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NZXT H500 Build

by Logista



Date Published

Aug. 16, 2018

Date Built

Aug. 2, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

2.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.257 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


So like many other builds here, that was my first build ever. As a student (16 yo) money is kind of a contraint. However I managed to get a decent summer job and alot of hours, enough to put together this wonderful build. I previously gamed on a ROG gaming laptop, which for its time (2014) was a beast, but is not powerful enough for modern AAA titles. I built this pc mainly for gaming, and photo editing. Photography is my passion, which is why my friend came over and took pics of me building this rig. Took a little over 4 months to get all the parts, mainly because I was waiting for sales and for used parts to be put up online. I really don't mind getting used parts, they work the same as brand new and you save alot of money by going that route.

I went with a mix of new and used parts. I bought the cooler, ram and gpu used. They all work 100% fine, and no worries there. I shaved off a good hundred $ off this build just by going this route. Really satisfied that I did that, would not hesitate to do that again. I went with this gpu because I currently only have a 1080p 75hz TN monitor. When the next gen nvidia gpus will come out, I will buy one, and get a brand new 1440p 144hz ips gsync panel. It will be alot prettier and will be super handy when doing photo or video editing. So I will be re-selling the gpu once nvidia RTX becomes available.

As for the build itself, I wanted to go with a classic red and black build, I know it might be a bit old and repetitive, but when done right it can look bad ***. Anyways, here are the pics. Enjoy!

Part Reviews


Solid cpu, 6c/6t is the best thing for gaming right now, don't need anything higher than that.

CPU Cooler

Beefy cooler. Keeps the cpu really cool. Fan is dead silent, really cool stuff. Bought this cooler used, totally overkill for a i5 8400 but it looks damn sexy in my case.


Great motherboard for the price, has plenty of cool features, I really like the click BIOS. Also fits really good in a red and black build.


I mean ram is ram. Does what its supposed to do. Got these for a steal. Overclocked to 2400 on 16-16-16-(don't remember that number oops lol). Sleek design, and low profile enough to fit a big-*** cooler.


Crazy fast ssd, REALLY good price!! Speeds are much more better than a regular ssd, for not alot more. If you can catch this one on sale it is such a steal.


Does it's job, silent and cool.

Video Card

Bought this card used. No regrets at all. Fans are extremely loud tho. Other than that runs about every game at high/ultra 1080p with no problem at all.


Dope case, would definetly get this one instead of the s340 elite. It looks much cleaner in my opinion. Building in this case was alot of fun, especially with the cable channels at the back of the case, it is really easy to do some clean cable management back there.

Power Supply

Went way overkill on this psu. Figured it might be useful if gpus in the future use more power which is a really stupid idea but whatever I could afford it so why not. Gorgeous psu and packaging also.

Case Fan

Super silent fans, set these two fans as intake, they do their job while remaining fairly quiet under load.


Really nice set of cable. Ballin on a budget. You don't need to spend hundreds on full sets when you can have these. Really worth the price, since they add more style especially when you have a windowed case.

Comments Sorted by:

hotjuicyzebra 1 Build 4 points 8 months ago

Nice build, nice pictures!

What kind of plant is that resting on your case?

Logista submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

hey, thanks!! The plant is a fake plant bought from Ikea for a couple bucks. It is one of many from their FEJKA series. Cheers

Dnehiba3 2 points 8 months ago

Heck of a machine for that price! Those Dark Rocks make any build. I went rgb Deepcool mainly because my case was too small for any of the Be Quiets!. Is that the same Red Dragon with a line of keyboards & gaming mice?

Logista submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Hell yeah! The DR3 is in fact really big and tall, I was fortunate enough that it fits in my case. And for the Red Dragon question, I believe it is, but im not sure I understand your question. Thanks!

Dr.MaulPhD 1 point 8 months ago

Pretty sure they are asking if the red dragon GPU is in any way connected to the red dragon line of budget peripherals, which they are not.

Logista submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

oh, thanks for the clarification, did not really understand his question lol.

Dmolitor 3 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Great looking build my friend. If your card is running hot you should try taking the cooler off and re pasting it. My card was running a bit high in my opinion (980ti@74~) i redid the thermal paste and saw a 10~deg Celsius drop. The 4 silver bolts are to undo the heat sink. Many videos to watch. Great job on cable management!

Logista submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks for the feedback. Really appreciated. I will for sure look into repasting my card. Cheers

renan_rlr 2 points 8 months ago

Yeah.. put it right in the socket!

_Roller_ 2 points 8 months ago

Too bad the MSI Gaming RX580 is either way too expensive or unavailable entirely, would have matched the motherboard perfectly. The PowerColor card is a solid alternative though, nice build.

Logista submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

yeah, I wanted go get a gaming x card for this build but when I saw the used rx580 that was black/red I couldn't resist on buying it for the price. Thanks for your comment!

Jeddie2022 2 points 6 months ago

Go to slide 4 ;)

WheatFarmer337 1 point 8 months ago

This is very nice

Logista submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago


Godcompute 1 point 7 months ago

How much FPS do you get on epic settings in games such as fortnight, rainbow six siege, and over watch.

Logista submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Hi, sorry for the late reply. I don't play RB6 or Overwatch, but on Fortnite, on epic settings I would get around 100-120 fps, but I always play on the lowest settings so I wouldn't really know. Cheers

Yakkybmcwild 1 point 6 months ago

I was going use this case in a new pc build but I didn’t really know what case fans to use (Static pressure or high airflow) would you recommend the fans you have in your build?

Logista submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Hey! This case is pretty dope for the price you pay. For the price of the two 140mm fans in my build, I would recommend going with Silent Wings 3 instead of the fractals. I went with Fractal because it was the only thing they had in store and I wanted to to my build right now, so I purchased these. Since then I replaced the stock fans with some silent wings 3s, and my system is near silent with some tweaks to the fan curves.

Yakkybmcwild 1 point 6 months ago

Alright thank you!

ISoloLlama 1 point 6 months ago

does the case have room for upgrading?

Logista submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

What would you want to upgrade exactly?

ISoloLlama 1 point 5 months ago


Logista submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

well yeah, you just need to make sure that the card fits the case. The max gpu clearance for this case is up to 381mm.

ISoloLlama 1 point 5 months ago


Xivilaikhys 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

How is the airflow in this case? The front looks a little worrying with only the holes on one side.

Logista submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Airflow is decent. As long as you add intake fans. Mine are running at around 30% when idle and they ramp up when gaming, my temps are okay. My gpu is not the best but im planing to change it soon so don't compare your results to mine, but cpu wise it gets around 50 degrees, which is respectable. If you want really good temps well just don't get this case, get something like a Meshify c.

Xivilaikhys 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks! I'm working on making my own build in the near future and I plan on using the AMD stock cooler so extra airflow would be helpful.

Logista submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

sweet! If you go with this case you definitely want two intake fans for better airflow. Otherwise it's a great little case.

maddog62 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I'm attempting a first build too with some high end parts. With 2 added fans do 3 of them face in and one out? If so, is the rear fan a good out location?

Logista submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

well, on this case, the two fans in front serve as intake, and the one on the top and the one at the back are for outake. I would not recommend putting the one on top as intake because heat naturally goes up, so you would be like pushing cold air when hot air is flowing upwards so it kinda defeats the purpose of putting an intake on top.

maddog62 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Sounds good

Ultimateandy88 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Really cool build! I'm looking to do my first build and I was wondering if you thin i could fit a 212 Evo cooler in this case? is it too big? Thanks!

Logista submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks! Yes, for sure you can fit a 212 evo. It is a very small cooler compared to my beefy DR3. You will have no problem with clearance.

Ultimateandy88 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Great! thanks for the feed back

Pumpkincurry 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Did your case come with fans?

Logista submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Yes, two 120mm for exhaust. However I replaced these fans with SikentWings 3 and added two 140mm fans in the front of the case for intake.

Vovical 1 point 1 month ago

Great build. Very clean. And I agree about the H500/S340 Elite thing... Not only does it look cleaner but the airflow is much better too. But I do think the colouring of the white version looks better on s340 elite, as the motherboard tray is white.

Logista submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 days ago

Thanks! Yes, I like the look of the s340 elite in white, however I didn't grab it since it is now an older case than the h500. Cheers