NZXT kindly sent us the new S340 case. Priced at $70, it was the perfect addition for a modest budget gaming build. We wanted to build a <$900 build using an overclocked Pentium G3258, so we felt the S340 would be a perfect fit. Read on for the full details and part list breakdown...
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Here you can see the new NZXT S340. It's a very cleanly styled ATX case that is priced aggressively at $70.
The front of the case is simple with no frills. If you wanted to paint or mod the case, this is about as clean of a slate as you could possibly hope for.
Front panel buttons and IO are on the top front of the case. Note the large slot that provides space for front airflow. This also makes it extremely easy to remove the front panel, exposing room for two 120mm fans or a 240mm radiator.
We've done quite a few liquid-cooled systems recently, so this time around we opted to keep everything air cooled. The Hyper 212 EVO is an extremely popular cooler, making it an easy choice. Sure, there are coolers +/- $5 that may perform slightly better, but at only $30 the 212 is still a great performer.
The S340 includes a PSU shroud that also mounts two 2.5" SSDs. I'm a big fan of separating the power supply from the rest of the components, whether via a shroud or in a separate compartment. It makes for an extremely clean presentation of the core components.
For the storage, we went ahead and included both an SSD and a hard drive. The SSD fulfills the boot drive and core files role, while the platter drive provides space for games.
Also included in the PSU cover are vents for the 3.5" drives.
Cable management with the S340 is extremely easy. Beside the motherboard tray is a raised section that provides extra clearance and cable tie anchors for the 24-pin motherboard power cable. The extra space meant were no concerns with bundling cables and making the side panel bulge out.
Many of our previous builds were liquid cooled, so we felt it was time to return to an air cooled build. At $30 the Hyper 212 EVO is an inexpensive but very effective cooling solution.
We reused a GTX 770 from a previous build - nothing beats (effectively) free parts! However, shortly after filming the GTX 970 and GTX 980 were released. The GTX 770 is still a decent choice, but had we been able to predict the GTX 970 release we may have held off for a week to include that instead.
Overall the build went together very quickly and easily. With lots of attention to so many small details, the NZXT S340 makes for a great case to use in a build. We'll be running a few benchmarks on the system to evaluate functional and thermal performance over the coming weeks (similar to our Colossus Micro build thermal benchmarks, so keep an eye out for that content.