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Orange Zephyr

by heathw91


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Date Published

Aug. 30, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz


A couple of days ago I flew from Michigan to San Francisco, CA to help one of my best friends from college build his first gaming PC. At first, I thought he wanted to adhere to a strict budget of $700, which eventually I talked him up to $800-$850. In the end, he ended up being willing to spend just a bit more which made this build totally awesome! It's the first build that I'd be willing to really show off, so here I am!

CPU: i5-6500 3.2 GHz - I really wanted to have a solid quad-core rather than opting for an i3. My buddy was coming from an i3 2120 so I really wanted to up his game. That was part of the little extra I wanted him to spend in the beginning. Totally worth it. Also, no need for an overclocking chip. Just didn't seem necessary.

CPU COOLER: Cryorig H7 - This is totally overkill, but I really love how this thing looks. It's a fantastic performer with great aesthetics at a great price, just like every one seems to say on the interwebs.

MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte GA-B150N Phoenix-WIFI Mini ITX - My friend REALLY wanted to go for an orange themed build as that is his favorite color. This motherboard was absolutely perfect for what I was going for. I didn't include any LED lighting strips. I was really going for a lot of just ambient orange lighting and this board nails it. Besides that, it's a great mobo to compliment non-k processors and was a perfect fit for the i5-6500. I almost wish Gigabyte made this board in different color variants because it just looks THAT good.

RAM: Kingston Fury 8x2 16GB DDR4 - I've used these sticks before and I think they have a great look about them. The reason why there is two separate sticks in the part list is because we were originally going to just stick with one stick to start out, leaving room for him to add more later. I ended up ordering the second from Amazon as one of the many parts I gifted him for this build.

GPU: XFX Radeon RX 480 8GB (Reference w/ backplate) - I managed to snag one of these about a month ago as I knew this would be what I wanted for my buddy's build. I was impatient however and really wish I would've waited for an aftermarket card (the XFX dual-fan model would've looked excellent in my opinion). It's a blower style cooler, but so far I've had no trouble keeping temps under control by changing the temp range in Wattman. Overall, I'm pleased with decision.

STORAGE: ADATA Premier SP550 M.2 240GB & Western Digital Black 1TB 7200RPM - These were sort of a last minute decision. Once I got to San Francisco, I quickly learned that my friend had forgotten to buy storage! I had originally had a single 2.5" ADATA SSD picked out but since it was nowhere to be seen, I convinced him that taking advantage of the M.2 slot on the back of the motherboard would be a good thing to do now as it wouldn't be accessible later. And accompanying the M.2 SSD, we settled on a modest 1TB WD Black drive for storing games. I've had nothing but good experiences with WD Black drives making it really easy recommend. (He's never had an SSD before so he's really impressed with boot times.)

CASE: NZXT Manta Mini ITX - This was a total surprise for me! I had originally chosen a Phanteks mini ITX case that I had experience building in before. At the time, the price was right for the budget. I sent him a link to the Manta kinda hoping that he would just get it but I never heard back from him (busy with work and such). I called him the night before I was flying out and he told me he bought this case instead! Obviously I was thrilled! Building in this thing was a great experience and I'd do it again in a heartbeat! The included PWM fan hub it awesome to see and really helped out with our fan configuration. The only thing I can say is: Wow. This case brought this build to the next level.

PSU: Corsair RMx 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular - I love Corsair products. I found this one on sale with a rebate so we jumped on it. Originally it was supposed to be visible, but the Manta's PSU shroud hides it. It's a great product for sure and supplies enough juice for this build without going with something overkill.

CABLE EXTENSIONS: Thermaltake Sleeve Extension Power Supply Cable Kit - I didn't really know what to expect from these extensions because there were no reviews on Amazon, but these things are great! These really gave the build that "finished" look I really wanted to go for. They're a bit stiff, but easy to work with. The included cable combs snap on fairly easily and overall, I'm so glad I personally bought them to help the build look seriously spot on.

FANS: Thermaltake Orange Riing Fans 3x140mm & 1x120mm - I didn't know if I wanted these static pressure optimized fans, but I really couldn't pass up how perfect these would be for this project. I purchased these before I knew about the case change, so I had to order the 120mm to replace the spot at the back of the case. I thought about not using the 140mm at the top-back spot but I thought what the heck... I have it and I don't want to return it. Good decision. Very pleased with these, even though they aren't PWM fans. They'll serve my friend well because he's not concerned about total silence.

In conclusion, this has been my favorite PC build to date. It turned out so well and I'm quite proud of how it turned out. My friend and I had a great time building it together and here's hoping it lasts him a long time.

Thanks for checking out the build! I do really appreciate it. -Heath

Edit: Sorry for the lack of photos with the lights out. My Nexus 6P doesn't like low-light photography. It's really hard to portray how great it looks in pictures.

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Allentus 3 points 31 months ago

Pretty solid build as it's your first one. I'd only change the case as it's kinda overpriced and invest in a bigger SSD or something. Thumbs up for cable management and the build!

RhettRO55 1 Build 5 points 31 months ago

240 GB is pretty good for only an OS drive, especially as his mass storage is a WD Black.

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 3 points 31 months ago

He wanted the case so he got it! I'm pretty sure he loves it and I don't blame him! NZXT makes some nice cases, for sure.

PHENOM59 3 points 31 months ago

Woah.. I like that a lot. I'm not a huge fan of that case and I hate orange in PC builds.. but for some reason this looks really really good together.

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

I'm glad I was able to persuade you! My build must be pretty good then...

RhettRO55 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

VERY nice for a first build! Clean and tidy! Very well done!! +1

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 3 points 31 months ago

Not my first build, but it's definitely the first one I've ever wanted to post! Thank you!

bit_rot 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Great looking machine, glad you talked your friend into more

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks! Me too!

Upgrade 8 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Such a clean build. Everything is well coordinated.

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks! I'm really impressed as well.

ThunderCls 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Love that black/orange theme. Very nice, very clean +1

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Orange isn't my color, but I kinda wish it was now!

WillieNelson16 2 points 31 months ago

Nice man! Make an orange Radeon logo and you'll be made in the shade!

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

I should find a way to do that... Nah, gotta represent Team Red!

Radox-0 5 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Very nice work here. Love the tight cable management and fan's look great. Don't see too much Orange in builds, but works exceptionally well here. Could have had a chance for a feature IMO, but just got pipped to the spot earlier. Great stuff +1

Khaosix 20 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

With this description, photos, and overall build, I think this should be a featured build..

+1 for one of the best machines I've seen in a long time. I am in love with that orange glow.

Amazing job buddy.

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you very much! I couldn't have hoped for better responses. It seems like the time and effort I've put into looking for parts and sales really paid off in the end.

oneflygtiguy 5 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

The orange is just stunning on this build. Huge fan, very nice work. I wouldn't change a thing. I really like the gui. Not familiar with that case. Its very clean.

SH4W 2 points 31 months ago

Absoloutely stunning. Literally no words, this is gorgeous! So well done, +1

BlkBullitt 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Damn I wanted an Orange and Black theme Manta but have decided because I like how the red and black case look that I am going that route. Hopefully in the future I can go water cooling and turn the red and black case into a orange and black case. You did a great job on this plus it answered the question will the H7 fit, thinking I might go H5 but overkill never hurt anyone lol.

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I love how the H7 looks!

dhave 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago



PC_Master_Race_Noob 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Looks great! I only have one suggestion, switch out the white fan on the cooler for another orange fan. Then it will be just that little bit better :p I'm somewhat picky haha.

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I would, but honestly I think it looks great contrasting with the white NZXT logo in the case. Besides, it's a PWM fan. These Thermaltake fans aren't PWM sadly.

xSneakOne 1 point 31 months ago

agreed! the white looks good i wouldnt change it if it was mine

nrgtheory 1 point 31 months ago

which fan controller are u using to connect all the fans. nice phoenix build btw.

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Just the one that comes with the case. Unfortunately it's not the Grid+, but it seems to work well enough! Thanks! I really dig this board.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Looks like a Halloween/lava-ish PC! wowow

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Looks awesome! I love orange.

WantsANicePC 1 point 31 months ago

Great to see a successful change up in colour scheme from the common red and black. Good work man, loving that orange colour!

longie.long 1 point 31 months ago

How did you get Windows for $30?

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

See Paul's Hardware on YouTube. He has a video about it. I don't know what the rules are around here, but the last time I made mention of it on r/buildapc my comment got removed.

lino216 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

coool, can you upload more pics? how does it look like at a distance? how will it look like if you close the sidepanel. really curious. @_@

Skratt79 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

We Manta + XFX 480 bros :) your finish with ring fans is killer though

Rv 1 point 30 months ago

great build .. could you please post a link for that fan splitter .. am building a pc with the same motherboard and cabinet .. awesome cpu cooler selection, CRYORIG H7 ..

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks! The fan hub is built into the case.

Rv 1 point 29 months ago

oh yes .. just noticed .. that is great .. what is your opinion about CRYORIG C7 instead of H7 .. ??

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I haven't used the C7, but from what I've read it seems to be a great cooler. Definitely an upgrade from stock coolers, and a great option for small form factor builds with limited clearance. The H7 is the much better option if you plan on doing any sort of OC'ing. I picked it for the build because it looks badass and I really wanted to try it out.

Rv 1 point 29 months ago

H7 looks fantastic but it seems very close to the rams .. and am definitely not into any OC'ing either .. so I will stick with C7, most probably .. thanks for your all replies .. great build, once again .. wow ..

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Good luck! Thanks!

ImYourChrist 1 point 26 months ago

+1 From me! Can you tell me how is the wd black compared let's say the wd blue?

v01ded 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Did the PSU come with cables?

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Nope, I bought them separately from Amazon. They were a bit pricey, but it turned out really great. No regrets.

heathw91 submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I should also mention they're only extensions. The PSU came with its own cables, and those attached to the end of each cable.

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heathw91 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Haha Thanks! Yeah, you can totally change the color scheme of the CAM software. It'll ask you what color you want it to be and obviously you can change it later if you want. I found this out after I took the screen caps, but there's a light mode and a dark mode as well. I'm a fan of the dark one just because it matches that much better with the build. And I think my favorite part about CAM is the simple hardware monitor overlay displaying CPU and GPU temps, along with FPS and what time it is. Overall, I think it's my favorite looking monitoring program and it makes me want to get family of NZXT products that it supports.

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heathw91 submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

My boy plays a lot of Rocket League so... close enough?

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