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Never a big fan of RGB, and flashy, pimped out rigs, but almost every component I considered for this build had some RGB included. Also the case for me has got to be understated but look good.

So.

As a former graphic designer, and type-A personality, I decided to go the other way, and use RGB, and the case to make as clean and tight a look as I could, and have them both accent the electronics and cabling instead of it being a giant annoying night light with wires ran everywhere, that looked like a bomb went off in a breaker box.

Here you go, my friends have named it the Black Mamba.

Curious to know what you all think about it - and the component choices as well, since this is my first build in 8 years.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

It’s gorgeous and very cohesive. The minimalist case turns the RGB into an outstanding feature. Well done!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate it!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

spiffy

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Looks too much like an NZXT pre build.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Fair enough - considering the goal - I'll take it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I wanted to get the NZXT H510 Elite like you did. But reviews said thermals were bad, poor value and the fact that my Noctua NH-D15 might not fit steered me away to the NZXT H710i. I wanted to see how things are for you. Are the thermals that bad as they say? In this instance, lets also say the price and value doesn’t matter.

Awesome build!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I love this thing.

Idle temps are 25c for CPU and 33c for GPU.

Stress tested temps are @ 71c max for CPU with Intel Extreme Tuning Utility 5 min stress test and GPU was 55c max with User Benchmark GPU stress test. Novabench showed similar results.

These temps are with the CPU OC to 5.0GHz.

I installed a second 240mm fan at the top of the case for push pull, and it defiantly made a difference. Keep in mind these thermals are with the AIO radiator mounted BEHIND the two RGB fans in front - rather than in place of - (which I would not sacrifice for the aesthetic) and would lower the temps further.

I'd say with a good AIO (or your bad azz Noctua - get a low profile? :)) and the top fan, the thermals are not amazing, but certainly not bad - and more than adequate if you have a solid MB and other components, and aren't looking to OC like a madman, or madwoman.

I would not recommend doing this case for a budget build, as the GPU's cooling and your CPU cooler should be top notch, but who would do a budget build in this case anyway?