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Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Hybrid Computer Case FD-CA-NODE-304-BL
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- The Node 304 may be small in size, but it is big on options.
- The intelligent design allows for hybrid functionality. Three fully removable drive caddies support two drives each, either HDDs or SSDs. If you are looking to build a cool-running file server or stylish home theater PC, you have plenty of drive mounts.
- The included two 92mm Silent Series R2 intake fans and 140mm Silent Series R2 exhaust fan, the Node 304 provides high performance cooling right out of the box!
- The Node 304 offers a small footprint while still allowing you the room you need to work inside your case.
- If you are looking to build a cool-running file server or stylish home theater PC, you have plenty of drive mounts. If you want a powerful gaming system, you can mount up to a 12.2" graphics card and still have room for 4 HDDs or SSDs
- If you want to push the extremes even further the Node 304 can support single-fan liquid cooling systems or high-performance Tower-style CPU heat sinks (up to 165mm)
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Featuring hybrid functionality, the Node 304 is an incredibly flexible case whether it is used as a cool-running file server, a stylish and quiet home theater PC or a powerful gaming system highlighting maximum functionality as well as stunning design with its Solid Aluminum Front Bezel. Thanks to it's modular interior, unused mounting brackets can be removed to allow for extended-length graphics cards up to 12.2" long, additional airflow or increased space for organizing cables. Further, the Node 304 supports standard-size ATX power supplies and is equipped with three Silent Series R2 fans, an integrated fan controller and two front USB 3.0 ports. Accommodates Tower CPU coolers (up to 165mm tall) or single-fan liquid cooling systems. Offers 6 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays compatible with SSDs. Need help? In less than 48 hours we can resolve your questions just go to support through the Fractal-Design website.
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Price - For what you're getting, the price may seem a bit high. However, when you compare it to other cases, Fractal Design have priced their Node 304 very well. It is much lower than any other mITX case. In terms of expanding, the Node 304 takes it. Over all, the price is actually very low. Don't feel bad (time of this purchase, $89.99)
Design - The front aluminium cover is made out of plastic, but looks just as good. In fact, I actually prefer the plastic aluminium as finger print stains are virtually non-existent. Also, I'm sure it cuts back on pricing as well. So, I'm all for it.
Expansion - The hard drive brackets are a very effective way of cramming up to six 3.5'' hard drives. Even with a video card installed, up to 4 hard drives can be installed. However, if you're building a gaming rig. You'll only really need one of the brackets.
PSU - Under specs, the Node 304 allows up to 160 mm. However, the modular/non-modular cables are not accurately accounted for. Therefore, if you have a lengthy graphics card, the cables/plugs are surely to interfere. I recommend a non-modular power supply. Personally, I tucked the unused cables between the front steel frame and the front plastic brushed-aluminium cover. However, space in between is limited. This is really the only con. Do your research with regards to the power supply that will be used, and the graphics card.
My Prodigy was liquid cooled, and I wanted to switch to the Node 304 with passive air cooling. However, the I had large components already. I ended up using this build as a ZFS RAIDZ-2 Ubuntu Server build. Houses six 2.5'' 3TB hard drives, and one 2.5'' 32GB SSD for ZFS cache memory. The dust filters work great, keeps my maintenance to a monthly.
If you're going to build a gaming rig, and you're buying your components as well, then do your research. It will definitely pay off, and you'll have a nice little sleeper gaming rig.
If you're building a storage server, and you're okay with no hot swapping, than go for a little, yet huge storage build (19TB).
You won't regret this case either way.
Quiet (Huge chasis fans)
Fit standard ATX power supply
Good built quality
This case can accommodate up to six 3.5 HDDs. So I pair with ASUS AMD C60-I motherboard, which also has six SATA ports. For PSU, I use Corsair Cx430, which fits perfectly in. It is very quite even when chasis fans work in high speed, partially due to the fanless motherboard-cpu combo and high capacity PSU working in low power demand.
Crucial 16GB CT2KIT102472BD160B (2x 8GB) DDR3
5x WD RED 3TB
Antec Smart Power 400w
Sandisk Cruzer 8GB usb drive
The case is really nice, just enough room for everything and a little bit of space to spare. Considering my PSU isn't modular, I might have an issue fitting a PCI card in the available slot, but I don't really need anything else added to my current setup, so it's no problem. The built in fans are also very quiet, I barely notice the machine is on. The one thing I don't like is that the PSU plugs into an extension cord mounted on the inside of the case, and the PSU switch becomes inaccessible when you close the case. It's not a huge problem if you don't have to unplug your machine, but if you do, it might be good to take the top/sides off before plugging it back in, or you'll get a spark when you plug it back in. That may not be causing any problems for the components but it creeps me out.
The case isn't as small as a conventional "NAS" device but it's definitely smaller than your standard config. After building a system with this I have decided that I'm a fan of the Mini-ITX configuration. You can build a very powerful system that isn't huge. So those of us that have somewhat small offices built into the house it won't take up very much real estate.
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