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It seems to me that the 304 is a near-ideal case for badass systems, being able to fit any GPU you could throw at it. So this is my planned build:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/mike666234/saved/2N95 (Updated Nov 13)

Case: Node 304
Motherboard: ASRock Z87E-ITX (Updated Nov 12)
Processor: i5-4670K
CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO (Updated Nov 12)
GPU: R9 290 [Waiting for 3rd parties] (Updated Nov 20)
PSU: Silverstone Strider 650W ST65F-G
Storage: 128GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD, 2TB WD Green HDD
RAM: Whatever is cheapest, 8GBx2
Miscellaneous: Silverstone PP05 Short Cable Set, Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Paste (Updated Nov 13)

I really thought out the function of the build I want thoroughly. I want a small, fast rig to handle any game while having a huge partition for nongaming media like music and movies. It also has to be light enough to lug around in a backpack luggage bag. All this without breaking the bank and with considerations for the longevity and upgradeability of the build.

Some Questions:
1. Will the GPU play nice with the PSU? The r9 280x is the longest card I've ever known. The 140mm PSU should be short enough, but I'm really quite uncertain.
2. Is there enough power? 650W should be plenty though. Right?
3. Is there enough power/ SATA/ PCIe cabling/ ports for every component? I'm quite scared that I may run out of the data/ power ports needed for everything.
4. How heavy will the whole thing be? I'm planning to lug this baby around to LAN parties and it should not break my back.
5. Should I invest in an aftermarket CPU cooler? As I understand, CPU is not the bottleneck in gaming rigs today. Is it worth the cash?

All input is appreciated. Some of these questions I can find out for myself via extensive research, but a little help from experienced builders go a long way smile.gif

This will be my first ever build of any computer. To think I'm going straight for the mITX! I fell in love with it immediately. Cases don't need to be hugeass, what a waste of space. Trim the fat and make it elegant smile.gif I also find myself in the company of friends with spare monitors and an affinity for houseparty LANning. All the more reason to go for the mITX build.
Edited by mike666234 - 11/19/13 at 8:50pm

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Oh, I'll definitely do a journal-type thing here once I confirm some of the more critical questions and actually get my hands on the stuff.
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1. Yes they will fit fine together. I just put the 550w silverstone in mine and there is plenty of room. cables will be tight though, you will have to work to organize them. but that is the game we play with small form factor. Its totally worth it.

2. Yes this power supply should be more than enough.

3. Yes you should have plenty of cables for everything you can put in this case.

4. Despite being fairly small, my node is very heavy. I have a big heatsink and a heavy graphics card though. You will have to have a pretty big backpack to fit the node in. I couldn't see carrying it around on my back personally. Not to say its not a great lan party rig, I just have trouble seeing someone carrying it around on their back. I guess if you had the stock heatsink and a lighter gpu it would be lighter than mine.

5. Stock heatsink will be fine if you don't overclock. It will not be the quietest set up but it will keep the processor cool enough. Personally I would replace it, the quality is horrible.

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The Node 304 is an awesome case. I've got one for my NAS/home server and love it. I've really considering getting another for a gaming PC setup since it is ideal for any kind of PC you want to setup. Here would be my recommendations but they are very close to what you already picked but may save a bit of money. You will want an aftermarket cooler if you plan to OC at all and with a K series CPU you may as well since it's made for OC'ing.

Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.31 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($118.38 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.50 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1175.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-08 13:20 EST-0500)

The Seagate Barracuda is a faster drive than the WD Green. If you are only storing data and files on the drive then the Green is fine but if you're going to install games and programs on it then get the Barracuda. Have fun building, it's a great case to work in.
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Thanks for the warm welcome guys. Your input is also great.

I guess I'm gonna be carrying this around in a small luggage bag, heh. @.theMetal: I don't think my GPU is lighter than yours, not sure, but unless you've got a massive cooler on yours, the 280x is by far the longest I've seen, longer than its successor (290x) and even nVidia's Titan and then some. It also comes with 3 fans, only GPU I've seen have it. In fact, part of the endmost fan will likely overshoot the 304's 'case-long' opening, bit of an annoyance for my OCD brain.

With that in mind, I think I'll invest in a good CPU cooler, as BYOGamingPC (apt name, lol) suggested, since mass is no longer that big of an issue. It's something that'll last me through the upgrades, and this is one of the qualities I look for when choosing a more pricey alternative. Best thing is the recommended cooler is quite affordable.

Questions:
6. Will the cooler fit? I've seen some builds where the cooler bends the RAM or some such.
7. Will there be enough power for the cooler? I think it draws sub-200W which is quite a bit more than before.
8. @BYOGamingPC: Is the power supply you quoted not too big? I've heard the Silverstone S ones are just enough to fit in with a longass video card at 140mm depth, and yours is 160mm. Edit: Just saw the velcro trick stuff. Still, I'll stick to the one I got. Thanks for the suggestion though.

Also, you just saved me like $50. Thanks m8 smile.gif I'll also stick with the Green, as I'm gonna put media stuff there anyway. I got friends with some bad experiences with SeaGate. The Green will also need less power and be more cool and quiet-like tongue.gif
Edited by mike666234 - 11/8/13 at 6:24pm
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Oh god newegg's Node 304 price just jumped to $90.
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The Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced would be a great budget option. I've not used it but it's a great looking case too. I've had CM cases and moved to Fractal but the CM cases were pretty decent for what they are.
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I've heard the cooling is ironically horrendous, especially with a powerful GPU.
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looks good to me mike. only thing I would change would be the thermal paste. AC5 is good, I wouldn't not recommend it, but there are some even better choices. I would personally go for mx2.
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