Description

I did a mostly cosmetic upgrade of my 2014 build, going with a black and green color scheme. I couldn't help but use the Razer-designed S340 from NZXT. I'm not obsessed with Razer, but I do have a couple of their products and do enjoy them. This version of my favorite case was too hard to pass up for this upgrade. I basically just transferred the guts from the old S340 case they were sitting in, to this one, while adding in the Hue, the Riing fans, and the Grid+ fan controller.

The new hardware was:

  • 4x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1866mhz DDR3 RAM (instead of the two 8GB DIMMS that were in the old S340)
  • NZXT Grid+ V2 fan controller
  • NZXT IU01 internal USB expansion (since I needed three internal USB headers for the Hue, Grid, and Kraken)

The cosmetic upgrades were:

  • Thermaltake Riing fans in green
  • Bitfenix Black/Green multisleeved extension cables
  • NZXT Hue+ system w/ 4 extensions
  • Razer-designed NZXT S340 case

Notes:

  • First time working with sleeved cables. They definitely look great, but can be difficult to work with.
  • I really like the Hue. I don't actually use the effects much, but I just like how it integrates with all of the other NZXT components in the CAM software. I do have the strips that are behind the cable shroud and inside the front cover breathing green, which adds a nice, subtle effect.
  • Really like the Grid. I have all the fans running through it, and setting up profiles and curves is super easy.
  • The basement is packed. Adding the extensions really filled up the limited space down there (not to mention adding the Grid, too). I was thinking that I might grab another 980 Ti in the future, but I'm honestly not sure I will have enough room to run the power cables. If I do, I think I'll be looking at getting sleeved cables, instead of extensions, to cut down on all the excess cable that needs to be hidden.

Overall, I'm very happy with this build and it turned out better than I thought it would!

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

Has way too less upvotes! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah right ? i mean look at the featured build that is right next to this chronically.This is way better looking.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice looking! The custom cables are cool. :-)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! The cables definitely look great, but are a PITA to work with. Still, I will be going with the sleeved cables in the future, because they look so nice.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome. :-)

I agree. All future builds will have custom cables.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

this should be the Featured build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

And also is that the stock tinted window on the s340?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

The tinted window comes stock on the Razer version of the S340. The non-Razer S340 windows are not tinted.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, I ordered The Bitfenix Green multisleeved extension cables , you said it was difficult to work with , Could you explain more ? Thanks .

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the late reply. Been away for awhile (obviously). The cables are just stiff, so it's a little more difficult to control them and get them to sit where you want them to. I would highly recommend cable combs, if you want to try to stripe them, like I did.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks , I Have the same issue

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build! +1

How bright are the LED's on the GPU fans? And how loud are they under load? I was thinking of getting the 970 version of that card.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

The LEDs around the GPU fans aren't that bright. They don't throw much light into the case, at least. Depending on the color, it was barely noticeable on the PSU cover with a normal, clear side window. But, with the tinted window on this case, I don't see any light from them other than a very subtle glow into fan shroud.

The GPU fans are very quiet. Blunty did a nice video on this card and has some audio samples of the fan noise. I don't worry about the noise the GPU fans produce at all - my case fans are much noisier (and they aren't that loud in the grand scheme of fans, either).

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get that monitor for that price?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

eBay. I probably should have put the standard price in there, but I wanted a more accurate idea of what I've actually spent for my entire setup.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

im late to the party, but can you please list what arrangement your case fans are at and how many, which sizes etc, because it says you have 4 case fans but i don't know how, when in the pics you have one on top and at back, and then the radiator PLEASE REPLY!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the late reply. Been away for awhile (obviously). I have fans in every fan location available on the case. 2x140 in the front (attached to the radiator), 1x120 in the rear, and 1x120 up top.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, this helps a lot

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the color scheme!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I would recommend them. Though, I can't compare them to other brands of cables, they seem very well made and I feel I got my moneys worth and then some. They are fairly stiff, so it will take some manipulating to get them to do what you want. I would recommend getting some cable combs if you want to keep them stripped, like I attempted.

I'm adding a couple pics with white leds, to give you a better idea of the color. Not a perfect match with everything else, but pretty close.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I Cant find the cables anywhere :(

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the late reply. Been away for awhile (obviously). I got the cables and performance-pcs.com.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

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