Description

Since the fall semester of college is upon us, I decided that my previous gaming rig was way too loud to bring to the dorms. Instead of selling the old build, I decided to move most of the components into the NZXT H440. Many reviews warn that the case isn't nearly as quiet as they'd like, but I'm quite happy with the case's performance. The noctua's are a huge improvement over the rattling corsair fans that came with the h100i and generate the only noise that can be heard from the case. I'm still running stress tests, but so far, the transition has been fairly smooth. I can't wait to start over-clocking!

Update

I started to overclock at a mild 4.2GHz, but for several reasons including: bad airflow in the h440, possibly a bad batch of AS 5, and probably a defective h100i that I need to RMA, I was reaching temps in the high 80's during stress testing. I re-seated the clc 4 times, making sure the back plate was installed correctly and there was good contact between heatsink and cpu. I even switched to nt-h1 on the last attempt, but even then, temps went straight up to the mid 70's at load.

So, I decided to switch to air cooling and try the Cryorig R1 Ultimate. I bought a third nf-f12 and swapped out the stock NZXT case fans with noctuas to help with better intake.

The temp difference is drastic. Instead of idling at 40 like it did with the clc, my CPU stays at a cool 33. I just ran prime95 through the night and the temps fluctuated between 69-71, with the lowest being around 66.

Although my temps are not in the mid 60's like I'd hoped for, I should at least be able to reach a 4.5GHz overclock now.

tl;dr

The H440 is not a good case for clc like the h100i and the Cyrorig R1 Ultimate is a good air cooler that doesn't look half bad.

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Comments

  • 66 months ago
  • 21 points

Silence is golden, Noctuas are... Brown?

  • 66 months ago
  • 5 points

rofl. I had to hide their awful color in a pull config instead of push.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like those headphones?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Since these are the first pair of headphones I've owned, I have nothing to compare them to, but I really like them. They deliver good audio quality and are fairly comfortable.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. Thinking about them, so I appreciate the feedback.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Np. I definitely recommend them if you're looking for a decent price that won't break the bank.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

i would get then i went from bose qc2s' to athm50x's i really like the sould quality but i would get different earmussfs if you have big ears like me

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did noctua ever make their theme brown

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Because their symbol is an owl and some owls can be brown/tan? I really dont know. Maybe to be unique?

  • 66 months ago
  • 9 points

but duct tape is silver.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for finishing my title

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Sexy looking build and great selection of parts... oh and +1 for the Van Gogh 'Bedroom In Arles" painting in the background!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha +1 for noticing :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build, aesthetic wise, and hardware wise, I like everyone bit of it. However, it would have been nice if you went with those grey/silver Noctua fans, they would have been more "fitting" i guess. But everything aside, great build 1+ from me.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

you should change your fan setup becuase u have negative air preasure

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm lovin' that case. Awesome cable management.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

It sure is sexy. This is the only case where I was able to pull off semi decent cable management :)

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Dang.. The cable management...

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Beginner builder here. I often saw people choosing a case with a window on its side panel, can anyone tell me the major purpose of that? Sorry if it's a newb question

I think you can get ath-m50 for a lot cheaper price if you don't need the extra case, but anyway +1 for this build!

  • 66 months ago
  • 4 points

It's purely for aesthetics and/or bragging rights. There are no benefits of having a window on its side panel.

It wouldn't make sense to make your computer look like a Tron movie-set if you can't even see it, right?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

^

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

What a nice build. Was this an upgrade to your previous machine?

If you want even less noise, I guess you can use more Noctua fans on the front panel as it is hidden from view. Also, there are black noctuas you can get now as the recently released black or grey versions.

From what I can tell, the loudest components in your build would probably be your GPU or PSU at the moment. If you want more slience, you can get some sound dampening sheets and stick them in places where it won't be visible.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, I needed something that didn't sound like a wind turbine lol. This case actually has sound dampening sheets included on all the panels. Under load the only thing I really hear are the noctuas so I'm really happy with the sound difference.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

looks good. However, if you wanted "quiet" the fractal R4 would've been better. i can't even hear mine when I'm sitting right next to it.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I was definitely considering between the two, but I had to go with the h440 cause I love the design :)

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Where'd you get Windows 7 for 12$? o.o

  • 66 months ago
  • 4 points

the internet! hehe

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  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Who said anything about illegal activity?

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  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build. Looks clean. Nice job on parts selection +1

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving the tidy cables. +1

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a mouse-pad ASAP! Trust me, especially with nice wood desk like that. Apart from that nice and clean, well done.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Do i have to add a water cooling system or can i just keep the default cpu cooler u get with the cpu. I have the same cpu btw.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

You usually only buy after market coolers if you intend to overclock. I'm assuming you intend to overclock since you bought the unlocked i5. For Overclocking you don't need water cooling, as its only marginally better than air cooling. Water cooling is only a lot better than air if you do custom water loops.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

And also, this question may be confusing but is that thing where u plug your fans to behind the motherboard connected to the motherboard and are you suppose to connect all your fans to it, is it ideal? Sorry, dont really know what its called so i had to call it "thing" lol. Thanks!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats a fan connector port. Most cases have variations of this or none at all. Its a nice feature

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

My mobo lacks fan connector ports so this case is goin to be good for the fans in the front and etc. and all. But just to look for options you have any idea that there are any other cases that have fan connector ports at around the same price range, just for options to pick from so i know what case i want to switch from my Corsair 200R. THanks!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

When installing the cooler,do the screws get tightened as you put the bracket and cooler down

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

you need to manually screw the cooler to the heatsink. its a little tricky

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with what you say, about the awful clc functionality in the h440, since my h100i in my h440 was awful, I got much higher temps with it than I do with my coolermaster d92, which is A 92MM AIR COOLER, I have been thinking of getting the Cryorig r1 for a better, quieter cooler, and that is how I found this build. This is a very good build, I like it alot!

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