Description

Build Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng2IIdmiU9I

We promised a G3258-based build, so here it is. NZXT kindly sent us the new S340 case. Priced at $70, it was the perfect addition for our modest gaming system. As fate would have it, the GTX 970 released after building and filming. If we had had one on hand, we probably would have used that for the GPU instead. Look for a GTX980 (or two!) in our next build though.

We've done a lot of liquid-cooled systems recently, so for this build we opted to keep everything air cooled. The Hyper 212 EVO is an extremely popular cooler, so we included that in the build. Sure, there are coolers +/- $5 that may perform slightly better, but the 212 is still a great performer for the price.

For the storage, we went ahead and included both an SSD and a hard drive. The SSD fulfills the boot drive and core files role, while the platter drive provides space for games.

I really like this case. It has a nice clean aesthetic and is primed for easy modding and customizing. I've really started to love cases with PSU shrouds - especially when the case has a window. It supports a 240mm radiator in front with plenty of depth. And I was a bit curious of the raised white bracket next to the motherboard tray - until I went to zip tie the 24-pin motherboard power connector. I LOVE that - there's plenty of depth there to run the power cable without worrying about side panel clearance. With the expansion slot covers being removable in the final production version I only have one nitpick: I wish the hard drive mounts used drive trays. Overall though, I think it's a really well thought-out case that will satisfy a lot of builders from low to high budgets.

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 32 points

I thought that said $340 at first. Lol I can't be the only one

As always, great job with your build! It's cool to see more pentium overclockable builds!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL you're not alone!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

At first I thought it said $340 Build, but then I saw 770 and said "Nah, it couldn't be."

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

That would have been a REALLY good budget build :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

You would have to somehow buy a cpu, mobo, psu, ram, and storage for $70 if you got the cheapest 770. Now that would be a tight budget.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

lol with chinese knockoffs who knows anymore lol

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I was about to post the exact same thing but I realized you already did for me :b

  • 63 months ago
  • 5 points

Sure, there are coolers +/- $5 that may perform slightly better...

Can you give me examples of cheaper coolers that perform better than the Hyper 212? Serious question.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Been wondering too.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

cryorig h7

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

lol $30 is not cheap enough?

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

NZXT has really been killing it with these absolutely beautiful and classy case designs. Wow.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Awesome cable management and photos as always. Did you manage to OC that pentium anniversary edition?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Yay! Can't wait for the Maxwell builds!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and cheap. Great! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

As always a great looking build, nice cable management

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

no way that the g3258 can handle the 770 without bottlenecking. Definitely love the cable management!!!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I am positive it can if overclocked

  • 63 months ago
  • -1 points

this is unbalance a 330 gpu and a 70 bucks cpu.I think an i5 should be a standard with gpu like the 770. At some point and depending on the game im pretty sure the pentium will hold back the 770.

  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

Price wise, I agree, but that little Pentium shouldn't be scoffed at, sure its not going to perform like a 4770 or 4790, but if you overclock it, it should perform very nicely...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

a pentium at 4.7ghz or at 4.5ghz matches the performance from a 4770k on most games, that is when paired with a 970

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Here watch a video of the G3258 vs i5 4690k with the pentium at stock cooler here is the video

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah man, I wanted to be the first to post a build with this new case ;), snooze you lose,, very nice build guys!!!!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Im sold on that psu cover but i really like the cleanness of the build in the inside but i think there's too much wasted "open" space in this case for an "air cooled" only build (my opinion) but the more air you move the better so it works.....this case is more in my opinion a "water cooled" only case.....+1 tho

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Should have waited for the 970 my friend.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Kinda hard seeing as though we built and filmed before the 970 was even announced, much less available via retail.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh Haha, and wow I didn't even realize it was you Phil. The 970 looks like a fantastic deal nonetheless... Makes me wonder how Nvidia is going to sell 780 performance for 150 dollars less...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe they will finally come to the light side

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is a bit plain, but I can dig it. Awesome prices! Great pics!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Super clean build. Great cable management and nice pics. I would really love to see OC numbers for the G3258 on the Z97 PC MATE with the 212 EVO. (I am looking to use these parts for my first build;) Thanks for sharing +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I was Trying to get a similar build going you beat me to the punch and yours is on budget! Great job

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Such an amazing build. Awesome parts, awesome cable management, awesome looks and case especially, awesome pictures, awesome everything. I think for the price this was actually a VERY GOOD build considering there is a 770 and an ssd. +1 all the way.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the size of this case to the Source 210? I have a Phantom 530 but am using my 210 since I want a smaller tower.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable Mangement <3 +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

=( make my build look like crap in the S340 any way good build

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the "Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO" fit in the case?

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I think if they're using it, it fits...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I keep on looking on the 3rd pic and asking myself: what could be more minimalistic design than this?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this CPU hold back a GTX 660??

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Will it hold it back if I don't overclock it?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

No I use the pentium with an R9 270x and there's no bottle neck even at stock. What games were you planning on playing?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

GTA V, GTA IV, Minecraft, and Watch Dogs. I love open world games.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

For games such as GTA an watch dogs the pentium may not be your best choice. Even when overclocked the pentium is much slower on games that lean heavily on the CPU than say an i3 or fx 6300. If you want you can check out my build I have a few gaming benchmarks in the description to get an idea but I haven't benchmarked either GTAor watch dogs so I'm not certain.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

super clean. nice build

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you install an OS on a case that doesn't have an optical drive like this one?

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

usb bro, its a lot faster

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I'm doing something very similar with this case, not sure about a 970 or a 960 yet though.

How's the clearance of the evo 212 to the window? Specs state only 2mm, seems very tight to me.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

What did you do for an optical drive?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

External usb optical drive

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

i was like damn what a really nice cable management :O

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Great cable management!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

very clean, nice job.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Isn't the 770 kind of overkill? If not, at which frequency are you overclocking the cpu and what kind of performance can you get in newer games?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Building my PC with the same case did you buy anymore fans? If so how did you place them?

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

They probably had it on hand, I think that's how they do their builds.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

sponsors

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  • 55 months ago
  • 6 points

First world problems