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Gaming, video recording, video editing, programming, and internet browsing. This is my daily driver/workhorse. Like any good weapon, this one is built to be reliable and powerful. Looking somewhat menacing is a nice bonus.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Overall nice build. How are the Cougar Vortex fans? Not familiar with them. I would have gone with two sticks of 8 GB in dual channel, but you probably won't notice any difference. Front looks great. Backside cables could be cleaned up a bit. Just my OCD!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The Cougar Vortex fans works really well! They are quiet and work pretty well as an HSF fan. I was a little surprised about that. I would have preferred to go with Noctua (like the rest of them), but aesthetics won that battle.

The RAM was a situation where I already had 8GB (4x2) and I needed a bit more. The performance (and price) probably would have been better with 16GB in 8x2, but it is what is. And overall, I don't think I took a huge performance hit for it.

The backside cabling is a bit of a mess, but I figured I wont see it once its assembled. Thank you for the comments!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Check what bios your running as my gigabyte gaming 5 came with the F3 bios which works with devils canyon but the F5 bios is optimised for it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Good call, I will have to check that out! Thank you!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

love the case (whole series), really like that cpu cooler, and nice leds! now if only that msi card had a back plate...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG the lack of backplate is so annoying! The thing that really burns me is the MSI GTX 960 Gaming 4G does have a backplate! Come on MSI! Throw us a freakin' bone here!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

ikr? i just finished putting together a build with the green msi gaming 970 just cause...haha

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd recommend slapping those noctuas as exhaust on the top and rear of the case, and reapplying the stock H440 fans as intake on the front(Three 120's on top, 140 in the rear leaving an extra 140). The high static pressure on the noctuas will cause more airflow to leave than be brought in creating a negative pressure in the chassis chamber and promote more heat removal. +1 Great build though

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

You wan positive not negative pressure. Negative would lead to dust being sucked into all the nooks and crannies that don't have some sort of filter on them. With positive that dust would be pushed out. :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, right you are!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the suggestion on the fans. I THINK I have them setup pretty well, but am more than willing to test out different fan configurations. I had always read that positive pressure was the way to go. I think Linus was talking about doing a long term test of negative vs positive vs balanced airflow to see which cooled better and caused less dust. But thats a long way off.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I love LTT lol :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

How do u like the H440? I was thinking of upgrading to it. how is it for liquid cooling?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a really good case! Obviously, I am air cooled all the way around. And for being a silent case, it keeps everything nice and cool. No real difference between this and the Corsair 350D I started with, which should theoretically have more airflow.

It looks like it would be excellent for water cooling, lots of places to mount big fat rads, reservoirs, etc. I would love to do a water cooled rig, maybe next time around :)

Cable management is a mixed bag. Very different from the Corsair cases I have built in. Those would include the C70, 500R, and 350D. The H440 has a lot less room behind the motherboard than the C70 and 500R. This is partially due to the bulge on those two Corsair cases. However, the space itself seem narrower, and there is some sound deadening that intrudes on the already limited space.

All that said, the H440 has an ace in the hole. The PSU shroud. There is so much room in there to hide cables, not to mention some nicely positioned zip tie loops. If you are smart with your cable routing, you will have no issues routing everything. I wasn't smart (its kind of a mess, to my shame) and I still had no problems with cable management.

Overall, this case does require a little more thinking than more others. Not that bad though. And the results are great! There are also a huge range of colors available. So if you are a little OCD about colors matching (me), then you have some options.

If I had to give it a rating, I would say 10/10 would buy again.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the great reply and review. Air flow was one of the main concerns with the case, with it being a silent case. I'd be air cooling as well, I live in a hot area so air flow is one thing i look for in a case,