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My first build since 1998, LOL, but seriously.

Needed a small case for my home working space, was trying to decide between Raven RNV-02 and Node 202. Decided to go with the Node because of it's clean and subtle look. Installation for the case wasn't hard, but need to plan the cables first.

CPU COOLER: first I bought a Thermalright AXP-100, despite other success build, I wasn't able to make it fit on my board, it's either pushing the RAM or it doesn't touch the CPU property due to the height of the WIFI module. so then I had to switch to CRYORIG C7, the installation of the fan was painless once you get the back plate on, which takes some effort and the back plate seems slightly bent.

VIDEO CARD: It fits perfectly, I saw a youtube video saying that it doesn't fit, but it fits fine. I would suggest you install the GPU separately after you install the L-shape adapter. but my first card failed after I booted up windows, so had to get a new one, and it's working fine now.

POWER SUPPLY:* I tried to run a bench mark, then I guess it went really hot, and the fan of the PSU turned on, and man it was LOUD***, sounded like the fan was scrubbing some kind of cable or another piece of metal, not sure if that's normal, but I don't think it's unique case.

UPDATE It turned out that my PSU was a defect, the fan was actually hitting some kind piece, had to exchange a new one and now it's running much cooler.

CASE FAN: the space to install the case fan was really tight, need to install the case fan first before installing the GPU. I currently have the case fan sucking air away from the GPU/CASE, but I might place around with it to see if there's other better options.

UPDATES I inverted the case fan so it's blowing air into the GPU/CASE, now the build is running almost silent!

HACKINTOSH all of the hardware was supported by OS X El Captain 10.11.3 with some driver, except the WIFI and BLUETOOTH (which I didn't bother to try to find the driver either), so now I am running dual boot OS X and WIN 10.

Final thoughts: great small case, really silent. I am really happy about this build.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 4 points

I currently have the case fan sucking air away from the GPU/CASE

Its not a good idea as the gpu intakes air so now both the gpu and fans are fighting for air. You should definitely change the fans so they are intaking air.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for your advise, definitely going to give that a try

  • 51 months ago
  • 4 points

hey, thanks for your advise,after i change the fans to intake air, it's even more quieter now.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey,

Nice build I was looking into something similar but using my 980 ti aftermarket from EVGA. Do you think it would be adequately cooled if I put those 2 fans in the GPU area. Also, is the psu really loud like you mentioned in the description?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

hey thanks, the PSU is loud only when it's under heavy load (I believe is only when the PSU is over 45 degree) which it did when I was trying to benchmark the PC, but in daily use plus those 2 hour gaming, it's quite. not sure what's the spec of your EVGA, I've seen on forums that some people actually take off the case fan to have better performance, so you can start with that as well.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.evga.com/articles/00957/EVGA-GeForce-GTX-980-Ti-FTW/

It's this one so it's factory over locked a decent way out the box which is a worry. What are your GPU temps if you don't mind me asking.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

my GPU temp is 35c when idle, and after 1 round of CS GO at 4K resolution, it went to 59c

that's definitely a nice card, my GPU spec is:5.5 " x 11 " x 1.57 " Inch or 14 x 28 x4 Centimeter, if your GPU is similar size, it should fit . if it's thicker, then you can probably try the thin case fan, or I heard it will also work fine without the case fan, which is what I'm going to try next.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Sleek and packs a punch. +1

P.S. WOW on that 512GB 950 PRO SSD!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! it actually save me a lot of trouble for not using the SATA SSD too. I wanted top speed for both my OSX and WIN, so i end up getting the 512GB .

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the temps like on the M.2? I was going to get one until I read that they need decent airflow. Great build, nice keyboard +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

hi Louis, I don't have the actual temp on the M.2, but it's the only NVME option for this board

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Super nice and slim. +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done my man! Throw a pic up of OS X boot.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

added 2 more pic of OS X

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. So I have been tempted to build hackintosh, but I know that I do not know all the in/outs required for that kind of build.
Any good references that you could toss my way? Is a gtx 970 compatible?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

hi i followed these 2 guides for my build (use this one for installation) http://www.tonymacx86.com/el-capitan-desktop-guides/184165-guide-el-capitan-onto-skylake-mini-itx-asus-z170i-pro-gaming-w-i7-6700t-35w-gtx-760-sm951-ahci.html (use this one for post installation) http://www.tonymacx86.com/el-capitan-desktop-guides/178197-guide-el-capitan-skylake-h170n-wifi.html

the GTX970 is compatible, just need to download the nVidia web driver

i am a newbie to this too, and it wasn't too difficult

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for taking the time to share! Much appreciated. :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know if you already mentioned it, but what kind of stuff do you do on Win and OSX? What do you do differently on each one? :) what kinda tasks u using on OSX? I'm thinking of maybe doing a Hackintosh.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

well, i have a macbook pro for work, i'm in marketing, so most of my work is done online and in office. but i fall in loved with the short cuts in Mac, that's why I wanted to use mac at home as well. the only reason I'm keeping window is for gaming (CS:GO) and online banking (my bank requires me to use a USB security key, which only works with windows) for most people, they use win for games and mac for work. good luck with your Hackintosh, it is awesome

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Does mac work good on skylake? Would my build work? https://pcpartpicker.com/user/AlecFrey/builds/

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

hi, mac works fine on skylake. looking at your build, I could try to search up on tonymacx86 first to see if there's other success build on your motherboard (which I didn't find any for your build), unless you are very technical and know what you are doing, i recommend getting some mother board that's already been proven working for hackintosh.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm kind of jealous that you're running El Capitan on your system--I'm hoping to get OS X installed on my 6700K here soon. Was it fairly easy to install?

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

it wasn't hard to install

hi i followed these 2 guides for my build

(use this one for installation) http://www.tonymacx86.com/el-capitan-desktop-guides/184165-guide-el-capitan-onto-skylake-mini-itx-asus-z170i-pro-gaming-w-i7-6700t-35w-gtx-760-sm951-ahci.html

(use this one for post installation and dual boot) http://www.tonymacx86.com/el-capitan-desktop-guides/178197-guide-el-capitan-skylake-h170n-wifi.html

with a little more research you should be able to get it to work just fine

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, already got those, was just wondering how smooth it was. :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

it's quit smooth even for a non-techie like me. looking forward to see your build~

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

How audible is it? Great build by the way.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

i exchanged the PSU and inverted the case fan so it's blow air into the GPU, and now it's almost silent. thanks

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

You got the same PSU replaced or got a different one? I ordered the same PSU as you and am hoping I don't have the buzzing/noisy issue that other reviewers have said...

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

i replaced my PSU and have no problem with the new one since my build

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

any vibration with the fans so close to the gpu?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, don't feel any vibrations

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It's funny I'm considering the i7 non k version as well and wondered if I would get burned at the stake for doing so. How is it performing for you? Also just out of curiosity is the fan on the cpu cooler replaceable? It would look pretty epic with a Thermaltake riing

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

the fan on the cooler is almost impossible to replace.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

and i think it perform nicely, I was thinking getting the K, but since I am not going to overclocking, there's no point getting the K. and because I do use photo editing and OSX definitly support hyper-threading, the i7 non K would be the best choice

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think you have the case fans on correctly. I believe you have air being blown out of the case, not in. Unless you did flip the fans but haven't update the pictures.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the heads up, I just reversed the fan, but the pictures aren't updated

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all, NICE BUILD!

I'd just like to ask, isn't the backplate of your CPU installed the wrong way? The Intel holes don't line up at all since the backplate is oriented the wrong way. That's why your backplate is bending. I'm surprised it actually held it in place like that.

The reason I asked is because I have the Cryorig C7 too and if the backplate is oriented the correct way, it will most likely block the M.2 slot, which is my current dilemma right now. Is the cooler safe that way? If it is, I'll do the same so I can mount my M.2 SSD as well. Thanks!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Justin, thx. My back plate fits in both orientation, but I felt this is the better orientation bc it's not (feels like it's not) pressing on any of the parts of the mobo. But it's holding up alright, so best of luck w yours!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey just wondering what your CPU temps are on idle on load. I have the same cpu/case/cooler and temps aren't great.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

hi my temp for CPU when idling is around 39+-2 degree, what's your temp?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly the same. Have you delidded your processor? Supposedly that decreases temps from anywhere around 10 C to 20 C on load.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure I did, it dropped about 10c

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build. could you please elaborate more on the cpu cooler size. I think it is the most challenging part in node 202. I wounder if it fits perfectly in the mobo as well.

I am looking at C7 and NH l9i and I really cant tell which one would be better. Noise is not an issue for me at all but I need something that give me the best performance. I am planning to build SFF identical to yours so I might have other questions if you don't mind.

Sincerely,

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd try nh l9i, bc I feel my cpu is not at its coolest temp, not sure bc of the small vent area or the fan, tho You are welcome to ask more,question

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there nice build!!

I am also planning a node 202 build. I am considering the AXP 100R CPU Cooler with the ASUS B150i, which has the same WIFI module.

Do you think the cooler could fit with low profile RAM, or will every possible orientation of it be obstructed by the wifi module? Also can it fit with the CPU dust filter on?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

hey sorry just saw the post. not sure if a low profile RAM would help, b/c seems like the WIFI will get in the way regardless. and I'm not sure what a CPU dust filter is.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What are you CPU temps under load (gaming and or Aida 64), just wanted to know as I'm doing a similar build with the same cooler and a 6700K.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this set up. I'm currently putting together my own Hackintosh build– Wondering how difficult it was to get the Samsung 950 NVMe set up? I am tempted to get one, but was put off because of possible compatibility issues, so thought it might be better to just stick with SATA SSDs.

Also, torn on the node 202 as well have checked it out a couple times but was now leaning towards a Nano S which is quite a bit bigger. Looking for something with a smaller form factor that I can still cram a i7-6700K into. Looks great in your pics though.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, my 950 NVME failed after a few months, so I installed SSD for my Mac OSX instead. and used the NVME for my windows installation.

the space for node 202 is certainly tight, either CPU will due, but i think Nano S got bigger space for air flow which might be more suitable for the K CPU

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Ended up going with an SM951 M.2 as the boot drive, which I am really happy with. No problems getting it up and running or upgrade/stability problems like with the NVMe drives (on OS X), and it's very fast.

Crammed the i7-6700k into the Node 202, and even managed an overclock to 4.4Ghz. It runs a tad warm (79-84ºc at very high extended loads), but I do love the small form-factor. At idle it's right around 30ºc.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

nice to hear that!