This is my first complete gaming rig build. I have dabbled in servers and PCs for some time so not much was completely new to me which was a big help.
The build is mainly for a home desktop with the capability to play some of the latest games at 60 FPS. I wanted a clean all white looking build.
The build all went smoothly really, the S340 makes it astonishingly easy to make even a novices build look like its got some good cable management. There is plenty of area's to tie down cables and route them through above, below and to the side of the motherboard.
There are 3 items I would pick out as trickier or worth noting:
- The H110i GT - a lot of people seem to have trouble fitting this in the S340 now I didnt find it difficult but it is on the big side and all the screw holes dont line up perfectly. However I started from the middle up to secure both fans and got 6 out of 8 screws in and it is held in place tight enough that you can pick up the case and there is no movement from the radiator.
- The NZXT hue + - this is easy to install and fits nicely in the 2nd SSD bay, it would be annoying if you wanted to use that bay though as it looks nice. The problem I had was finding the best places for the lights that the cables could get too. In the end I have 1 top, bottom and right side in the front of the case. The last one didnt really fit anywhere else so its along the top behind the motherboard to give some form of glow effect in the back of the case.
- The rear space between case and cables - I chose to route a lot my cables behind the mobo from the top, if you do this just bear in mind there isnt much room between the case on that side so if you have any sata or molex connectors you probably need to tie them down or you will be squashing them into the mobo.
This build is planned to last me a few years but I may have caught the building bug so may build again before that if I can justify it. I have always wanted to do a mini ITX one.
There are some improvements I will make later down the line which are:
- Better PSU, most likely modular 650w at least.
- White sleeved cables
- i7 6700k (possibly)
More pictures to follow shortly when I sort all the lighting out and my desk layout, I haven't received my keyboard and mouse yet either
Great case, clean outside design. Great build quality and makes it really easy to build in for just about anyone.
It would be 5 star if the window didnt scratch so easily, im afraid to take the cover off as ive seen others scratched really badly and the HDD bays in the bottom of the case had some easy slide in brackets or something, once you have PSU in there its pretty hard to fit another HDD in there unless you have a really stubby screwdriver.