Alright! This PC is mine, and I had to decide on whether or not I'd go for a beefier graphics card/processor with all the sales going out on PC parts this year (thanks, Microcenter!). This is a culmination of about eight months of solid price-stalking, so please bear with me. I opted to stay a generation back and save around 300 buckeroos on the motherboard and graphics card. SO! Without further adieu, this is my final build.
inb4 all the Razer haters, I've been really huge fans of them since day 1!
I should also note, yes, I do use all of the peripherals included. Yes, I'm aware my mouse is Chroma and the rest of it is not. Carry on. inner chatty me sounds like I'm a douche
So, being constrained by a solid college student's budget, I've got an air cooler which is soon-to-be an AIO Kraken x62, but for now, this will work. You're probably cringing at the intense list of drives I've got and, allow me to explain. I bought the 500GB HDD first on sale, but decided I also needed an SSD. So, I snagged one up and stashed it away. About two weeks later, the 250GB SSD went on sale, so, I was like, what the heck, why not. I will be swapping out the 120GB for another 250 and hopefully get it running in RAID, but that's for another time.
You're probably also wondering, "Ugh, why a 4x4GB ram setup?" Well, I had the option of buying the 4x8 GB RAM setup I had originally imagined, but, given that a) I'm probably not going to be punishing my computer so much that it'll need 32GB of RAM and b) I really like having those RAM slots full, I was like, "Eh, what the hell", and opted for the 4x4. Is it a sin? Maybe. If someone wants to forgive me of said sin and send me the 32GB of RAM, that'd be cool. cheesy smile
The R9 390 was going on sale at the local Best Buy, believe it or not. They were getting ready to usher in the new RX 4XX GPUs and this thing was on a pretty killer deal. Sometimes, I wonder if I should have waited. The XFX R9 390 does come with a pretty basic backplate, which is great for aesthetics, but the card itself is TERRIBLE in terms of thermals. Coupled with the smaller space in the S340, under heavy loads, the heat generated by the card is a bigger issue than what I'd like it to be. That being said, the card performs as it should, and I really can't complain. I do have plans to Crossfire this PC, but how I'll do so and with what GPU still remains to be seen. Also, yeah, my card does sag a bit. SOMEONE HELP ME.
Otherwise, building this PC, there were very few problems. I appreciate NZXT's foresight in cable management -- routing bigger cables along the back is definitely no problem, and with the solid cable route tiedowns as well as the panel which allows for easy cable passthroughs, the NZXT S340 has earned from me a solid HELL YES. I would like to see more clearance up top for some potential AIO action, but as of right now, thermals at idle and under load as a whole are more than nominal.
If you guys can help me come up with a name for it, that'd be great! Comments and DM's are fantastic! Otherwise, thanks for reading!