This is my first build ever, and will always be remembered as such, this is it my carry-on computer.
It is intended to run efficiently several programs I use for my studies as well as Photoshop and Lightroom, to play games like Rise of the Tomb Raise, DOOM, PUBG, and, KSP, Factorio, Cities Skylines, and to warm up my room in the cold of winter (Vega56+R5 1600 make ~$3.5/day on NiceHash without any modification, I'll try undervolting soon).
It all started around two years ago, as I moved to college, my family gifted me with a new MacBook (12" version). The MacBook, my iPhone and my Casio calculator were the only three pieces of technology that followed me. Now don't get me wrong, it's a really nice laptop for its portability, but its dual core 1.2GHz processor won't take you to the moon or even the end of the street.
That was the end of video games for me for a while... The following year, on Black Friday, I convinced my parents that a PS4 would not affect my work (and it did, but not in a bad way !), so I got one as an early Christmas gift. Few months later, a new problem appeared, a program I use for my studies can barely run on my MacBook, I definitely needed more horsepower.
With this in mind, I subscribed to r/pcmr, worked and made economies for about a year and this summer I finally could build my first computer.
Just as many people here, at first I had no clue on how much to spend. But £700-800 seemed like a good spot for me. Well, it went up and up.
One thing I knew is that I wanted a AMD build, I've only ever had Intel, except the Motorola 68k of my Macintosh Classic I bought at a flee market (what a beast !).
Then, putting things together slowly thanks to r/buildapc and r/pcmr, I went for a Ryzen 5 + RX580, that was in March this year.
Then, ethereum miner bought all the cards, and they were willing to pay higher prices than I was (free market and all...). So I settled with my dad to buy a GTX 1060 6GB he would then put in a computer at his office, until I'd buy a Radeon card.
And finally, Vega came out, and even though many people seem to be disappointed, I like the idea of HBM2. It has a blower style fan, which will help my Node 202, as for now, the 1060 blows hot air into the case, hot air that my fans can barely push out. Vega56 seems like the right one for me.
I had read and seen videos saying that the cable management was hard, also I was very pumped that I was going to build my first PC, so I made a diagram for my cabling, feel free to use it fellow Node 202 people !
UPDATE 1 : HD5450 1GB to 1060 6GB - gaming starts now
UPDATE 2 : 450W PSU to nothing whilst the 600W arrives - a £900 paperweight
UPDATE 3 : nothing to 600W PSU - it's aliiiiiiive
UPDATE 4 : 1060 6GB to SAPPHIRE RX VEGA 56 ! - kind of satisfying...
NEXT : keyboard, mouse, freesync monitor, SSD, etc... but first I'll need money
Because of pcmr I guess, I wanted a Ryzen build, at first I had the Risen 5 1400 in mind, but thanks to my family helping me out, I went for the 1600 which is more future-proof with its 6 cores 12 threads.
The AMD Wraith Spire does not fit in the Node 202, Stealth might, but Spire definitely doesn't.
Seeing the completed builds on this site, most people go for the Cryorig C7.
But for AM4, you need to wait for fancy new brackets to get to you, and time being restricted, that was a bit of a problem for me...
Then, watching a lot of Node 202 build videos on youtube I found this one by Hoosier Hardware in which he made a hybrid cooler with the block of a Spire and the fan of a C7. The fan had to be modded a bit but it's a non destructive mod and I could put it back on it's original block if necessary, so I thought maybe I'd try. It worked, and now I have a pretty silent CPU cooler that should be effective according to Hoosier.
I'll update with temps when I get home in September, I can do a comparison of C7 vs hybrid cooler then, tell me in the comments.
AM4 and mini-itx, well, there isn't that much choice... Biostar, ASRock, and Gigabyte. I picked Gigabyte.
- AM4 Mini-ITX MOBO
- Nice BIOS (apparently Biostar's is difficult)
- No USB-C
- Still no USB-C
After a lot of lurking, over at r/pcmr and r/buildapc, I believe Ryzen wants quite a lot of RAM and the quick kind. I also found a good deal that was just £10 to go from 2133 to 3200, so, for the sake of future-proof and belief that my CPU would thank me, I went for it. It works without any problem up to 3200MHz with this motherboard.
HDDs are cheap.
I'll buy a SSD (M.2 if possible) after my birthday.
Well, I'm a student so I'll move to a new place next year, then again a new place since I'll be done studying here, etc... Also, I need to take a plane to go home, so I needed something small. The Node 202 looks nice, can fit most graphics cards and fits in most backpacks, so it was easy to choose.
I bought the PSU with it because it's rated the same as the one I'd buy for £20 less that I could put in something else.
Those are pretty silent given the pressure they can produce ! I use a PWM splitter 4 pins on one side, 3 on the other to have the sensor only on one fans and it works great !