Summary: The right components make this case easy to work with. I used the super compact modular Silverstone ST55-F-G PSU. It weighs a ton and is built like a tank. Use a SMALL FORM FACTOR GPU. Nvidia 750TI, 760 or a 770. The Noctua NH-U12S CPU cooler fits like a charm.
Pros: Great price, sturdy, looks great, super quiet fans, good airflow. With right components it is not that hard to work with.
Pros: Small, Compact and well designed. The case itself is very quite and the fans are quite also.
Cons: Mini-ITX case all share the same cons, hard to install everything, plan everything and I mean everything ahead of time. I've put everything and taken everything apart three times to get it to where and how I want everything
Summary: I've had this case for 2 years and 4 months now. Though I've occasionally looked into other cases to house my m-itx gaming build nothing else I've seen measures up to what I need. I took a long hard look at the Silverstone Raven but I could not get my CPU cooler in there.
Pros: *Small Footprint *Lots of Interior Space *Understated and Stylish Design *Good Airflow *Dust Filters *High Quality, Quiet Fans
Two years in retrospect - good case with minor issues
31 March 2015
Summary: If it weren't for those two minor flaws, I would be completely fine with it. It's just a tad pricey, I bought it when it was on sale.
Pros: It's fairly durable. I move my rig around very frequently, and it's definitely withstood the test of time with respect to mobility and strength. The dust filters are a huge plus. I'm going to dust out the inside for the first time in two years, and it's not even that bad compared to what I've see...
Cons: A couple minor gripes: One of the two front fans doesn't seem to function properly and will only start spinning once I switch the power from low to high back to low. The fans themselves are amazingly quiet and they have really good power, it's just that one odd fan that requires an extra step to ...
Amazing Versatility - More than most reviewers out there realise.
Derek L., Newegg
20 March 2015
Summary: I think the Node 304 is really one of the best cases out there ever. Still amazes me how all the reviewers out there missed its versatility with two simple modifications.
Pros: I am using the Node 304 right now for my ITX, and it's truly amazing how much horsepower I could cram inside it. With a tiny bit of modifications to the PSU bracket frame and one of the plastic plugs that help snap in the front fascia of the Node 304, you can easily fit a high-power ATX power sup...
Cons: Designers of the Node 304 at Fractal Design obviously didn't realise how much more versatility they could have gotten out of this case by giving the internal PSU bracket and the plastic clip a small modification. Right now, official specs indicate I "must" use a PSU under 160mm in order to use a ...
Summary: While this case says it can accommodate up to 160 mm power supplies, you really can't if you want to use the bracket to SECURELY fasten your PSU in place. Besides, anything with more voltage does make for a near impossibly tight fit. Go with the Corsair CX 600.
Pros: Slick design, good cooling, (relatively) portable
Cons: -Screws are a nightmare to deal with in some cases -Removing things and trying to replace them back in can be absolutely frustrating -Limited to a 600W non-modular power supply if you want to use the brackets provided and have a video card installed. -This results in cable management becoming an ...
Summary: Lastly, I really wish more manufacturers would start to consider putting a hole in the case for a PICO PSU. This is a mini-itx case after all. Things are getting smaller, more power efficient. We don't all use ATX power supplies in our builds!!
Pros: Great design, easy to take apart and work on. That is, once you've managed to unscrew the thumb screws. I am not kidding they must have taken a torque wrench to them!
Cons: Few things I dislike. The dust covers, especially the bottom one, slips out very easily. The hard drive mounts have thumb screws on one end yet on the other they have regular screws. Really?? Isn't the point of putting thumb screws on something to be able to take it out easily without tools??