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Hi everyone. I recently sold my primary rig, and am looking to build a new one. Primarily, I'm am looking for small (not as small as possible, but seeing how my previous computer was in a 4U server chassis, I am looking for mITX small. I am also looking for quiet, not necessarily silent. Initially, I won't have an added GPU so onboard video is important, but hope to add a R9 280X 2-3 months down the road (or something better at that time around $300), so planning for the size is important. Currently, here is what I am thinking:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z87N-WIFI
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K
PSU: SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM
RAM: 16GB DDR3 CL9 (2 x 8GB)
Drives: x2 Samsung 840 Pro 128GB [Onboard RAID0 -- I use folder redirection for user profiles, and nightly incremental backups]

So I guess I am looking for case ideas, along with cooling. I have my eye on a black Fractal Design Node 304, since it can be had for $55. It's about the size I'm looking for, and would accommodate for a 280X, i do believe (remove additional drive mounts that wouldn't be used). Is there an alternative under $100 that I should be looking at? I'd prefer a rectangular design, metal instead of plastic, and no 5.25" bays. Must accommodate for my PSU above (or suggest an alternative that would fit better) and have room for a 2 slot GPU around the length of a 280X.

As far as cooling, I am thinking through a few different scenarios. Do I...

1.) Stock case fans, stock CPU cooler, stock GPU cooler
2.) Stock case fans, Hyper 212+ for CPU, stock GPU cooler
3.) Closed loop cooler with 140mm radiator (i.e., Hydro H90) and upgrade rear case fan, stock GPU cooler
4.) Stay stock and save up for custom water loop for CPU and GPU (I have never watercooled before, but am interested)

***If I went water cooling, what would a typical setup cost (including GPU waterblock)? Does the Node 304 accommodate for a full size GPU and water cooling?

Thanks!
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Anyone?
post #3 of 9
If you can fit 140mm rad there, it should cool both just fine. But might need faster fans when gaming tough.. But i guess youre not making silent gaming pc?
Friend of mine used 3570k and gtx 670 and 140 rad worked fine, without overclock ofc.
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Originally Posted by Konkistadori View Post

If you can fit 140mm rad there, it should cool both just fine. But might need faster fans when gaming tough.. But i guess youre not making silent gaming pc?
Friend of mine used 3570k and gtx 670 and 140 rad worked fine, without overclock ofc.

Yeah, I'd like quiet but doesn't have to be silent. I have other devices running in my office (a pair of Dell C1100, 220VA Smart-UPS, custom storage box, aquarium with 2 AC70 filters) so this PC being silent is not a requirement.

So the Node 304 can fit a 140mm rad and everything else to WC CPU and a full size GPU?
post #5 of 9
You can't use a tower cooler like the hyper 212+ because of proximity to the pci slot. Only 90mm tower coolers work unless you want the cooler to blow air o the back of the gpu.
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the node will hold tower coolers just fine depending on the mother boards socket placement. i run one ssd mounted to the front of the case and a 1tb wd black drive up top in the hdd cage. this is the cooler i use.....
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46_557_788&products_id=37087


if your wanting to use a lot of hdd's, go with a clc. something like an h60 would do the job if your not an oc'er. if you decide to use a 140 rad,make sure you pick your gpu carefully.
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the node will hold tower coolers just fine depending on the mother boards socket placement. i run one ssd mounted to the front of the case and a 1tb wd black drive up top in the hdd cage. this is the cooler i use.....
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46_557_788&products_id=37087


if your wanting to use a lot of hdd's, go with a clc. something like an h60 would do the job if your not an oc'er. if you decide to use a 140 rad,make sure you pick your gpu carefully.

I will only have 2 SSDs in there, and that's it. I'm not looking for maximum possible OC, but would be nice to push the GPU and CPU some. I'm sure air cooling would suffice, but figured it might be a chance to get my feet wet (hopefully not literally) with watercooling. The investment may dictate otherwise though.

GPU wise, if I was to buy everything (including the GPU) this week, it would be the R9 290. The GPU, however, won't be added until at least the first of the year (dang holidays and buying gifts and traveling).
post #8 of 9
if you havent already...check out the node 304 thread. it might help ya out with some idea's and answer some questions you have.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1266342/official-fractal-design-node-304-owners-club
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I decided on the Node 304, along with the i5-4670 and the GIGABYTE GA-H87N-WIFI.
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