Description

My first build in a long time(over 10 years)

I first saw the NZXT Manta case on the cover of MaximumPC(July issue) and that pretty much sealed the deal for building a PC. I originally wanted to go all out and put a custom water loop in it but quickly realized I better start a bit easier. I did however model a lot of components from that issue and I think it turned excellent!

This will be my everyday PC, mainly 1440p gaming. Work stuff, surfing etc. I wanted it to be silent, small and easy to upgrade down the road. Some parts I purchased will most likely be used next year for a dream 4k box.

I bought a pre-binned chip rated at 4.7GHz. It did not disappoint. Chip is over clocked to 4.7 at 1.38v. I had a lot of fun tweaking with this system and finding the perfect combo. Temps are good, benchmarks are awesome, and has been stable for weeks now. Ram is set to 2400 with a 14CL which I think is pretty good? I could not get XMP Profile stable with my OC.

R9 Nano is stock, seems like a tough card to OC and not get throttled? I got a warehouse deal on it from Amazon. It had hole in the box and a small ding on the front but other then that was brand new. This card is so cool, and really goes beast on long gaming sessions.

I had a ton of fun building and tweaking this system, learned a lot. I am curious what AMD's flagship card will be this year? That may replace the Nano.

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for black and white theme!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! B&W so clean looking

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow...I didn't realize the Nano was so thick. Nice build!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I added the backplate so defiantly adds to the thickness.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the backplate for it? It turned out really cool.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

coldzero.eu Thanks

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the damn Manta. I love that case so much but the price tag is a bit appalling to be honest. I would defnitely buy it for around $80, for anything over 120, I'd go for an In Win case. Overall, great build though, strong components and a sexy set of RAM.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you man. The Curves are so good! I agree, once you take off the panels it's pretty much a smaller S340 for twice the price

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude this build is amazing!!! so clean and so bright i love it and the white r9 nano pulls the whole thing together. I am also curious on AMD's flagship cards because of there huge advances in core architecture so lets hope they pull off something amazing XD. +1 from me!!!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thank you! It's gearing up to be a crazy GPU year for sure

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah pretty crazy stuff so far

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

So much YES!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good, and GI Joe always gets +1 upvote, because knowing is half the battle.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks brother! Yo Joe

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats a sexually appealing GPU...

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

So much Nano love, thanks man

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Can't stop staring at that beautiful gpu! Love it! +1!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, looks awesome! +1

But do you have any intake fans? I think your fans on the radiator are configured as exhaust, maybe turning them around would help wit the temps on your GPU, so that there is some fresh air coming in from the front. Most people think that sucking air in through a radiator brings hot air into the case, but this air isn't much warmer than the ambient, just by a few degrees.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The LED fans in the roof are intake. It's not an ideal fan setup really. I should have mounted the AIO in the roof but it just doesn't look as good lol

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

nice but why the r9 nano and not a gtx 1060 or 1070 or 1080 lawl (Btw manta is pretty much just a glorifed atx case) Its pretty much that tall lol +1 though it looks awesome

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Isn't the nano more powerful than the 1060 et 1070?

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I would say it is more powerful then the 1060. 1070, maybe in some games. It beats my 980ti in 3Dmark Time spy at 1440p

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

The 1060 is a slower card...

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

At the time l couldn't find any 10series and if I did find one it was way overpriced. Also originally I wanted some room for watercooling. Down the road the dream is to push that i7 harder and pick up a 1080seahawk and put them both on a custom loop

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Question: Why dont you stick LED strip up the roof?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

It was temporary, I installed the HUE+(was back ordered) mounted on both sides and roof

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome little build :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man!

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Had a great time building it. How are the Featured builds picked? I had the Backplate custom made by a company named coldzero.

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