Finally the Node 304 arrived – NAS Project – Update #5

I got the Fractal Design Node 304, and i am now ready to build! Fractal Design Node 304

Fractal Design Node 304 WhiteI chose to buy the white Node 304 because everything i have is black, and well if my server was going to be black it would be boring. But this case have a white finish with some black details that i think is very nice. Also, the case comes space for six drives. I have been thinking about if i am going to have 6 drives or not, and i think i will go with just 4 HDD’s and two SSD’s. One SSD for FreeNAS and one for the jails and plugins. But buying SSD’s and new drives will be later, because i can’t afford that right now.

Building the server!

So building the server went nearly without problems. Some stuff that i had problems with:

  • The cables were too long, from the case and the power supply. But i managed to do some cable management.
  • Screws were to hard, or maybe i had a bad screwdriver. And even the “hand tight” screws, could not be tightened or opened hand tight without the screwdriver.
  • This has nothing to do with the case, but the power for the harddrives were a bit short. So i had to choose to either power the SSD or my old Samsung drive. And i had to use the SSD for the OS, so my old drive will be without power for some time. In the future when i need the extra disk i am going to buy this 4X SATA power splitter cable.

 

And som positive stuff:

  • They included three fans! And they are really quiet, even on high speed.
  • Fan controller with a fan speed of slow, medium and fast. It had connectors to all three fans that came with the case.
  • Making everything fit was no problem, i can say that the designers did some good job with that.
  • It includes the cap that you can fit on top of the motherboard mounts, so you can use your screwdriver to tighten them.
  • Cable management was a bit hard with all the cables. But a pluss is that the designers tried to make it more easy with cable management slots.

Here are some pictures of the final build, please do not get a heart attack when you see the cable management.

Inside Fractal Design Node 304 White

Inside Fractal Design Node 304 White 2

Fractal Design Node 304 White

Fractal Design Node 304 White Complete

Something that you should think of before buying the case, is that you do need an Mini ITX motherboard. I can believe that some guy bought this with a normal motherboard an was like, “Why doesn’t this fit!?”.

If you are interested in buying the White Fractal Design Node 304, you can get it here from Amazon. 

For some reason, the black Fractal Design Node 304 i much cheaper than the white one. If you want the black one instead, you can get it here from Amazon.

What do you guys think? Please leave a comment to tell me, i will be replying! Also, if anyone want the cardboard case (see my last post), tell me, i would be happy to ship it to you.