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My high-performance gaming rig, built around a Razer, all-green theme, REDUX! It's certainly a mean green machine...

The original build has been upgraded with some new parts since last year, with a GTX 1080 FE and new SSD storage, and a hefty CPU overclock. After some issues with the system refusing to power on back on December 4th, I did a complete disassembly in order to test all components and perform a thorough cleaning of the internals. I decided to document the process and grab better pictures of every step.

For starters, the CPU and motherboard are the same, but the CPU has been overclocked to a stable, BSOD-free 4.7 GHz at 1.3v, without any issues for the past six months or so. Even when running the most demanding apps and games, things run pretty cool and silent with the older Kraken X31, which uses dual 120mm fans in a push-pull setup. I did try for an 4.8 GHz OC a couple of times, but it was unstable, so I figured I'd settle for 4.7 GHz and not spend too much time experimenting.

  • Pictures 1 through 15 show the original build, back in early 2014.

  • Pictures 16 through 21 show the NZXT H440 Razer case torn down, with all components removed except for the case fans, ready for cleaning. The last picture shows the PSU cables after the PSU was put in place to check they reach all nooks and crannies of the case. No, it's not modular, but there's plenty of room in the case to hide unused cables, so it's not a big deal.

  • Pictures 22 through 24 show the initial power on test for the motherboard and CPU main components. Before mounting the mobo, I ran some tests having it sit outside of the case, and verified that I was able to boot successfully. Everything worked just fine, and I couldn't figure out why the system refused to power on in the first place.

  • Pictures 25 thru 27 show the Kraken X31 mounted, and the CRTs connected. Notice the lightning, including the PSU shroud logo, the bottom ambient lights, the Riing exhaust fans on top and the Kraken-mounted fan, which is paired with a second 120mm fan for a push-pull configuration. This keeps the CPU pretty cool while cruising at 4.7 GHz.

  • Pictures 28 thru 30 show the SSDs and HDDs mounted, that's one 250GB Samsung 850 EVO set as the OS drive, another set as the current game install drive, and two 1.5TBs 7200 RPM HDDs for mass storage.

  • Picture 31 thru 34 shows the latest addition to the build, an Nvidia brand GTX 1080 FE. I thought about going for an EVGA FTW, but I'm gaming at 1080p, so while the FE is overkill, the FTW would be even more so. Besides, I wanted to keep the green aesthetic so I've wanted a reference card for a while.

  • Pictures 35 thru 37 show the final steps, the top and front chassis views before the cover panels were mounted, and the final build all up and running nicely.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

You did a great job but will you be gaming on this because 250 gigs is not that much unless you only have a few games at a time

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment!

This build is using a LOT of recycled parts from previous builds. I only have one SSD for the OS, but elsewhere on the case I have about 6TB of HDD space for all my files. I normally install the games I'm currently play on the SSD, then after I finish them, I move them to HDD storage. An upcoming upgrade will be a larger SSD for games and frequently-used software only, to keep them separate from the OS SSD.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

it would be so nice if i liked razer products because i love the black and green but the keyboards areeto clicky for me.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the comment!

I chose to go full-Razer for looks, if you have another brand you like, perhaps they offer multi-color key lighting? Then you could simply specify a green hue to go with the case, which I have to say, it's pretty nice. Even if you don't like the Razer theme in the case, NZXT offers one in black with green accents, I think.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you link me to those lights? Thanks. Great build by the way

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

These 12" fit in cases ? xD

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like this guy found a way to fit two of them.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comments!

The H440 is sort of roomy inside, with nooks and crannies all over where you can stick stuff. As you can see in the pics, the tubes fit in such a way that they are covered by the windowed panel, you only need to figure out how to secure them to the case, I myself used a bit of double-sided tape.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure I understand the 680's.

Or the Quad Channel RAM.

Otherwise nice build. Not a personal fan of Razer products but if it makes you happy. Good color matching, though that red status thing on the Mobo bothers me.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

maybe he got the 680 from an another build or second hand

and the ram runs in dual cahnnel mode

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comments!

I mentioned elsewhere that the build is using recycled parts. The most obvious are, in fact, the 680s. I bought a Galaxy 680 OC back in 2012 for $500, and it has served me well. I had never used SLI before though, so I was curious to try it. When I started planning the build, I wanted to use 2 970s with reference coolers (what with the green theme, you HAVE to go the reference route!). However, I don't have multiple displays, nor will be using 4K for a while yet. So I figured I'd keep using my perfectly fine 680, and just get another one to match for an extra couple hundred bucks. They may be overkill for a 1080p display, but they sure run quiet and cool!

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  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

You're either a terrible troll or you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Uh... the 900 series is brilliant and universally acknowledged as such. Breakthroughs in performance per power consumption were achieved, it outperforms all previous generations. Will 2 680s outperform a single 980? Sure, they're not exactly a quantum leap forward in terms of sheer performance, but to say that the 900 series is "crappy" is just meaningless. A statement without merit or grounding in reality.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess it's just a troll or indeed a real dumb idiot.

For what I can say by now (using a evga 970 ftw sli config) the 900series is extrenl Stable and power efficiant. As well the delivered power is extremely good. But as it always is, idiots are everywhere

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build! But why is there a DeathStalker on the wall?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

gg when gaming mechanics need 2 keyboards..

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

:P

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a spare, got it when the dreaded "self-recording macro" bug started messing with the Black Widow. I'm not using it now, but I keep it plugged in to show it off, mostly.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I like that you kept the color theme consistent throughout. I have only one Razer product- and I absolutely love it (might have to get a couple more). I have not gotten on the mechanical keyboard kick yet. I got the Logitech G110 keyboard and honestly, someone will have to pry it from my dead hands! lol.

I can understand the 680 SLI choice in terms of filling up the case- or just getting a SLI config within your budget- but I have to agree with Stephenrgp in terms of the 680s- a single newer generation card would probably run faster, cooler and with less power than SLI 6 series cards- just sayin.

I love the NZXT case and respect for the green theme and your aesthetic choice . Plus one from me :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

If you upgrade to a mechanical keyboard, stay away from Razer unless you're willing to buy a used older model. They stopped using Cherry switches a couple of years ago and I've heard their new switches are hit or miss when it comes to quality. Personally, I prefer Ducky and Cooler Master keyboards but there are a lot of high quality mechs out there.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comments!

I am fully aware of the Q&A issues with Razer. The Black widow gave me trouble a couple months ago courtesy of the "self-recording macro" bug with Synapse. I managed to get it fixed, but in the meantime I got the DeathStalker because I wanted a keyboard to match the theme, but that didn't use Synapse, which is the root of the problem. Now I have avoided Synapse like the plague, so I keep the DS as a backup (and decoration!). My advice is, if you like the Razer looks, go for it, but avoid using Synapse and any bugs that come with it.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build brother, well coordinated aesthetically +1!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

hows the thermaltake fan ? does it push alot of air? what bout sound?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The fan on the X31 doesn't seem that big of a change from the stock NZXT fan, but if you are familiar with the H440 case, you'll know that the top ventilation grids are somewhat restrictive on airflow. Well, if you put your hand next to the grids now, you'll feel a nice flow of air coming from the dual Riing 14s. The fans also have rubber feet where the screws touch the case frame, so vibration and noise are kept low. I must say, the case is quiet as it is, and adding all these fans has not made it noticeably louder.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't understand the appeal of bright lights inside a case. I wouldn't want that blaring in my face when I'm gaming.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, they can be annoying but I think they can add a lot to a build. I put LEDs into my case so i can change the color and you can change the brightness on them with a remote.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comments!

This is my first serious build, and I wanted to experiment with things I had never used before, such as SLI and case lights. I know the lights may seem gaudy and over the top, but the pics show all the lights turned on all at once. In reality, if I get tired of them, I can turn off the cat tubes and the case's built in lights and logos, and the only remaining lights would be the motherboard's and the fans'. When you do that, it looks somewhat subtle.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice green theme, awesome. I've noticed NZXT has been popular on the builds here lately, lol. Although a bit confused on why 680's? Was this an upgrade and the 680s came from before?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed, one 680 was bought in 2012, the other just a couple months ago. I had never used SLI before and I wanted to try it, and since my display is only 1080p, this config assures me I can throw anything at it and have it run smoothly. I just finished Crysis 3, all settings maxed, with a consistent 60fps throughout, not bad for three year old cards...

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice computer :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Finally someone who knows not to put red components in there "Green PC build"

  • 58 months ago
  • -2 points

didnt use a kraken cooler what is wrong with you?

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

he did

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed! I used an X31, it was meant for another project, namely watercooling an old GTX 580 together with a Kraken G10. Just for kicks, I recycled it here, since this is my first OC'd CPU, so I figured it'd be a better use. Eventually, I plan to replace it with a X41, or maybe even an X61.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using the X60 and really can recommend it to you. Only thing is you have to change the fans. They are loud as the incomming apocalyptical riders. Changed mine for some noisblocker pk3. Way better performance and more quietly at all.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

As a matter of fact, when I upgrade the CLC those Thermaltake Riing 14s attached to the top of the case will replace the stock fans. The top of the H440 will happily accommodate the X61, which is my preferred choice because, if you'll notice in the pics, the X31 doesn't have any lighting. The NZXT logo is white, so it kind of blends in with the fans' LEDs and the cat tube's lighting, but I really want to have it lit up on its own.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

if you take care of your stuff you will not have a problem.

I have 2 nagas. one i purchased 3 years ago. runs like a dream still. the second one was the 2014 edition which was tested to make sure it wasnt doa.

my black widow i had for 3 years no issue.

Never had a problem with razer peripherals, aside from headsets... headsets on the other hand. lol

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comments!

I am fully aware of the Q&A issues with Razer. The Black widow you see on the pics gave me trouble a couple months ago, courtesy of the "self-recording macro" bug with Synapse. I didn't give up on it though, since it was a gift from my wife. I managed to get it fixed, and now have banished Synapse from my PCs. I know they don't have the best track record, but I like their looks, and with that H440 case, well, you just HAVE to use Razer peripherals.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, one was bought new in 2012, for about $500, and the other i found on eBay for $200.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Just have to get in this discussion. In general I agree with the point selling the 680 and get a 900 series card.

BUT I'm using sli since the 600 series and never got any performance problems regarding micro stuttering or else. So that point seems invalid for me. The other thing is the vram stack. That's in general okay what you say but new AAA titles e.g. gta v are stacking the vram. If you get into the graphics section you got a graph that shows u your total vram usage according to your settings and your installed vram and it shows (in my case) 8gigs of vram installed.

So don't get me wrong I know that you can read everywhere that vram stacking isn't possible but doubt that it's true these days since it seems to work on more and more AAA titles

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

The most demanding game I've played is Crysis 3, and I ran thru the campaign using max settings and got a consistent 60fps with V-Sync enabled with no issues. I haven't run any benchmark programs, but I figured that if the 680s can handle Crysis without stuttering, overheating, nor sounding like jet engines, then they should be fine for most games from the past couple years. I WAS going to buy two reference 970s for about $800, but since the monitor is only 1080p and I have no plans to go 4K just yet, I figured that spending only $200 on a second 680 would be enough for the time being. But rest assured, I will switch to a 900 series SLI either when I upgrade the monitor, or when I start getting games that the 680s can't keep up with even at 1080p.