Description

I wanted to build a more compact build than my old CoolerMaster StormTrooper which was huge and served no purpose as I never ran an SLI configuration or water-cooling since I had no need to overclock.

Everything well went in the build and I can now run all titles at ultra settings using a 1440p resolution.

My temperatures are also very good I think and using a blow-dryer style GPU has helped a lot with GPU temperatures as I can see a lot of heat being exhausted off the back of the case at ultra settings on Witcher 3.

For tests I ran Witcher 3 on ultra settings and my GPU/CPU temperatures were: Max CPU: 73 Degrees Celsius. Max GPU: 80 Degrees Celsius.

Something to note is that I am using the stock CPU cooler of the i7 6700 which isn't the best, but still am getting good results. I think these are very good temperatures on ultra settings at 1440P resolution since Witcher 3 is a very demanding title.

All other games such as Overwatch and Dota2 run at 50sh degrees Celsius which I am very happy with.

I think I will get a 3rd party CPU cooler in the future just to drop the CPU temperatures even further. Any suggestions? :D

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job i like your set and your idea about GPU.. and for CPU cooling here is my suggestion for you : https://pcpartpicker.com/product/M6RFf7/scythe-case-fan-sy1212sl12h https://pcpartpicker.com/product/nkMFf7/prolimatech-cpu-cooler-prosam17

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! :) The Prolimatech looks really nice.

Do you know what software I should use to monitor and control the GPU/CPU fans and the 2 Fractal design fans I have installed on the side panel? Sometimes one of the fans(not sure which) under heavy load keeps going high RPM and low RPM continuously and I wonder why.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

the fractal design fans do that because they react to the cpu temp since they are connected to the mobo. You might be able to go into the bios and set up either a good fan curve or a set fan speed to always run at. If this doesn't work you can always hook them up to molex with a adapter and run them at 5 or 7 volts so they aren't running at max rpm.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm about to start running an RX 480 in a Node 202, like you. Lemme tell ya, get the custom coolers, return the card if you still can. That side window access for fans does wonders. My reference 480 was throttling at 82C when running Firestrike. My brother's Nitro edition of the card? 54C. It's a world of difference.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm confused. Why replace a GTX 1080 with an AMD RX 480? Plus the monitor has G-Sync, so Nvidia card is definitely the way to go.

Also I have installed 2 fans right in front of the GPU on the side panel. On top of that I have heard from almost everyone that since the case is small it's better to go with blower-style fan GPUs since it will be the case's job to clear the heat otherwise and this is a very small case. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoWzSp6SS5c

Finally, I think 80 degrees max temperature for a GPU is very acceptable. I ran my old GTX 680 at 80sh degrees and higher for years and never had any issues.

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

No, I mean replace the reference 1080 with an aftermarket board. With the extra power phases, better circuitry/cooling onboard + the two fans in there, you can actually chase high overclocks/low heat to reduce stress on the higher quality components. (Mine are set up in exhaust format, anyway.) Of course, if you're happy with the reference board, don't let me stop you.

P.S. If you're looking for a low profile cooler, try the Cryorig C7. Neat looking cooler that's the same size as the stock cooler, but has 2 heat pipes.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I see what you mean. This is an aftermarket board and is overclocked and the fan is optimized as well. It's just the style of the fan that is similar to original boards. I think I will stick to this card unless something crazy happens with the temperatures :)

Does that one fit? Do you know how it compares to the Noctua?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, yes, but my reference 480 was always at 82C, even after bumping up the fan curve to a noisy 3600 RPMs. That's vertical, where it'd be pushing in new, cool air. The aftermarket Sapphire Nitro cooler, with the fans set to exhaust, comes in nice and quiet as long as the fans are removing the hot air it generates.

It definitely does, and is very quiet. You can barely hear it inside the 202 at max speed, and it looks quite stylish on black/red motherboards. Check it out on Cyrorig's website!

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Bad advice. Custom coolers (aka open air coolers) disperse hot air into the case, which is not ideal at all in cases like the 202 which are compact and airflow is limited. Blower-style (closed air coolers) are not as effective as open air coolers in cases with good airflow, but in compact cases like the 202, the blower style cooler is quite important to have.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

The two giant 120MM fans exhaust all that air very fast. Believe me, set them to exhaust with an aftermarket cooler. The dust filters will take care of the disadvantages of negative air pressure.

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

The sides of the case aren't dust filtered. The node 202 is made for positive pressure

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Noctua's low profile cpu cooler seems to be the favorite for the node 202. Otherwise a real beauty you have there!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes! I was thinking of buying that model actually :)

Thank you :D

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good jobs guys, its conpact and powfull.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome but WOW, $3k?? I hope you are getting your money's worth! Nice setup too by the way!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

he did with this full set included the monitor, mouse and the keyboard

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

You are correct my good man! Thanks for pointing that out!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yes, a little costly, but to be fair last time I bought a nice system with a low end monitor and kinda regretted it as it doesn't let the system shine. This time I went all the way :D

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build fellow Node 202 builder! That is some really beastly PC Parts you've got there. Awesome, just awesome.

The AXP-100 CPU cooler seems to be doing good for other Node 202 builders. My Noctua CPU cooler had to be supplemented by another Noctua 140mm above it to keep things nice and cool for me as you saw in my build :)

Enjoy that beautiful monitor and the GTX 1080 for me will ya! _^

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any trouble with yours not booting? I have the same CPU, Motherboard, and RAM but when I connect the power and flip the switch I just get a red light and that is it.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, no I didn't have that issue. Has it been resolved for you?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

All issues have been resolved PC is working great, thank you

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

The Cryorig C7 is undoubtedly the best CPU cooler for your setup.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I got the Noctua low profile and very happy with it. Barely any noise :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Which Low-Profile? The NH-l9i?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow!