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White/Black NZXT Noctis 450 Build

by zpconn

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22 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 5, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 1, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.0GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

This is my first PC build, intended for general purpose computing including software development and gaming. As Donald Trump said of his daughter's wedding, my budget was unlimited, and I exceeded it.

I started out with the goal of keeping this to under $2,000. I missed that target by a large margin, but I decided that given how much time I'd be spending on the machine a little splurging could be justified. This is the first time in my life when building a machine like this is not just possible for me but more importantly wouldn't infringe on other more important financial goals.

My guiding philosophy here was three-pronged:

(1) Get the best parts.

(2) Aim for style -- not overly minimalistic, but still with some restraint.

(3) Keep it simple. Just get reference video cards. Just use an AIO CPU cooler. Don't build a custom water loop.

Don't get me wrong, I love custom loops -- I just thought it was too much to undertake for my first build, and I wasn't sure I was willing to commit the extra money to it since this already shot past by the budget so much. Every time I considered a custom loop, I decided I'd rather just spend the money on a better component, or a second video card, etc.

(4) Take advantage of the fact that this is a full desktop. Don't build what could be put in a laptop but using 5x the space. Do something that actually needs the space (e.g., SLI).

The hardest decision was picking between a 5820k and a 6700k. I ultimately decided that I simply had no use for the extra two cores and I'd rather be on the latest architecture. I pulled the trigger on the 6700k when I saw that my local Microcenter had a single one left in stock (I couldn't find it anywhere else). Until that point I was about to "settle" for the 5820k just so I could finish the build.

I have a Logisys LED strip that I was going to put in this, and I still might add it in, but I found that I actually liked the look of just having the logo LEDs in the case. You still get that LED fun without having a mini light show in your room. I'm still undecided on whether to add it or not.

In the last photo you can see my custom $50 Ikea "standing desk" and the anti-fatigue mat that I stand on. It's an unconventional setup, especially for gaming, but I feel like it's paid off.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

This is a great looking and affordable Z170 motherboard that has all the features I need.

That said, it comes with a VERY cheap IO shield, which made mounting the motherboard in the case extremely frustrating. On reading other reviews of this motherboard, I know I'm not the only one who struggled with this.

The board is black, but the lines on it are brown. This is not shown in the marketing images. In practice, the color of the board depends on viewing angle and the amount of incident light. When it's in the case, the board appears black, but when working on it one could easily see that it was actually brown.

Memory

Great, affordable and decent-looking DDR4 RAM. The price felt good enough that I splurged a bit and went with 32GB instead of 16GB. I doubt I'll need that much, but it's nice to have the extra breathing room.

Storage

It's hard to beat a 1TB SSD in terms of the speed and convenience it offers. I see lots of builds using much smaller SSDs in combination with spinning drives, but I wanted plenty of space to have primary games and such right on the SSD. Loading times are just unbelievable.

I do plan on adding a secondary hard drive eventually because at some point I'd like to dual boot Linux.

Video Card

An extremely powerful video card -- Titan X power at a big price discount.

SLI scaling for me has been very solid so far with two of these cards. At 1440p with maxed out settings, including HairWorks and all AA, in The Witcher 3 I get an FPS in the mid-40s with one of these cards and an FPS in the high 70s and low 80s with SLI enabled.

Case

Incredible, sleek case that strikes the right balance between minimalism and boldness.

Building in it was a bit harder than I expected. The power supply shroud means that there is almost ZERO clearance below the motherboard, so I had a lot of difficulty mounting the motherboard initially. But the result was worth the effort.

Operating System

In terms of UX, Windows 10 is a tremendous improvement on 8.1 and even 7. This is the first version of Windows that I've felt that I almost prefer over OS X in terms of UI design. I'll still eventually need to dual boot Linux though because I like to do some of my software development in a Unix-like environment.

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X99Intel 1 Build 3 points 15 months ago

The most powerful but yet budget friendly ish build I've seen in a while

EvZ_2 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I went for the same setup as you but went for the H440 for the square edges and the single 980ti HoF to keep the white theme. 2 980ti's must be insane ha ha

zpconn submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah, I had a really hard time choosing between the H440 and the Noctis 450. I actually disliked the Noctis 450 when it was first launched but somehow it grew on me. Both are my favorite cases on the market right now though.

cel.dsl 1 point 15 months ago

Did you have any problems installing the ssd in this case?

Does it come with trays?

Anyways, very nice and inspiring build.

zpconn submitter 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Nope, zero problems installing the SSD. The case comes with a bunch of hard drive bays. I ended up putting the SSD into one of those. I took the rest out just to give me more space for building and because I don't yet have a hard drive.

There are also two small SSD mounts that are on top of the power supply shroud (the thing with the glowing NZXT logo). Funny enough, I took them off at the beginning of the build and completely forgot about them until I was finished. But that's probably the intended spot for mounting the SSDs.

cel.dsl 1 point 15 months ago

I confirm that the mounts that are on top of the PSU cover are there for you to mount and display your SSD.

Thanks for the reply.

tpot11 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

A Fellow Asus Z170-A user +1

When you get those little prickly things aligned(i was tempted to cut them off), this thing has all the features and more.

Just wondering with those two 980 ti what monitor/s do you plan on using with it?

i see you run 1440p at 60fps. But i wonder you will try 1440p at 120fps or 144hz or 4k at 60fps

zpconn submitter 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Right now I have a several year old 27" 60Hz 1440p monitor. This hardware is honestly a bit overpowered for this monitor, so I'm in the market for a higher end monitor. I'm personally very satisfied with 60fps and don't see myself ever going to 120fps. The big question I'm considering is whether I want a 27" 4K monitor or a 34" ultrawide 1440p monitor (both with G-sync). I'm actually leaning towards the latter.

wildcatyapper74 1 point 16 days ago

hey i know this isn't related to computers but what desk is that

WildCard999 1 Build 0 points 15 months ago

Nice build +1

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 0 points 15 months ago

Not gunna lie, I'm almost more interested in the couch in picture 1.... almost . It looks super comfy. great build though :D. Love NZXT stuff.

Dazz 1 Build 0 points 15 months ago

Badass case for a badass build. I love how this is done man. Love your build. +1

BigAll 5 Builds 0 points 15 months ago

Well, it looks like you mass murdered your budget, but hey you got a really nice build though

sponix 2 Builds 0 points 15 months ago

Very Nice..

Went the X99 and Linux Route myself. But we all have different needs..

Thanks for Sharing !!

soundreaper 1 Build 0 points 15 months ago

+1 for awesome build. Needs moar pics to do it justice though!!!

nayrnayr1 6 Builds 0 points 15 months ago

Sir, please keep your Donald Trump quotes to yourself. :) Lol.

Ok, now that I got my joke out of the way, I love it! +1

zpconn submitter 1 Build 0 points 15 months ago

Not a Trump supporter; I just remembered that quote from him from a while back and always found it funny. :)

nayrnayr1 6 Builds -1 points 15 months ago

I know...

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notsosavypcguy 0 points 15 months ago

nice build.... but either your seriously tall or have some pretty bad neck aches...pic 5 makes my neck hurt. +1

notsosavypcguy 0 points 15 months ago

heh nvm... just noticed the standing mat, must be one of them rare standing gamers.....

zpconn submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Haha yeah it's a standing desk. Unusual setup for gaming but it works well for me. I'd been using the standing desk for a few months before building this PC so I was already used to it.

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