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Finally after more than a year of searching for the perfect computer I finally pulled the trigger. First I was looking for a laptop, but I am a gamer. So while I was searching for laptops with good gfx cards, I was struck by the compromises that you had to make. High weight an high price. So I thought why don't I go full power but still kind of portable since I live in a dorm during the week. I came across the overclock community and I became very interested in building my own system. At first I fell in love with the prodigy, then with the FT-03 mini and now with the node 304. And I have decided to build my first system in the node 304. I ordered the components today, here they are'

Case: fractal design node 304

Motherboard: asus p8z77 deluxe I

CPU: 3570k

Ram: corsair vengeance 8gb blue low profile

PSU: be quiet e9 straight power 400w

CPU cooler: noctua nh d14

GPU: asus gtx 670 direct cu II

Storage: 250 gb samsung 840 ssd

Front fans: 2 x noctua F 9 92mm

Exhaust: scythe gentle typhoon ap14

Cpu cooler fan: noctua nf f12 pwm

Keyboard: cm quickfire rapid cherry mx blue

Monitor: LG ips 237L-BN

OS: windows 8

Mouse: some old but very decent logitech I had lying around, mx310 I think

External dvd drive for install of os: asus lite or something

Total price about 1600 euro



Really looking forward for the parts to arrive and start building. I do have a few concerns:

1) will the noctua nh d 14 fit properly, but I do think so
2) if it fits, will I be able to mount an exhaust between the back of the cooler and the back of the case
3) will I be able 2 connect the gentle typhoon and the 2 noctua 92mm to the build in fan controller without the need for extra cables and adaptors.

Would appreciate some feedback, I might be uploading some pictures when the parts arrive.
Remember this is my first computerbuild ever so pretty stoked and nervous. I hope I can count on you guys when I run into any troubles.

Thanks for reading.
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Can't say if the Noctua will fit into the mobo from experience with that GPU, but since your GPU has a back plate and on that mobo you can expect a GPU to make contact with the fan clips on the D14 ( see here), I don't believe it will without some type of mod or removing the back plate on the GPU.

The NH-U12P would fit without any issues from whats listed on the Noctua website.

The fan controller on the node has 3 pin fan tails so you will lose their PWM functionality but they will connect without the need of an adapter.
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Can't say if the Noctua will fit into the mobo from experience with that GPU, but since your GPU has a back plate and on that mobo you can expect a GPU to make contact with the fan clips on the D14 ( see here), I don't believe it will without some type of mod or removing the back plate on the GPU.

The NH-U12P would fit without any issues from whats listed on the Noctua website.

The fan controller on the node has 3 pin fan tails so you will lose their PWM functionality but they will connect without the need of an adapter.

Good to kow about the fan clip problem, guess I will put some tape around the fan clipps. Can I remove the fan clips on the D14? A lot of the appeal of the D14 is the ability to run passive/1 fan low rpm. I am trying to get this build as quiet as possible, that's why I chose this cooler and graphics card. You said you had experience with this gfx card, is it really as quiet as they say?

Alright, but will the cables of my noctua 92mm fans be long enough to reach from the front of the case to the back where the fan controll? And will the fan controller do a better job than putting these fans in the case fan header in the motherboard?

Thanks!
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I am sure you could find a way to mount the fans without the clips. I have yet to find something that Zipties could not fix. But it does look ghetto biggrin.gif.

Sorry I didn't mean I have a asus gtx 670 direct cu II, but I do have a MSI Lightening 680 which has a pretty much identical cooling solution. The only times I can tell the fans are on is when I first turn on the PC and it spins up 100% and after extended gaming sessions where the fans move up to about half speed, and even that is infinitely more quiet then a stock cooler 680.

The fan controller has some pretty long tails, I would bet money that it will reach your 92mm fans. The stock fans are close to silent and even on "High" they don't make much noise at all. Since I have never used a Noctua PWM fan I can't truthfully tell you which would be better. But PWM is automatic while the Node fan controller has a switch that you have to remember to move around as needed.
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