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I've recently started to work from home so needed a PC. My old Surface Pro 3 wasn't going to cut it. The problem I have is that I live in a one bedroom apartment so don't have the luxury of a designated office. It was agreed with the girlfriend that I could set up a small home office in the corner of our living room. After a lot of research I found a desk that would fit the space available. It turned out that I had around 70cm of desk space to work with.

I enjoy a bit of Overwatch every now and then and my brother has a really nice PC that runs the game at 165hz on a QHD screen which looks absolutely awesome. I settled on the Dell Gaming S2417DG as it was QHD, G-Sync ready and was a 24" monitor measuring 53cm in width. The monitor looks great so far.

I didn't want my PC on the floor as I would end up kicking it all the time so I had to find a case that was under 15cm wide allowing for a bit of breathing room. I found the Node 202 which fits the bill at 7.5cm wide. If my build looks familiar its because it is. I pretty much copied some of the completed builds on this site.

I originally planned on buying a 1070 but just as I was about to pull the trigger the 1080ti was announced and 1080 prices were reduced by about £100 which fell in to my budget.

All of the other parts are pretty self explanatory. Scythe big shuriken 2 was horrible to put on and I had loads of issues getting a Kaby Lake CPU to work with the z170 Stinger. I had to use my brothers Sklyake chip to reach and update the bios. Lots of seemingly unnecessary messing around. I should have waited for the z270 Stinger.

My last obstacle was finding a keyboard and mouse that would fit in the limited space available. I went for the Razer Turret which is a lapboard really but I've really enjoyed using it so far. It fits the space perfectly.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

With smaller cases I see a lot of people using blower style GPUs to exhaust the hot air and keep the internal case temperature down. Do you have any heat issues with that GPU blowing the hot air around inside the case?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

When the case is standing vertically there is actually pretty good ventilation. The 2 Fractal design fans help a lot as well I think. They're really quiet!

I basically chose this GPU because I found a good deal and it looked cool. A blower may well have been a better option.

After over an hour of playing Overwatch on Epic settings at 165hz in QHD the GPU gets up to around 62-65° C

Not sure about the CPU temps but I don't overclock so I'm confident heat wont be a problem with the Scythe cooler

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I plan to put an open-air style GPU in my Node 202 as well. I'm not that worried about temps, tbh. I was at first because the internet made it seem like your PC was going to burst into flames otherwise but I'm looking at other people's builds and seeing that their temps aren't bad with open-air coolers.

Probably still a couple degrees warmer but nothing to really stress. Plus the Node 202's isolated GPU compartment keeps the CPU a tad cooler than it normally would be in a more traditional mini-ITX case.

Like you, my desk will literally only fit a case the size of the 202. Nothing larger will fit and I don't want my PC on the floor. The aftermarket GPU's offer quite a bit more performance for little extra cost depending on who you go with. Anyways, +1. :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't worry about the open air cooler. My brother has a big phanteks case with a blower style 1080 and it gets up to 72 degrees in his case after an hour of overwatch. After the same time my GPU gets to to 62 degrees in a small case.

Really like the node 202 for a compact desk. Definitely recommend it. lookinh forward to seeing your build on here soon

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been looking at gpu temps for this case and it seems the best set up is the open air style with 2 case fans. Most of the builds I've seen with blower style cards are 80C under load, even with the case fans as well. Just an observation I made feel free to look for yourself.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I build a similiar case yesterday. I use the MSI 1070 Aero ITX so a short graphics card. Right now I have no additional case fans and on ultra settings in Witcher 3 GPU temps cap at ~78°C. You can install 2 case fans in the GPU chamber so I might look into that. CPU is absolutely cool with the Big Shuriken 2 (~50°C at load).

General consensus is that the Blower Style GPU coolers keep the case cooler overall (due to the back exhaust) while the card itself is hotter or often even throttles (atleast in some reviews/builds). Since I don't find the overall/CPU heat an issue I would try to go with the card that can keep itself cool the best. It propably doesn't matter much to be honest.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Love these little stealth builds

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I can really appreciate this build. You did a fantastic job! High quality parts, meticulously built. Love it, congrats and enjoy!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

How good is that CPU I was looking at buying one

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been absolutely fine so far. I don't think I really push it that hard though as I only play overwatch and do general work related task. Emails, excel etc.

Temperatures have been sitting at around 30 while idle which is ok in such a small case. Not sure about temps when under load.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok nice

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build and setup. I too have a very small desk in the corner of my 1 bedroom apartment I share with my fiancee. I've been waiting for the Cryorig Taku because I'm afraid if I had the 202 setup like yours, one of my cats would knock it off the table. But if the Taku takes any longer to come out I might go vertical 202 like you.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I've seen a few very nice small form factor cases in the pipeline. I was looking at the Dan A4 SFX but it sold out in minutes and it's very expensive compared to the 202.

Not sure what the price point of the Taku will be but I'm guessing it will be more than that of the 202. I can definitely recommend it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not too familiar with mini, what do you need for the gpu to lay sideways like that? Some kind of slot extension?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It's called a GPU riser. It comes included with the node 202. It's pretty strait forward to use. I hadn't ever used one before but had no problems.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the maximum size for the gpu? Mine is 11"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure, but I am not aware of any cards that are not compatible with this case.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

are two case fans really necessary? Do you think you could've gotten away with just one fan? And did you have to mess around with the GPU to get the second case fan in place??

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Because the fan Is big it covers your access to the screws that attach it to the motherboard. Small hands help.

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