Description

Why did this take 1 month to post?

The cables almost 2 weeks to arrive, and I didn't want to take the pictures without them. =P

Backstory

Daylight is an upgrade to my first ever PC, which isn't posted here.

This all started with the S340 Elite. I was browsing builds at the time and developed a love for tempered glass side panels. They looked so clean, showing off the PC's parts in all of their glory. At first, I was considering the Inwin 904, due to its brushed aluminum aesthetic. At this point I was on an Inwin kick, and was looking at the 303 after dismissing the 904 due to its price. So, I started watching some reviews of the 303, and some problems came up. I wanted to use 6 fans - 3 on the top and 3 as intakes, but 1 intake always seemed to block motherboard connectors, leaving 5 fans. The fan issue, coupled with the blue-only Inwin logo forced my OCD ditch it.

I then considered the S340, as it looked so clean. The power supply shroud was a well-executed bonus, but... No tempered glass side panel. Eventually, I decided I would deal with the acrylic side panel, and decided to look at NZXT's website.

Then, I found the S340 Elite on their homepage. Being curious, I clicked on it. Tempered glass side panel with all of the original S340 goodness (Along with other assorted goodies) meant I instantly fell in love with it. This was the perfect case. And at the perfect time, too - Christmas was coming up.

I was originally intending to just upgrade to 16GB of RAM and upgrade the cooler. However, someone decided to surprise me, meaning that I now had a 6700k. Which, inevitably, turned into a new motherboard and a kit TridentZ RAM to go with it, as well as a 3TB HDD.

The HDD could be considered to be an interesting choice. A WD Black was the first drive on my list, but they were expensive in comparison to other drives. And after looking on benchmark sites, many drives were faster than what WD had to offer. After a bit of browsing, I found the Toshiba P300 - It was faster than the WD, cheaper, and just as reliable. And as an extra bonus, it had a bit of red on the label, giving it some brownie points.

The build process was very smooth - No DOAs, no clearance problems, and all drives were recognized.

Parts and reviews

i7-6700k

Great processor. No problems, and clocks up to 4.9GHz+. Temps are very respectable, but could also be a little bit of NZXT developer bias. Overall, I'm very happy with it.

Overall rating : A++

Kraken X52

I think this is Poseidon in inanimate form.

Overall rating : A++

MSI Z170 Gaming M7

I was flipping between this and the Gigabyte Gaming 7, but ultimately chose this for the metallic red accents and , of all things, color-coordinated I/O. Yes, I'm crazy. xD

Not everything went exactly to plan, though. There are 2 small, very thin tabs on the I/O shield which seem to serve no purpose. However, they were making aligning the motherboard with the I/O shield difficult, so I simply bent the pins back against it. No problems.

Overall rating : A

G.Skill Trident Z

Yes, I got them for their looks and brushed aluminum. But let's be honest, that's pretty much the only reason people buy them.

Again, no complaints. They easily reach a stable 'overclock' of 3200MHz

Overall rating : A+

SanDisk Z400s

SanDisk decided it would be a funny joke to put the product info on the top, and the logo on the same side as the screws. WHY? xD

Overall rating : B

Toshiba P300

No complaints. Gets above its rated speed sometimes. =-)

Overall rating : A

MSI GTX 1070

Aside from optimization issues, it easily handles Forza Horizon 3 on max settings. I also dig the TwinFrozr VI cooler and backplate. Just enough creases to keep it looking modern but clean.

Overall rating : A+

S340 Elite

The perfect case for me. Just wish there was a little extra space for cables in the back, but cable management is so easy it doesn't matter. One minor issue was that 2 little black pieces of metal interfered with motherboard installation, but I can't even confirm they were even in the same box as the S340 Elite.

Overall rating : A+

Logitech MX Master

It's a great mouse : Comfortable, good-looking, and wireless. But... Look for 'stains'. Under normal use, my MX master has developed a slightly 'bleached' spot between my ring finger and pinkie's knuckles. Also look for spots on left and right click - finger oils can become visible after about 2 months. (You might be able to see this in picture 38)

Overall rating : B-

MAINFrame Customs extensions

These extensions are beautiful. They have 4mm Telios sleeving, which not only look colorful and vibrant but hold their shape well. If it makes you feel any better, Jay uses MAINFrame cables on Skunkworks.

Overall rating : A (Shipping time. Fluke?)

Pop-Tarts

It's mere coincidence I have Pop! figures and Pop-Tarts here together. I think.

They also give each component +100MHz when overclocking.

Other notes

Firstly, the cable management combs. These are technically free, and look great. If you want to print your own, You can here. For 3mm sleeving, the default size should work fine, but for 4mm sleeving, I changed the diagonal dimension to 55mm wide. All credit goes to SpoonUnit for the combs.

The cable connecting the G27's pedals isn't routed by the desk leg only because I have a sit/stand desk.

Result

Overall, I'm very happy with Daylight. Nearly every part performed expected of above, and they look great. Even though I had some photos that didn't quite turn out as expected. ; )

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Part Reviews

CPU

Great performance, and overclocks very well in my case - 4.9GHz+. Absolutely no complaints.

CPU Cooler

Poseidon in disguise.

Motherboard

Metallic red accents, and a clean aesthetic. Overclocks well.

Memory

Great looks matched with great performance. A+

Storage

One minor complaint - SanDisk put the logo on the same side the screws are on. So, beware if you're using a case with SSD trays that are designed to show off your storage.

Storage

Quick for an HDD, reliable, and relatively cheap for its storage options. Highly recommended.

Case

All the goodness of the S340, with tempered glass and another SSD tray.

Operating System

It's Windows. Disk Partition gave me a few problems, though.

Wireless Network Adapter

The drivers for the AC adapters are terrible. Unfinished, ugly, glitchy, and do absolutely nothing. Performance is very good though otherwise. Heatsink also looks great, and fits with the build.

Case Fan

Very quiet and perform well. Colored rings look great and add a bit of flair.

Case Fan

Very quiet and perform well. Colored rings look great and add a bit of flair.

Monitor

This is a great 1440p monitor. Colors are great, bezels are slim, and the only slight downside is the speakers. Expected, though, since they're built-in.

Food

Think of it as an overclocking multiplier. Because reasons.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

There's something about asymmetrical cabling for the GPU...

It just feels so...right.

I love the colour scheme, and how you've thoroughly stuck to it with all your components. Everything from the fans to the motherboard, and even the wireless adapter, it all works fabulously. There is not a single component which is of low quality and for that I applaud you dear sir.

Tempered glass has an amazing ability to just make things pop doesn't it?

If you didn't already get the message, +1. Amazing build, definitely in one of my all time favourites on PCPP.

PCPP Staff, I expect/demand a feature.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, and POP TARTS!!! :D

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Pop-Tarts!

Merely a coincidence I have Pop! figures and Pop-Tarts. xD

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the colour scheme, and how you've thoroughly stuck to it with all your components. Everything from the fans to the motherboard, and even the wireless adapter, it all works fabulously. There is not a single component which is of low quality and for that I applaud you dear sir.

Thank you for your kind words! Honestly the Wi-Fi adapter was a coincidence. I was looking through the PCPP list of Wi-Fi adapters, and knew an Asus one would be of good quality. My only criteria was that it would have to be a PCIe x1 adapter. It turned out to be red, and just adds a little extra touch.

Tempered glass has an amazing ability to just make things pop doesn't it?

It really does. It just looks... right. The only reason I have only a few pictures with the glass side panel on is due to glare. But if cameras saw things the way human eyes did..

If you didn't already get the message, +1. Amazing build, definitely in one of my all time favourites on PCPP.

Thanks! =D

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build! Everything looks so clean.

I see you're a FH3 fan?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep...

I have every Forza game, and played every one when it came out since Forza 3.

Because car guy =D

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Same.. Maybe not as dedicated though. We should play sometime

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang, I can't get online

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

But you did to type this xD

You mean Xbox live right?

Maybe I'll PM you tomorrow or something

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Absolutely stunning, great work WirelessCables. +1 :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

=-)

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

It's such a powerful and pretty build. Congrats!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Now this is an exemplary red and black build. Well done!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

; )

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

The new standard of red and black builds. Well done! +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you like it!

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Goodness, I feel bad that I just notice your build. I'm so late. You got me once I saw some black and red. The whipped cream is your choice of parts and description. The cherry on top, is those 3D printed cable combs (even though they were free it's still awesome!)

I do actually have a question about 3D Printers. I mean I been slowly researching about them but I don't see myself nabbing one just yet due to I want a good printer versus a budget friendly version. Do you have any suggestions as to what is considered a "good" 3D printer? To help PC components look aesthetically pleasing and organized. Just like your cable combs, but also other variations like backplates (GPUs, M.2. SSDs, 2.5" SSDs/HDDs). Maybe some custom badge logos too and much more.

I love your build, it's so beautiful! You have my one.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Goodness, I feel bad that I just notice your build. I'm so late.

Eh. =D

You got me once I saw some black and red.

I see we have similar reactions...

The cherry on top, is those 3D printed cable combs (even though they were free it's still awesome!)

I see what you did there... Cherry...

I don't see myself nabbing one just yet due to I want a good printer versus a budget friendly version. Do you have any suggestions as to what is considered a "good" 3D printer?

Honestly, most 3D Printers print somewhat similarly... The only thing I would watch out for is an acrylic build plate... Even painters tape, known amongst the 3D Printing community, didn't help me... You also gave me an idea to 'disguise' my SSD...

I love your build, it's so beautiful! You have my one.

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I see we have similar reactions...

Oh? That's great than.

I see what you did there... Cherry...

Yes. :)

Honestly, most 3D Printers print somewhat similarly...

Aha, I just wondered if you had any particular suggestions but no worries.

The only thing I would watch out for is an acrylic build plate... Even painters tape, known amongst the 3D Printing community, didn't help me...

Good to know! I appreciate this, and I'm sorry to hear about those mishaps...

You also gave me an idea to 'disguise' my SSD...

Awesome! :)

Thank you!

You are most welcome.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm sorry to hear about those mishaps...

It's fine, nothing major... It's just that the side with the raft never looks polished...

You are most welcome.

=-)

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

Daylight I wake up feeling like you won't play right

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

how did you get that overclock? I think Siliconlottery said there were less than 1% of those (99% of 6700ks cant go that high!)

(assuming it is not delidded).

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you get that overclock?

I think it was mostly a combo of a Silicon-lottery winning i7, beastly Kraken, and a great motherboard.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice color scheme. Thinking about using the s340 elite in white.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

looks amazing! 1+!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

you are welcome!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Pop-Tarts

1+ no questions asked

I wish i had all my poptarts

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm late to this party. Nice build.

Thumbs up!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Never too late. Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

definitly one of my fav builds on pcpp! u know why well bc theres just something about people whos cables are so perfectly done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! +!10000000000

this build better get a feature!!!!!!!!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! Unfortunately it's too old for a feature at this point.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

oh okay!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is your S340 Elite Different?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not different from another red S340 Elite. Did you mean the 2 random screws?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you see how your sides have red (At the front) (and top), Mine is fully black

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

You bought the black version of the case. I have the black and red version. You could just get some painters tape, spray primer, and red spray paint, and color the sections yourself.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

No I bought the black and red version too. The box even says. If you take a look of the Black/red case (S340 elite) On NZXT Site, it will look way different than yours..

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, now I see what you mean. You mean the red on the sides of the front panel, right? That gets covered up when you put the side panels on, unfortunately.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

does this case come with stock case fans

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

It comes with 2, but only in the top and rear.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you for the information

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Np

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly this is my favorite build rn. Good job.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

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  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow such a beautiful build!

Thanks!

Pop-Tarts are just that good =D

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

But they just look so good, don't they?

I forgive you... Only because your birthday is coming up XD

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep... I think they're worth the cost.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Glad you like it.