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This is my 2010 Macbook Pro replacement. I decided I needed a desktop to use for everything--gaming, music production, and some video editing. I'm really happy with this build and I'm glad I didn't opt for an iMac.

Thought I'd share some of the difficulties I ran into and hopefully help others out and save them time...

I have studio monitors that I hook up to this and it was generating some noise every time I moved the mouse and got really loud when I would play a game. I was using a 3.5mm TRS to dual 1/4th inch connector that plugged to each speaker. The cable was getting a lot of interference. Using an audio interface (Peavey USB Audio Interface) with dual XLR outputs fixed this noise issue. I researched this noise issue and it can be a lot of things, so this might not be the fix for others, but it was for me.

I'm using the NZXT Hue+ lighting strip here. It doesn't fit in the 2.5" bays like it says it would. It's too thick and won't let you slide it forward to clip it on. There's plenty of room on the bottom with the power supply. I just installed it down there with some velcro. Also, the Hue+ requires a USB header and this motherboard only has 1 USB header. My Kraken X61 also requires a USB header. I had to purchase an internal USB expansion board (NZXT IU01 Internal USB Expansion) to get them to work.

I have the Kraken X61 installed at the top with the fans pushing air out. You have to install the fans below the radiator to make it fit. The EVGA 980Ti Hybrid radiator is installed in the rear with the fans pushing out. I kept the stock fans in the front and are pulling air in. I bypassed the fan controller that's built in on the Manta and plugged all the fans directly to the motherboard. Also, the Kraken comes with it's own thermal paste, no need to buy or apply any.

Old XBOX 360 controller works great. Plug and play in Windows 10.

There's a motherboard cable for the power supply that has a 10 pin connector and 24 pin connector that both get plugged in to this power supply (24 pin on top and the 10 pin right under it). They're not labeled and the manual does not tell you anything. I'm sure this is all common knowledge to most, but for me it wasn't. Again, this was in my case with this power supply and this specific motherboard, may be different for others.

I bought some white extension cables and ended up not using them. All the cables I needed came with the components I purchased.

Just want to say , this site is great. It really makes it a lot easier to build a PC and makes it hard to F up since it tells you what's compatible and what's not.

So far no regrets going from Apple to PC. Panda's a beast. Thanks for checking out my build.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 11 points

Sees title
Instantly clicks

This build looks beautiful as it looks powerful. Good part choices as well. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

hahaha thanks! Yeah it's pretty beastly compared to my Macbook Pro from 2010 lol last night I just opened up as many programs as I can just to see if it'll slow down....didn't struggle at all :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you have broads in atlanta?

Just need to know :)

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Well all wish we did

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I was literally about to ask this question lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build. How do you like the NZXT CAM software?
I also agree that this site is the best. I'm starting to get addicted to it.

+1 for using the Manta, not too many builds with it yet

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I use CAM for my Kraken as well as my Grid + fan controller. You can easily set cooling profiles for the pump/fans as well as the lighting for the pump. I use it every day though as a monitor for my system temperatures as it has a miniature cam mode that shows cpu/gpu heat and load and allows you to change the cooling profile all from a very compact window. I usually have it on my second monitor so I can keep an eye on it.

As I understand it, the software used to be pretty bad but now it works well.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I think it's worth it. The stock fans are a little loud under performance mode but the cooling is worth it. I have mine in a push/pull config in my build. Here if you wish to check it out. I have some benchmarks on it. Note though that I have since switched it from being intake to output and since I have been getting better CPU temps but a hell of a lot more dust.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Damn that is so pretty! Should have been featured. Well done.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah I'm really happy with the case and everything else actually. :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! I loved building a system in the Manta.:-)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice clean build!!! how are you liking the hue+ and the corsair K70 I love mine sometimes I just sit and make up profiles for both and try to get them to match LOL!!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

haha nice. I haven't tried matching them up yet. I have the k95 and scimitar mouse which I actually pulled off from my work setup, need to buy a keyboard and mouse for this build soon.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build. I feel that maybe it would look better if you move the GPU radiator to the front and flip the CPU cooler so its pipes are the other way.

But that's all up to you. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The tubes don't bother me too much. If I flip the CPU cooler, the NZXT logo would be upside down like the Samsung logo. I think that would bug me more since it has the Hue lighting that brings attention to it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build dude! Love the color scheme. You could even add a white/black corsair fan on the rad for your hybrid 980ti like I did in my build and that would take it to another level.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Just checked out your build...very nice! The only regret I have with building a PC is it's never good enough and now I want to check out different fans, like the corsair you mentioned. :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

FIX THAT CABLE SPAGHETTI!!!!!

In all seriousness, spend 2 hours of your time with some zip ties and zip tie straps (~$10 in total. Straps are 3m and allow you to route cables with zip ties). It will be worth it in the end trust me.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

not sure if you're talking about the inside or outside or both. I know outside is a mess cable wise, I'm waiting to redo the outside cable management once I build a new desk. The cable that bugs me inside is the motherboard cable that sticks out, I might have to get some extension cables to flatten out since the one that came with the power supply is sleeved and bulky. It doesn't let me flatten it out and have it go behind the opening in the back.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Outside

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I got excited and just wanted to play with it so i just plugged all my stuff in and didn't care too much about cable management. That's not even the desk it will be on. Keyboard and mouse is from another setup too. Also, didn't know there was a feature thing on here, let alone didn't think I'd get featured, otherwise I would have cleaned up a little.

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

HAHAHA cable spaghetti. . . cant wait to use that on the next build that posts with horrible cable management.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You only need 2 hours of dedication

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Like Amazian I saw the title and had to click. We just got a puppy on Monday and my daughters named him Panda. So of course I'm kinda drawn to that name now. Anyway great build. Although I think some Geil Super Luce white with whiteLED ram sticks would have made the build pop a little more.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes sir, would've poppedddd.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Ain't that a beauty! The more I see of the Manta, the more I like it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

One thing to know about the Manta, you can't fit MOBO that accommodates SLI. So yeah proceed with that in mind. It is a cool case otherwise.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yup, this case is beautiful. Especially in white :)

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you produce music? I would love to get a link to some of your stuff if you do!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

USB 2.0 headers are really a pain, but I'd take them any day over 3.0 headers...

great build!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Samsung logo...can't unsee it! Just kidding. This definitely and aesthetically pleasing build. I'm jelly.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Yeah, the way the Manta is, the SSDs get mounted upside down :(

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build. Love the zoom shots. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

If I were you I would install the cable extensions, obviously the power supply will come with all the cables you will need. But the white extensions will look alot better than the black cables and it will compliment your build's color scheme. Cable extensions are more meant for aesthetic appeal versus the of practical use of extending cables, I hope you knew that when you purchased them, cuz they are not cheap.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You're setup looks so amazing!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The case looks a bit cramped. Was the side panel hard to get on with the tubes for the cpu?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The tubes are in the middle. All the cables are on the right side and I didn't really do much cable management on the other side and the cover still went on easily. I also installed the USB header expansion board on the side where all the cables are.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 my good man. this is a beastly little build. how's the Kraken working for you? i was gonna get one but ended up swiping my CM seidon 240 for 50 dollars so i wasn't going to turn that down lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

NIce to see this build featured good work and nice parts list.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

you're featured

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

One more for the dying panda population! +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for that beautiful White and Black build with the HUE+. I always have a special place for these ;) Congrats on the Feature.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for RGB LEDs!!

Your PC looks awesome!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome build. just asking tho, wats that monitor u got +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! LG 34UM95

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I GOT BROADS IN ATLANTA

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Twisting dope lean, and the Manta.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

does the nzxt manta come with a fan hub?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I didn't use it. It's mounted on the side behind the motherboard.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I noticed you have a blue snowball mic

I also noticed it's right by your computer

I know from experience that the snowball picks up a fly buzzing from a couple miles away

still a very nice and tidy build +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Honestly, I just hooked up everything to take pictures and mess around with it. Too excited. I'm not done with the setup. Building a new desk next and i'll have everthing layed out better, as well as cleaning up the cables a little. Didn't know there was a feature build thing on this site, otherwise I would have cleaned up a little more or waited.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I would highly recommend placing the snowball on the opposite side of the monitor a your actual computer is placed and to turn the sensitivity/input/gain/whatever-it's-called-on-that-particular-microphone down to minimum and keep it close to your face

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This is featured because it replaces a Macbook ! ha

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I love LEDs.

+1 for LEDs.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

LED Mustard race!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This is my 2010 Macbook Pro replacement

RIP Apple. Your dank looks and huge rip offs will be remembered. Dank in Peace.

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Your part choices leave little for internal aesthetics. But the HUE definitely brings your beast to life. Also, what Mic are you using? Its nice when peripherals match a build, and I'm a fan of the old timey look of it.

+1 from me!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Panda.......panda...... panda..... panda....panda...panda..panda.panda panda panda panda panda. Looking fire mate. I think I'm going to use this case for my build as well. The monitor looks good as well what model is it?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

haha thanks! It's an LG 34UM95 34" ultrawide monitor.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your featured build. Git a lot of high powered stuff in the thing. I'm not a fan of the fish bowl looking case, but it's still a great build. Enjoy your Panda muscle pc.

Thumbs up

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Quite jealous of the NZXT Manta case! I had been eyeing that since its release, but ultimately went a different direction.

Good looking build!! +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I GOT BROADS IN ATLANTA

sorry had to do it xD

+1 for awesome build!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

haha i love the beat on that song. Thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a high powered beautiful cluster ****

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks? :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

im loking this partly because of the panda. +1 welcome to the PCMR

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Build named panda doesn't include an pandas

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! But... Do you have broads in Atlanta???

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this the Manta from Atlanta, where you also have broads?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Add some of the peripherals? Keyboard, monitor, mouse, etc. Nice build though :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build and pics. Congrats on getting it built and getting it featured!

I dabble in video editing and recommend getting a second SD drive to store your scratch/temp files onto. It makes a noticeable difference in most video editing apps.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Top kek m8.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How noticeable are the red accents on the mobo? I'm thinking about getting it.

Nice build by the way, love the manta!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

yea while the cables already came with the parts, why not use the extension cables to make it look better?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

EVGA still gives out the new shrouds? How did you get yours,

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

does the motherboard have built in wifi?

great build btw looks sexy

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Easily the best build I've ever seen - stunningly beautiful and powerful. This is the inspiration for my next build, for sure.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! Still loving this build, I made some changes to it hoping to have the updated pics up soon.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

how... such low price.... how

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm basically copying this build for a home studio backup / portable machine and small gaming rig. Are you still happy with how the Kraken x61 works in that case? PCPartPicker notes that cooler as a compatibility flag: "Unable to verify the NZXT Manta (White/Black) Mini ITX Desktop Case has sufficient mounting depth to support the NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 280mm radiator."

Would you suggest a different cooler, or should I go for it?

Great looking build. Thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure why they flag it. I have it mounted on the top as an exhaust with the fans inside, radiator above. The fans are pretty close to the motherboard but it fits. You can mount it in the front as well. I've updated my build but I'm waiting for the 1080 GTX and I will post pics. I replaced the stock fans on the X61, they weren't too loud but it didn't sound as "smooth" as I'd like. Performance wise, the CPU is at 23-25C idle and reaches about 50C while gaming--that's pretty good to me. I replaced the fans with these: https://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-case-fan-nfa14industrialppc3000pwm and I'm happy with the sound and performance. They get loud when you max the RPMs though but they never run at 100%. I also recommend the Noiseblocker E-loop fans if you want something quieter, but Noctua Industrials perform better IMO. I like the CAM software GUI too which integrates with the Kraken, a little buggy, but not a dealbreaker for me. Hit me up with any other questions, would be glad to help.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you please include your peripherals and monitor? Thanks

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

about to build a very similar PC myself, good to see it in action already

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get some of the components for free?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I'm about to start one with the Manta as well. Interesting what you said about the Hue not fitting. Is there a way to make it fit you think? Or is it just a lost cause?

Also, how is this motherboard overall? I'm thinking of just forking out the extra cash for a ROG Impact but this one seems pretty good too.

Good job with the build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly! No more Mac for me. I used my macbook since 2001, and I was able to update the memory, hard drive, battery (psu), and OS, all those years (15)! Till recently, the processor just couldn't keep up with the OS updates, and I retired it. Now you can't update the MacBooks, so it's wise for people to look elsewhere. People are doing "Hacintosh", but seems complicated! Thanks for sharing! It's good to see others making the switch.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey congrats this looks amazing. What games can you run at what settings? Will this run the new Mirrors Edge maxed out?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Im just curious where you mounted the motherboard extension card, I have a pretty similar situation on my hands...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Under the PWM fan control, velcroed to my power supply.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

panda panda panda panda panda panda panda MM I GOT BROADS IN ATLANTA.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 looks awesome withe the LEDS!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build helped me a ton with mine, thank you!! +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an amazing build,

both with a good price and power!

1+

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Aw I didn't know about featured builds. New to this site but it's all good. Thanks!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah maybe it's because I came from mac. This case looks so nice in white...at least to me it does.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

A wild Jipster appears

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