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4/15/19 Update: Upgraded the following: GPU: Zotac 1080ti Extreme Core - Power and loving the RGB on the Badge and on back of the card. HDD: Added a 4GB Seagate Barracuda - Needed more storage to accommodate my mix recordings and photo/video storage.

Future plans & Other Notes: - S340 Case is pretty, but it does run warm so I might look into a slightly larger case with better airflow. - Now that SSD's are dropping in price, I may swap out the 2TB FireCuda for one; however, I'm leaning towards upgrading my Razer Blade 15 to a 1TB nvme and then tossing whatever was in there into the Desktop... We'll have to see which will take priority as time moves on. - 4K video editing and high voice count synths are pushing the 7700K to its limits, so will be looking towards a new CPU/MOBO combo. - Since my pops is running some outdated hardward, I might as well get that new case, cpu, mobo, faster ram (if I'm going Ryzen), and give him this one


Needed to upgrade from my old 2500K'ed CM Storm Trooper build. I needed a balance of gaming performance and productivity (music & video production for work/hobby). Never really enjoyed lights in my systems until I saw what RGB was capable of, so I wanted to rice the hell out this system.

Case/Fans/Cables: S340 Elite in white. Looked gorgeous in the videos and pics, looks even better in person. I was a little worried about the cooling, and so far it's doing well. I have yet to run benchmarks, so we'll see how it does. Cable management is very nice, however the standard PSU cables from EVGA are very stiff. I ordered cables from CableMod which made a world of a difference. Highly recommend the cables for the look and ease of managing them. NZXT fans were easy to install, but you have to think about routing the IN/OUT for the RGB lights.

CPU: I would have gone with Ryzen 7, but I went for single-core performance of the i7 7700k. To add on, I also didn't want to wait for the BIOS to mature on the AM4 boards or optimizations. I competitively played CS 1.6 back in the day, so I went for the CPU that produced max FPS. I typically run games at lower resolutions, so the 7700k was the best option for me. As for video/audio rendering, I don't mind waiting the extra 1-5 minutes.

MOBO: Asus Maximus IX Hero. Nice OC features and had what I needed. I think the bonus points was for the little connector that let's you plug in the power/reset button and activity lights. I'd always struggle trying to get them plugged in, but with the connector it made it a breeze.

CPU Cooler: NZXT X62 Kraken looks incredible. I tried to research if the pump ports will obstruct the DIMM slots on the Maximus IX Hero, but most of the pictures and builds I saw only filled 2 slots. The GSKILL Trident RGB sticks are THICK, so I had to mount it sideways. IMO, sideways is better than angled or upside-down. I was a bit confused when installing the cables for it, had to re-read the instructions a few times.

RAM: 32GB of RGB GSkill...perfect for video editing and when I'm running several soft synths and audio plugins. I do have to control the lighting from Asus AURA unfortunately. Will NZXT and ASUS work together to allow Hue+ or AURA control all RGB from one application? Who knows.

Storage: I decided to dump the extra $$ for the NVME Samsung. Also tossed in my old Sandisk 250GB SSD. Added in a 2TB FireCuda.

GPU: Used my old 980. Will look into getting a 10-series when I need to.

RGB: NZXT Hue+ was a must, but also had to get the internal USB hub. I was able to daisy chain the IN/OUT of the rear & top fans with the strips. Went with the white to match the case. Again, I wish Asus and NZXT can work on allowing one of them to control all lights.

Overall: I've been loving the system. RGB on white looks phenomenal and performance has been awesome. I'll get some benchmarks soon. Also will be OC'ing this on my day off.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Get us more pics, though im always picky about therotation of the CPU cooler this is a very nice looking build and i want to see more. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do! I just wanted to mount it without the cooler sticking into the sticks. The NZXT logo on the radiator is sideways which helps with the way the cooler looks imo. I'll have to order some thermal paste and see how much the cooler digs into the stick.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks very nice, I love black and white builds. +1

P.S.: I am looking through old builds because I am bored.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

pictures please otherwise +1 from me well done :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you sir!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

MORE PICS

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks brilliant! It's look even better with a backplate on that GPU.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! you should paint the gpu white like my build. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking towards a white 10-series card when I upgrade, but will definitely take a look at that!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

RIP SIDEWAYS NZXT COOLER

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Press F to pay respects

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Rip but I think this is a more appropriate meme for you

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know how to respond to that

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

that is one nzxt build...nice job man, looks really good :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks nice! Add more pictures please. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the Avexir Green Tesla ram sticks which are as thick- if not thicker than the Trident Zs and i mounted my x62 normally. The left most one gets pushed maybe 1mm to the right but it's reinforced by the other 3 ram sticks pushing on it back to the left. They look straight and work fine. No damage at all. Obviously exercise caution, but i would give it a shot and see how much the stick deviates off center.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to keep things as clean as possible, so I didn't try to push the sticks in. I actually don't mind the sideway look as it blends in well with the sideways logo on the radiator.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

please

More pics

this looks so nice :0

+1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The LAN party room, our 3rd floor, is super messy with empty beer cans everywhere haha. I'll try to clean things up and post some more.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh lmao, well still great job

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the NZXT Hue+ fans being used as intake or exhaust fans? I want to use the Hue+ fans I might get as exhaust and I heard they can only be used in one direction without the lights being blocked.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Exhaust. I'm at work right now, but I believe you are correct. The RGB lights can only be seen from the intake side.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick questions. I just bought this motherboard and case, but I have read a few reviews about the lack of internal usb 2.0 ports. How did you get the kraken and case front usb 2.0 plugged in with only one internal usb 2.0? First time builder and I'm hoping there is a way without having to buy a usb extension port??

Thank you!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 more pics?

  • 27 months ago
  • -1 points

more photos...also I suggest adding a larger case...and eventually have a custom liquid cooling system....contact me if you need any help with it....but other than that nice build +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Will add more. I'm trying to keep things as compact as I can. Other than a new GPU (Single-card only, no SLI) and another HDD/SSD, I really don't have anything I want to add into this. I currently have my old system as a NAS, so this machine will purely be for content creating and fragging. I love the custom liquid cooling look, but I'm currently happy without.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll delete the parts about the OS if your website allows, or you may remove them if I can't. Thank you, and sorry!

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I hear ya. I almost pulled the trigger, but the adult in me decided to hold off and wait until the games I play demanded it.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do!

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Will clear out the empty beer cans and post MOAR!