My focus here was to build a small form factor PC that could drive 4K video and VR gaming on my Samsung 65" while staying cool and silent. The Node 202 was the perfect size to fit under my entertainment center.
Cheap yet silky smooth. Runs perfectly in my HTPC coupled with a robust GPU to handle most of the load.
Performs well with the G4560. Easily keeps my load temps around 50C running around 1000RPM. Using a manual fan curve programmed in the BIOS, this cooler is inaudible.
Had this left over from my previous build. Works great.
Fantastic mITX motherboard packed with features. The built in WiFi is excellent and was one of the prerequisites for my HTPC build. The ASUS UEFI is excellent. Another fan header would have been a nice addition (only has one CHA_FAN header).
Anything over 2400 wasn't useful in this build but the price was right on this pack so I went for it. Low profile is a huge benefit here and Vengeance LPX is tried and true. Runs flawlessly.
Silent, cool, and fast. Under load, the fans become audible at around 65% (1500RPM) but are easily drowned out by the sound of a movie or game. Impressive thermals in a SFF PC. Better acoustics may be obtained with a less aggressive overclock.
The star of the build. I chose this case because of its minimalist design and tiny form factor. It was not difficult to build in but cable management was a challenge. Acoustic insulation and thermal regulation are the trade offs for a small form factor like this. Sound dampening material to the casing would be a great improvement. Greater ventilation in the GPU compartment would also be helpful. If you plan on placing a high power GPU in this case two intake fans to help cool the GPU are a must.
Great modular power supply with no coil whine.
Had these left over from my previous build. They aren't impressive in SP or flow but they're very quiet and supply enough air intake to keep my GPU adequately cool under load.