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Node 202 RTX

by fu2re


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Date Published

Nov. 16, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz


Few years ago I have bought node 202 for my HTPC and from there I have an idea to build an ultimate gaming pc in this case. Now the dreams come true.

Unfortunately 9900K is too hot for Scythe BS2 and further research is required. It is thottled so hard (up to 25%) and the cpu temps are around 100 degrees.

I am thinking about custom water loop now, and I will upgrade my PC ant this build later. More photos coming soon. Stay tuned.

UPD: Seems like I should said more precise about overheating. I mean it works fine at stock temperatures. But It cant reach 5Ghz. Actually it cant go over 4.7 Ghz because of overheating I think. This situation can be faced only at some tests, but not in real life (at leaast yet). CPU is standing below 65 degrees at gaming and below 70 during my working day. Sometimes it has been used hard by some software and it is ok until you wont load all cores at 100%.

GPU is stayed below 55 degrees while using CUDA for some tasks and reaches 85 degrees at gaming (83 at vertical case position).

And another problem is noise. Actually GPU is not quiet at idle. And the CPU cooler make noise even when I start MS office. I have tried to replace scythe fan with prolimatech vortex 14 and it completely solve that problem (temperatures is absolutely the same), but unfortunately case wont close with that fan.

UPD: Just have ordered Raijintek Pallas.

UPD: Pallas has not arrived for some reasons and I have changed my mind about this build. Now I am going to change this case for a bigger one. I do not recommend using so hot CPU in this case and do not recommend use BS2 because it too loud.

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Otterman366 13 Builds 18 points 5 months ago

... and then his house burned down. But he didn't care, because the reflections were rendered with ray tracing.

xplos 2 Builds 13 points 5 months ago

Sadly the flames were only in 1080p...

BDP 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Asthma attacks

poc88 4 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

at 30 fps...

BDP 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago


DRogGTX 5 points 5 months ago

Great build, but I can't believe you even considered the Scythe for an i9.

ApocPony 4 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

I believe if you remove the fan filter above the CPU you can fit the noctua 120mm slim fan. Also I would try to undervolt that chip and maintain stock frequencys, you may be able to knock off -100-200 on voltage offset could make a world of difference. Cool build +1

Simulint 4 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Is 600 W going to be enough for that? I don't know how reliable this Power Supply Calculator is, but I guess if you don't OC it should be fine.

bgarside 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

It should be ok, but no second GPU and light OC on CPU or just Stock freq.

bgarside 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I have 750w G3, but 150 extra does give you a decent buffer.

bgarside 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

If your keeping your case then a AIO 240mm + is your only choice. I would stick to Stock Freq on this CPU in this case.

bgarside 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

You may want to get a Maximus Hero XI to run at Stock Freq. See this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBrumDWpl-c&ab_channel=GamersNexus

annasoh323 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Wow. I guess we've discovered the limits of this case. Still pretty amazed that you got this thing up and running. I would even be considering undervolting as much as possible on both my CPU and GPU in order to squeeze those temps down as much as possible. Best of luck with your sampling and experimenting and congrats on a great build!

thisunami 1 point 5 months ago

Cryorig C7 Cu paired with a Noctua NF-A12x25 on a 120mm fan adapter (from ebay) should fix your thermal issues. I don't know about heavy overclocking but you should be able to at least sync all cores.

JimmyJimmy 1 point 5 months ago

A custom water loop in this case?

tamogauk 1 point 3 months ago

It is possible Proofs: 1) https://youtu.be/biZvt1bXjKA 2) https://youtu.be/EgXAEFHECQM

It is not fully custom, but... The cpu and gpu are watercooled

MohammadKayed93 1 point 4 months ago

I have almost similar build with 9700k and rtx 2080 but i am facing issue with cpu temp it reach 80 qhile playing ac origins is it normal ?

CodyJames91 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

How are the VRM's on that mobo? I've read that Gigabyte is really the only manufacturer that has good VRM's on the Z390 boards.. Again, that's what I've heard..

opmanz 1 point 3 months ago

What are stock temps on that mobo? Does the Aorus I handle the 9900k well

Lexkalin 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

You definitely won’t fit pallas into node 202. Too high. They were talking about 55mm high 120mm fan pallas micro, but it’s still nowhere to be found. Interested in your experience though. Maybe you’ll solve it somehow.

ecogamer414 0 points 5 months ago

you just need a bigger itx case and cooler

ecogamer414 2 points 5 months ago


BDP 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Yeah - like a house and a fridge

Ifmymilk 0 points 3 months ago

Hum...ok perfect build to NOT do except if you want to burn your computer and the house in the same time.

OttuR 0 points 2 months ago

this looks hella risky for your PC considering how much heat is coming out of that plus the PSU. Hope you know what you're doing

jdo43564 0 points 1 month ago

These are the obvious reasons why you have to be realistic when doing an ultra SFX build like this. Going i5 for these is more sensible with a 2070 or under.

BDP 1 Build -1 points 5 months ago

Unbelievable - has it exploded yet?

BDP 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Without the jest - It's a seriously brave build & wish you masses of luck with your water cooling efforts. Didn't the Prolimatech 140mm fit or benefit ?

fu2re submitter 1 Build 3 points 5 months ago

it requires some case and fan modificatins to fit. Benefit is only the silence.

BDP 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

They are silent fans - gotta say I've been surprised by them in my own build.