This build has long since been decommissioned.
Inspired by the need for both portability and flexible power, this build was spec'd out for capturing video content (use of 1080p webcams and screen capture) as well as being my daily gaming rig.
I dislike the look of nearly every other ITX case out there, but was drawn to the sleek, understated look of the Fractal Node 202.
The Cryorig C7 gets very loud under load, but until better coolers can be adapted, this is the only option I have. I think that's really the only gripe that I have with it.
I've taken the stock fan off the C7 and loose-fitted a Noctua NF-P14s redux fan since there was enough room between the C7 heatsink, ram DIMM's, and the side panel of the case. Temperatures have stayed the same (idling at 55-60c) but noise volumes have dropped dramatically. Photos of this cheap "mod" will eventually be uploaded.
I'm actually not terribly impressed with this cooler. There are much better options available for the ITX market- in particular, if you can get your hands on a Noctua NH-L9a or L9i and the newly-released AM4 mounting kit, I would highly suggest taking that route instead of getting the C7.
This heatsink and fan combination is particularly small as well as being unnecessarily loud, and load temperatures are barely under 80c when running a heavy CPU workload.
Until recently, this was the only option for AM4 users trying to use low-clearance cases like Fractal's Node 202.
Surprisingly solid performer for its price and for being the first ITX AM4 motherboard.
The UEFI/BIOS is about as clear as mud to navigate and use, but once it's set up properly, it's rock solid. Overclocking isn't quite as intuitive due to the BIOS, but performance is there despite using a 4-pin CPU power connector instead of the standard fare 8-pin.
Memory compatibility is decent and will be improving with further bios updates.
This is probably the best value for an NVMe SSD that one could purchase. Its price-to-size ratio is quite good, and unless you're constantly transferring massive files, you won't notice or miss the extra speed from faster, more expensive drives.
Amazing use of the terrifically small volume this case fills. That said, it's also not very intuitive to build in at all, so definitely READ THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL FIRST. The instructions are very clear on how to build in this case.
Airflow is obviously not quite up to par with other cases- even other ITX cases- but actually still better than one would expect, especially if you can get a larger-diameter down-firing CPU cooler to pull air through the 140mm vent over the CPU chamber. There's also room for a pair of 120mm fans on the GPU side of the case- I highly suggest putting a pair of static pressure fans to go in on that side.