I haven't built a computer since I was in high school in 2004, when I got the itch to replace my laptop with a proper gaming box, I started considering just how to go about it. As soon as I saw the H700i case from NZXT I knew I wanted to build in that case, or one of the smaller versions. Due to desk space and the fact that it seemed to be a fun challenge for my first build in 14 years, I settled on the H200i for a gaming ITX build. This case was so much fun to build in, plus it's absolutely beautiful.
Almost all the parts were purchased at a local MicroCenter, the exceptions being the 32GB of RGB RAM from Newegg, and the Small LCD Screen, HUE+/AER RGB120 combo pack and internal USB hub from Amazon. The prices listed are directly from my receipts.
I really wanted to give the Ryzen platform a try, and settled on the Ryzen 5 1600 based on reviews and price. I have been able to overclock it to 3920MHZ semi-stable (I continually got a system lock up about an hour after boot up) and settled back to 3700MHZ which has given me absolutely no stability issues. I have the RAM running at the rated 3200MHZ (well, 3198MHZ according to my actual numbers), and am extremely happy with the look of it alongside the rest of the flashy lights in the box.
In the H200i and its sister cases with the NZXT smart device built in, you MUST have a HUE+ in addition if you want to use both the build in RGB light strip on the case and NZXT AER RGB fans. The smart device will only support one or the other.
I had to purchase an NZXT Internal USB hub because between the HUE+, the H200i's Smart Device and the Kraken AIO I needed a total of 3 Internal USB 2.0 plug-ins on the MoBo (the Asus ITX Board I am using only had 1.)
I could only use 3 fans for partial Push/Pull on the radiator due to the length of the GPU. Any card over 270mm will have issues fitting in this case while using a radiator/AIO.
The 5" LCD is powered by an HDMI cable plugged into my GPU, which is then routed through the back of the case and along the inside edge. My PC treats it as an additional monitor and I use it for my CAM software display.
Great Processor. I have mine overclocked to an incredibly stable 3.7GHz. I'm excited to see what the next generation of Ryzen brings.
Absolutely love this cooler. Extremely easy to install, supports 4 fans out of the box (if you have an extra two sitting around and have the room in the case to use Push/Pull.
Great MoBo overall, but zero support for integrated graphics. No DisplayPort, HDMI or other monitor hookups. Make sure you get all the drivers before you try and overclock or mess with the RGB lighting.
DO NOT USE FOR A RYZEN 5 APU BUILD WITHOUT A GPU!!!!!!
Great Ram. Super Colorful. Integrates easily with ASUS Aura as long as you have the updated drivers. Only 4 stars because paying so much for RAM drove me to drink.
Got this on a killer sale at Microcenter. It is perfect for a boot drive and also houses my benchmarking utilities. No issues so far.
Solid SSD, wait for a sale and grab one.
Love this card, having no issues fitting it in my H200i ITX build with a Kraken X52. Get the EVGA software so you can change the RGB colors and mess with the overclocking.
Absolutely beautiful case. Not too bad to build in, super good looking with a variety of non-Red RGB lighting. The smart device is cool, but it's also kind of a letdown, to use NZXT AER RGB fans AND the light bar already installed in the case you have to get a HUE+ in addition. The smart device only supports one or the other. You can easilly remove the red metal bar in the middle to route wires or water lines.
It's a PSU. Runs well, get it on sale. Only non modular bits are the 24-pin and 8 pin which you will use for every build anyhow.