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Wintergrasp

by Levantine

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9 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 16, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 8, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

32.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.582 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

42.0° C

Description

Yet Another Manta Build

My new white-themed gaming rig to replace my build from 2012, named after one of my favorite WoW zones from back in the day. Wanted to build something that looked well put together, rather than the mish-mosh of parts my first-time build was. :) The cabling in the back, however...that will not win awards. I only somewhat apologize for the spaghetti. What I will apologize for, however, is the potato quality of the photos.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

This was the first time I opted for liquid cooling. The Kraken's radiator took me a bit to figure out how to mount, as the instructions were quite lacking. Opted to have the radiator mounted in the 'attic' space at the top of the case and screwed the fans in from underneath, securing it to the case.

CAM software's alright. Could be better. Set that custom fan curve.

Motherboard

Motherboard fits perfectly in the case, annoyed at the positions of certain pins and ports though. The SATA connectors are flipped, so every SATA cable is twisted once between the SSDs and the port. 24-pin connector is a pain to plug in/unplug due to lack of space. Other than that, the built in WiFi and Bluetooth are great, and the audio quality is sharp. The load of USB 3.0 ports is awesome.

Memory

It's RAM. It does what it needs to and is white. Was on sale, otherwise I would have gone for Corsair Dominators.

Storage

Gaiz. Pls. Stop using HDDs. SSDs is where it at. White SSDs are few and far between. OCZ was bought out by Toshiba some time ago and now they're gray and ugly. I got lucky and found these two on a sale at Microcenter. It matches the color theme.

HOWEVER, with the way the NZXT Manta is built, most SSDs will mount upside down. Did some forceful creative cabling to get mine to sit the right way.

Video Card

Yeah, I'm using a single 1080p monitor at the moment. Overkill, glorious overkill. I'm sad this model did not come with a backplate. It's a little...eh. But I wanted a white GPU without crazy LEDs, and I got one. Was on sale, too! So, in my book, it evens out. Handles everything I have thrown at it amazingly, or gracefully. But damn is the NVIDIA Experience program a load of crap.

Case

The case is a dream to work with, very well built and spacious...for its size. I have small hands, working in this was easy, but my male counterparts all had difficulty assisting me, lol. As others may mention, it is a bit large for its size category, but the extra clearance is much appreciated. Airflow is absolutely stellar.

I do wish the hoods were removable, though. All of them. Would make assembly a bit easier.

Power Supply

Fully modular, which is nice. Ran into some cabling issues with the stock Corsair PSU cables being extremely fat and inflexible, leading into my purchase of sleeved cables. I'm glad I did, I love the color. They were a bit difficult to straighten out, wish I had a few cable combs. The PSU works and is compatible with the Silverstone cables, but yeesh, can those stock cables be any worse? I'll definitely do more research next time. Had gone with it because of the sale price, but I guess it was that much for a reason.

Case Accessory

Went with a Hue+ for modest lighting with the Manta, didn't want to go overboard with a ridiculous amount of LEDs. Have my keyboard, mouse and case all set to cycle through colors, it's quite relaxing to stare at. I couldn't figure out where to place my fourth LED strip without it showing, will figure it out sometime. The CAM software is so-so, but can live with it.

Mounted it to the back HDD mounting space on the back of the case.

Other

It works great. I needed all the USB headers I could get. Wish the newer model was more readily accessible, I hate how exposed the board is. Was quite terrified at bending/breaking pins.

Comments Sorted by:

NickDVL 1 Build 3 points 28 months ago

Striking build +1 Absolutely agree about SSDs - I stopped using HDDs over 6 years ago and haven't looked back.

Lyrix 3 points 28 months ago

wow dude! 1+!

a x62 would be even doper but not bad at all!

Akhan1028115 3 points 28 months ago

i whould have used a z170 itx mother board

eaglesomme 3 points 28 months ago

OMG that RGB lighting!

Russkie69 3 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

I don't think the quality of those pictures justify the beauty of your build.

I do have to ask why did you get a B150 mobo with the i7 6700k?

Levantine submitter 1 Build 3 points 28 months ago

Yeah, I hadn't realized until after the fact that the z170s were where I needed to look, rather than this board, despite the specifications stating otherwise. I consider it a noob mistake at this point. Well...I live in a hot climate, at least the cooling will help during the 39°C+ summers. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

NickDVL 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

I was going to ask the same question, a 6700K with the X61 seems wasted on that board.

faneye13 1 point 25 months ago

Where did you put your hue+? Did you put it under the case, next to the PSU

Levantine submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I mounted it in the back, where there are mounts for a full size HDD, with double sided tape. Lol

The hood had just enough space for the PSU, the mess of PSU cabling, and the USB expansion needed for the build. Let me manage the cables better as well.