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Bae

by IrshaadH

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49 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 12, 2014

Date Built

May 10, 2013

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.03 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

Description

I recently put my rig into an NZXT H440. I absolutely love this case. Coming from a HAF 912, though, I was worried that my parts would heat up quite a bit due to the reduced airflow, but temps are quite bearable. All in all, I really love this case. It looks beautiful and cable management is a breeze (you can stuff all of your cables under the power supply shroud instead of tying them along the back of the MB tray. This case, though, is not perfect. I had some trouble with front panel I/O, specifically the front USB 3.0. It was quite a chore fitting it into my motherboard and I even bent some pins and had to fix them with tweezers. Also, NZXT could've done a better job in placing the 3.5" bays, they're literally situated directly in front of the path of airflow and deflect all cold air from the GPU and CPU. However, I am happy with this case, it is much better than the HAF 912 and will be in my possession for a very long time.

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Norm101 3 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

Your cpu cooler might be facing the wrong way. If it is, you're further complicating your cooling problems by having it fight with your rear exhaust. - Though I can't see the fan so it could be facing the right way.

Vorago 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

He probably doesn't have a choice. All 4 memory slots are populated and I don't think that cooler is particularly tall. The fan probably interferes with the heat spreaders on the first stick of ram while in the opposite orientation.

Norm101 3 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

He actually would have a choice. The fan can be flipped so it is pulling air through the cooler instead of pushing it through. Again, he might have already done that. I can't tell from the pics.

Vorago 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Only meant choice in terms of what side of the cooler the fan is sitting on. (:

By the way - do you know of any evidence that push is superior to pull for cooling? I always feel more comfortable going in push setup but it an unsubstantiated preference...

Norm101 3 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

I've heard dozens of arguments with no conclusive evidence. I hear that pull makes it easier to clean, but that's about it.

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 2 points 58 months ago

Guys, I have the cooler set up in pull. Temps are no different, but pull reduces dust buildup

Chris34 1 Build 2 points 58 months ago

The only thing the i dont like about that case is you cant fit optical drives. Otherwise great build +1

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Thanks, I was concerned about that too, but external drives aren't that much more expensive than internal ones (only about 5 bucks depending on where you shop).

seraj89 1 point 57 months ago

There are external CD Cases for this problem. I dont like buying extra for the case so i would have went for the source series

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

Nice cables...

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Haha thanks, I plan on getting some red sleeved cables in the near future

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

That would look nice.

Trinity596 4 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

looks good :) great job

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Thanks!

TheSnakeRocks 1 point 58 months ago

Good build man :) the Red and Black H440 is personally a BEAUTIFUL case to me, even with it's minor imperfections, but hey, nothing's perfect :) +1

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 2 points 58 months ago

Thanks, yeah there are some drawbacks with building in this case, but the finished product more than makes up for it.

PolishXlion 2 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

Nice buld but the brown PCB looks quite ugly on the MOBO and the blue one on the GPu doesn't look the best either but ohwell. Nice Build anyways

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Yeah, I don't know why MSI gaming mobos are advertised as black. And I think gigabyte figured that out about their cards, the new ones have black PCBs.

PolishXlion 2 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

I almost bought the g45 but I saw the PCB and went with AMD and a nice Gigabyte 990fxa u9d3 mobo witha black PCB. I think the G65 has a black PCB but not 100% sure

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

The actual plastic base is black, but the printed circuits are brown, which gives the entire board that brown colour under bright light (such as camera flash).

PolishXlion 2 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

Ok cool, so I guess in the dark or when inside a comuter it actually looks pretty good

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Oh yes, even the blue from my GPU and RAM sticks don't clash as much. I really need to invest in a camera that'll show how sexy this rig is, lol.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

nice build +1 for the case!

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Thanks!

Ryan721 1 point 58 months ago

Very good build, but you should have gotten some red RAM instead of blue. It would have meshed better with the case.

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 2 points 58 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, I was going to, but the blue RAM was on sale at the time, lol. In person, it doesn't clash as much, especially since the MOBO has blue LEDs on it for the CPU status indicator (or whatever it's called).

Daniel0913 1 point 58 months ago

Should have gotten your RAM 2x8Gb, you would be able to upgrade to 32 if you want and it would have been cheaper

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Yeah, I got the first 8 gig kit last year when RAM was dirt cheap (before the factories burned down), and I got the second 8 gig kit when I noticed BF4 was crashing due to it maxing out my system RAM for some reason. I don't see myself using more than that since I only game and do some light work, but I'll probably upgrade my RAM once I need a new processor and motherboard.

Daniel0913 1 point 58 months ago

Ok then

8BitPhoenix 4 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

I'm building a PC in a few weeks with that PSU and case combo, and if you dont have the cable extensions, does the regular CPU power cable reach the top of the case? Thanks!

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Absolutely. The cables on this PSU are quite long and the case is designed to be very accommodating. Good luck on your build!

8BitPhoenix 4 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Thanks for the reply man! And thanks, I'm sure I'll be great!

jvongsana 1 point 54 months ago

did you have trouble connecting your psu to your cpu connector? i wanted to get the same psu and case but i heard the psu has short cables.

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

The CPU cable was shorter than I had expected, but it is long enough to reach the port on the motherboard. I am planning on getting bitfenix alchemy extensions, so that should alleviate some tension.

BreezyHayce 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Hi, is the cooler touching de gpu?

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

nope, far from it

BreezyHayce 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

And did you try to keep the cooler fan in the other way? was it touching the ram? ty

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

I used to have the cooler in pull (as you can see from the pics), but I sold my RAM sticks and bought a red dual channel kit from kingston to match the build. It's much lower than the vengeance RAN and allowed me to put the fan back in pull. Although, there really isn't any difference in temps.

BreezyHayce 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Did you buy hyperx fury ram?

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

yeah dawg, it looks even better in person. As soon as I have something that works better than a potato to take pictures with I'll update the photo album. I even have a red LED strip on top that gives me a hard-on everytime I look at my comp.

Simon_L 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

hows the monitor?

IrshaadH submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

It isn't bad -- a very good 1080p display at an extremely low price. It's holding me over until my next GPU upgrade, at which time I'll likely move on to 4K