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You can get a non-modular 160mm PSU, but will have a hard time managing all the cables in the case, which will increase the temps with the restricted airflow especially if you get a GPU that doesn't blow out.
Modular 160mm PSU cables may hit your GPU depending on position of the modular plugs on the PSU and how long your GPU card is.
You can remove the case bracket holding the PSU and use velcro or 2-way tape to secure it giving you more room.
A 140mm modular, like the Silverstone 550W will work nicely as I have in my case.
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Originally Posted by verrukt View Post

With a non-blower GPU, do you think the air that is blowing off the GPU and into the case will cause overheating in a case as small as the Node 304?

I found the modular variant of the CX500: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139050 so I might go with that. So I'm assuming the Silverstone PSU I linked originally is so expensive because of the smaller form factor?

I built my Node 304 system over the weekend, and I picked upXFX Double-D 7870 7870 for like $200 from Newegg with the discount. It's more like $230 now, but still not bad. I noticed no temperature issues with having the dual-fan style, versus blower. The airflow in the Node is so excellent, that really I don't see a big deal here. If you're looking for something more moderate build-wise as you said, maybe consider a 7790. They're around $150 and offer pretty excellent performance for the price.

For your power supply, you can definitely skimp a little bitSilverstone ST50F-PST50F-P is $80, fully modular, and absolutely will fit at 140mm. I was in between this and the ST45SF-G, and went with the latter, just because I wanted a tiny psu for cable management.
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