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Comment reply on sammylp250's Completed Build: S E N T R Y - 8 9 7

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I went with Black too, since it's gonna sit under my TV with the rest of my A/V gear. Believe it or not, I still don't have all the parts, so yet to actually finish my build. Soon!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Acer R271 bid"

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thank you! And thank you for all the work you guys do on this great site.

Comment reply on sammylp250's Completed Build: S E N T R Y - 8 9 7

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this case! I can't wait to get my Sentry up and running. Just waiting for GPU prices to go down :(

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Intel H310, B350, H370 Motherboards"

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Ditto on the ASUS STRIX H370-I GAMING. Been waiting for that particular board to drop on the market for my HTPC build.

Comment reply on N7Shepard90's Completed Build: Time Lady's SFF Ryzen PC

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

As someone who has built in this case twice and wrestled with that sliver of a backside, I commend you on that tidy cable management.

Only thing I would say is to watch those unfiltered vents on this case. They tend to gunk up pretty quickly, especially around the PSU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Mini ITX build advice"

  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

I think this build above looks solid if you're gonna be sticking with a locked i5. A few things I would considering swapping out from the list above:

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help me please :)"

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

They exist, but they're generally pretty expensive and sometimes hard to actually buy. The Dr Zaber Sentry case comes to mind (still waiting for mine to ship). Unfortunately, this category of case is still generally not mainstream.

I would recommend visiting the forums at a site like SmallFormFactor.net if you want to delve into the world of SFX PCs.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help me please :)"

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, you're gonna be looking at slightly high temps in general. This kind of thing always depends on individual use though. It's all dependent on what you're running on the card and for how long. If you absolutely must have a factory overclocked 1070, you'll just have to observe and hope for the best.

One tiny thing I would recommend regarding your HDD choice: Get the "FireCuda" hybrid drive version. It's not that much more money but you get a good bump in overall performance.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "SG13 vs EVGA Hadron vs RVZ02 For Air cooling (Not sure where to put this, sorry!)"

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been using the 2.5" FireCuda drives in recent builds, and they're great. Since they are hybrid drives, performance is actually better than standard Barracuda drives. Plus, they're 2.5", so they fit in any case with regular SSD mounts.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "SG13 vs EVGA Hadron vs RVZ02 For Air cooling (Not sure where to put this, sorry!)"

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

If you don't want to worry about cooling with mini-ITX, get a tower-style mini case like the Phanteks Enthoo ITX or Fractal Design Define Nano S. SFF cases by their nature are restrictive on cooling and require compromises. You either get a very portable case with cooling limitations, or a less portable case with much more cooling flexibility.

The most portable cases currently available are console-style cases because that form factor lends itself to portability. On the consumer end, my top choice for a portable case would be the Fractal Design Node 202. There are also several crowd-funded projects that have some interesting SFF options as well (I'm a big fan of the Dr Zaber Sentry).

If you like the compatibility of the RVZ02 but not the aesthetic, maybe something more subtle like the Silverstone FTZ01 would be a possible option.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "HTPC/console"

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Just FYI: You probably don't need 16GB for a gaming build (check out this article). You can save yourself some money and still get all the performance you need from 8GB.

You may also want to consider a modular power supply instead of the Integra that comes with the Node 202. Depending on your motherboard connector layout, your cable management experience will be much better with something like the Corsair SF450.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First self build - Living Room Gaming Mini-ITX - Node 202"

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good! I personally would've gone with a Fractal Design Venturi fan, but Noctua's are well known for being great performers (I just can't stand those colors, lol). Since I just finished a build with parts similar to these, check out THIS LINK for some images from that build that might help you as you're planning your configuration.

Here are some general tips:

  • The bottom panel of the Node 202 can be a bit of a struggle to pry off. There are several plastic hook tabs that hold that panel to the metal frame. You may want to use plastic cards or some other small objects to hold the tabs slightly open as you're prying off the panel. (I used toothpicks, lol.)

  • Building mini-ITX can sometimes be a bit of a puzzle, especially when it comes to fitting everything in correctly the first time. It is highly recommended to build the motherboard outside of the case first before installing it.

  • My suggested order for parts installation is: SSD > PSU > Mobo > Case fan > GPU. Make sure you're routing cables as you go.

  • Don't install the GPU riser card until after you've installed the motherboard.

  • I recommend placing the case fan as an exhaust on the far position (closest to the case I/O), as this will provide the most consistent airflow in the GPU compartment. It will also give you some good anchor points for routing cables into the main compartment.

Let us know how it goes!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First self build - Living Room Gaming Mini-ITX - Node 202"

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! That EVGA card is great as well. That's the exact card I used for a recent client build in the Node 202, and it performed great. Good luck with your build!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First self build - Living Room Gaming Mini-ITX - Node 202"

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't mean to throw another wrench into this, as you may already have ordered the storage solution for this build, but if you decide to go with that motherboard, it might be beneficial to consider an M.2/NVMe SSD to minimize space restrictions and improve speed performance. I don't know how far your budget can stretch, but I think it's worth it in the long run.

The stock Intel cooler should be fine, since you're not overclocking with that CPU.

If you hadn't already ordered the GPU, I would've suggested going with an SFX unit instead of an SFX-L unit. Those extra 30mm of space really help when you're trying to smoosh cables behind the PSU in the Node 202. I'm partial to the Corsair SF450 myself.

I know it's not a popular card, but I personally think the GTX 1050 Ti is a great starter choice for 1080P gaming nowadays. Heck, I'm still using my 750 Ti on one of my gaming rigs and it works perfectly fine for 1080P 60fps gaming on high settings. The 1050 Ti would also take care of any cooling concerns (and one less cable to worry about). Just something to think about if you want to start small and work your way up in the next few years.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First time building a PC for music production. Am I missing anything?"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't aware of this; thank you for the clarification.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Powerful Console Sized Build; Need Opinions"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, so I absolutely love the 202, it's a great case, but I don't think it goes well with these parts. Some points to consider:

  • Heat is gonna be a huge issue for you if you're looking to overclock an i7 in the Node 202. If you're committed to this case, I would recommend an i5 at most. That should allow you to use a much smaller top-down cooler instead and still overclock if you wish.

  • There's no way you're gonna be able to fit that rad in there without some serious modding, my friend. Even if you can somehow fit it in, you won't be able to take advantage of both of the rad fans, and thus the full cooling potential will be wasted. Again, I would suggest using an i5 with a low-profile top-down cooler.

  • I personally don't think 1TB M.2 SSDs are the greatest investment just yet. If you get rid of the cumbersome radiator, I think a much better configuration would be a 250GB Samsung 960 EVO + 1TB Seagate Firecuda 2.5" HDD for a total of $200. That's a $160 savings that nets you about 20% more storage.

  • The Zotac GTX 1080 "Mini" is sort of a misnomer. There's nothing really mini about it; the card is 211mm long. If you're planning to use a case fan, the longest card you can fit in the Node 202 is 170mm. Maybe look at some of the new "Aero ITX" options from MSI that recently came out.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Node 202 and cable management"

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

For the build I just finished, I used an open-air EVGA GTX 1060 SC, but I also placed a 120mm fan next to it to use as an exhaust.

A blower style fan might help a little bit, but in a system that small, it's gonna be pretty loud. I personally don't think it provides a significant benefit, unless you plan to use something crazy like a GTX 1080. If you're concerned about heat, let us know what parts you're planning to use and we can try to give you some suggestions.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need for Small case with Handle"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think this will allow for a 240mm rad, but you may want to check out the SilverStone ML08 as a possible option.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Should I put any fans on the side panel?"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean, it depends how much space you have between the panel and the cooler. Even if you can fit a fan between them, is there a reason you need the extra cooling?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best mITX?"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm actually partial to the less well-known Cougar QBX, even with it's quirks. As far as compact mini-tower cases go, it's one of my all-time favorites and it's worth a look in my opinion.

I've also heard good things about the Fractal Design Define Nano S.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "mITX Case"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The Enthoo Evolv ITX is definitely the best looking of the four. I guess it really just depends on what your goals are for the build and what kinds of parts you are planning to use.

I'm actually an advocate for the little-known Cougar QBX, even with its quirks. I've had a great time with that case personally. I've also heard good things about the Fractal Design Define Nano S.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Under $50 MicroATX Cube Case"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are looking to buy through Amazon, you can also try buying an Amazon gift card with your $50 gift card, and you should then be able to use that balance in addition to a debit/credit card when checking out.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Node 202 and cable management"

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I just built a system for a client in the Node 202, great case by the way. I also used a Corsair SFX PSU (the SF450 in my case).

Cable management in the 202 is gonna depend mostly on your motherboard connector layout and how many cables you are running out of the PSU. I would recommend getting a motherboard with the 24-pin connector on the side edge (like the ASUS Z170I Pro Gaming, for example). For the 24-pin cable that comes with the SF600, you'll most likely have to smoosh up a small portion of the cable so that it's out of the way. The 8-pin CPU cable should be just the right length if the CPU power connector on the motherboard is somewhere along the top edge. If you're using a GPU that needs additional power, the 6-pin PCIe cable should also be just about the right length in the Node 202.

Of course, if you want to go custom all the way, you can always measure out the ideal cable lengths for your individual parts and get custom CableMod cables or something like that. Either way, just know that cable management in an SFF case like the Node 202 is gonna require a little bit of patience and a lot of zip-ties.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thermaltake Core V21"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ryan did a build last year on the V21. Check it out HERE.

Also, there are plenty of builds on this site using that case. Follow the link below:

Completed Builds Using Thermaltake Core V21

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Under $50 MicroATX Cube Case"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to say, but decent micro-ATX cube cases in the sub-$50 range don't really exist at the moment. The only good option right now is the Thermaltake V21 at around $60.00. The next up from that would be the Corsair Carbide Air 240, but that will run you closer to $85.00.

You can also take a look at the Apevia X-QPACK and X-BER cases on Amazon, but I'm not a huge fan of Apevia's cases personally.

Just curious, but is there a reason you are set on micro-ATX as a form factor? Unless there's something specific you are using the extra PCIe slot for, mini-ITX is a better option overall for cube cases.

Side note: I would totally recommend the Xigmatek Vanguard S Cube, but unfortunately you won't be able to find that one outside of Asia yet.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Beginner first time building PC/Appreciate any advice or correction"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good!

I'm not sure if that whole thing about black absorbing light is exactly accurate. I'm pretty sure a white background would drown the lights a lot more than a black background. (Think of stars in space, for example.) Either way, the S340 is a great case to build in.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Beginner first time building PC/Appreciate any advice or correction"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah man, that's great! I'm sure it's gonna be a beast of a machine! I can tell you're going for aesthetics too, which is always fun.

I think most of us would say that if it's possible, you'd want to connect your PC directly to your router via Ethernet for the BEST performance. But if you're sticking to WiFi, I personally haven't seen any major difference in performance between current motherboard WiFi cards and dedicated PCIe WiFi cards. I work mostly with small form factor builds, so I'm just partial to on-board components :)

You can't go wrong with most of the ASUS MG monitors. Just make sure the monitor you get has all the features and inputs you need.

And make sure you post up your build here when you finish it so we can check it out!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Beginner first time building PC/Appreciate any advice or correction"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, it must be nice having that kind of a budget, LOL. Here are my thoughts:

  • The Enthoo ATX is a huge case, so hopefully you've considered having enough room for that to be displayed proudly.
  • Considering the money you'd be spending on this build, I'm pretty sure you can find a motherboard with a built-in WiFi card. (Check out the ASUS boards for Z270.)
  • Again, for the amount of money you're spending, you can probably afford a Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSD, which should be supported on most 200-series motherboards. That will get you a nice boost in SSD performance over the 850 EVO.
  • Please don't spend $200+ on an operating system. With some research, you'll find there are better ways to legally obtain a copy of Windows.
  • If you are at all concerned with noise levels, be aware that Corsair's ML Pro fans can be a little loud compared to other fans. If you need something more silent, I would take a look at be quiet!'s Silent Wings 3 or Cryorig's XF140 fans. Of course Noctua has great fans too.
  • I personally would not spend $230 on 16GB of RAM, but that's just me :)

Happy building!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First time gaming build."

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It really just depends on what you are planning to do with the system. I'm personally not a huge fan of AM3+, but if you don't plan to upgrade in the future and just stick with that platform, more power to you! I would just keep an eye out for potential bottlenecks from a 5-year-old processor like the FX-3850.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First time gaming build."

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Only thing I would suggest is spending a little extra for the 6GB GTX 1060. You'll thank me later.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Will this build work properly?"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Glad you figured out a better option!

I would also say that if you don't plan to overclock your CPU, you probably don't need a K-series processor. Just my opinion.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "No idea how to build a PC - help?"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure, that 570X would look pretty slick! Computer cases are a very personal decision, so just make sure it has good reviews and you'll be fine.

Depending on the types of games you plan to play, you could go with an i5-6700K and save some money. In the same vein, you could opt for a GTX 1070 and still get solid performance. Most of those choices are going to depend on what games you plan to play and at what resolution you plan to run them. I would suggest browsing YouTube for build guides, searching for something like "high-end pc build 2017" to get a better idea of what people are choosing.

Check out this video for an explanation of the M.2 format: M.2 Explained

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Me and the lady just ordered this build to create our first gaming PC together, what do you all think?"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good to me! Only thing I would watch out for is those Silicon Power SSDs, especially if you are planning to use that as the boot drive. It's usually worth it to spend a little more on a quality Samsung drive.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Will this build work properly?"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

My two cents:

  • I would say a 7700K on a B250 board is a bit of a waste, unless of course you plan to upgrade to a Z-series motherboard in the future.
  • Are you running high-impact applications or processes that would require 32GB of ram? Otherwise, 16GB is usually enough.
  • The price of a GTX 1080 Ti almost demands a monitor better than 1080p. I would look into 1440p monitors (or 4K if you want to get crazy).

Other than that, I don't see any potential issues.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "No idea how to build a PC - help?"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Just my two cents:

Looks like that list is passing the compatibility check, so you probably don't have anything to worry about on that front.

The only thing I would say is that those are some pretty powerful parts. If you have the budget and simply MUST have the most powerful stuff, than go for it! It all depends on what you plan to do with your system though.

For the price, I would probably go for a Samsung 850 EVO SSD. If you can spend a little more, a 960 EVO is probably the best choice, and that ASUS motherboard does support M.2 PCIe drives.

Oh, and if you have kids, I would avoid an all-glass case :)

Comment reply on drojasxlt's Completed Build: HR-1 Home Recording PC (Mini ITX)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

Comment reply on Felicetti's Completed Build: Project Mini

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

That is one slick lookin' build, my friend! Currently using the QBX, and trying to clean it up a bit with custom cables. This definitely serves as some additional inspiration! P.S. The rear cabling in this case is super unforgiving.

Comment reply on ivanwebb's Completed Build: Purple space heater

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as upgrades, I would say an SSD for your OS should be high on the list.

Comment reply on ivanwebb's Completed Build: Purple space heater

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This case seems very similar in design to the P400 from Phanteks, which I'm building in now. If you're gonna use LED strips, I would recommend lining them at the top of the case, instead of on the PSU shroud at the bottom. If you can keep them from shining directly through the window, that would be best for balancing the lighting effect. Also, you may want to try at least one of Thermaltake's Riing fans at the front to bring in some better light from that side. Right now, it looks like it's all just intense under-lighting. (Updated pics may help too.)

The G3258 is what I used in my first gaming rig, and even while overclocking, the temps are super reasonable. You shouldn't have an issue.

Comment reply on ivanwebb's Completed Build: Purple space heater

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Things I could tell from the pictures:

1.) The LEDs work. 2.) ...

I'm sure it looks great :)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "SilverStone ECM20 M.2 Adapter Card"

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the heads up!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "[Picture Addition] Mushkin ECO3 480GB SSD"

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "[Image Correction] Thermaltake Riing 14 RGB Single Fan"

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet! Thanks again for the awesome work on this site!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "[Image Correction] Thermaltake Riing 14 RGB Single Fan"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Not to be nitpicky, but can this be done? As always, I appreciate all the work you guys do on this site!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "NZXT HUE+ Lighting Kit"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, this may be a separate topic, but the NZXT Hue+ is stated as "incompatible" with the Phanteks P400 case, but there is no detail as to what exactly makes it incompatible.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "NZXT HUE+ Lighting Kit"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Huh.... Must be a new parts category that hasn't been finished yet? I can't think of any other reason why this would be hidden. Thanks for pointing this out.

Mods, explain please?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "NZXT HUE+ Lighting Kit"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'm still not seeing it through that link.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Coolink SWiF2-92 P 92mm PWN Fan"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

You're the best, Mani!

Just one thing: I believe the color is actually "Dark Grey/Green"

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Corsair SF450 & SF600 PSUs"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

FYI: Images for these two PSUs are linked in the original post, just in case you guys need them.

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