Description

Olivia S340. Yellow

I was looking at cases and I stumbled on the S340 from NZXT in black and yellow. I have not seen a case like this, the black and yellow scheme or the S340 and the practical no drive bay and a basement look, WOW, I began my rebuild based on that case. Most parts came from my current build with a new PSU and voila, Olivia Is my new daily driver, I use this for whatever I need it for. This box is fast and I am very pleased. I have the 8350 OC to a stable 4.5 Ghz. I never actually build a new box every time, I just keep upgrading a part at a time when I can for the past 10 years, I guess that's what this is all about. I watch some of that Linus Tech guy on You Tube, he is quirky but I do agree with him on one thing. Buy quality components from quality companies and you will be fine.

Part Reviews

CPU

AMD, Hard to argue the price / performance on this chip. Yes an i5 skylake is faster, but its also $100 more.

Motherboard

ASUS, in opinion, is the premiere motherboard and this board had everything I needed at the time, USB 3.0 header on a AM3+ was not common a few years ago, and I am very pleased with this board. The onboard RAID is a bit simplistic but so far no issue.

Memory

16GB of 1866 dual channel and that blue matched the mobo, I never use all 16GB even with multiple VMs running. The blue is quirky but it matches the mobo.

Video Card

Got this on super sale for $169. Fast enough for what I do, I don't play the cutting edge games and this will run my dual monitor setup with any hassle. I have played those Lego games with my kids and it does it all on Ultra setting, so nothing to worry about. I loved the Green light and color, I plan to paint the green yellow at some point. MSI makes a great GPU and the GTX 960 is a great price / performance build. I like the r9 cards as well, but the extra heat and power use for very similar performance is hard to justify.

Case

I can not find a better looking, more practical case at any price. I really think this is the perfect case. I now own (2) NZXT cases and I cant be happier with either. My buddy was like, there are only 2 hdd slots and no DVD slot. This is 2016, we don't need that anymore. I know you can buid a PC in a shoe box, but for $60 at after Crissy sale, it is really a good looking case.

Power Supply

EVGA is premiere brand and when I say this for $50 bucks, I jumped all over it. sometimes being patient and building a box one part at a time pays off. The two parts I feel are most important are the PSU and the storage, hard to skimp on those.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU : AMD, Hard to argue the price / performance on this chip. Yes an i5 skylake is faster, but its also $100 more.

For sure! def AMD is a good choice on a budget. don't forget the RAM is also more for DDR4. ofc OC is definitely recommend if you want Intel like performance (which you did :) ) 4.5ghz is like the sweet spot for that CPU!

the 960 is a good mid tier GPU. paired with a AMD Processor, it will net you better FPS in games than a AMD GPU. I've noticed that lot and I think Anandtech's review of the G3258/860K also stated that the 860K got much better frames with a 960 than with the equivalent AMD GPU.

though the CPU cooler is strangely faced. normally it's rotated 90 deg counterclockwise O.o

+1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the wrong cooler in the parts list, i really not sure what model it is, but it is working well, not turned 90 deg

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

as long as it's working fine and the temps are good :))

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a 3 pipe while the AIDOS is a 4 pipe, albeit much smaller than that or the 212 evo and performs better, I'm running an 8320e on a 4+1 board at 4.2 with it. I really like the bang for buck ratio on that mobo.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It may be, i am really not sure, I like the Raijentek, i have used them before with good luck. Not a real common cooler, but i am a fan.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice !! :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I need more yellow parts, and not sure what do with that green on the MSI card, suggestions ?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

sell the green msi for a lightning edition of r9 290/390 or gtx 980

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Not seen that before, thanks for the tip

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoa!

I am looking forward to upgrade two things on my build, the PSU (same as yours) and Case (also same as yours) then I stumbled across this completed build and saw your Yellow S340. Where did you get it? Here I can only find the Razr Green, Blue and Red but not the Yellow one :(

BTW Great Build!

Cheers

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I found it on the NZXT web site under the refurb. looks better than the pictures. happy hunting. I have also seen a few people take it apart and paint it, if that's an option for you.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you happy with the Raijintek Aidos cooler? How is the noise level and cooling performance?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

it sucks. i messed with it a great deal. with only 3 heat pipes does not transfer much heat. At least that is my take. the fins never got warm, but the CPU would max at 80 degrees which as you know is nothing for an 8350 but hotter than i would like. Also i tried resetting the cooler with different paste a few times, I do love the little clip that holds the fan on the fins, that was a good design. I have already replaced that cooler with the old standard, evo 212 , and temps then maxed at 67, which is much much better. I would NOT recommend this cooler to a friend, but perhaps the Raijintek with 4 heat pipes works better.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yikes. So, best to avoid? My build will have i3-6100, so much lower heat load...

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont recommend that one.

That little 212 its pretty much to bomb diggity, and why they sell so many. I swapped out the fan, easy breezy, works well

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.raijintek.com/en/products_detail.php?ProductID=2

It seems that you have got the wrong product, the AIDOS has 4 heatpipes, not 3 (weirdly the pcpartpicker.com image is wrong as well)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea it's all messed up. Whatever that cooler was it was poo. I got an x61. And solved the problem

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

340 350 whatever it takes