Where do you get all the components? Ebay?
Saying "Not being rude" does not, in fact, make your comment any less rude.
@HallowRace, I googled your case and it looks like it comes with 2x120mm fans. Your case supports up to 4 more fans. You might need to do some research to make sure you can plug them into your motherboard (like looking at a fan controller). You can also look at the specifications for your case to know the sizes (http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/define-series/define-mini-c-tg) and browse completed builds with that case to see what other people have done.
Good parts. Got any pics of it assembled? Also, I'd consider getting a new keyboard. I used Redragon mechanical keyboards for a bit but had issues with key chatter. I got some quick dry contact cleaner spray off amazon that helped, but it's a hassle to have to do that when the keyboard starts acting up.
I like the changes made here. Be aware that the S340 elite will allow your kraken x62 in the front, then you'll have 1x 120mm and 1x140 mm spots for fans on top and rear (can put 120 in the 140 if you want of course). May want to just get those two fans rather than 3x120mm.
Also, G.Skill RAM is usually a little cheaper but works great. Can get 16gb for $150-$160, rather than the $110 for your 8gb.
CPU does not come with a fan, but a Hyper 212 Evo is pretty cheap. For RAM, it's usually better to get 2 sticks to get dual channel benefits. That being said, if you can't afford 16gb right now but might upgrade later, stick with the stick you chose and bookmark it to get the exact same one later. If you never plan to go above 8gb (might regret that in a year or so), maybe get 2x4gb.
Keep an eye out for sales on the S340 elite, you'll be very glad you got the elite version over the original.
Thank you! I actually use it with white lights probably 80% of the time, as it's less distracting and very clean. I'll post some pictures of that.
I don't think I've ever used enough features on other mobos to complain about anything on the N7. One thing I noticed was after activating XMP Profile to bump my RAM from 2133 to 2400, my boot time increased quite a bit. Seems weird, haven't looked too much into it though.
Lol I like that fan just chillin in the back on one screw. I'm guessing the case was for 80mm and you had a spare 120 sitting around or something? And when you / most people make these recycled-parts builds, do you buy parts off ebay? Or where?
Wow! Thanks for the praise! And I'm actually surprised at how much RAM is used up by OS and some basic programs nowadays, I'm honestly going to be suggesting 32 to most serious gamers, but mostly as future-proofing. I don't think 16 will bottleneck the average gamer/user for a couple years still.
Let me know when you finish your build, I'll take a look!
I was wondering the same thing. Maybe he thought each fan and each strip went into their own channel? OP, maybe you can return one.
Aww thanks man, appreciate it!
I thought the same thing. After just finishing my own build in the same case, I can tell you the white 24-pin cables I used (uphere from amazon) were extremely stiff, so it took several tries with brute force to get them to bend enough to plug in and go under the cable shield. I'm guessing he didn't want to bend them too hard in case it caused issues, as I wondered the same thing (but did it anyway)
And I got the normal screws in eventually with my trick, but I didn't notice the instructions mention the longer screws. Little NZXT secrets I guess ;)
Performance-wise, totally. It all depends on what you're paying for. For me, aesthetics were very important, heavy overclocking not as much. It kept my case cleaner and more clutter free, so I'm happy!
Honestly I think I would have paid the same either way. I got the N7 + S340 elite for 280 from NZXT store as a bundle. I paid $20 for extra LED, so 300 total. Otherwise I would have paid $60 for Hue+, $20 for USB hub, $80-100 for case alone, then $120-$180 for mobo depending on quality and sales.
I'm surprised there aren't more of them on this site to be honest
It does have 2 headers, so 2 channels. 1 channel supports 4 LED strips or 5 fans. The mobo comes with 2 strips, the expansion I bought adds 2 more, to get the full 4 strips on one channel, and my 2 fans go on the other header.
I really like the board since I was already planning on using the features it has included
I can seriously never go back to a normal sized mousepad
Thank you! I figured with a white base to everything, I can coordinate with really any color choice in LEDs
I got it as a bundle with the S340 elite. 280 for both, and since I would have gotten the hue+ and a USB hub if I didn't get the N7, it came out cheaper IMO
Thank you! I tried hard to make it balance in every way
Haha thanks. I'm excited to put it all together. I couldn't wait for gtx 11 or intel 9th gen... maybe by that time your dream can come true too haha
Give me about a week and I'll be the third
Do you have any clearance issues with the Kraken x62 and 4 sticks of trident z? I'm planning to have those too, but want to make sure my motherboard has enough space between the cpu and ram
Nice! I'm looking at getting the Kraken X62, but I've heard some people have clearance issues with 4 sticks of RAM. Did you run into this at all? I would imagine it differs from mobo to mobo, as I don't think the distance between socket and first RAM slot is the same, but maybe I can get a rough idea of how much room is necessary
Curious--you say you needed a portable setup but obviously can't take the monitor with you. Why did you need it portable and what's your solution for monitor?
Probably needed more LED strips / fans than one controller can handle (each one is 2 channels, each channel is up to 4 strips or 5 fans)
It's probably an update/post from a build before 8th gen came out. He'd need to upgrade the mobo as well if he went up to 8th gen now.
Does the plate you removed to install the m.2 not fit back on with the module in place? Or did you want it off to be able to read the post codes?
I know the HUE comes with LED strips, but maybe he's planning on getting some more compatible hardware later? Getting a 120mm and 140mm AER RGB fans from NZXT for exhaust would be perfect for this
The blue glowing circle next to the RAM. Not water cooled
I wouldn't say it's a "huge" bottleneck... You can look up tests people have done with RAM speeds to see how much of an impact it will have. Spoilers--not huge.
To OP: What CPU cooler is that?
The fact that it's 3GB or because of the current price of it?