Description

The one thing about this build that I thought needed improvement was how loud the fans were. With my AC running or some music you cant hear anything at all but without that the fans seemed like a bit much. The H440 features a fan hub where you can plug all the fans in and everything gets 12v from the PSU for 100% speed all the time. I thought that the issue was all the case fans running full speed all the time when that was only needed during heavy loads on the CPU or GPU. My solution was the NZXT Grid+. I could adjust the voltage to the case fans and keep the noise during idle or light computing down. After installing the Grid+ i noticed the noise really didnt go down by much. I unplugged the CPU cooler just to see and i was surprised to find out the source of all my noise was the CPU cooler all along. Since my CPU and GPU temps vary by so much I went ahead and ordered the Grid+ V2 to have more control options on the fans. Since i was doing all that i figured i might as well put a little bit of money into upgrading a few fans as well. I got 2 Corsair SP120's and put them in the front intake and got a Bitfenix Spectre Pro 140mm for the rear exhaust. The Bitfenix is a beast and the air flow difference is pretty obvious. I definitely think the SP120s do move more air as well but its harder for me to tell on the intake. I'm hoping to test them out soon but work is keeping me busy.

Part Reviews

CPU

I have yet to find a situation where this wasn't enough for me. Its not the best or the fastest thing out there but i got it on a good sale at the time and it destroys the quad core that was in my old rig.

Memory

Keeps things plenty fast combined with the SSD. No hiccups to be found with multiple programs running.

Storage

Great SSD. Comes bundled with the Samsung Magician and Samsung Data Migration software to get the most out of the SSD and transfer your OS and files if upgrading from a standard HDD. Boot time is 12 seconds if I remember correctly after optimizing with the Samsung Magician software. Well worth the money over the competition.

Case

I bought this case purely for looks, I'm just very picky and most cases didnt appeal to me. This one however looks great and offers alot interm of what a case can offer. Its realitively quiet however utilizing the preinstalled fan hub has the fans running 100% all the time. Thats really the only noise you hear from it but using a software or pwm solution to control them should help the fan noise. My only other complaint would be the sound dampening installed on the panel without the window. Since the wiring all routes behind the mother board this panel is a pain to put on correctly with that extra sound dampening. I'm glad they included the sound dampening to quiet the computer but they could have put a little more room so it wouldnt take so much effort to get that panel on. Otherwise i wouldnt change anything about the case. The window shows off the computer parts but hides enough to keep it clean. Rubber grommets and plenty of holes to route wires makes it so you can keep the visible wiring clean and ziptie and stuff the left over wires where no one can see them. And the dust covers over the front top fans as well as the bottom for the psu fan are a nice touch to keep as much dust out of the inside as possible.

Well worth the price offered. Would be nice if it came with some of the Noctis 450 features (the additional LED lights and PWM fan hub) but not a deal breaker

Power Supply

Premium look and premium feel to this PSU. I havent had any issues with it, no complaints here

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

it's a nice machine to get you started in gaming you did well on the parts you chose,

but why not the fx 8320 for 20$ more?

you could have saved on the cooler and get the evo 212 for 34$

and... i can only see those 3 screens if you are using it for productivity, but i don't know CAUSE there is no DESCRIPTION

so judging on the fact you intend to game on them that GPU wont cut it!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it just came down to price. I went a little over my initiall budget with this build to begin with and at the time the 6350 was on sale for 100 free shipping. In hindsight i could have waited and got done better with a few of the parts BUT it is what is

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks great! Your desk looks even better! :D

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

ya i second that! its a real nice clean setup you have there buddy : )

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm diggin that desk

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Could but help notice the shelf your computer is lodged into. +1 For the shelf and the Samsung EVO

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Im hoping to get a second SSD when i can afford it

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

So I also bought an AMD fx 6350 & GIGABYTE 970A-D3P. Have you had any problems with them? I've been reading reviews that you need to update the bios before using it and others say they can't boot there pc either. Did it work fine for you?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope i havent had any problems for far with the motherboard or processor. Im not 100% positive but im pretty sure i didnt update the bios before using it. I did have one of my friends come over and help me setup the bios but im pretty positive he just checked and updated settings. After windows was installed we put in the disk to update drivers and all that but thats about it

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i didnt update the bios on your machine lol. you should update your description though when you get your new video card

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

dat custum desk. tel mii moar. i not wel engrish cuz amaze.

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

LOL

Um not really sure what to say but the desk was build by my dad. He has done woodworking for close to 30 years and currently works on cabinets and finish work for houses. After buying the H440 case that no longer fit in my old desk i asked if he would build me a new desk. I came up with the plans and he helped me refine those. The desk visual pieces are made of pine and the inside of the draws and such are plywood. The top is partial board wrapped in a laminate I picked out that looks like black marble.

All in all it came out really well and accents the computer nicely. I did have to make an adjustment to the tray above the tower that holds the external blue ray drive but it still looks good

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

there's too much bezel on monitors. but otherwise its a cool build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. Truth thou i'd love smaller bezels but i love these monitors

  • 50 months ago
  • -1 points

Why the fx-6350, u should have got an 8320. You have made some pretty bad decisions in this build, I would -1 it but your setup just looks too damn sexy to be disliked :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

First computer ive build not bought. Not perfect but could have been worse i'm sure

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The only iffy decision I can see is the CPU. Depending on his usage the GPU may not be that bad (Although you can get a 280 for the price of that unit specifically) and it's good to see a good PSU and high quality SSD.

Based off of the 16GB of RAM, I'd say he's rendering or editing videos or something like that. Which is where the 8320 would be a massive upgrade. Of course if this is for gaming then you're right.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

More cores=easier multitasking, those i3's are all dual core, that's probably why.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats wrong with an RM PSU???? :(

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

What's wrong with Corsair PSUs???? :(

Fixed That For You.

Seriously though, they're not all bad but when they're actually good they're generally overpriced to hell and back. So many really good units out there for less than what Corsair charges.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea but the RM 750 is the cheapest full modular PSU Corsair sells, as well as it having 80+ gold efficiency. And btw mine has never exploded, and I'm running two 970s

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