Description

Welcome to my second build log!

So after my first rig which was scrap job I got well and truly hooked! Looking at all the great builds on here i decided to go for a second one!

Specs:

  • FX 6300 6 core CPU - FREE!
  • Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 - FREE!
  • 8GB DDR3 Corsair Vengeance PRO 1800mhz - £26
  • NZXT S340 Black and Blue - £63
  • 2 Standard NZXT 140mm case fans - £10
  • Braided cables £15
  • Cooler Master G550M 550w semi modular psu - £55
  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - £29.99
  • NZXT Led kit 2m - £13
  • Sapphire Rx460 2gb - £100

So i managed to pickup the CPU and Motherboard for FREE which is good because if i chose them then i wouldn't have gone with those options! But anyway installation into the NZXT S340 case was a breeze. The only thing i would mention is i had some issues with the audio drivers on sabertooth 990fx which took some time to sort!!

The case.... It looks great (Well i think so anyway) the cable management is very easy as there is so much space underneath that there was no struggle the only thing i would have done differently with the cables would be to get a longer 24pin extention so the connector could tuck into the psu shroud! (I got a 30cm extension next time it will be 60!) Downsides to the case i hear you ask? Well whilst building it there were no issues then when i was installing windows i noticed some dust DUST!!! So i brush it of with my hand and to my horror it scratched instantly!! So after making sure i had a replacement panel on the way i tested it. I used a brand new soft paint brush and it left brush stroke lines all over! So whilst the case looks great as soon as you touch that perspex its scratched! (JUST SO YOU KNOW) Airflow in this case can't be faulted 2 140mm fans intake at the front 2 120mm exhaust fans.

The Hyper EVO 212 is one of the most recommended CPU coolers about and being the first fan based one i have fitted it was very simple. I was a little worried about temps (I used an AIO liquid cooler on my last build) but i shouldn't have bothered idle the cpu sits at 23 degrees and the GPU sits at around 24 degrees. When I get round to overclocking if the temps get to hight I may look at a water cooler as the 212 EVO is massive with about 10mm clearance from the window panel!!

The GPU - This is aimed at a budget build with the option to upgrade a little with Zen coming out it will be a decision for the future. At first i was looking at the 750ti but ended up going for the Sapphire RX460 2GB after looking at reviews and benchmarks between the two the rx 460 beats the 750ti on most of the tests apart from a couple and it's just newer so it should be supported for longer!!. Not to much i can say about it yet as its not been fully tested. I kind of miss the gpu needing power cables as the braided cables look good but it will do me until i get something a little... Well more!

I am thinking of changing the fans in the future and the SSD is still on the way but overall i am very happy with how this build turned out!! I am thinking a green build next. I am sure it won't be long!! I will update the pictures when the last parts arrive!

Just incase you only came for temps!

CPU - 23 Degrees GPU - 24 Degrees Tested with Open Hardware Monitor

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice budget build! I love this case +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yh I do recommend it. Only let down is the perspex!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

From the ashes rises the Phoenix.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Another S340! So many out there right now, and deservedly so.

Nice, clean, coordinated build. Good pictures and descriptions... +++1!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yh there are loads about it was between this and the Phanteks eclipse P400S Psu shrouds are great! Makes everything much simpler and cleaner!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed. NZXT has my attention (and business) forever thanks to that case.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a clean, good looking build. Nice!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

So i managed to pickup the CPU and Motherboard for FREE which is good because if i chose them then i wouldn't have gone with those options!

Where/How did you get it?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

So I fix PC's laptops and tablets for a living and I regularly get given parts and different items of tech. I used to just sell on what was given to me but recently decided when it was pc parts that I would build a pc around them. I've been wanting to get into building gaming pc's for myself and for customers for a while and this is where I'm starting.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Just bought one of these cases. I've heard that the Evo is tight in there. What's your opinion. Did you cap off the copper tubes or anything to prevent scratching the window?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply your right it comes close there is about 10-15mm clearance I've built twould of these just different colours and they both were close but definitely manageable. Let me know how you get on

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Fits fine no clearance issues at all

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

Awesome case, was actually unaware the S340 came in Blue and Black! Although, you should have gotten an Intel dual-core processor if you were on a budget over the 6300. Even a Pentium with a decent overclock will perform at/near the 6300.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

He got the CPU and Mobo for free. First thing he stated in the description!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Smitty05 is right I got the CPU and Board for free. I'm thinking of doing an Intel build next but it's not confirmed yet.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, skimmed over that bit, my apologies. Lucky to get an amazing AM3+ board for free. I'd say get an i3 if you want budget on this Intel rig, or get an i5 if you want to wait on upgrades.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Just had a look pal! Wow what a great build eventually I'd like to try custom cooling but I don't think I'm ready yet! Nice setup as well!