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My Precious Stormtrooper

by Kirstenly

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Date Published

April 28, 2016

Date Built

March 29, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

3.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.253 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

Description

I ultimately wanted a computer that was budget friendly, and could kick the **** out of any game I threw at it, and then some. I also wanted it to be able to create works of art when I am taking a break from games. That is exactly what I have built for myself.

I am presently using a dinner table as my desk.

Sorry for the poor image quality, I am using my phone and it doesn't do so hot in poor lighting conditions. I have also left the protective plastic on the case window as I am moving soon and would like to keep it scratch free.

Now to the nitty gritty of it:

Part Reviews

CPU

Overall the processor performs with adequate speed for everything I have thrown at it, which at times is far more than any of my previous systems have been comfortable handling. Extremely powerful for its meager price tag.

I haven't replaced the stock cooler for the CPU at all, and it typically never exceeds 40C. It isn't the prettiest of coolers, but it is doing its job, and its doing it well.

Motherboard

The motherboard was a dream to work with. Very clear labeling, bright, beautiful colours that matched my RAM, and my case. My only complaint is that over the heat spreaders labeled "Dual Intelligent Processors", where it has all the pretty designs etched onto it, there is a small, perfectly sized bit of plastic to protect your silver engraved lettering. Remove it. Had my system not been made with a case featuring a side window, there would be molten plastic or a small fire inside the system. No harm done, but I even had my roommate come check it out before I got it up and running, and he didn't see it either.

Memory

The RAM is a lot prettier in person than in the photos, and it handles what I throw towards it fairly well.

Video Card

The GPU is so lovely. It runs fairly cool, and it rarely has any issue with any games or software, those issues it does have are completely related to my habit of alpha testing games for fun, and sometimes that results in driver crashes. The most intensive game I have thrown at it so far is ARK: Survival Evolved with maximum settings. I maintain ~50FPS in almost all circumstances, which is reasonable.

Case

The case is perfect. some people complained about its cable management space, but I really loved it and there was more than enough space to carefully route the wires and cables into an attractive and functional arrangement with room to spare. It isn't a quiet case, but it has more airflow than one would know what to do with. I would like to upgrade to water-cooling at some point, and outfit the interior of the case with numerous LEDs to give it either an ocean waves or deep space nebula sort of look.

The only issue I had with the case was the over-tightened thumb screws, I had to get my roommate to help me get some of them off, and it required both of us moving the case and screwdriver at the same time in opposite directions. Otherwise would 100% recommend the Noctis 450.

Power Supply

The power supply gets the job done, and as a bonus, has beautiful modular cables!

Operating System

I like windows 10. It isn't a horrible OS, not like 8. It really desperately does need to have some kinks worked out, after that it'll be golden.

PS: beware manually putting your system to sleep, you could wind up with a minor headache regarding BIOS settings changing suddenly, or drivers deleting themselves and refusing to reinstall.

Wireless Network Adapter

The Network Card is pretty good, it isn't going to blow your socks off with aesthetic or anything, but its cheap as dirt and it gets the job done time and time again. My only concern is those giant rabbit ears it has for antenna. They really are bigger in person.

Monitor

The Display was, at first, a nightmare. I got it plugged in and powered on, and the colours were atrocious. Every one of the default settings are abhorrent... Four of them are grey and washed out, one of them is hyper saturated, and the other makes everything green. One of the settings for blur reduction that is enabled at the get go made anything black that moved near a brown glow with an acid green halo. I thought my GPU was DOA or that my games had horrible glitches!

After a few hours of colour management and comparison with my printer and Cintiq's display colours, I managed to get the colour balance just right, and figured out that the No Trace setting was what was causing the acid green halos. So after setting the damned thing up, I honestly love the display, and its built in speakers aren't bad at all!

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Jäßßäwöçkëë 3 Builds 3 points 34 months ago

Rather nifty rig you have there! I love that monitor in white builds! +1 for joining team RED

nakaman 4 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

The empire will crush the rebellion and rule the Galaxy!

Swaaha 2 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

You could have shaved off like 10% of the value if you went with H440 (2015 edition) instead of Noctis since the interior is exactly the same...

But hey, who cares about £10 when Noctis looks so much better amirite? (/joy)

8350 was my CPU last year before I went Z170, it handles most games smoothly, only some poorly optimised games will give you fps issues.

Kirstenly submitter 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

Oh man I was gonna get the H440, but I wanted more airflow, and I mean, the sheer design aspect of the Noctis was like 14-year-old me's wet dream, I needed to have it. Sometimes a lady has to do what a lady has to do, even if that is spending a lot more money to get some sweet aesthetic.

Swaaha 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

This is a really nice concept case NZXT bought out, when I was looking to change a PC case this one stood out the most, and I made my decision like instantly: "I want this thing." I assume that is also what happened with you?

Kirstenly submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Exactly what happened. I was looking for something reasonably nice, and almost all of what I could find was like "Wow! Look at this cube! So square, so rectangle, so many right angles! Such good design! Maybe a window?" Then the Noctis sat there like "I am everything your younger self ever dreamed of in a computer's aesthetic." and It had to happen.

I was too poor to afford the case, and made sacrifices to make it happen.

Swaaha 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

If possible and when you have spare time please give us more pictures :3 A case this beautiful deserves shots from all the angles!

Kirstenly submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Will do! I will probably rip the back cover off to show off the cable management too.

iarrninja 1 point 33 months ago

So... Im thinking of using the 8350/960 combo as well. Is it still holding up nicely for you? I know its been a minute since youve had it, and with all the new buzz of new crap coming out. Just seeing if you still like your decision. My build will be a little cheaper than yours but the essentials are about the same. So yeah.

I guess my main questions are. Gaming is still good on it? And have you tried much multitasking while gaming?

Kirstenly submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

I have been playing ARK: Survival Evolved on full graphics and pulling 30-60FPS depending on where I am and whether or not there are massive structures, or an over-abundance of player-tamed animals in the area. I typically run TS3, Skype, Firefox with 4+ tabs, and art software at the same time.

Multitasking doesnt seem to drag it at all ever. The temperature doesn't get too hot, and the system itself doesn't get too loud? I mean, depending on what you consider loud??

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Kirstenly submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I saved over 100 dollars by using my dinner table as a desk. I think that is a small win, even if it is just a small win. I will likely upgrade the desk to an actual desk after we finish moving.

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