Description

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

Part Reviews

Case

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.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems swell but I dunno a little on the pricier side of things.

I'm somewhat nitpicky but congrats on your build nonetheless! Its quite a great feeling. The building bug you have is really going to bother you trust me haha.

Couple notes, why that particular aio liquid cooler? As apart from the gtx varation of it? Those monitors you have seem to have an exceedingle high response time of 14ms!!! That would bother me so much considering the norm is about 5 to 6 (even for ips panels) with the price of two monitors I'd would suggest ultrawide or 1440p.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Just mentioned that about the cooler above, I got it at a very good price. I was originally going air cooled with a Noctua or CryoRig but picked it up for £60 BNIB.

I already had the monitors and im not sure about the 14ms I think thats a PC part picker issue because it sais 2ms on the amazon listing and on the box. I might have used the wrong model number maybe.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good, great job. I find that you have gone absolutely overboard on the H110i and tried to save on the PSU. I would recommend otherwise, the PSU is absolutely critical to a PC with mid to premium components and the CPU cooler is where you should hold off a little since you don't even OC.

But you know, that's just the opinion of an internet stranger, I hope you have fun with your build, thats the priority ;)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I didnt plan to but the H110i GT fell into my hands for £60 of gumtree never used! I will be Overclocking the CPU too, looking at 4.6 GHz which seems stable on this processor from a lot of people with the same / similar coolers.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh thats a really good deal then!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Any recommendations on a good PSU for when I get round to it? I dont think ill need to go above 650w really.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure!

For a single GPU you wont need more than 650 watts, that's for sure. I would recommend the EVGA SuperNova P2 650w as it is one of the highest scoring unit on Jonnyguru(9.8, it is just an insanely good PSU) and it is cheaper than most of its competitors. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438055&cm_re=evga_supernova_p2-_-17-438-055-_-Product

For Dual GPUs I recommend going for 850w or more. I recommend either EVGA SuperNova P2 850 or Corsair AX860i series they both scored very high on Jonnyguru.

You could also look at the deals you can get in your area and use the search function at http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=Search Make sure to tick the reviews button and look up the Units you are contemplating. If you don't find it there, I would not trust it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, never seen this site so will take a look.

If another ASUS turbo every came up 2nd hand cheap I may go SLI so I might be better going for a 850w just in case.

I doubt that will be this year though because it will run everything I need planned to come out this year.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Great write-up. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you get your NZXT Hue+ hooked up correctly? I'm running into an issue right now where the CAM software doesn't recognize mine at all. It works for my Kraken x61 but not the Hue+. Are you running into this problem?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I left CAM to install this morning so I will let you know later on. Have you tried swapping the headers for the Kraken and the Hue, i saw a note that someone had a similair issue when the Hue was on the 2nd USB header instead of the 1st.

Ill let you know how I get on tonight but my Hue+ is connected to the 2nd USB 2 header on my Mobo.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried that! I will do that as soon as I get home. Thanks! Let me know how it works out for you!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I got mine working last night but it didnt work straight away. I got quite a big device update that needed to be done before I could control the lights.

I also noticed I thought the preview mode was supposed to preview it on the lights but it doesn't. You have to save changes for it to actually show anything in your rig.

Mine is connected to the 2nd USB header on my mobo and is working OK. I even got the iphone app working and monitoring it away from home which is good considering most seem to have problems.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I've tried reinstalling CAM multiple times as well as making sure I've tried different headers and had all the connections correct. Very frustrating. Glad you got yours working though.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you get a device update at all? Mine didnt work until that had completed. There is a guy at NZXT that put his personal email on to help people trouble shoot this problem. Hope this helps dude:

fan.ding@nzxt.com

Here is the full post: http://camfeedback.nzxt.com/forums/252256-bugs-issues/suggestions/10615878-hue-not-detected-by-cam

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't have any issue with my install. Was recognized by software without issue. Leds didn't light up at first, but user error, didn't match up the connections properly. Might have a faulty system.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I've tried reinstalling CAM multiple times. Making sure I've tried different headers and had all the connections correct. Very frustrating. Glad you got yours working though.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

If that's the case, I'd contact nzxt support and rma it. They're pretty good when it comes to getting issues resolved.