Description

Intro

Put this computer together to ascend from the 6 year old relic I've used up until now (It has a gtx260, I know right?).

Was aiming for a nice balance of upgradeability, performance and value here with this build, also happening to be my first ever build. I designed it to play 1080p AAA games at max settings, and it's been working wonders so far (haven't overclocked yet) getting stable 60-70 fps on Rise of the Tomb Raider on max (AA turned down a little).

I can't stress how much better everything looks with a capable computer. The system tears up games like CS:GO and Dota 2, frames hanging around 250+ without breaking a sweat. I decided to go with the 1080p 144hz monitor instead of a 1440 60hz (which the 390 does pretty decently with) as I play more multiplayer games than most.

Installation/Build

The build took me 6 hours after getting home from work, from box opening to windows installation. I did my reading up on all the parts and checking out the parts and installation guides beforehand so I felt confident in setting this beast up.

The case was unusual and something I wasn't quite used to at first, but after pulling it apart and seeing how it works, it was very simple to understand how to fit everything in and in what order to do it. I should mention however that I had to remove the power supply like 5 times in order to fit a lot of the cables through the myriad of little holes designed for cable management, and also to screw in the HDD in bay at the bottom.

From that point onwards it was simply installing the mobo, heat sink, radiator and graphics card, and making sure all the right cables were plugged in and tied up (fairly) neatly round the back. I should also mention that the corsair radiator and fans took an extra set of hands to install as intakes on the front of the case because you need to hold the fans in between while you screw through them.

Part reviews (Will expand on these as I start overclocking and pushing the computer to its limit

Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core

So far hasn't even really been tested, everything the computer has done has been near instant thanks to this, the ram and the SSD. Idles at 20 degrees. My computer no longer keeps my room warm.

Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid

Was real tricky to get the radiator on the front, and scary as hell applying the pressure to get the block on the CPU since it needs quite a bit of force to get it in position. Other than that, the temps have been incredible. Absolutely incredible. The software it comes with is a bit wonky though, it doesnt detect my fans spinning even though they are (probably an error I made somewhere tbh) and the LED is a it weak when you change it's colour. But the overall product looks fantastic installed.

Gigabyte Z170-GAMING K3

Technically not the same board that is listed in the side because PCPP doesnt have it listed. A great little board, BIOS very nicely designed and simple or as complicated as you need it to be, no issues posting first time on the build, LEDs look insane, lovely black and red IO shield which I didn't take a picture of unfortunately. I just wish it had more sata ports, but incredible value for a Z160 board.

G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400

ram is ram. They look real nice in the case. Memtest found no problems. Took 16gb of ram just to have some overhead for non-gaming related things.

Sandisk Ultra II 240GB 2.5" SSD

Black and red color scheme was a plus, but I managed to get this 15 quid off retail at the time, so I jumped on it. Decent model apparently, lightning fast, reliable so far.

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

For everything I can't justify putting on the SSD. Standard HDD nothing special.

Sapphire Radeon R9 390 8GB Nitro

This card is huge. It's a like a brick. But doesn't appear to be sagging. The 8GB of RAM has let me play on MAX on RotTR which needs more than 4GB, knocking it out of the park. Idles at 47 since it's OC'd out of the box and powering a 144hz screen. Make sure you have space in your case for this thing, it really is big.

EVGA 650W ATX

Quality PSU. Nice bags for the wires and PSU itself. Fully modular. I had an issue powering the GPU because I needed 2x 6+2 modules to run up to it. But I figured that out pretty quickly. Quality braiding on the sleeves, everything about this product is quality. Funfact: The next day after building we had a power cut for a second, everything in the house went off, monitor too, but the computer just kept going like nothing even happened, I don't even know how that works. 10/10 would PSU again.

NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower

I thought it looked cool in pictures but it;s something else up close. The matte black finish on the outside screams class, the intakes nicely designed. Air flow is incredible thanks to the cable management system employed in the design. Cheap as hell considering the quality of the frame and parts. The assembly was a little tricky at the start figuring out when to install the PSU. Huge window showing off all the goods and hiding the uglies. Was a perfect fit for my H100gtx.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 7 points

Nice! your cat is going to give you bonus 10 fps

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the vape. Very nice, clean build

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome build!

+1 for the fellow vaper

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Too much red :P Great build and good looks

+1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

really nice build.. Love those simple looking cases too.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the cat.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I saw the cat.

+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1 AMAZING BUILD! +1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1

OMG IT'S SO GOOD!!!!!+1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Somethings seems to be missing from the parts list in pic #2. Very curious.....

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

its not like you can list 'pu%&y' in the parts list...

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Sure you can. "Custom Part: Hairy Pussycat" priceless

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great and good part selection. Taking your pc off the floor is a good idea, since you have a big side panel and good cable management.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

But no desk space, unfortunately.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job on the build, and a great write-up as well! Love getting the story behind the build. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I had so much fun planning, sourcing and building it!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I want an NZXT s340 so bad. All the research on cases I've done and I keep coming back to that one. Everyone who has one raves over it. The built in cable management system is a huge selling point for me. I love your build and I love the write up.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah man, I love this case so much, and it's so damn cheap! Looks amazing, feels amazing, functions amazingly. I'm trying to think of something negative to say about it, but I can't really find anything.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

one -1 is that it comes with two exhaust fans, would immediately put them in the front

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Why? The fans exhaust the hot air while the 2 radiator fans pull in from the front.

There are 4 fans in total.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

yes i was talking about how it comes out of the box new

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Also don't forget there's no 5 1/4 inch drives

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

HAH floppy drive bays??

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

No, CD and DVD Drives

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, I prefer the Define R5

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, how comes?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

This. Is. Beautiful.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats a nice (i think) Stratocaster back there lol

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Indeed, always gotta have the old strat in reach at all times.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

The parts list looks good, build looks great. I do love these cases that take the traditional hard drive locations and move them -- it opens up everything. Often times the cable management is so much cleaner. Have recently built with Fractal and then a Phanteks. NZXT has been on my list to try. Congrats on build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

YOu have a very nice build and you did a great job with part selection.. +1

his card is huge. It's a like a brick. But doesn't appear to be sagging.

Yep its the best 390 IMHO... it also wont sag...

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

:O! kitty!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice clean build. Glad you decided to not use the cat inside the case. +1 on your build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Why isn't the gaming cat on your parts list?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I would've spent less on the cooler to get a motherboard with SLI support, but anyway, have an upvote.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

cool build, does anyone know what the keyboard is?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

CM Quickfire TK

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks :-)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

if you put gtx 970 on here, will it be wrong or bad??

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's entirely up to you, but I know that the r9 390 performs on average better than the 970 and has more VRAM headroom, but at 1080p they're pretty close.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

If a cat can ascend you can too! Join the PC Master Race! message sponsored by GabeN himself, all naysayers shall be executed quickly and painlessly

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Was a bit disappointed there wasn't a pix where cat fur was used as a feature in the build :D

+1, all the same.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, man! Wrong mobo on your parts list!

Anyways, great description, +1!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I know, I mentioned it in the mobo review, PCPP didnt have it listed.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

really? that's ******. "Gigabyte h110 ddr3" isn't avaible in PCPP too :/

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

vapeeeeeeeeee +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Cat +1

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