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So i purchased the Seagate Momentus XT 750GB HDD from Amazon on monday the 4th, free super saver shipping which tracking from USPS states "Saturday, February 9th" as the estimated delivery date. Not sure whats going on with that but the mail has already arrived for today and wait for it..................no drive. My PO tends to supply the trucks with whatever they want regardless of when the item is supposed to be delivered. I would have paid for regular shipping if i knew i was going to be a victim of PO lag. Maybe this coming monday will be the day im selected to receive my drive..........
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Nice to see some Node 304 builds. This case offers a point between the smaller foot print but limited build options of say a Lian Li Q25 and the open build choices but bulkier case of the Prodigy.
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Nice to see some Node 304 builds. This case offers a point between the smaller foot print but limited build options of say a Lian Li Q25 and the open build choices but bulkier case of the Prodigy.

I was originally going to go with the Q08B but opted out due to the lack of clearance for a front mounted H60 and at least a GTX 660Ti. I still love that case though. My next choice was of course the Prodigy..... Again, opted out due to the huge size of it and the fact that everyone is getting broken case feet/handles. Didnt want to mess with that. The node had everything i wanted and more and i couldnt be happier! Im actually looking to buy the new Arc Midi V2 for my black and white themed AMD "vader" build.
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So after a couple weeks of messing around with the Momentus XT drive, ive got to say that i like it alot. Ive tested the speed with 2 other drives and this one is noticeably faster. Its not SSD faster but i could care less. For me to get an SSD would be a complete waste. I dont really care if windows loads a few seconds faster than this drive. Programs load quickly just the same. Ill wait another year and maybe ill jump on that band wagon. The one thing i dont like about this drive is, of course, the missing 50GB of space. It would be more fare to customers if drive companies would list an aproximate number instead of how much space theres supposed to be if the disk was in square form. Its kind of annoying you know? I paid for 750 GB and expect to get 750, not 700. I would have paid for it even if it listed a true 700 GB storage space. im just weird i suppose.

Taxes are done and its almost time to make the most important purchase.........the video card!!! The MSI GTX 680 PE (lightning style) is what im deciding on simply because i want to have the card for a few years without having to upgrade. This one in particular is cheaper than the lightning because its not overclocked. Like 40 bux cheaper. why would i spend more money on something that will more than likely overclock just as easily. The card also has the GPU reactor as well as the "lightning" lettering on the back plate which is a bonus.

The last component to complete this SFF gaming build will be the Asus VG248QE 144Hz monitor. It wouldnt make much sense getting a ballin graphics card without getting a ballin monitor. Currently im using the Acer x223w 1680x1050 which would completely negate the need for the GTX 680. Haha, its time to join the modern age with an HD setup.

So thats it for now. I will be posting pictures of the card and monitor as well as reviews as soon as i get them. Im hoping they will get ordered next monday but we'll see. But for now, let me know what you guys think and if you have any other ideas for a graphics/display combo around 800 USD, feel free to let me know thumb.gif
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Nice build. I'm trying to decide on what components to shop for when Haswell comes out. The Node 304 is a nice case I'm looking into. The problem is limited space, so what type of liquid cooling CPU kit and PSU would fit in the Node 304? For the PSU, I want it to be at least 80Plus Platinum and fully modular, but it has to be small enough to fit in the case. Great choice on the video card though. Can't wait to see more pics of your build.
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Nice build. I'm trying to decide on what components to shop for when Haswell comes out. The Node 304 is a nice case I'm looking into. The problem is limited space, so what type of liquid cooling CPU kit and PSU would fit in the Node 304? For the PSU, I want it to be at least 80Plus Platinum and fully modular, but it has to be small enough to fit in the case. Great choice on the video card though. Can't wait to see more pics of your build.

Liquid cooling is pretty much non existent other than AIO coolers. As for the platinum PSU, the smallest youre going to get is 160mm and you can forget about modular. anything more than the size i have is completely non compatible with this case unless you arent going to be using a dedicated video card. Theyre simply too long and the connectors will interfere with the video card. I would stick with the "ST" series from Silverstone as theyre only 140mm in length, fully modular. You can get away with a normal sized one but youll end up with a ton of unused cables to clog the interior.

If you can give me some specifics on what you are planning on building, i might be a better help to you. Thanks thumb.gif

Oh yeah, why wait for haswell? June is soooooo far away!!!
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There are at least gold 160mm partial modular PSUs that will work with long GPU cards like those from Seasonic, you just need to pay attention to the receptacle location. Seasonic G-series they are lower than the card.
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Liquid cooling is pretty much non existent other than AIO coolers. As for the platinum PSU, the smallest youre going to get is 160mm and you can forget about modular. anything more than the size i have is completely non compatible with this case unless you arent going to be using a dedicated video card. Theyre simply too long and the connectors will interfere with the video card. I would stick with the "ST" series from Silverstone as theyre only 140mm in length, fully modular. You can get away with a normal sized one but youll end up with a ton of unused cables to clog the interior.

If you can give me some specifics on what you are planning on building, i might be a better help to you. Thanks thumb.gif

Oh yeah, why wait for haswell? June is soooooo far away!!!

June is where my birthday is. As for components, I might go with a GTX 670 video card. Still need to decide on an AIO cooler and a PSU. Looking at Fractal Design's website, it looks like the Node 304 can fit PSUs up to 160mm in length, but the modular connectors have to be shorter than 160mm.
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There are at least gold 160mm partial modular PSUs that will work with long GPU cards like those from Seasonic, you just need to pay attention to the receptacle location. Seasonic G-series they are lower than the card.
Sounds good, but won't those long cables make a mess?
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June is where my birthday is. As for components, I might go with a GTX 670 video card. Still need to decide on an AIO cooler and a PSU.
Sounds good, but won't those long cables make a mess?

long cables will make a major mess like what is shown in some earlier photos of my build. Im sure any 120/140mm rad will work back there. I havent seen a 140 setup with this case but i dont see why you couldnt use one? There is more than enough clearance over the VRM and water black to accommodate a 120 rad.

FRACK0: As for the Semi-Modular PSU, still wont be compatible if hes going with a 670. My cables mash against my card and its shorter in length than the 670. With that being said, i dont need to do the math on why it wont work thumb.gif EDIT: unless he wants to route cables in front of the card and then throughout the case, semi modular MIGHT work. I wouldnt do it though.
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long cables will make a major mess like what is shown in some earlier photos of my build. Im sure any 120/140mm rad will work back there. I havent seen a 140 setup with this case but i dont see why you couldnt use one? There is more than enough clearance over the VRM and water black to accommodate a 120 rad.

FRACK0: As for the Semi-Modular PSU, still wont be compatible if hes going with a 670. My cables mash against my card and its shorter in length than the 670. With that being said, i dont need to do the math on why it wont work thumb.gif EDIT: unless he wants to route cables in front of the card and then throughout the case, semi modular MIGHT work. I wouldnt do it though.

The GTX 670s I've looked at were less than 10 inches, some Corsair(CX,TX) and Seasonic with 160mm length semi-modulars will work with cards that length no problem due to position of modular connectors. Had an MSI Twin Frozr ~8 inch card on mine before it died with a G-Series Seasonic (the mod connectors run below the bottom of the GPU card). BTW, also currently using an NZXT Kraken X40(140mm AIO) in my Node 304, there is *just* enough room for a card but could use a bit of modding to the mounting holes for just a bit more room(Kraken back plate took some modding to work on a P8Z77-I Asus mobo luckily it's plastic).
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Sounds good, but won't those long cables make a mess?

The G-Series have shorter flat mod cables, almost too short in some cases.


Of course you can wait til these are available thumb.gif

http://rog.asus.com/214602013/graphics-cards-2/asus-gtx-670-directcu-mini-small-size-full-power/
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