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Part Reviews

CPU

Shame it was only a 5% (if that) performance improvement over devil's canyon, but no complains, upgraded from a AM3+ FX8350...

CPU Cooler

4 Years later, the pump itself finally starting to get a little bit noisy (emitting a sound with high frequency, similar to coil whine)... It's a real nice piece of kit for it's price really, my H60 is on it's 4th year of service :3~

Video Card

This thing have a secondary function: my radiator on cold days... Clock rate stays at 1080 MHz sometimes even under 0% load...

It's pretty nice, sitting comfortably between GTX 970/980 in terms of performance and price, pretty decent.

MSI's shroud design remains aesthetically dominant over the other manufacturers, but this shroud design is a little heavy, and that causes it to sag a little more compared to ASUS/Sapphire's shrouds.

Case

Well, the interior is exactly the same as the H440, without the noise dampening... To be honest H440 wins every comparable aspect. If you are not a materialistic shallow human being like I am, grab a H440.

I'm ok with sitting next to a helicopter, when the helicopter itself looks dank, hence I gave it 5 stars in my review :3~ You know that they say, Bold is Back...

Power Supply

First unit was working, 7 month later it went boom (http://i.imgur.com/TYXcxl4.gifv), my guess is one of the capacitor went kinda dead, then later on it became unable to handle high power draws and causes system crashes. Since it was under warranty, I sent it through RMA.

Pros: It's actually really quiet, to be expected of a 80+ Pt rated PSU to be honest. No idea how this unit can be sold at this price as a 800W Pt rated unit, guess it has a tendency of going boom.

Cons: REALLY REALLY REALLY stiff cables. It gives you the feeling of wrestling a crocodile while trying to connect the 24pin mobo plug.

Case Fan

LED is really bright, air flow is great, can deliver air 40cm away under 12v.

Fairly loud though, when 12v supplied to the fan, just like most fans on the market.

Either I have REALLY dusty room, or dusts are very attractive towards this model's fan blade. Rest of the case/components gets very little dust, only the fan blades ends up like Sahara desert in 2 months.

Case Accessory

Omg I found it on the part list! Glorious Hue+ nolonger have to be a "Custom Part"

You have full control over the lighting with the CAM software, each strips have 10 LEDs, you can literally customize every single LED node, not to mention NZXT's super sexy rainbow spectrum mode..!

It also adds a lot of spare cables inside of your case... (1x USB, 1x molex, 2x flat cables for LED strips)

To some extend the 16.8 million colour is a myth, you literally can't tell the difference in some of the hue/gamma difference due to human eye biological limitations.

But if you just want static colour lighting in your case then why would you spend £20 over some BitFenix Alchemy strips?

Monitor

Pretty good 1440p monitor for it's price, some reviews saying how it has light bleeds around the corners, I didn't have that issue.

Have 2 HDMI ports but no Displayport, I had to order a Displayport-to-HDMI adaptor that supports 4K resolution to get the second monitor working at 1440p. Thin bezel makes it very well suited for multi-monitor set ups.

It also gets a bit hot.

Running 1440p with only 24" means you need to be closer to the monitor than normal, kinda...

Keyboard

Quite durable, cleaning process isn't that hard, I personally recommend Ducky for mechanical keyboards.

Headphones

You know that head/ear-ache you get when you switch to a different headset/headphone? Doesn't happen with this one, VOID is actually really comfy.

Sound quality is pretty good I suppose, no active sound feedback might be weird for someone like me who had a active sound feedback headset...

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for Sona wallpaper and awesome robot worshipping your build.

Oh, the build is pretty cool too.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

:3~

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Good use of student loan $$$ And SSD??????

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Classy build

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Gr8 build but why no ssd?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

A hard drive is fast enough for some people. an SSD is a waste of money IMO

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

An SSD, or three will benefit everyone :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck getting crossfire to work in the noctis 450. I actually have the same case and a MSI 390x which I modded with dual 120mm's. You can check out my build here http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/533220-deep-blue-the-1440p-game-crusher-and-workstation/ If you do 2 390x's one of them will throttle. They require a ton of airflow too cool. I wouldn't recommend it unless you have liquid cooling for both.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Need speakers for next year, Room mates playing cello at 3 am, need to blast Dank Dubstep at that ♥♥♥♥♥, any recommendations?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build !

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

(> w <) ! ~~

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! Clean setup. What program did you use to show all those benchmarks?

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

The 18th pic? NZXT's cam, unless you are talking about something else...

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. I will use it to save some time. Thanks

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Ugh, you found it until I could build my system and review it first :(

Nice build!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

ikr, Hue+ is like a dream came true for case lighting lovers!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You really should have played games for a while at 20fps with the integrated graphics and then bUY THE GTX 1070 or 1080, which will be much more powerful

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely going to upgrade to the the new gen graphics cards, but I do want to wait and see what kind of performance Polaris can bring, so I can choose whether to switch to green or not... The future is pretty unpredictable.

Also been there, tried to run FFXIV with the iGPU, lowest settings still like 25 fps. Think I developed eye cansur from that.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the monitor?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

They're pretty ok, no problems with them so far :D!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the monitor really 60Hz? I can't find any valid information about the refresh rate. For the price + IPS, it just seems too good to be true.

Surely there must be a compromise.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the NZXT Hue+ LED Controller come with LED strips? If so, how many and how long was each strip?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

30cm each strip I think... The controller comes with 4.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait, are you saying the Samsung 950 Pro M.2 drive is slow? I thought it was supposed to be very fast, especially for installing the OS.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

No it's significantly faster than the sATA SSDs already, I think it could be faster, I've seen people with 2500 mb/s sequential write/read speed.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the Tsukihime wallpapers. Great build, as well, I especially love the colors combined with the primarily white components, very clean!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

<3

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful and solid build. I love the color scheme especially. I'm looking forward to seeing how you change everything over time.

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