Build Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng2IIdmiU9I
We promised a G3258-based build, so here it is. NZXT kindly sent us the new S340 case. Priced at $70, it was the perfect addition for our modest gaming system. As fate would have it, the GTX 970 released after building and filming. If we had had one on hand, we probably would have used that for the GPU instead. Look for a GTX980 (or two!) in our next build though.
We've done a lot of liquid-cooled systems recently, so for this build we opted to keep everything air cooled. The Hyper 212 EVO is an extremely popular cooler, so we included that in the build. Sure, there are coolers +/- $5 that may perform slightly better, but the 212 is still a great performer for the price.
For the storage, we went ahead and included both an SSD and a hard drive. The SSD fulfills the boot drive and core files role, while the platter drive provides space for games.
I really like this case. It has a nice clean aesthetic and is primed for easy modding and customizing. I've really started to love cases with PSU shrouds - especially when the case has a window. It supports a 240mm radiator in front with plenty of depth. And I was a bit curious of the raised white bracket next to the motherboard tray - until I went to zip tie the 24-pin motherboard power connector. I LOVE that - there's plenty of depth there to run the power cable without worrying about side panel clearance. With the expansion slot covers being removable in the final production version I only have one nitpick: I wish the hard drive mounts used drive trays. Overall though, I think it's a really well thought-out case that will satisfy a lot of builders from low to high budgets.