Description

My focus here was to build a small form factor PC that could drive 4K video and VR gaming on my Samsung 65" while staying cool and silent. The Node 202 was the perfect size to fit under my entertainment center.

Part Reviews

CPU

Cheap yet silky smooth. Runs perfectly in my HTPC coupled with a robust GPU to handle most of the load.

CPU Cooler

Performs well with the G4560. Easily keeps my load temps around 50C running around 1000RPM. Using a manual fan curve programmed in the BIOS, this cooler is inaudible.

Thermal Compound

Had this left over from my previous build. Works great.

Motherboard

Fantastic mITX motherboard packed with features. The built in WiFi is excellent and was one of the prerequisites for my HTPC build. The ASUS UEFI is excellent. Another fan header would have been a nice addition (only has one CHA_FAN header).

Memory

Anything over 2400 wasn't useful in this build but the price was right on this pack so I went for it. Low profile is a huge benefit here and Vengeance LPX is tried and true. Runs flawlessly.

Video Card

Silent, cool, and fast. Under load, the fans become audible at around 65% (1500RPM) but are easily drowned out by the sound of a movie or game. Impressive thermals in a SFF PC. Better acoustics may be obtained with a less aggressive overclock.

Case

The star of the build. I chose this case because of its minimalist design and tiny form factor. It was not difficult to build in but cable management was a challenge. Acoustic insulation and thermal regulation are the trade offs for a small form factor like this. Sound dampening material to the casing would be a great improvement. Greater ventilation in the GPU compartment would also be helpful. If you plan on placing a high power GPU in this case two intake fans to help cool the GPU are a must.

Power Supply

Great modular power supply with no coil whine.

Case Fan

Had these left over from my previous build. They aren't impressive in SP or flow but they're very quiet and supply enough air intake to keep my GPU adequately cool under load.

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 6 points

Commencing countdown before you get shat on for your GPU/CPU combo. I'll give you a +1, I think it's a pretty swanky build.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

THANK YOU! When the new Coffee Lake arrives that things gonna be swapped for something bigger and better anyway!

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice. Thanks for posting all the details!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Good call on the CPU/GPU combo. When December gets here maybe you can get one of those new, swanky i3's!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the G4560 holding up in VR? Thinking about building something similar.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

i'd recommend to upgrade to a i5 6600k or up so you don't bottleneck your gtx 1070

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man, even with the modular Corsair PSU, cables look tight. Would you recommend trying to get shorter cables? The optional built-in PSU for the 202 has mixed reviews but if cable management is about the same, I'm hesitant.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely a tight fit but I was able to get everything together without a problem. Not sure about the built-in PSU but I've heard that there are issues with coil whine which is why I opted for the Corsair.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Turns out the joke is on me - while I was over here debating whether to get the included PSU or not, it turns out that neither of them were readily available through my normal vendors. To add to that dogpile, I looked at the desk that the computer would be used at and I realized a shoebox style case would fit better (there's a nice little cubby hole). So, now I'm hoping that the case for that build has decent cable management.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello How did you fit the case fan without removing the GPU support bit? Do you have any photos of the Fan/GPU setup?

Very nice setup by the way.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi if the board only has one fan header, how are you running two fans at the base of the GPU? About to do a build very similar so would be great to know how you solved this. Great work. ;))

  • 28 months ago
  • 0 points

You really shot yourself in the foot with that processor/graphics card combo, but everything else is great. +1 from me.

  • 28 months ago
  • -2 points

Get an i7 this there is no way a pentium isn't bottlenecking this gtx 1070

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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