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NZXT H440 / i5-4570 / GTX 770

by philip



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You can find the video for this build here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCbxJYTeBN0

Our past few builds have been a bit on the pricey end - $10k and $3k. For this build we dropped the budget down to $1200, but actually ended up around $1100.

The decision to not overclock the CPU was deliberate. For an extra $100+, it'd be viable to switch out the CPU and motherboard and add an aftermarket cooler. In the end, I think we still ended up with a clean, modest gaming build.

We evaluated using an AMD-based GPU, but due to the current crypto-mining environment the prices were too high to be practical.

NZXT kindly provided the H440 for this build, and I have to say it was very, very nice to work with. The cable management with this case is phenomenal. I'm a fan.

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xx116xx 3 Builds 22 points 52 months ago


cjulber 1 point 51 months ago

Yeah I'm using almost that same build for mine:)

skemble 24 Builds 18 points 52 months ago

I must... have... that... case...

FreeFireXI 3 Builds -7 points 52 months ago

Buy another for me!

fnapoli 1 Build 7 points 52 months ago

This might be my new favourite case.

Horse 5 points 52 months ago

This looks awesome.

somedude56 5 points 52 months ago

Move over R4, the new king of quiet, cool, and understated is here.

SpicyPickle 1 Build 3 points 52 months ago

Great build!

I love that case...

zSyzygy 1 Build 3 points 52 months ago

I might have to get the red and black version of that H4440. It's so beautiful :'(

Norm101 3 Builds 2 points 52 months ago

Me too. It is really cool. I've been planning on a new case and this is just gorgeous!

Vas65mar 2 points 52 months ago

Great build, I saw this case on Linustechtips and was tempted to make a build out of it.

RustyBaker 5 Builds 2 points 52 months ago

This after I -just- get done drooling over the H440 (http://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/24840-nzxt-h440). Pretty much what I was expecting it to look like with a build in it...fantastic.

TheTekJake 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

Im doing literally this exact build. Damn I love it.

marvin0 2 points 52 months ago

Beautiful build, absolutely magnificent. Simple and straight forward. I am interested in seeing your 600-800 dollar builds.

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18hockey 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

That is a sweeeeeet looking case. Love the cable management!

deathfromup 6 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

H440 looks even better in a full build. Im very tempted to pick one up so i finally have space to mod my 770 with a kracken G10...

Norm101 3 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

How loud is it with all of those fans?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 3 points 52 months ago

I'd say it's not silent for sure, but not too loud. If it were going to be a daily driver, I'd likely run the fans at a reduced voltage. Or I'd include a fan controller, though there aren't any 5.25" bays for one (though there may be something in the works for that I think?)

kgirardello 1 point 52 months ago

NZXT makes the touch screen desk controllers, which are recommended for this case. They look awesome.

Norm101 3 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Let the people at NZXT know that their project worked. I'm buying the case as soon as it comes out. :)

B0NESMASHA 1 point 52 months ago

What is that white light coming from on the back of the case?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 2 points 52 months ago

There's a button on the back of the case that turns on two white LED lights on the back IO panel. (It also turns on white LED lighting for the NZXT logo on the PSU shroud.) Those lights are there so that if you need to wire anything on the back of the case in the dark, you can just turn that on to see.

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

This case is amazing, great build Philip looking forward to the video

i-talk-in-doge 1 point 52 months ago

      such beauty

very case

   how computer
OfficialNapalm 1 point 52 months ago

I am aware that the case has no 5 1/2" bays (is meant for enthusiasts). How do you install the OS? I never really figured that out.

Awesome build, though.

thickbeard 1 point 52 months ago

USB Google Rufus

Salty365 1 point 52 months ago

How come you guys went for a stock cooler?

kgirardello 2 points 52 months ago

I would imagine because they said they weren't going to OC it at all, so no real need to spend the cash.

Salty365 1 point 52 months ago

Well at least the CM evo would have been good (for lower temps), but then again they could have been on a 1K budget which is more than likely the case

linsyschopman 1 point 52 months ago

yep, new favourite case for sure!

gregkolodny 1 point 52 months ago

I have to admit, while these +$1000 builds are really amazing, but when are you guys going to do a sub $600 build? I know I am not alone in wanting to see what you guys can do with a budget like that. Anyway, I like the build. A LOT. Just wish that I could boost my budget to your level. Also, you guys could have went with a stronger CPU from AMD by spending $10 less on the CPU for an FX-8350 from Microcenter, unless of course you don't where the one in your state is (yeah, I know there is only one per state), in which case you would have to pay $10 more. You could grab an AMD Gigabyte board with a 970 chipset from Microcenter for about the same, and save yourself some money by paying for 4GBx2 of Ballistix RAM from Crucial. Then, you could grab a Hitachi 1TB drive for $25 less, and then spend any money you saved on an SSD. I mean, for $1,000, I would be certain to make room for an SSD, even if it is just 50-60GB. Oh, you could have also looked for a noticeably cheaper version of Windows, albeit Windows 7. Still, it is really nice.

Josephthegamer3 1 point 52 months ago

For the drive they used, that is a SSHD. Which is a harddrive with 8GB of SSD Cache that is used to load the most used files. So, it is essentially a Harddrive with speed that is close to SSD-Level, which is why it costs a bit more than a regular Harddrive. So, by doing that, they don't need a SSD.

gregkolodny 1 point 52 months ago

No no no. This is an overpriced 7200 RPM, not an SSHD, which is based on really fast 8GB cache and a 5400 RPM HDD. Made by the least reliable HDD manufacturer. Where as Hitachi is, overall, the most reliable. And competitively priced, though I wouldn't buy it online. I would find it in store at somewhere like Microcenter, which offers very competitive pricing in compare to Newegg.

Josephthegamer3 1 point 52 months ago

Oh, sorry then. I thought that was their SSHD in the partslist, I assumed no one would use Seagate drives unless they were a SSHD. Guess I was wrong.

gregkolodny 1 point 52 months ago

Seagate is not the only manufacturer of SSHDs. There others who do this, like Toshiba. It is just that Seagate is the only SSHD manufacturer that has its SSHDs in the catalog of this site.

Zheknov 1 point 52 months ago

Ive bought it before it has even come out

Radio_Memories 6 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

What a beautiful looking build, Phillip. I've never owned a white case before, and if I were to build myself another system this year, I would certainly choose that case and many of the parts you have chosen.

Thank you for posting such a fantastic looking system. The pictures are outstanding!

vlad007 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Great choice of parts Philip.

DDawg426 1 point 52 months ago

I really like this case! I really wise they added support for 5.25" devices there. An NZXT Hue would look sick in that Black/Red case!

MicroBoss 1 point 51 months ago

So I am trying to figure out how much all these parts would cost to buy in the UK. The problem is I can't find the motherboard anywhere. Not even on the this website.

Georgianfinest 1 point 51 months ago

Great +1) Just one question, regarding from your experience with this case, is cooler master V8 GTS completable with it?

FlusherBox 1 point 51 months ago

I want to move my current build into this case its just too amazing

manuel9827 1 point 50 months ago

How long did it take for you to get that case?

aLx450 1 point 50 months ago

Great stuff. That's just about what I'm planning to build. Although the White H440 seems to have run out of stock everywhere in Canada, even according to this site... I hope they restock.... :)

thisGuy97 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

great build, amazing pictures too

PaulieT911 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I never would have thought I would be in love with a case until the NZXT H440. Such wow design. Yours is so CLEAN! I like it a lot! This is my first build


vXIRTRIXv 1 point 45 months ago

I gonna use a similar build

Seananners 1 point 43 months ago

Why go with the 4570. Should've gone with the i5 4690k. Would be much more worth it.

TheTerminator 1 point 43 months ago

Read the description you doofus.

M3RICA_ 1 point 41 months ago

Phil, I wonder if it would be wise to upgrade to the 970, or maybe even the 980! That would be beast.

+1, great job.

No_MeRcYy_ 1 point 37 months ago

Hi, I'm trying to get my first build done, but I need to make sure this will be a good pc. I want to know what is lacking and what is too overpowered. I hope you could help me out..


ps, I try to stay below 1000$.

dylancal 1 point 36 months ago

does this come with everything to put it all togerther and to run games?

iNonEntity 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Is this PSU rather quiet? I'm looking to build a silent rig, and I'm worried about the PSU fan being noisy regardless of how the rest of the computer is.

rad10 1 point 34 months ago

Can i replace the gigabyte motherboard for an ASUS?

Gambler2468 1 point 30 months ago

When you look at the part list, it shows a compatibility issue. Can someone explain it?

DGourdine1 1 point 23 months ago

How much is the motherboard and Video Card? I cant find it on newegg?

ampersand8 1 point 22 months ago

NEAT .. gigabyte mb always the gamer's choice.

JoshPuyat 1 point 16 months ago

How well does this run overwatch?

DDT2005 3 Builds 0 points 52 months ago

A Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H would have been a better choice for this build, it has more sata revision 3 ports and more video ports (in case your video card dies), and it supports Rapid Storage Technology with Smart Response Technology. Only $24 more.

skullslime -3 points 52 months ago


LukePRTR 1 Build -5 points 52 months ago

Guys you know the creator of this website mad this build.!?

gregkolodny 2 points 52 months ago

Guys, do you know the creator of this website made this build? No sh1t, Sherlock.