Description

This was a really fun build and a bit of a new challenge for me. My first build was in a Cooler Master mid tower case which I subsequently upgraded to a Switch full tower case. This time I wanted kind of a different challenge and a smaller set up so I went with this Manta build. A little pre-planning goes a long way and I had pretty much everything I needed staged and ready to go including Windows and system drivers. For any first time builders I can't recommend that enough.

The Manta case was really easy to build in. Even though its an ITX case its on the larger side and the curved panels give some extra clearance with the cables. It turns out I am not great at cable management so the extra space was helpful. It's didn't exactly turn out show quality, but all the cable routing holes in the front of the case made it easy to give the visible part of the interior a nice clean look. The back though is a total rats nest, even with a modular power supply. Admittedly I don't think I helped my self by going with an AIO cooler, since I have a locked CPU. But the low profile of the cooler and the cool RGB lighting I think make it worth it. The cooling is good too.

For storage I tried something different, and so far it seems to be working really well. I picked up an M.2 drive for booting windows, a couple of relatively in expensive SSDs that I configured in RAID 0 for storing games and some programs like chrome, and a 5TB WD Black HDD for mass storage (there's also a 2TB Seagate HDD in there that I threw in because I had it laying around). So far I've found this configuration to be extremely fast. It helps that I set it up right this time (I messed something up on my install of windows in my old rig and I didn't notice an appreciable difference in boot time on the SSD).

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

So far this thing keeps my CPU nice and cool. It would be nice if the CAM software that manages it was a little more stable, but otherwise its been a great AIO so far and the lighting is pretty cool.

Motherboard

Very happy with this board. BIOS is really easy to navigate and has lots of great features. WiFi is fantastic, very solid signal strength. The M.2 slot in the back is a little inconvenient but I can't really complain given the very limited space on the board.

Case

Best case I have ever used. Its a little bit pricey, particularly considering larger cases with similar features are cheaper, which is the biggest draw back. It is also a larger case, Probably 2/3rds the size of a mid tower case, so if you want a really tiny ITX build, this might not be the perfect solution for that. The build quality though of this case if fantastic. The matte white panels are nice a solid and have a very attractive minimalist look. The curved sides make the case interior nice and roomy which helps tremendously with cable management, radiators, fans, and lighting.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Why have you listed the 980?+1 btw

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't catch that. That was a place holder since at the time there was no pricing for the GTX 1070 in the parts list. I ended up going with a 1080 instead anyway but forgot to change that entry in the list.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Haven't been too big on the manta case but this....this looks great! I actually really like how the build looks with the case. Turned out very nice and clean +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Wait, your build cost $1 million dollars? Lol, jk, it's just a problem with the WD Black 4TB drive pricing on PCPP, but it sure does look hilarious.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow really neat build★

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Superb build! I didn't think I would like the Manta but every build I see in the thing looks superb. If only that Geforce logo was white!!!!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed it bugs me too

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the GeForce logo adds some nice contrast to the build personally but it would also look good with a white logo

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the build! By the way what monitor do you use?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a dual monitor set up with two dell screens. I can't remember the exact model. I'll try to remember to take a look when I get home.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Dell S2440L

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the PC/Setup! By the way how much inch monitor do you have ?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I am running two Dell S2440L Monitors I picked up a couple years ago. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260106

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

How well are the SSD's holding up? +1 btw

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

So far so good. Windows Storage Manager made configuring the Raid 0 easy. It hasn't been active very long, probably less than 10 days. So I couldn't say how stable the RAID configuration will over the long term. But as a solution for storing my games its pretty great. They aren't the highest end SSDs but not being a power user I have found that for my purposes they work great and are def offer a noticeable improvement over the mechanical drives I've been using.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

what's with random hdd on your desk ;)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

They came out of my old computer. Still in the process of transferring files over.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Can the MSI B150I mobo automatic control 3-pin case fans through voltage in the BIOS?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Just asking, but why did you use the b150 motherboard along with a "K" CPU, cooled by a NZXT Kraken? just wondering because u would not be able to overclock. +1 ;)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't use the K CPU. The one in the parts list is the non-K i7-6700. I went with the Kraken AIO because an air cooler would have covered up too much of the MB and it doesn't get in the way of the RAM modules.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I've just built a machine using a manta case. My NZXT logo isnt lighting up. Where is the connector for this? Does it run off of the molex? Thanks!!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

there is a button on the back, its has a couple of setting. Try pushing it a few times. The logo should already be hooked up to the switch.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! How many fan headers does your mobo have? Did you have to use any spliters? I can imagine you did to run 5 fans

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I need a splitter. I think there's only two fan headers on the motherboard. I used this on one of the USB headers NZXT IU01 Internal USB Expansion (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0031ESKJA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_8qIlybJVM72B3

And this for fan control. Nzxt GRID+V2 AC-GRDP2-M1 12V Digital Fan Controller with Molex 4-Pin connector https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0156YBCKG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_yvIlybWRFK0DP

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly!

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Under load the fans are louder than I would like as is the cooler. So def play with the fan curve to keep their RPM down if you get them. The mobo is wifi and Bluetooth enabled.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

wifi I found to be pretty good though I only used it for about a week before moving it to a wired connection. I didn't run any benchmarks so I can only tell you anecdotally that a brief play session online of SWTOR was very smooth and the download speed for a couple of games I grabbed from steam was consistent as I recall.