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Nothing you can't find in any other Node 304 build except that I can confirm that the Galaxy GTX 970 will indeed fit into this tiny case! Everything is very very close to everything else.

My Reddit Benchmark Thread with more info

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  • 62 months ago
  • 6 points

Why do you have 2 Wii's?

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Because both my wife and I had one and now they huddle together in that shelf reminiscing about back when they were used regularly.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Awww that's cute, right where they should be, put away to shame by a PC. :P

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Does the pentium bottleneck here? either way maybe a good upgrade path is to go for a 4690k or 4790k in the future.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you experience a bottleneck in any games? Because I was planning on doing that same CPU/GPU combo and planning on upgrading to an i5/i7 in a few years.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd be careful with that pentium, as it might bottleneck a little. That's at least what some other more informed people told me so don't quote me :D I was thinking of doing something similar, and they said go with the 6300 once I get the money... but idk :) I would much rather go with an overclocked pentium if it doesn't bottleneck the 970. Does anyone know for sure>?<

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

First build I clicked on and you confirmed exactly what I was wondering: whether the gigabyte 970 would fit into the case! I am so glad I found this. According to fractal the case can handle up to 310mm GPU, and according to gigabyte, the GPU is 312mm. I don't know who to believe, but I see pictures of it fitting!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it was a tight fit and definitely not something to rush!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Just to confirm, is it the G1 model? And how tight was the fit?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, Gigabyte Gaming G1. 312mm! It is tight and was very difficult to rotate in. Probably would have been easier to do without the PSU in the way but I'd already had everything together for a couple weeks without the 970.

There are a lot of specific hoops you'll have to jump through to make sure it fits. The PSU will likely need to be 140mm or have the modular ports in the same arrangement as this Seasonic. If you read some of the other Node 304 builds you'll see.

I'll try to add more photos this weekend to show just how close everything is.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I see! I actually just got the MSI 970, since it was between that and gigabyte, whichever was in stock first.

Also, thank you for the advice. I really would like to see more pictures of how it fits in your build! I will be putting my build together once all my parts arrive!

Also, I thought about getting a PSU with a certain arrangement, but I ended up getting a 140mm long PSU in order to have it be fully modular.

I also decided on the Corsair H60 for my build. It looks like it fits nicely on other builds that I saw.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are planning to utilise this build purely for gaming and just basic use, then you will be fine. Forget about any video editing or anything that requires multi threading.

This cpu, fresh out of the box, is what you'd expect. Nothing special. But with some adequate cooling, you can overclock the **** out of it and transform it into a monster. Lol.

I built a system for my nephew on the cheap.. And managed to have his system running stable at 4.8ghz! Idle temps were 29° and on full load it hit 62°.

With an overclock such as this, talking from experience, this thing is a beast! When coupled with a decent GPU, in this case an R9 280x.. It had no problems running some of the latest titles completely maxed out effortlessly! Big suprise how much value lies in a $70 processor!

Can honestly say i was very impressed.. But even more so, was my nephew! Enjoy buddy! :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I have overclocked the pentium. It is at 4.7 GHz and only because of hitting my comfortable temperatures. Upgrade path is watercooling for the cpu and maximizing what I'm able to get out of the G3258 before eventually replacing it with a i5/i7.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Apparently absolute max oberclock on the g3258 is 4.8ghz. Any attempts further than that wont see any stability. But of course, every chip is different. This is only based on what I have read in various reviews and benchmarks..

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

More pictures please! Thanks confirming that the Gigabyte gtx 970 will fit in this case, now I'm getting one for my node!!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Really compact build. how is the GPU temp under pressure? +1 You can take a look of my itx build.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Guys, that processor is actually real good. Just replaced an old '08 Intel socket LGA 775 (however, I didn't know the name of it). Might be a bit bottleneck on that card, I do agree on that part, but overall, probably one of the best Pentiums out there. P.S. that processor works wonders with the integrated graphics, but of course not for extreme gaming.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

hey what are the temps you are getting for the card and what is the power draw for the card?

Edit: nevermind just saw that you posted them

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build.

This isn't related to the build, but that ruler is awesome! Where did you get it?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Adafruit, very handy reference and looks great too.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I frequent their site but had no idea they sold that. Thanks!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like this build and also your idea with the G3258. I have no idea how comfortable you are with the CPU under load at 85c, but dam!

It is a introductory CPU and when the cash comes and newer CPUS the upgrade will be worth it. For the mean time (••) / ( ••)>⌐■-■ / (⌐■_■) **** it OC the mother!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Normal use it doesn't hit 85C for long. Just the occasional spike. Average temp is low 50s.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! im gonna build my first gaming pc soon ive picked up the parts i will be using. Any tips or recommendations are appriciated!

Intel Core i5-4690K

Cooler Master G750M, 750W PSU

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Kjøler

Corsair Carbide Air 540 Cube Case

HyperX Fury DDR3 1600MHz 8GB Red

MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4GB PhysX

MSI Z97 GAMING 5, Socket-1150

Samsung SSD 840 EVO 120GB

Seagate Barracuda® 1TB

windows 7

BenQ 24" 3D LED XL2420Z

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Power supply is overkill. You honestly don't need more than 550W for that build.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinkin about adding another 970 in the future thats why.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

What about Graphics cards that are bigger that this by only 2 cm ? would they still fit ?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I'm working on picking up the parts for the G3258 build now. I've been wondering what ITX boards could handle the extreme overclocking that the Pentium can do. Sounds like the Gigabyte does just fine...or does it? I wasn't excited about having to step up to the price of the Asus Max VII. Great post. Love all the comments about quad core. If you only run dual core apps...what's the point of paying an extra 150 or more for the CPU? :D

  • 62 months ago
  • 0 points

Why did you decide to pair a Intel Pentium CPU with the GTX 970?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheap and not going to hold me back much running at 4.7 Ghz

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Meh, sure a overclock like that won't be bottlenecking the card but it's still two cores.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

So far the only game that it might suffer with is BF4, but I don't play that so I'll more than likely never run into performance issues with the games I play.

I intend on eventually replacing the G3258 with an unlocked i5 or i7 in a year or so if more games require multi-thread but for now I'm very happy to put that cash into the 970.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

He may have wanted to move to broadwell since the Z97 is compatible with the 5th Gen Intel processors, and judging by the ram and storage he is probably going for an i7.

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Ding! Ding! Ding! I just didn't want to shell out for an i7 when not enough games demand it!

I also had a hard time finding ram that was going to be less than 1.5" high so I just bought a 16 GB kit to be done with it.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

What is your performance like in games?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Needed the storage now and its called sales tax.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, the processor is a bit odd... could have also downgraded to 8gb of ram to buy a i5-4670k

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a pain to find ram that was less than 1.5" high and I'll probably end up using this computer to do CAD work at some point so the extra ram will be appreciated.

  • 62 months ago
  • 0 points

It's not an old processor, its haswell refresh. With an OC, it gets i7-like performance in games.

  • 62 months ago
  • 4 points

I gets i7 performance in games that only utilize dual cores.

  • 62 months ago
  • -2 points

Yeah, In lightly threaded games.

  • 62 months ago
  • 0 points

There are very few games that are optimized for more than two cores right now anyhow. I'll sit on the G3258 for a year or so before replacing it with an unlocked i5/i7 to boost performance if required.

  • 62 months ago
  • -1 points

Wrong, most games utilize 4 cores which is why the i5 4690k is the sweetspot.