Node 304 PSU recommendations and recommendations on my new system


I'd like to build myself a new PC. I'm satisfied with the performance of my current PC, but I want a smaller PC with lower noise.

I'd like to build a mini-itx system in the Fractal Design Node 304 case.

Here are the components I've chosen so far:


GFX card:
Either this:

Or this:

(Please help me select which GFX card to buy in this class. The main priority is silence and price/performance).


Either this:

Or this:

(Criteria are in the following order: Reliability, price, speed)

Any better SSD suggestions for my needs?


(Is this HDD ok? I've seen mixed reviews of it. My main criteria for an HDD are silence and reliability.

I'd like a That's Quiet (even at full load from my system) and reliable, and with no electrical/electronic noise (coil whine), and shorter than 160mm (6.3") so it fits in the Node 304.

These are the PSUs that are available at the store I've chosen (because they have lots of store nearby where I can go and buy the components:

I'd be willing to buy the PSU elsewhere if I can find a better PSU for my needs elsewhere.

I don't intend to overclock (except maybe a light and safe overclock of the GFX with standard voltage).
Your input and advice would be most appreciated :)

My Current system BTW:
Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3GHz, (9*333MHz, Auto voltage).
Asus P5K
EVGA GTX 460 768MB
Kingston SSDNow V+ 128GB (SNVP325-S2/128GB)
Samsung Spinpoint T166 500GB
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
Cooler Master Elite 331
Noctua UH12
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  1. I would say to get 8gb RAM. More than that will never be used with gaming and would only ever be seen with video rendering and encoding.

    Coolermaster makes terrible PSUs. Stick with Corsair, XFX, antec, Seasonic. 500w-600w is more than enough for this build.
  2. Which PSUs would you specifially recommend (brand and model)?

    Regarding RAM: Also, I'm an IT professional. I'm currently working with network support (before that, I worked 2 years phone and on-call support with corporate desktop support, 6 months with IT local support, and 5 years before that working on my own with PC and network support for private persons and small companies. Also, I'm interested in perhaps learning C# programming with Visual Studio Express (Maybe even Visual Studio Pro if I become competent enouhg to get a programming job), and/or maybe Java. I Googled a bit, and read that a developer PC might benefit from more RAM.

    Do you still recommend 8GB instead of 16GB?

    Also: Sometimes, I have close to 150 tabs open in Firefox, and regularily have close to or more than 100 tabs open.
  3. I would still get 8gb RAM. It is unlikely that just coding inc# will need any more than 8gb ever. If you think you need it, however, get a single 8gb stick and then add another if you see fit.

    The PSU I recommend is the XFX550. It is actually a re branded seasonic unit and will suit your system perfectly.
  4. Which specific 550W model from XFX are you talking about? Is it quiet enough at full load that it does not become the noise bottleneck, and is it small enough to fit in the Node 304 without colliding with the GTX 660 (or perhaps GTX 760 if they fall enough in price by the time I buy)?
  5. I've decided to go for this 8GB RAM kit instead btw. thanks for your input :)

    Which CPU cooler do you all recommended btw? I'm looking for the lowest possible noise (lower noise than the Intel OEM cooler, unless the OEM Core I5 3350P is quiet enough to not be louder than the rest of my components and not add to the overall noise level of my PC at load), at a reasonable price. It must be compact enough to fit the Node304. Performance is not important since I can't overclock this CPU anyway.
    Do I really need an aftermarket cooler, or is the stock Intel cooler quiet enough even at load?
  6. The OEM cooler will not be too loud at all.
  7. Best answer
    I'm doing a similar build. I've been doing my research because I want to have a new computer up and running before Battlefield 4 release. Here is MY build. If anyone sees any problems or suggestions, I would appreciate it.

    1. Case: Fractal Design Node 304 (WHITE) * Will be released in mid Sept based on what FD rep told me.
    2. Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77N Wi-Fi
    3. Processor: Intel 3350p if I DON'T plan to overclock
    Processor: Intel 3570k if I DO plan to overclock
    4. Memory: 8GB of Corsair XMS3 1600 Mhx DDR3 Ram
    5. Power Supply: one of the following compact PSUs so it will fit in node along with long video card:
    a. Silverstone Strider ST50F-P 500w modular PSU (WxHxL) = 150mm x 86mm x 140mm
    b. Silverstone Strider ST60F-P 600w modular PSU (WxHxL) = 150mm x 86mm x 140mm
    c. Silverstone ST55F 500w modular PSU (WxHxL) = 150mm x 86mm x 140mm
    6. Hard Drive: Western Digital 500 GB (I don't save ANY movies on my computer and don't keep ALL my games on my computer) so 500 GB is fine. I may move up to a 1 TB just to be safe.
    7. Operating System: Windows 8
    8. CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Vortex 211Q
    9. Silverstone PP05 short cable set for PSU

    This is the build I am looking at doing soon. Since BF4 comes out at the very end of October, I want to wait until the last minute to get a Video Card so I can hopefully get the best deal. When I DO get a video card, I'm thinking of a EVGA GTX 670 2GB. My current monitor is only 180x1050 resolution and think this will be more than enough for my gaming needs.

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