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I'm in the process of updating my OCN Ultimate Rig and wanted to change the selection of cases from the Bit Fenix Prodigy to the Fractal Design Node 304, since I recently built my GF's gaming rig with the Prodigy.

However, I came to a conclusion that I will be needing at least 42A on the 12+V rail for the EVGA GTX 780 ACX model, but the power supply needs to be within the 160mm limitation. I would like to use a modular/ semi-modular PSU. I will also note that I will be using only one of the three 2.5" mounts (I will be mounting a 2.5" HDD and 2.5" SSD).

I have found, so far, two PSUs that are the 140mm length variants and are modular:

The Fractal Design Integra R2 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817580002

The Silverstone ST65T-G - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256086

My questions are:

1) Will any of the two PSU's suffice for the power hungry EVGA GTX 780 and OC'd 3770k?
2) Are there any clearance issues with any of the two PSUs with the mentioned card?
3) Could I mod the PSU cage so that I could make a regular 160mm+ modular PSU fit, and if so, how shold I mod the case in order to do so?
4) Are there any other options to choose from that will not create problems with clearance issues with the mentioned card?
5) As for CPU coolers, are there any suggestions for both AIO coolers or Air coolers compatible with the Node 304?
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You can actually fit virtually any size PSU in the Node304 if you remove the PSU cage altogether. That's how I fit my 160mm modular Seasonic in mine. I have it secured with double sided adhesive tape, not that there's anywhere for it to go really, haha.

To answer your other questions:
1) Either will be more than enough.
2) There shouldn't be.
3) Yup, explained above.
4) Anything 150mm and modular or 160mm and non-modular should fit fine without needing to move the cage.
5) The Node can accommodate almost any cpu cooler. It really depends on your mobo's socket placement though. A 120 or 140mm rad AIO will mount easily to the back, although with a 140mm you will skirt very close to your GPU's pcb.
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Originally Posted by Booty Warrior View Post

You can actually fit virtually any size PSU in the Node304 if you remove the PSU cage altogether. That's how I fit my 160mm modular Seasonic in mine. I have it secured with double sided adhesive tape, not that there's anywhere for it to go really, haha.

To answer your other questions:
1) Either will be more than enough.
2) There shouldn't be.
3) Yup, explained above.
4) Anything 150mm and modular or 160mm and non-modular should fit fine without needing to move the cage.
5) The Node can accommodate almost any cpu cooler. It really depends on your mobo's socket placement though. A 120 or 140mm rad AIO will mount easily to the back, although with a 140mm you will skirt very close to your GPU's pcb.

Is the PSU cage attached by screws or rivets? If that is the case, then I should be good to go as far as PSUs are concerned.

I was planning on using the ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe M-Itx mobo and possibly getting the Swiftech Apogee Drive II and a compatible 120mm rad to mount on the back. Do you see any clearance issues there?
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Originally Posted by aznpersuazn View Post

Is the PSU cage attached by screws or rivets? If that is the case, then I should be good to go as far as PSUs are concerned.

I was planning on using the ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe M-Itx mobo and possibly getting the Swiftech Apogee Drive II and a compatible 120mm rad to mount on the back. Do you see any clearance issues there?
It's attached with screws. Super easy to remove.

As for the Swiftech, I think you'll probably be fine. My only concern is the height of the waterblock if you're using a thick 120mm and/or push/pull fans. There's barely any space between the block on my H80i and its rad.
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Originally Posted by Booty Warrior View Post

It's attached with screws. Super easy to remove.

As for the Swiftech, I think you'll probably be fine. My only concern is the height of the waterblock if you're using a thick 120mm and/or push/pull fans. There's barely any space between the block on my H80i and its rad.

That's good to note. I will have to research more about the right radiator. I might mod the case slightly to allow for a push/pull. Thanks for your input! 1+ rep thumb.gif
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