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This is a build inspired by all of the people who have done this with Intel based itx systems, and especially based on Kyle/Bitwit's video and lessons learned. Also thanks to havoc58 for answering several questions.

The G.Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3200 and new Biostar X370GTN board are not working the greatest right now. Even with the new bios, cannot get the memory to boot at anything other than 2133. It worked for a short time at 2400, but then when I updated the Ryzen chipset drivers to the newest, it wouldn't boot until the memory settings were reset to defaults. I think after researching that the 32GB kit is Hynix M-die dual rank and not Samsung b-die single rank like the 16GB kit.

I learned my lesson watching Kyle do his install of the AIO cooler into the Node 202. I cut the center section out before the parts came in, added a bottom bracket brace (for rigidity), and used some old case trim to cover the sharp edges before finishing it off with electrical tape.

Since this will be an editing rig, that I will take to sites, I needed larger hdd storage, but had to remove the drive cage to install the AIO. I put the 850 Evo flat under the cables. For the 2TB Seagate Firecuda, I modded a black $5 Purex USB 2.0 enclosure. It needed the bottom section trimmed, and two holes drilled for the side hdd screws, but was level with the case, protected the drive, and perfectly match both the case and the Corsair SF450 power supply. I secured it to the psu with plastic hook fasteners, and finished it off with electrical tape over the bottom cuts, and covering the floor area, where the hdd would sit.

Even using the low profile Prolimatech fans, I was restricted to a short (sub 6.3 inch) card. This wound up being the EVGA 1050 Ti SC, that was on major one day sale for Amazon Prime members. Since it is being moved a lot, I wanted the card to still have a bracket and experimented for weeks to make one. It used an 8-32-1 3/4 machine screw through the bottom fan hole, a side L and normal L small bracket connected with a 6-32-3/8 screw, with rubber pads wrapped in electrical tape, and some locking nuts to hold it together without loosening. This bracket allows the card to be braced whether it is in the vertical or horizontal position.

The Cablemod cables didn't reduce clutter as much as I'd like, but were a nice touch. Pic 10 was taken before plugging in the ssd and adding the final velcro/zip ties to the loose cabling. It's now pulled flat and organized in the space before the PSU.

Since the Biostar board doesn't have wifi yet, I use a USB Lynec UC6 AC stick in the front usb port. Speeds for downloads are 140 (instead of 180 LAN) and uploads at 6 (instead of 11). Not bad for the office and use the LAN at home.

Temps have been great so far (with no real OC yet) even under load these are what HWinfo have reported at the highest during stress/benchmarking: Ryzen 1600 CPU 40.6 Biostar X370GTN has all three sensors reporting 50/36/40 850 Evo 33 Firecuda 26 (this was welcome since it is right up against the CPU with no fans in that area) GPU 31

The 5.11 Tactical Rush 72 (grey) Backpack fits the Node 202 case, Keyboard, and mouse perfectly with room to spare.

When at home I use the Monoprice MP-22 Display Tablet. It is 1920 X 1080, battery free pen, and 2048 levels of pressure. It's stand is sturdy and has side connections unlike a lot of knock-offs. It works great with Krita, Affinity Photo, GIMP 2.8, and Clip Studio Paint Pro (Manga Studio 5).

I will update as Ryzen, Biostar, and G.Skill memory support gets improved.

Part Reviews

Memory

Not a bad kit for the money, but only runs at 2133 on Ryzen/Biostar X370GTN combo. Hopefully memory support for Hynix will improve. Most forums are saying the 32GB is not Samsung B Die, like some of the 16GB kits are. Be aware.

Storage

Can't go wrong with this. I have 4 of these in laptops and desktops and these work with no issues, and decent ssd speeds.

Video Card

Low benchmark scores, but great for editing and not too loud under load. This will be good enough for editing.

Case

Good case for the money, but had multiple holes that you had to push to get the screws out, or couldn't use thee right screws. Some of the assigned screws would work in some hole, but then stripped in the others. I triple checked to make sure I was using the right screws, this was strictly a fit and finish issue.

Power Supply

Great power supply for the Node 202. Only issue is how the plug is situated. You have to run the Node 202 cord through the middle of your case and then loop, twist it upside down to plug it in. No stars removed, because that is a case issue, not a psu one.

Case Fan

These fans are great. Run quiet when adjusted, push a lot of air even this thin. Running without problems on a fan splitter.

Keyboard

Excellent feel and the software works much easier than my Corsair K70. Compact and sturdy build, with a removable cable.

Custom

This bag fits my Node 202 build and is made of 1050D Nylon and feels indestructible. It has a separate admin panel section that hold a TKL keyboard. This bag will last for years and you can use it for any 3 day camping trip.

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Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! Might copy your hdd bracket here at some point! Glad I could be of use!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

If you use that cheap little Purex enclosure, you'll be golden. Both end caps remove with just a pinch, it's all aluminum (for only $6), and after the trim to the bottom fold line, fits exactly in here, and doesn't rub up against the mobo. Just two pieces of heavy duty plastic hook/loop, and it is sturdy.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man! How you liking the mobo? Unfortunately my build is still under construction.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

It's oaky so far. UEFI is kinda basic and it isn't the greatest for OC Memory. It's nicely built though and they already had one bios update, so we'll see. I love the fact it has USB Gen 2 A and C. The itx X300 chipset only has Gen 1.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

okay cool! I think I might switch out to an asus mini itx mobo with all the works (if one ever comes out).

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Same. That or the Gigabyte model. Use this in a family or friend build.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Saw it will be custom water cooled. Good luck and post when it's done. Can't wait to see it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! Have you tried OC'ing on that board yet? Just wondering how having only a 4 pin for the CPU will effect overclocks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't tried the CPU yet, spent the last 2 days trying to get the Ripjaws V 32gb kit to go over 2133. From everything I've read the 4 pin pushes way more than the 1600 or 1600X will ever need in an overclock

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Cherty, Kyle @bitwit just posted a review on his Ultra channel. He OCd the 1600x to 4.1 with 1.45V and got his FlareX mem kit to 3200 no problem. Stress tested it for a hour and said it was rock solid.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hail biostar for mini itx am4

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I am considering something similar :) Did the mobo come with the newer BIOS or you had to update it (agesa)? I am getting this board for my Node 202 and I am not too comfortable updating the bios...

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I looked at your parts list, If I can make a suggestion. The Node 202 is so cluttered, you may want to pay $9 more for the M.2 version of your 525GB MX300. I kinda regret putting a 2.5 SSD in there, because...cables

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately, in Italy the price difference between the 2.5 and the M.2 is about 50 euros and I ordered the piece yesterday... If I ever consider adding more storage, I will definitely get a M.2! Thanks for the comment though :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I had to update the bios. Pretty easy. Format a usb flash drive, drop the bios on it, plug it in, and click on the right key during boot. It does it for you. You'll want to get comfortable with updating, since many updates usually happen with a new platform. A year later and my skylake MSI Z170 Gaming 7 is still getting bios updates to fix things.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I will do that then, thank you very much! Do you know if I can update the BIOS before installing Windows on the machine? I was considering to download the new *.BSS and flash it as soon as I post the computer. (Asking this as it is my very first time building a computer)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. Definitely do it before the Windows install. That way the install may go smoother. Depending on the memory you selected, you may only want to populate one stick first, update the bios, and then populate the second slot. That way you have the newest bios to make sure the memory works right.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the stock cooler , was it Wraith Spire I think, Fit inside the case? I might do the same as you but for a full length card.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Wraith Spire is 69.85mm tall, and Node 202 says 56mm max height. I didn't try because multiple people online had griped that putting a much taller cooler in, even if it fit, caused heat issues . The WC is a top fan cooler type, so maybe wouldn't be as bad an issue, but since there are no case fans in that chamber, it might be better to have the clearance for airflow.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow!!!! Such a beautiful beast.....i have a suggestion for you bro, if you are going to push your beast little bit, you can custom fit laptop exhaust fan (you can find it at gpu and cpu in laptop) in node 202 as there is no fan to blow the hot air outside....i think you can expect good temp decrease...

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

How is your memory working out with the newest BIOS updates? I've bought the parts and am about to put together a similar build with a Ryzen 5 1600, same memory, GTX 1060, and MSI B350 PC MATE motherboard.

My build: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/%E6%98%8E%E6%81%AA/saved/9YxxYJ

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang! Seriously? Should have k owner something was up when it was on sale for almost $100 less than other kits. It will hold me over until I can get another kit. Then I'll use this in my 6600k HTPC I guess :/

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. These are dual rank Hynix M-Die. Don't get these folks for Ryzen boards. However, a new microcode was teased today and hopefully this is one of the 20 Intel kits that are supposed to get better support. #fingerscrossed

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