Description

Like most of my builds this one started out with the desire to build in a specific case. I have built in the NZXT H440 two times before and I was very happy with it both times. I really liked the clean look and the large clear side panel. I am 33 now and I am not into some of the flashier gaming cases that are coming out but this case appeared to offer of both worlds; A view at the internal components (bragging rights) while also looking great in a home office. This is one of the first cases that my wife actually likes and getting the wife's stamp of approval goes a long way with convincing her of the “necessity” of future upgrades! I have done a few red and black builds but I think that red is a little overdone right now so I decided to go with a black and white theme; thus the Silent Knight was born.

I went into this build with a $1000 budget and the goal of building the most powerful pc for the money while at the same time using high quality components. I was able to get my motherboard, CPU, and Memory for less than $300 total!! I also managed to grab a GTX 970 for $150 on ebay! Well, enough of the back story; let’s get into the parts description and the reasons for selecting the various components.

Case - NZXT H440 I have nothing but positive things to say about this case. Of all the cases I have built in this is the easiest and most rewarding to work with. Not only is it incredibly solid but it also offers sound dampening foam and makes for a quiet build. NZXT really thought of everything with this case and I see why the guys over at TweakTown gave it a perfect score! I would highly recommend this case to anyone

CPU – i5-6600K This is a CPU that I have used in a couple of builds and it has always been powerful enough for my needs. I primarily use my pc for casual gaming so I don't see a need for an i7. I myself snagged one for $180 which is an outstanding price for this chip. I am not currently overclocking but plan to play around with that very soon.

CPU Cooler – Corsair H100i GTX After several very positive experiences with the original H100i and the H100i GTX I opted for the GTX for looks and performance. This is a great AIO liquid cooler especially if you can find a deal on one.

Motherboard – MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X After falling in love with the white variant of the P400S I knew that I wanted to go with a black and white theme. I had a very positive experience with the Z97 MSI Krait board and the Z170A gets favorable reviews. I also like the looks of the PCI Express slots on this board.

PSU – EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W Often the most overlooked component but always the most important is the PSU. I see so many people settling on some 80 Plus Bronze budget PSU and it often frustrates me. The PSU is what runs everything so it is definitely not the area to scrimp on. JonnyGuru gives this bad boy a 9.8 out of 10 and for good reason. It screams quality and includes a 10-year warranty plus EVGA has outstanding customer service should you ever need assistance. I considered going with the 850W model but for now I am only going to be using a single GPU so 750W meets my needs and better fits my budget.

GPU – Zotac GTX 970 I have every intention of picking up a GTX 1070 when they come out but for now there are many bargains to be had on used GTX 970 cards. I was able to snag this one for $150 shipped and it more than meets my needs for 1080p gaming. This particular variant is not my first choice but for $150 I could not pass it up.

Future Planned Upgrades: 1. Nvidia GTX 1070 or possibly 1080 2. White individually sleeved cable kit 3. Additional storage for media and games

Notes: This was quite possibly the smoothest build I have ever done. Everything came together nicely and this case was a joy to work in. Even though there is sound dampening materials in the sides and front I am getting CPU temps around 12-16 degrees idle; that is outstanding! I could not be happier with this build.

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Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

I am getting CPU temps around 12-16 degrees idle; that is outstanding!

Well, there is a few possible situations here:

  1. Something is wrong with reported temperatures.

  2. You live in a refrigerator.

  3. You have very good air conditioning and like it real chilly for some reason.

  4. You live in a cold area with no heating.

Which one is it?

  • 44 months ago
  • -3 points

I checked it multiple times us HWMONITOR and it idles around 12-15 degrees, jealous much? I have been building computers for years and these temps are the best I have had. My home office is in my basement and it is naturally cool (especially with the AC running like it has been lately); room temp is around 65 degrees F.

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

I think he was trying to help you. 65 degrees F is 18.33 degrees C. Your processor cannot be running below ambient at 12-15 degrees C with your cooling setup. I'd think someone who has been building computers for years would know that.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

well that is what it was reporting in the software... perhaps the sensors were wrong or it was a software issue but I monitored it and recorded the temps several times...

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

He does have a point. Your CPU is cooler than ambient temperature of your room. I would double check your temperatures using another software such as the BIOS screen on your motherboard.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The H440 was definitely a pleasure for me to work with as well. I'm glad you like it and it looks great. +1 from me!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! I love building in this case; would highly recommend it to anyone

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

No big deal only like $300 over budget. I've managed to do a lot worse

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

actually the prices shown are not what I paid. I did not change them to reflect what I actually paid for the parts :-) so I actually came in under budget (for once)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a fantastic build but with a case like H440 will you build a water-cooling loop? There is a ton of space for rads...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

custom water cooling is something that I have never personally tried. It looks amazing when done right but I am not much of an overclocker (I upgrade systems so often that I never need to overclock to get the performance I want) so I haven't yet given it a shot. The AIO solutions keep getting better (and easier) but I agree this case has plenty of room for rads

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

why does cpu cooler say liquid, does that mean it is watercooled?? sorry I'm new

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, liquid cooled is the same as watercooled for all intents and purposes

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I got a steal on the CPU (bought new on ebay) and the motherboard. The motherboard was a new (open box) ebay item from a seller that I frequently buy from. I got the memory on sale from newegg. Best time to build a new pc is right around major holidays as many retailers run various sales over the long weekends

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! and Thanksgiving/Christmas time is an excellent time to buy/build (many deals to be had). You may want to look into a used GTX 980 as I am sure you can get a steal on one and the early benchmarks show it still beating the RX 480 (time will tell). A great PSU to get is the EVGA Supernova G2 550W; super solid and you can get it for under $70 after rebate most of the time. I am finishing up another build right now with a GTX 1070 and I can't wait to try it out!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

no problem! I will be posting my latest build sometime next week. I have it all together except for my H100i GTX which I am impatiently waiting for haha