This is an update to my previous build. I will talk about my experience with that build and why I updated it.
Let me start by saying this. After I built the previous build I was quite happy with it. I did not want to change it at all. However, after living with it for about a month, the led's on my h100i went out. Granted this was not a huge issue to me but it did annoy me. So I got on with only being able to make it red or blue but not white(like I wanted). This was only the start of problems to come with my h100i.
The reason I went with a new case and CPU cooler was because my h100i suddenly decided to make loud noises. I could hear the pump from down the hall. As you can imagine I was not thrilled by this. But then two days later the pump died. I was able to save my CPU in time but that was the thrid and final strike agaisnt my h100i.
So here I was using the stock Intel cooler and looking up new parts. I knew I wanted to go the closed loop water cooling route again but I wanted a cooler with a more simplistic design. No leds to fail, just pure plug and pump. I decided to go with the h110 because I wanted better performance. However to use an h110 I had to upgrade the chassis. I chose the new NZXT h440 because I loved how elegant and clean lined it was.
So I had decided on a new CPU cooler and chassis but if I was going to completely redo my system I wanted to make it as complete as possible. I ordered all Noctua fans for silent performance because I wanted to have a much quieter system. My 600T was incredibly loud and the case was HUGE. I really did not need all of that room. I ordered sleeved cable extensions in white so as to make everything look better. I think I am finally happy with my computer and the only update I can think of would be to get 2 more sticks of RAM. However I do not need 32 Gigs of RAM so I'll hold off on that for now.
Now as far as experience with the new case and CPU cooler, I loved working with them both. It is stated that the h110 is not compatible with the h440, however I was able to make it all fit without any case mods. This made me really happy. I also was able to do some amazing cable management with the h440. The PSU shroud is a really nice feature and I hope more case manufacturers pick up on the idea. I ran all of my Noctua fans off of the power splitter in the back at full without the low noise adapters and this system is easily less than half the noise level as its predecessor.
Check out the pictures to get a better idea of how beautiful this case is.
All in all I am finally happy with my build and am looking forward to some quiet computing and gaming.
|Date Published||April 24, 2014|