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Hi! Thank you so much for reading my post. I've been obsessing over this purchase for months now, but I finally bought the case I wanted and now I'm finally going to build something. I bought a Node 304, and my goal is to have it both for general use and for 1440p gaming, although I don't have the monitor for that quite yet. The parts I'm looking at are:

Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
SILVERSTONE Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Silverstone Model PP05 Short Cable Set For Silverstone Strider Series Modular PSU
Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80637i53350P
GIGABYTE GA-H77N-WIFI LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLS2K4G3D1609ES2LX0 (or comparable)
Corsair Neutron Series CSSD-N256GB3-BK 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (or comparable)
PowerColor AX7950 3GBD5-2DHV4 Radeon HD 7950 Boost State 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ... (or comparable)
Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM

I don't really know how to choose a 7950, Belial's guide was awesome, but I still don't know if it's the same in a little Node, or if I even want to attempt overclocking the GPU, or if I even can on a H77. As for that, overclocking sounds like fun, but doesn't seem cost effective on Ivy/Haswell. I don't know what else, I'm sure I made a mistake somewhere. Please let me know if you have any feedback/advice/comments at all, I'd really appreciate any response. Thank you!
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That's a great motherboard if you're not overclocking for one, I built a similar rig not too long ago, but I themed it. I wanted it as absolutely small as humanly possible, with dedicated gfx (ended up getting a low profile 7750 and overclocking it like mad.) As for the case, I ended up getting the In Win BP655.

You can overclock a videocard regardless of what chipset your motherboard uses, so don't worry about it being an H77. I went with an Ivy Quad (3470) and it works alright.

At any rate, it's basically my LAN rig since I don't play really gfx intensive games at LANs, and it works great, because I can walk in with a backpack, a keyboard in one hand and a monitor in another, without having to make a trip back out to the car.

I don't think you can really go all that wrong from here.
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That's a great motherboard if you're not overclocking for one, I built a similar rig not too long ago, but I themed it. I wanted it as absolutely small as humanly possible, with dedicated gfx (ended up getting a low profile 7750 and overclocking it like mad.) As for the case, I ended up getting the In Win BP655.

You can overclock a videocard regardless of what chipset your motherboard uses, so don't worry about it being an H77. I went with an Ivy Quad (3470) and it works alright.

At any rate, it's basically my LAN rig since I don't play really gfx intensive games at LANs, and it works great, because I can walk in with a backpack, a keyboard in one hand and a monitor in another, without having to make a trip back out to the car.

I don't think you can really go all that wrong from here.

That's a nice little case, I don't think I had seen that before. I appreciate the comment on H77 too, I'm just about sold on it now, although it's a shame to waste all that nice cooler space in the Node. Also, is there any reason you went with 3470? All the non-k parts tend to run together for me.

I'm kind of thinking the same about LANs, it'll be nice not to carry around massive towers all the time. Thanks a lot for posting, I hope to see you around OCN.
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That's a nice little case, I don't think I had seen that before. I appreciate the comment on H77 too, I'm just about sold on it now, although it's a shame to waste all that nice cooler space in the Node. Also, is there any reason you went with 3470? All the non-k parts tend to run together for me.

I'm kind of thinking the same about LANs, it'll be nice not to carry around massive towers all the time. Thanks a lot for posting, I hope to see you around OCN.

Because I knew I wasn't going to overclock it (H77 chipset) and I wanted it to last as long as possible (fastest non-k i5, (at that time anyways)). The 7750 will probably be upgraded twice before I touch the cpu.
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