can see:




My MSI board doesnt have the PWM/voltage setting for the fans in the BIOS as my AMD 900FX. Not sure if i just havent been looking hard enough. Im currently only using the one fan and will be using the single fan until i can figure this out. as for the PSU cables, bending them down is perfectly fine. Theyre strong and wont cause any kind of shorting out or issues unless one of the wires comes out of the connector which is highly unlikely. I flipped the PSU and only used 2 screws on the top to mount it. Fitment of the GPU was easier since the bulk of the cables arent directly behind the GPU. Im curious about your 8 pin not being able to reach. i hope i dont have to retain my stock 8 pin. Its soooooooooooooo long and annoying.
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post #14 of 76
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GrayMatter View Post

I currently considering a build that is the exact same as yours but with a Gigabyte HD7870 Instead of the 6870. I am very excited to see how your build goes as I am anxious to get started on mine.

Im going to be upgrading to the MSI GTX 670 PE OC. The 6870 is just so i have a GPU for the time being. It was taken from my AMD rig as noted in the OP.
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Silverstone ST55F-G 550W Full Modular 80+ Gold Power Supply









Review

The Good:
550 watts/600 max, 80+ Gold power efficiency, fully modular cables and best of all, only 140mm in length. I didnt do a size comparison of this PSU and my normal sized TX750 because i didnt want to tear it out of my AMD rig and mess up the cable management. Simply take a ruler to yours and line up the 140mm length to compare for yourself. Im quite impressed with the small form factor of this PSU especially in the Node 304. I specifically chose this PSU for this case because it had such a small size (thats NOT what she said) and it was modular. The cables do extend out of the PSU as they should but no so extreme as a lot of reviewers have stated. Last time i checked, copper cables do bend with ease and do retain that shape pretty well. Originally i had the orientation in the case with the fan facing down, drawing air in from the bottom. I have changed that and now have the fan facing upward, drawing air from inside the case. This helped eliminate most of the cramping issues with a long GPU installed.

The Bad:
My only complaint with this PSU is the length of the cables. Im still amazed with the fact that these PSUs are aimed toward SFF builds and yet the cables are ridiculously long. Tiny cases need tiny cables! Other than that, this is a very solid PSU and am excited to be using it for the foreseeable future. I should also note that there is one more sata pwr cable included in the box though i am not using it.


So now that the PSU has been reviewed, its on to the build itself.
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post #16 of 76
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The Build




Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste



Corsair H60 with Corsair SP120 High Performance Fan



Note the distance between the bottom of the fan and the top of the water block



This is just to prove that you can do a push/pull config. in this case






Definitely touches but isnt an issue


This is what i was saying about the PSU cable length. Super long


This is a mod that was originally supposed to be completed for my AMD rig. I intended on purchasing the MSI 670 with the rest of this build but didnt have the funds to do so. still looks great in this rig though. To see the original, go to XFX's website






I used the same Noctua Thermal Paste on the GPU


Technically, i didnt void the warranty per the sticker on the back screws thumb.gif


The white paint really makes the GPU standout. Too bad it isnt more powerful



This is why i flipped the PSU. much more room





Cluttered but it will do for now



So thats the Node 304 Build. I still have the PP05 short cable kit coming which should be here on tuesday evening. Hopefully the sleeving process wont take toooo much time. I will be taking pictures and updating that process over the coming week. I hope you enjoy and feel free to comment cheers.gif
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So the Silverstone PP05 short cable kit from Newegg showed up this afternoon which was awesome! UPS is normally insanely late. So far i have completed sleeving on the 2 6 pin VGA cables and the 8 pin CPU cable. I didnt take any pictures of the process unfortunately but i will take some tomorrow when i tackle the 24 pin ATX cable. Im using 25 feet each of Black, Gray and Colonial Blue from supplycaptain.com. The entire shipment was only around 11 bucks which is a great deal for cheap sleeving. The only problem with paracord is burnt and sliced fingers as well as the issue of getting it to stretch to length for a tight fit. Out of the 20 cables i have sleeved, only 2 of them were re-done due to inadequate length. Not bad considering this is my first time sleeving cables.


This is the color scheme i am doing. Im not going to sleeve the SATA cable just yet because of the way i have it hidden. No need to mess with something that you cant see.





This pattern will not change so thank you for not suggesting a different pattern wink.gif

My fingers hurt and i am tired. Ill be back tomorrow afternoon!
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Heres the 24 pin cable, the tool and paracord im using. The tool is a Lamptron PSU tool from frozencpu.com. The tool works great and i have no complaints about it. Some say that the pin removal tool is flimsy and can break easily. This is completely false as i have had no issues with it bending or near breaking. If you use the tool right, it will last and you will be able to use it for the next 20 years!








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Awesome, glad to know it is going well. I now have parts on the way, my build is going to be as follows:

Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K
Motherboard: Asrock Z77E-ITX
RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Mushkin Blackline DDR3 1600
CPU cooling: Corsair H60 with push/pull Cooler master sickleflow fans
Thermal paste: Artic Silver Ceramique 2
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD7870
PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus St50f-p (500w) with short cable kit (replace fan with a quieter 120mm, reports are that the stock fan is way to loud @~2300 rpm, a mix up at silverstone caused the wrong fans to be installed)
HDD: WD Caviar Black 640GB
SSD: Kingston Hyperx 3k 90GB
Case: Fractal Designs Node 304

I would like to see pictures of the individual wire sleeving with paracord, as I am considering giving it a try for the first time for this rig. How time consuming is it?
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Originally Posted by GrayMatter View Post

Awesome, glad to know it is going well. I now have parts on the way, my build is going to be as follows:

Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K
Motherboard: Asrock Z77E-ITX
RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Mushkin Blackline DDR3 1600
CPU cooling: Corsair H60 with push/pull Cooler master sickleflow fans
Thermal paste: Artic Silver Ceramique 2
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD7870
PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus St50f-p (500w) with short cable kit (replace fan with a quieter 120mm, reports are that the stock fan is way to loud @~2300 rpm, a mix up at silverstone caused the wrong fans to be installed)
HDD: WD Caviar Black 640GB
SSD: Kingston Hyperx 3k 90GB
Case: Fractal Designs Node 304

I would like to see pictures of the individual wire sleeving with paracord, as I am considering giving it a try for the first time for this rig. How time consuming is it?

Nice component list with a couple exceptions: 1. The Silverstone PP05 short cable kit is a MUST with this case. Everything is incredibly cluttered and just plain nasty for air flow as well as looks. I would invest in that kit AND the same PSU that i have. Unfortunately the one youve chosen only has a single PCIe cable with 2 6 pin connector, the short kit comes with 4, 6+2 pin cables which wont be able to power your video card since the PSU youve chosen has only one PCIe modular connection.
2. I wouldnt remove the fan from the PSU unless youre okay with voiding your warranty.
3. The sickle flow fans are complete crap other than the fact they look cool with the LEDs lit up in your case. The rated CFM, from what im hearing from people in this forum, isnt 79 but more like 30 or 40. Plus they wont give you the performance youre looking for because they arent meant for a static pressure application like a radiator or heat sink.

Thats just my thoughts and you dont have to take them to heart. You may find that im wrong and are okay with what youve bought and the performance youre getting.







This is what i have gotten done so far today. ill take detailed pictures of the whole thing when its done. This process is EXTREMELY time consuming. Prepare to spend at least 6 hours or longer sleeving. Paracord for me is only a pain because sometimes i have to really pull on it to get it to stretch. Ive only scrapped 2 cut sleeves due to length issues and this is my first time. Also, your fingers are going to get burned and cut up like freddy cruger so prepare for that as well. Its not the most fun thing to spend so many hours on but the end result is worth it. Its kind of like getting a tattoo.

Lutro0 has a few REALLY GOOD videos on youtube where he details and sleeves cables with MDPC and paracord in various styles. Thats where i went and so should you thumb.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 4100 @ 4.6 1.4v Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 XFX AMD Radeon 6870 DD Corsair Vengeance 8 GB 1600 (LP wht) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 160 SATA II Seagate 250 GB Notebook SATA II ASUS BD ROM Cooler Master V6 GT 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Cooler Master 200mm fans x2 Win 7 Ult Acer X223W 22" 1680x1050 MS Sidewinder X4 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair TX750 V.2 Cooler Master HAF 912 Cyborg R.A.T. 5 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3570K MSI Z77IA-E53 M-ITX XFX HD6870 DD Corsair Vengeance Low Profile White 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
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Vader
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Vader
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 4100 @ 4.6 1.4v Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 XFX AMD Radeon 6870 DD Corsair Vengeance 8 GB 1600 (LP wht) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 160 SATA II Seagate 250 GB Notebook SATA II ASUS BD ROM Cooler Master V6 GT 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Cooler Master 200mm fans x2 Win 7 Ult Acer X223W 22" 1680x1050 MS Sidewinder X4 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair TX750 V.2 Cooler Master HAF 912 Cyborg R.A.T. 5 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3570K MSI Z77IA-E53 M-ITX XFX HD6870 DD Corsair Vengeance Low Profile White 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
Corsair H60 (2013 Edition) Corsair SP120 High Performance Windows 7 ult 64bit Silverstone ST55F-G 
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Fractal Design Node 304 Logitech z623 Silverstone PP05 Short Cables 
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