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My girlfriend and I decided on a little project for Valentines Day, and this is the result.

We had a lot of fun! This is going to be her new computer to replace the last build I did for her as that one had become too dated. The parts I chose were chosen for (1) the sake of convenience since I can pick them up whenever I'm at work thus no need to wait 1 to 2 business days, and (2) not to mention I get some discounts on a few components.

She chose the colors, which took her a minute to decide, but it turned out to be a nice combination. We had to go with 2 different brand spray paints (one for the main color and the other for the trim) because neither brand had the exact combination she was looking for. Overall, we are pleased with the result. I am, however, a little disappointed in the Rustoleum brand for the pink because as soon as I began to spray, it started to clump up thus creating a bit of texture. It's not really anything too bad, but the Krylon brand for the purple proved to be a lot better as it sprayed consistently smooth the entire time. I'm glad we chose that brand for the larger part of the case, so next time if I'm doing a similar project I'll probably skip out on Rustoleum.

Speaking of the case, the Node 202 wasn't too difficult to build in as people made it seem, though, perhaps I was perpared beforehand. I think the modular power supply also helped as well. We were originally going for the model that included the power supply, but I found that, in my situation, it would be more cost-effective to purchase them separately. I find the slim form factor very appealing especially for portability. In order to apply the paint, we had to sand down the outer layers and mask the important bits. Shout out to Dietec and his comprehensive tutorial on getting the finish down. We otherwise wouldn't have been inspired to do this.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 4 points

This is a really slick build! Thanks for posting it!

I'm building my wife a PC for her anniversary present, so I had her browse the site for cases she thought looked nice. She found your build and that was that. :)

We're going to do a solid light pink all over, with a light coating of silver glitter spray to make it pop. I'll be sure to take pics and publish the build once it's done!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow just seeing this... I'm glad you guys enjoyed the post. I certainly look forward to seeing your take on it. Have fun, and happy anniversary! :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! I love the Node because of its low profile design that doesn't really ever call attention to itself. Love that you two decided to personalize it more than for what it is. Hope you two had a great Valentines Day!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

We certainly enjoyed our day, thanks for the kind words!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem my dude!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build! Love the custom paint job! Nice tidy build too, so a win all round I'd say!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much! I was debating on whether I should still put forth the effort on keeping things tidy since so much of my energy went towards the paint, so I'm glad to see that you noticed.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Paint job turned out great! I see what you mean by the underside being a bit rough, but overall it looks pretty professional. Will keep my eye out for that brand for next time. Hope your girlfriend loves it +1

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a ton! She gets super giddy when looking at it, so I'd say mission accomplished :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

i love the paint! amazing work!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not know that case fit a full size GPU.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yes. According to Fractal, it can fit a max length of 310mm which should be enough for most graphics cards.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you look at that, I clicked this build thinking I wouldn't like it but wanting a closer look at the case. I quite like this understated look +1. I might have gone a different way with the io shield though.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

It's funny you mentioned that, cause if anything, the io shield was my biggest regret, and I can't say I'm very fond of how it turned out. Though, as soon as I started sanding it down, there was no turning back. I guess it has to do something with thinner pieces of metal, but painting it was a pain. It took three attempts because of the Rustoleum never properly cured on it with thicker layers and what you see is what I settled with. Wish I never touched it. whomp whomp

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I thought you may have had issues with it, I too have had issues with it up shield paint, I was thinking(if I ever try again) template the io shield print and paint vinyl then transfer and move on with my life...

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

hows the temps with the stock cpu cooler?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Not too bad actually. I used IC diamond thermal paste and it never really gets over 72°C under load using Aida 64, and It'll idle around 30°C - 35°C.

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

Were you able to get the powercolor rx 570 in with no issue? I have mine together with the node 202 as well but the back doesn't sit flush with the default riser card, meaning i can't screw in the card in the back (hopefully that makes sense). Seems like i'll have to buy a flexible riser card. hmm....

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

I was able to install mine with ease. Just make sure everything is seated properly. The riser from the Node 202 should come in two pieces: 1 that seats directly into the motherboard and 1 that extends out horizontally from that riser. You might be missing that second piece.