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Here's my new SFF Gaming Build with a focus on clean, silent performance: TitaNode

Case: Fractal Design Node 304
CPU: i7-3770k
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-I
GPU: EVGA TITAN
RAM: Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB DDR3-2400MHz
SSD1: Samsun 840 Pro 128GB
SSD2: ADATA SX900 512GB
Cooling: Corsair H80i with single Noctua NF-F12 push fan
Power: Silverstone ST55F-G + Short Cable kit + flipped fan for exhaust.
OS: Windows 8 Pro



Lots of room for cards up to 12".


The GTX680 fits easily in front of the 140mm ST55F PSU.
Cable management is very clean and easy with the short-cable kit.
I might look at sleeving some of the cables later but for now I just wanted clean & minimalist cable management for clean airflow.


SSD Drives fit perfectly up front with more than enough room and air for the front fans and helps keep the main bay free from clutter and more direct air flow to the H80i.


The H80i has nothing obstructing the airflow from the front fans.
Although I'm only using the Push fan on the H80i, a push/pull easily fits as well. I just didn't like the noise generated from the pull fan next to the exhaust grill and in my tests there is virtually no difference in CPU temps (2-3 degrees) with only 1 push fan. I also replaced the stock fan with a GT AP-15, although the stock H80i fans were good as well.


The sound is very quiet, almost no noise at idle, and still very silent under full Prime95 & Furmark.
Temperatures are surprisingly good, exceeding my expectations given some of the other reviewers experience with a similar component setup.

I will post more screenshots of temps and performance soon.


[UPDATE]

OK...so I've had a change of plans smile.gif



GPU: ASUS DirectCUII GTX680 EVGA Titan

For anyone wondering or concerned, it idles ~80 Watts, and under full load of IntelBurnTest Maximum + Kombustor is under 400W, 3DMark11 Extreme or 3DMark Firestrike Extreme it never breaks ~360W.
Games like Colonial Marians, BF3, Arkham City, Deus Ex never go above 200 with Max Settings.

Replaced the GT-15 with a Noctua NF-F12 PWM and some final pics of the build:

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Edited by goshawn - 3/9/13 at 11:42am
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I was thinking about building a SFF case and yours seem to be what I want in a SFF rig. Well, I wanted to build one for Haswell but have to wait on reviews for them. Keep posting pics as it looks clean on the inside.
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Nice clean cabling with that layout and SSD/HDD mounting, awesome build.
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Nice clean build. I'm actually fitting an H100 into my F304 case and I had to make a mounting bracket JUST for the H100. But it's definatly nice seing how other people do their cable management. Good work thumb.gif
Edited by -Hawkins- - 3/4/13 at 12:25am
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Wow, it got even better. Those Titan cards really clean up the appearance inside
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can you mount the 140mm fan on the outside and then mount a 120mm rad in the inside -for pull config- ? (might need to use spacers so the fan blades won't hit the screws but is it work-able?)

edit:
something like this: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
outside 140mm fan:
inside 120mm rad:
the sketchup file for reference: http://www.mediafire.com/?4uw6g6udc8yt0jp
Edited by Black5Lion - 3/20/13 at 9:54am
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nice... i like spider man in pics.. thumb.gif
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Thanks all!

@Black5Lion - I could mount a 140mm on the outside to pull but there wouldn't be any realistic added thermal benefit vs compromising the asthetics. I can do push/pull 120mm's inside I just chose not to to keep the fan noise down and I found IRL the temps weren't significantly different. If I was folding all day I'd do it, but for general gaming it's not needed. I saw someone else put a Kraken x40 in their Titan, it looked like a tight fit, but doable.

I'm now considering putting in a dual 92m rad in the front for the Titan....hmmm.
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Oh, and running Far Cry 3 with max settings puts the CPU at 60C in my current setup after about an hour of play.
The Titan goes between 75-85C and the stocvk fans spin up a lot!
It also pushes my PowerSupply to 350W - the most I've seen any game do yet!

I'm thinking of picking up Crysis 3 next to test more.
Edited by goshawn - 3/20/13 at 11:15am
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That'll work. devil.gif Love those Nodes.

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For anyone wondering or concerned, it idles ~80 Watts, and under full load of IntelBurnTest Maximum + Kombustor is under 400W, 3DMark11 Extreme or 3DMark Firestrike Extreme it never breaks ~360W.

Is that total system draw?
 
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