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I knew from the start that I wanted a fast, SSD-only, gaming computer. Was it overkill? Yeah, probably. Is it amazingly fast and totally worth it? Absolutely. Once you go SSD, there's no turning back.

I wanted something that I could upgrade later on, possibly going to a 4K rig with a water-cooled system. The NZXT Manta case is perfect for that because it has plenty of room for a radiator, and supports full-sized graphics cards (as long as you mount your radiator on top of the case).

Main use for now will be multi-monitor gaming at 1080p ultra settings. Everything I've thrown at it so far has preformed excellently. I've played Battlefront, BF3, BF1, Titanfall 2, World of Tanks, and Watch Dogs 2 and haven't come across any issues.

I'm using the cables that came with the Corsair PSU and they're fine with me. I might go with modded cables later on though. The USB 3.0 cable was a challenge to figure out how to route through the case. I decided to split it up and route it behind the SSD bracket mount since it looked different and unique. I tried routing it directly behind the NZXT cable shroud but would have had to bend it pretty good and I didn't want to take any chances.

I bought a BitFenix 30CM White LED Magnetic strip to light the case with. It is VERY bright (I wish I could dim it down a little) and holds on very well to the case.

Let me know what you think! I love feedback and hearing what you like or what you might have done differently.

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent CPU so far. Temps are not extreme in any way. Will be overclocking in the near future.

CPU Cooler

Overall this is a great CPU cooler. It does a great job keeping the CPU temps in a reasonable range. The reason I knocked a star off is because it was hard as heck to mount on my motherboard. I had to have another person hold it while I held the bracket and pushed the mounting screws through.

Motherboard

Very nice motherboard. BIOS is easy to figure out and easy to customize. I like the number of USB ports it has as well as the built -in WiFi and Bluetooth. The I/O plate has squishy foam in it which made it kind of difficult to get the motherboard into place.

Storage

Amazingly fast. I threw my OS on this guy and only keep small documents and other tidbits on it.

Storage

I use this to store my entire Steam Library on as well as all of my games from Origin. It works great in tandem with the 950 PRO M.2 and all my games boot very fast.

Video Card

I have noticed some coil whine when I play more graphics intense games like BF1. The custom RGB lighting is cool, plus breathing mode or strobe mode. The software for it is simple to use.

Case

A large case for mini-ITX. The cable routing is awesome, I was able to tuck away most of my cables around the back and out of site. The included case fans are nice, I haven't found a reason to switch them out with anything else. The window wills scratch easily so only remove the protective film after you finish getting everything in the case. The rear panel LED light is very nice and lights everything up so you can see what you're doing.

I don't like the white-on-white Microphone and Headset symbols on the top panel of the case. They are hard to see so you have to stop and let your eyes adjust for a couple of seconds to make sure you plug the cables into the right spots.

Power Supply

A good, solid power supply. The cables that come with it are very stiff but you can tell they are well built. It's very quiet, I have never heard it over the case fans.

Case Fan

Nice, quiet case fan. Does what it's supposed to do.

Monitor

Awesome monitor. The small bevel is delicious to my eyes and does very well with all my games. I bought three of them refurbished from Dell Outlet and haven't had any problems with any of them.

Keyboard

I didn't need/want anything fancy. -1 star because the back lighting always defaults back to red when you restart your computer.

Mouse

-1 star because the bright LED stays on even when the computer is put in sleep mode. Otherwise a nice, sturdy mouse.

Custom

The magnets are nice and strong. The strip is very bright so you'll see every single particle of dust in your case. The plastic which covers/protects the LED's seems to be melting after several months of use. The strip also remains on when the computer is put to sleep. I wouldn't buy this strip again for lighting the inside of my case.

Custom

Nice white metal heat cover, it was cheap and combined with my colors. Works like RAM should work.

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Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 4 points

Satisfying. I love staring through a beautiful windowed case at 1.75 terabytes of SSD

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

It just makes you feel whole inside.

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

Those 850 evo's are totally worth it. At one time I was running 2.5 TBs worth. One for Steam, one for Origin and Uplay and one for operating system. Plus no moving parts, less weight, heat and power consumption and blazing fast still. Totally worth it!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous! Love white color schemes

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :) I was drawn to the white scheme because they are so simple yet can be so elegant.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! I really like how the RAM sort-of fits the CPU fan contour. Love the white.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I never noticed that before, and yeah it does. Thank you :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

get rid of all three ssd and get 1 tb 850 pro

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I considered the 850 pro but couldn't justify the price/speed for what I would be using my SSD's for. I don't transfer huge amounts of data so I figured I could take the hit on speed for a better price. But in the future I do see 850 pro's creeping into my build :D

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

the CRYORIG H7 bracket touch the ram?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, it fit perfectly, no issues with the brackets bumping into anything

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I know...for some reason unknown to me, NZXT built the case this way ¯_(ツ)_/¯ and it bugs the crap out of me too.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

The logo is actually part of the housing for the SSD, no stickers. To get them flipped right-side-up I would have to flip the whole SSD 180° and re-route the cables through the right side of the case. I am actually really curious now to see if that'll work. I'll keep you guys updated.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh very cool. I'll have to try it out. Thanks for the tip

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking the same thing?

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe two.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Cyber Monday deal on Newegg. I couldn't believe it when I saw it either.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

yes