About a year ago I had the ambitious idea to start some sort of PC hardware review site. I reached out to /u/CorsairGeorge and requested a sample of the 380T (which I was in love with at the time). He obliged and I set out to buy components for my first ITX build with the Corsair 380T case. Flash forward a year, I've used that system approximately twice and was just collecting dust. Meanwhile in the bedroom, I had been using an Intel Haswell i3 NUC to drive my TV. We don't have cable so all the TV's in the house just have some sort of PC attached to deliver content. I watch a lot of TV in bed and the NUC had been more than enough to run MPC, Netflix, and Spotify. That was... until I purchased a new TV and got the itch...
NZXT announced the Manta a couple weeks back and while it had been familiar to me for almost 2 years (I was working at NZXT when the Manta project began in 2013), I wasn't always in love with it's style. However NZXT nailed it with the final iteration. I decided that I would re-purpose the 380T into the Manta and it would fill the spot above my dresser.
That old 380T system had a Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258, R7 270X, Rosewill 650W PSU and a 240mm Asetek 570LX liquid cooler. Those are pretty good specs for just a media machine, but I knew it wasn't going to be a simple case swap. Since building the 380T I had acquired an i7 4790K from Retail Edge. I knew I wanted a GTX960 because it would support HDCP 2.2. The larger Manta would take a larger Kraken X61 so that was a no brainer. Lastly, HUE+ because pretty lights.
The build went pretty smoothly. The only tricky part was tucking the tubes behind the cable management bar. I needed to unscrew the pump cap to achieve this, but I think it was well worth it. Keeping with my previous builds, immediately after finishing the build, I replaced the PSU. Be Quiet was kind enough to support me with a Dark Power 11 650W which was much quieter than the Rosewill I had been using. I ended up pulling 2 of my HUE+ strips from my existing S340 build and using them as extra ambient lighting behind my sound bar and it worked out fantastically.