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Andrew's Build - Node 202

by toastythomas



Date Published

July 6, 2016

Date Built

June 26, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

62.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

74.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.165 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.61 GHz


As my friend became more and more interested in PC gaming, he was bottlenecked by his lack of a good PC to play on. With him switching to his mother's and father's houses every week, my friends and I took on the challenge of finding the right parts and case to suit his needs.

Immediately, all of my friends and I agreed on the Node 202 from Fractal Design. This case is outstandingly small and fits his needs perfectly. The ease of transport with this case was impressive compared to any other case that we might have chosen. With this Node 202 we chose team red of the CPU side and team green on the GPU side. This PC is perfect for the games that he plays. This includes, Total War: Warhammer, Total War: Shogun, Overwatch, and a variety of Indie and Beta/Alpha games.

Onto the bad, building in this case was a mess! Before the build, we chose to swap out the included power supply and went for the Silverstone Strider Gold 450W. This was because of comments made by reviewers of the large excess amount of cable length that needed to be stuffed somewhere inside of this tiny case. This power supply however, BARELY gave enough length on the 16-pin connector. This was super close. Other than that, this modular choice was awesome. After about a week of gaming, he moved to his dad's house. This move caused some kind of problem that I wasn't and still am not quite sure about. You can read all about this issue and the solution on the LTT Forum where I asked for help on behalf of him. https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/620074-gpu-starts-then-stops

This computer build is a great choice for anyone looking to get into PC gaming with a small form factor preference. Please let me know what you guys think and of anything you guys think we did wrong.

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FACUNDO 13 Builds 3 points 29 months ago
Very clean build! :-) It actually looks like a prebuilt.


toastythomas submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you!

Squishbean1 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Node builds like this always impress me. Great cable management.

toastythomas submitter 5 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Thanks man! It was a struggle in there.

Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I bet it was. It would take me all day to make it neat in those cases.

Boeing77W 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

When I first saw the case I was like "Where the heck is the 950????" :P

You could've went with an Athlon X4 since they're basically identical to A10s just without the integrated graphics, but overall great small form factor build! +1

toastythomas submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

That's where my lack of complete knowledge for the AMD side of computer components comes to hurt me. I'm not that knowledgeable of what's out their from team red. Someone else asked a similar question. Thank you though!

Selicos 2 points 29 months ago

Worst case you have an iGPU for when between GPU's or if the GPU fails?

toastythomas submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Very true. That's one positive!

mike9409 6 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

DX12 can use multiple GPUs from multiple vendors. Some games running in DX12 mode might see a bump in performance as the CPU hands over some easy rendering to the iGPU. So... Maybe, in the near future, that A10 will lead to slightly better framerates

Boeing77W 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago


ATXON 2 points 29 months ago

Tidy! +1

Though I have to ask, since you went with a discrete GPU, why did you go with an A10 instead of an Athlon?

toastythomas submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I really don't know a whole lot about the processors and graphics cards on the AMD side of things. I wish I would have known. Thanks man!

tadashi 1 point 28 months ago

The Node 202 has the PSU and CPU exhaust from a big vent on the side. In vertical position you should have it on top not on bottom.

AudaceLol12 1 point 27 months ago

Do you are combining apu with geforce gtx 950 in crossfire ?

ThoughtA staff 0 points 29 months ago

Please do not use link shorteners on our site.

Little_Weeaboo -4 points 29 months ago


toastythomas submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Chill. I learned and replaced it.