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Upgrades on my Node 304 ITX PC

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by SgtT8ie, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. SgtT8ie

    SgtT8ie Well-Known Member

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    Memory (RAM):
    8GB 1600MHz G.Skill RipJaws
    Storage:
    Samsung 830 240GB + 2x WD Green 1TB
    Graphics Card(s):
    MSI HD 7950 TF3 3GB
    Power Supply (PSU):
    Fractal design Integra M 550W
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    Fractal Design Node 304
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    Hello there, I apologise if this is below par for the build log forum; but I thought I'd throw my current build in here as it's been through upgrades..

    My current PC is an mITX gaming-centric build, put inside a Fractal Design Node 304. It was an upgrade from an Q6600 mATX PC. In order to save money I opted to keep using the GFX card (XFX HD6950 1GB) when I upgraded, with plans to upgrade to a better card when the money became available.

    The specs on my "base" Node 304:
    MB: Gigabyte H87N-Wifi
    CPU: Intel i5 4570 3.2GHz
    Cooler: Silverstontek NT07 (effectively the same as a stock cooler, but with a low speed adaptor to reduce noise)
    RAM: 1x8GB G.Skill RipJaws 1600MHz (but runs at 1333MHz)
    GFX: XFX HD6950 1GB
    OS: Win 7 Home Premium
    SSD: Samsung 840 240GB
    HDD1: WD Green 1TB
    HDD2: Seagate Barracuda 1TB
    PSU: FSP Raider 550W

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    Apologies for the poor pic - It was taken during the upgrade on my cellphone & it didn't handle the lighting well; but it's the only one I have of what the original looked like.

    I've recently undertaken a number of upgrades to take the Node to where I'd like it to be, but I'm still waiting on the $$$'s for a decent graphics card upgrade (probably a GTX970 or price equivalent AMD). Primarily swapping the H87N-Wifi for an Asus Z97I-Plus (for the better on-board audio as well as better CPU socket position); the cooler to a BeQuiet Shadow Rock Slim; PSU swap to Fractal Design Integra M 550W (for semi-modular cable management to improve cable clutter). Also out of the blue a friend offered me a swap of my i5 4570 for an i7 4770, that I jumped at.

    So my "new" Node is:
    MB: Asus Z97I-Plus
    CPU: Intel i7 4770 3.4GHz
    Cooler: BeQuiet Shadow Rock Slim
    RAM: 1x8GB G.Skill RipJaws 1600MHz (running at 1632MHz)
    GFX: XFX HD6950 1GB
    OS: Win 7 Professional
    SSD: Samsung 840 240GB
    HDD1: WD Green 1TB
    HDD2: Seagate Barracuda 1TB
    PSU: Fractal Design Integra M 550W.

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    As you can see there is little, to no, cable management options available in the Node 304, so I've had to resort to bundling & cable tying as best I can, the decision to upgrade to a semi modular PSU paid off there. I've also decided to ignore the 304's pre-installed fan controller and run the case fans from the motherboard's fan headers. This allowed me to remove the Molex power cable; leaving only a single 3 point SATA power cable & the PCIe cable as the only installed power cables.

    This has had the effect that the noisiest thing in my case are the HDD platters; until the GFX card fan kicks in.

    Thanks for reading to the end and allowing me to share.
     
  2. Sharif

    Sharif Well-Known Member

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    M4A785TD-V EVO
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    Kingston 8 gig
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    2 x HDD (total 1.5TB)
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    GTX 970 Strix
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    It's awesome!,great job :)
     
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  3. BakerMan1971

    BakerMan1971 Well-Known Member

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    Memory (RAM):
    16gb DDR 4 2400MHz Ripjaws + 16gb Avexir Raiden ROG
    Storage:
    750GB EVO, 240GB Chronos + 2x1TB Seagate HDD's
    Graphics Card(s):
    Gigabyte GTX1060 Mini OC 6GB
    Power Supply (PSU):
    750W Seasonic Snow Silent
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    Cooltek (Jonsbo) W2
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    AOC 28" 4k
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    looks great, quite a lot crammed in there :)
     
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  4. Aruffell

    Aruffell The Don eTeknix Staff Forum Admin

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    Seems more and more people are going small form factor lately. Looks good
     
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  5. SgtT8ie

    SgtT8ie Well-Known Member

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    Memory (RAM):
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    Storage:
    Samsung 830 240GB + 2x WD Green 1TB
    Graphics Card(s):
    MSI HD 7950 TF3 3GB
    Power Supply (PSU):
    Fractal design Integra M 550W
    Case:
    Fractal Design Node 304
    Monitor(s):
    LG IPS 24inch
    Operating System(s):
    Win7 pro
    Internet Connection:
    ADSL
    You make sacrifices going with the ITX form factor, but with the way that motherboard manufacturers are cramming better onboard components onto their boards the pain of not being able to add more than one expansion card is lessened.

    Also the portability of having a small system was a big factor for me, as my friends & I made the shift from console LAN parties to PC LAN's. I can easily move it from my desk to the lounge for big screen/couch gaming. Or pack it in the car easily for transport - "Safety first" when transporting tech!

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