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Not a Console Meme

by Dinoctopusaurus

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This is my 1st Mini ITX build that I have recently completed with the release of the Kaby Lake and z270 motherboards into the market. Had a bit of a headache trying to build a pc in a HTPC form factor, especially with the Pci-e riser and cable management ;).

Overall, I am very satisfied with the build and have had no problems with temperatures while gaming.

6 Feb 2017

Just brought this baby back to Australia in a duffel bag as carry-on baggage. Everything is working fine!

2 August 2018

Fast-forward to August 2018 and the rig is up to scratch.

I have swapped out the CPU cooler for a Scythe - BIG Shuriken 2 Rev. B 45.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler https://pcpartpicker.com/product/GdkD4D/scythe-cpu-cooler-scbsk2100

I currently use the rig with a dual monitor setup. An Acer 27 inch (69 centimeters of fun) KG271B 240hz TN screens, which is complimented by a LG 27 inch 27UD68-W 4K screen, solves all of my computing needs.

For the near future, I do intend to replace the motherboard with a Z390 and an Intel i9-9900k (8-core) when the time is right.

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Eltech 20 Builds 4 points 25 months ago

Wow, that is one tightly packed, lovely computer. You have my one for your efforts and sweet portability for such a powerful rig.

Elysian_Entity 2 points 25 months ago

Awesome. Cables inside look clean for such a small space.

Wonder what the temps would be like with that i7 OC'd...

AnyOtherWay 0 points 25 months ago

Unfortunately, with the C7 he has, he can't even overclock, it's not made to be able to handle higher wattages from the CPU. At best, it "might" be possible for a minor overclock, but it'd have to be minor, if at all...

Although if he upgrades the cooler(if it's even possible to get a cooler that could handle the higher TDP to overclock), then it could be interesting to see how hot it would run.

Dinoctopusaurus submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

4.6 ghz is pretty safe, but i'm going to leave it at 4.5ghz for now till i get a better cooler

gumballhead 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Is there a better cooler that will fit? C7 was the best I could find.

L0hki 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Scythe Shuriken fits:

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/GdkD4D/scythe-cpu-cooler-scbsk2100

Some people even kept dust filters intact and if you replace Scythe fan with some 140mm fan you are golden.

I used Thermalright AXP100R in my Node-202 build and I am running 4.4 GHz with cool 70.0° C but it doesn't fit MSI mITX mobos without some minor modding. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/rTJkcf/thermalright-cpu-cooler-axp100r

PS. +1 for the first 7700K Node-202 build!

gumballhead 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Ah thanks! Going to go with that then

Dinoctopusaurus submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Perhaps the big shuriken 2, i'm not too sure.

AnyOtherWay 1 point 25 months ago

I gotta say, for the small size you have packed a lot into this - Two SSD's of pretty much a TB each, a 1080, an i7... All of it in such a small size makes me think you wanted to make this as amazing as possible, and then not upgrading it, or putting anything new into it. It is also quite amazing to me to see such a small form factor build with so much, because I don't think I could do it or anything similar... I really like this build, +1 to ya'.

insert console meme here

Dinoctopusaurus submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Would have done definitely done it in a larger case if I didn't have to travel between 2 countries that much.

tadashi 1 point 25 months ago

Nice build. One of the most powerful Nod 202 builds.

SVARTOZELOT21 1 point 25 months ago

Awesome build I would recommend you use an AIO but you really need that one exhaust fan so try going for a bigger air cooler if you can.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I would recommend you use an AIO

Really.... where is he going to fit the AIO? Maybe you had in mind leaving the case open with an external AIO.

Only possible way is using a mini itx card and modding the case.

ClawZdaPro -1 points 24 months ago

You can use an aio bitwit did that , but he failed cause he didnt fill it full after opening it

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

You can use an aio bitwit did that

Can it be done... Yep it can be done. There is even a build here using one. But can it be done with this build.. NO it cant. You will need a mini itx graphics card for that and at this moment that would be the gigabyte GTX 1070, so are you suggesting that the OP sells his 1080 and buys a mini itx 1070 just to liquid cool this build. Sounds......... Even without overclocking this build, performance is going to be excellent.

but he failed cause he didnt fill it full after opening it

Obviously AIO are sealed for one reason. You are not supposed to open them. That was the obvious reason It failed. Later he modded the case (cutting it) so he didn't have to open the other AIO.

ClawZdaPro -1 points 24 months ago

ohh, :D

FL350 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

+1 for a great, small form factor build. Impressive work getting that much power to fit in a small case.

gumballhead 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Awesome! I'm planning a build that's almost identical right now. Very cool to see some pics of it assembled.

I'm going to use a 960 Evo m.2 to take advantage of the PCIe x4 port on that motherboard, and also to remove the drive cage for a bit more room. Also going to add two Fractal 120mm SP fans to help push air out of the top vents by the CPU.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/xq22BP

Dinoctopusaurus submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

That's awesome, yea just noticed my m2 Ssd port on the back of my mb, while redoing my thermal paste. I might do the same and leave that for a future upgrade

Wyatt_ 1 point 25 months ago

What are you going to put on there that needs almost 2tb of ssd

Dinoctopusaurus submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Mostly video footage that i will edit on the 2nd ssd

jewelicious 1 point 25 months ago

Nice build! How's your cpu temps tho? I got 6700k with noctua l9i in node 202 and it gets kinda hot. And also how's your gpu temps without additional 120mm fans?

Dinoctopusaurus submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Temps are alright, 65 to 75 degrees playing games. I did add 2 120mm coolermaster xtraflo fans as intakes for the gpu chamber.

Lego_man2004@yahoo.com 1 point 24 months ago

The c7 I probably won't be able to handle High Temps I would recommend getting an AIO liquid cooler and do something like bitwit did because you won't be able to fit an AIO cooler unless you take it apart and put it in or you could do a custom Loop

MotoNate 1 point 24 months ago

Wh're the fuckity didst thee receiveth the moth'rboard, its out of stock ev'rywh're. almost liketh its not coequal out yet.

Dinoctopusaurus submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

i got the motherboard on the week it came out, if u cant get the msi one, take a look at the equivalent asus board, it looks decent.

weberkent 1 point 19 months ago

Dig it. I'm actually looking to build a very similar setup but specifically for a mobile VR rig using the Silverstone - ML08B-H HTPC Case: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/6htWGX/silverstone-case-sstml08bh

Any recommendations on cable management / initial setup?

Dinoctopusaurus submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I'm horrible with cable management, I recommend starting installation with the motherboard.

annasoh323 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Man, seeing the Node 202 next to a laptop really puts things in perspective. I'm glad to hear that she survived her overseas travel (I'm presuming about the overseas part because... how else do you get to Australia?)

How do you like that graphics card? I found a deal on one and did a pcpp search by that part for others who have used it to see how they like it (bonus points because you have a similar case to mine).

Dinoctopusaurus submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

The card continues to serve me well, it suits the HTPC case since it's a blower-style GPU.

Dinoctopusaurus submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Fast-forward to August 2018 and the rig is up to scratch.

I have swapped out the CPU cooler for a Scythe - BIG Shuriken 2 Rev. B 45.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler https://pcpartpicker.com/product/GdkD4D/scythe-cpu-cooler-scbsk2100

I currently use the rig with a dual monitor setup. An Acer 27 inch (69 centimeters of fun) KG271B 240hz TN screens, which is complimented by a LG 27 inch 27UD68-W 4K screen, solves all of my computing needs.

For the near future, I do intend to replace the motherboard with a Z390 and an Intel i9-9900k (8-core) when the time is right.

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