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Fractal Design Node 605 FD-CA-NODE-605-BL Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Media Center/HTPC case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great build quality. The front face is a brushed metal and it looks very nice in my home entertainment center.

Absolutely quiet. The switch on the side of the case (bad placement, in my opinion, but more on that later) allows you to control the two included 120mm case fans. The switch has three settings, at the highest setting the fans are barely audible while sitting near the case (I'm 29 and my hearing is still perfect), and middle setting is hard to hear unless you've put the case near your ear. When you switch it to off, you can't hear the fans at all (duh).

I built a HTPC/Steambox using this case, I used a fanless power supply so the only fans I have are these case fans and the stock HSF that came with my i7-4770k.

To compare, the i7's HSF is more loud than the case fans at high, and Intel's heat sink fans are not that loud to begin with. Sitting 10 feet away in my living room, I was unable to hear the computer at all unless I had all my equipment turned off and was listening for it very carefully.

Cons: The fan control switch is in an awkward place, it is visible from the front of the case and sort of ruins the aesthetic.

... and of course, the blue power LED is a bit too bright.

Blue LEDs should not be used in a HTPC case. They're too visible in a dark room. I'm going to try to replace the LED with a different LED, baring that I'll just slap a dark vinyl piece over it.

Other Thoughts: This is was first Fractal Design case. I've appreciated their cases for awhile, so I decided to pull the trigger one one and I'm glad I did. Great build quality with a silent design. I'm happy with my purchase, and I'd happily recommend it to others.

ASRock Z87E-ITX LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel I217V Lan 802.11ac WiFi Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: An ASRock socket 1150 mini-itx board; I've used ASRock in my last two builds, my first being an ATX i7-2600k and now an ITX i7-4770k. This board will be used in a HTPC/Steambox for my living room.

I was going for an absolutely silent build, and I'm happy to report that this motherboard does not emit any buzzing or other noise at all.

Comes with your standard accessories, I bought it so I could take advantage of the displayport connector and future proof myself when I eventually buy a 4k television.

Built in bluetooth made my life a lot easier when I needed to connect a keyboard/remote for HTPC usage.

Build quality is great, as ever. Power over IP is useful for starting up with my phone.

Currently running Windows 8.1 w/ Start8 and XBMC.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: None.

SeaSonic SS-520FL2 520W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Absolutely quiet.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Used in a HTPC/Steambox build. Powering an i7-4770k. No coil noise. Completely silent. Stays cool after being in use for over 5 hours.


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Date Joined: 03/13/06

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