Description

My first build, primarily to be used with gaming and 3D rendering. Wanted to do something D.Va inspired, currently planning out a MEKA logo cutout for the PSU shroud as well.

I went with a black/white/red theme for my components, my next steps are improving my cable management (definitely not hot rn), and swap some of the cabling out with some cleaner sleeved pieces in the near future.

What I liked about the build:

  • Going with the M.2 was really worth it, I had originally planned to mount an SSD elsewhere in the case but this cut down load times significantly. I still have an open spot by the Hue+, so I might still drop another SSD in there.

  • I switched from a Cooler Master HAF case to the NZXT H440 while I was collecting components for this one, while I liked the layout of the former option I just couldn't justify the bulk of the case being around my desk. Not enough room in the city for some of those big towers.

  • White case = great for RGB builds. All the white interior metal really shows off the lighting you're putting in the box.

  • No issues with the new Kraken model or the CAM software. A lot of people seemed to have challenges with one or the other, but mine came through just fine.

What I didn't like about the build:

  • The H440 case has a really tight clearance on the right side of the motherboard. It does have rubber grommets to pass cables through from the back, but it was near impossible to connect my USB3 header without needing to remove the motherboard to do so.

  • Using M.2 with this board prevents use of the first two SATA ports

  • The RMx750 saves a lot of hassle with the modular setup, but the cables ship in a pretty stiff and unruly condition. I had to give them some serious straightening TLC in order to use them without issue.

EDIT 1: Added more pics!

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Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 4 points

thanks for blessing my eyes

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

ah man ya should have done kabylake. (i understand if you didn't know about it though) I really like those CPU coolers they look great. And i envy your monitor.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the 6700K from a Cyber Monday deal, otherwise I'd have likely gone KL. The M.2 decision pushed me over budget a bit too, but all in all I think I compromised in the right places.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

More pics pls!! Also include your set up if you can!!

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

More pics added ^

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

"Should of done kabylake"... Love comments like that.. Hahaha... Looks like a really nice build. Would love to see more pics

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm really digging those fans, pricy though huh... Colors like pink and purple are under used in builds.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

You can't control the AER RGB fans without the Hue+ unit, so you're currently looking at around $140 to get them rolling. NZXT really should release the fans in a bundle with the Hue+ as an alternative to the LED strip options or something to make them more accessible to customers

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow that's too bad. Sounds like you probably have regrets huh. I did a build with these asianhorse eclipse fans that have the led ring and they cost under ten bucks.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

No regrets about the fans at all, they are quiet and beautiful – just expensive. I'd love to have had more purchase options up front but I can't complain about the end results at all.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm going to post more pics tonight after I finish cleaning things up

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

More pics up

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

looks great! 1+!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

This is my favourite build I've come across ever. Inspired me to get that lighting.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much! I really felt the extra $ on lighting made a big difference. Glad you were inspired too :)

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