Description

I was so pumped to build my girlfriend this computer after I discovered how much fun building rigs are after my first build. I love the way this build turned out, and I'm already planning on upgrading my personal rig with the black version of that popular S340 case from NZXT.

I wanted to plop an i5-6600 CPU in here but since my girlfriend wanted to cut corners at any place possible to make the hit on my piggy bank less severe, i went with the equally as good i5-6400 instead. Can't complain.

The motherboard I got mostly because it was black and white, but as it turns out, its just a good overrall piece of hardware. BIOS is easy to navigate and the drivers came with a cool wallpaper. So that's nice.

Since my girlfriend is a graphic design major, she needed a rig that could handle semi demanding memory tasks like Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. I got her 16 gigs of DDR4-3000 because 8 isn't enough. I do think she'll want 16 more later on but for now 16 should work.

I went with a bigger SSD than the one in my personal rig because 120 gigs is not enough for an operating system plus a few non-steam games. To keep to the black and white part color scheme, I covered the red lettering on it with a black Sharpie. Surprisingly enough, it looks really nice.

I accidentally ordered two 1 terabyte WD HDDs. I don't think she really need that much storage at all but hey. Maybe one HDD for games and one for projects. Fate may have smiled on me in that aspect.

My ever faithful companion the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060. Can easily run Overwatch at Ultra Preset Settings and can run all current gen games at medium to high settings. Can't ask for a better mid range card.

The case is perfection. Its no wonder is one of the most popular cases out there. So fun to work with. The built in shroud makes everything so neat and orderly. Amazing

Went with a 650 watt MODULAR PSU because Non-Modular is horrible and I hate it. Modular was amazing to work with and I am never going back to non modular any time soon.

I'll save the HUE+ for last because that has got to be the cherry on top of this beautiful rig.

For the monitor, It's pretty okay. I wanted to go with two, but i realized that two wouldn't be required for what she wanted to do with it (make graphics and play games), so for the time being one is fine. The colors are amazing to me, but I'm a veritable noob as far as really telling the difference between good and bad monitor color, so its whatever. I'll ask her if she needs to do any color correcting in the near future. That may be the driving force to get me to get her a better one.

Peripherals are peripherals. Mechanical keyboard and a mouse that is better than the 10 dollar one she had. Both pretty standard in a custom computer.

Now for the pièce de résistance. That cherry on top of this beautiful sundae of a rig. The NZXT Hue+ will forever be the only thing I will light any computers I build. It's programmability. the fact that you can program each LED is perfect. The colors are so vibrant. They make the crappiest of computer parts just pop out. It's plethora of settings, presets, and movement options make it the perfect way to light up any case. 10/10.

In conclusion, this rig is FAR BETTER than my personal one I built a couple months ago, that you can check out when your done looking at this one. Let me know what you guys think! I'm always open for critiques and any and all helpful advice! Thanks for checking it out!

EDIT DO NOT BUY THE SANDISK SSD!!!!!!!!! That SSD was so so bad. I installed the OS on it and it was always crashing and it was constantly corrupting video game files. After a few weeks of trying to figure out what was wrong I finally figured out that the SSD needed to go. I replaced it with a nice Samsung 860 EVO 250 GB. Hasn't even hiccupped. Buy that SSD. NOT THE SANDISK.

Part Reviews

CPU

With light work with Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, as well as lots of gaming, I couldn't ask for a CPU any more powerful. It does its job just fine.

CPU Cooler

For a stock cooler, It does a fine job. It's a locked CPU so overclocking is out of the question, meaning a fancy AIO liquid loop or higher end air cooler isn't really necessary. All my temps are well within normal, and no spikes have occurred whatsoever. Would definitely recommend.

Motherboard

Hasn't caused me trouble at all. Beautiful piece of hardware. The fact the Google Chrome was part of the driver list was okay, but it would just be easier to download it straight from Edge. other than that, can't complain.

Memory

Love this ridiculously fast RAM. Im a slave to the DDR4-3000.

Storage

Corrupted game files. Operating system crashed all the time. Poor poor SSD. DO NOT RECOMMEND.

Storage

It's an HDD. Stores video games. Reliable company. Reliable product.

Video Card

Favorite Mid-range GPU to date. Hasn't failed me once.

Case

Do you expect anything less from such a modifiable case?

Power Supply

Handy modular PSU. Can't complain at all.

Case Accessory

If only there were six stars...

Monitor

Not a monitor connoisseur, but beautiful colors and reliable quality make it a nice little $100 monitor.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 5 points

I tried to scroll past but the lure of the rainbow LEDs was too strong...

+1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Leds. Make building pcs great again

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

its like brutal, brutal clickbait

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

you can't Ignore the lure of a Hue+ lit build, it's just impossible. I was scrolling and then my fingers stopped and were like "RGBs, MUST TAP"

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

yep. Thats the feeling.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

One, "Since my girlfriend is a graphic design major, she needed a rig that could handle semi demanding memory tasks like Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. I got her 16 gigs of DDR4-3000 because 8 isn't enough. I do think she'll want 16 more later on but for now 16 should work." My goal in life.

Next, "I didn't know what color scheme to choose so I chose them all."

+1 for the build man!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

man the fan on the cpu looks cool with the rgb +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

this pc build is awesome ascough cough ᵇʳᵒᶰʸ cough its really colorful.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

lol

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The Hue+ really brings your build to the next level! I'm hesitant to get one based on the reviews, but how has your experience been with it? Also for anyone else who admires this gorgeous build, the MSI Bazooka MOBO is more budget friendly and still has the black and white scheme going on, but no overclocking or SLI/XFire potential.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The Hue+ is amazing. The Cam Software that you need to install is not only easy to navigate but incredibly helpful in keeping track of temps and fan speeds and you name it. I was a little disappointed you had to install the Hue+ drivers instead of it just detecting the Hue+ right away but that is literally my only gripe about it. Go for it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats a solid build. I'm in the process of building a rig for my kids in the NZXT S340 Black/Red and I can confirm its a very beautiful case. Like the other guy said, a cryorig C7 would look awesome in this rig. I have it and its compact and very pretty with a white fan that would match with the aesthetics and at $30 its a good buy. you have my +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

That title I see exactly how I felt with my build! I like it!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Can we get this beauty a featured?

+1 :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

the Hue+ is great!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

How are your temperatures? The coolers of choice; not that they wont be capable of keeping the CPU and GPU under their limits, but... they'r pretty bad options.

Edit: NVM about the CPU cooler, but what about the GPU?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

My CPU has never gone above 45-ish. That being said, the only thing shes done for now is play overwatch. She hasn't played any AAA games as of yet for extended periods of time. So I suppose we'll wait and see. It has some trouble with the operating system restarting. It'll just stay on "Getting Windows ready" and won't go any further into the actual restart. And overwatch crashes on occasion. I'm getting a sneaking suspicion my SSD is bad. May have to look into replacing it with something else. Any options? An Intel one would look really nice in there and I hear they're pretty high quality as well.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I want that wallpaper. Reply with link please.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. My favorite fan artist i might add http://www.deviantart.com/art/Wub-Wub-Wub-451296025

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty fu*king sick dude

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a beautiful rig. Good job +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

A L L T H E C O L O R S C H E M E S

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh dang, you're right. It did come with a pretty killer wallpaper.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Great PC, I love the colors, very fun. I might recommend 2 500 gigabyte hard drives, but it would really change it much, overall a very pretty a colorful PC

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

290 dollar motherboard for a locked chip and one gpu?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

It must’ve been on sale when I got it. I don’t remember spending that much on the motherboard.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

That mobo seems pretty expensive, can someone try and justify its price?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

gpu temps?

  • 33 months ago
  • -1 points

nice build! really! but why a hue+ and a cpu cooler that crappy?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

That CPU cooler isn't "crappy", it's on par or better than stock. It is for aesthetics seeing as the CPU itself isn't overclockable. What would you recommend though?

  • 33 months ago
  • 0 points

maybe the cryorig c7 if he likes the aesthetics of the fan pointing at you or just a cryorig h7

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I have the C7, looks awesome, but that is nearly 3 times the cost.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah i did go for aesthetics with the little Alpine. And cost wise that c7 was pretty expensive, especially for a non overclockable CPU. I haven't had any trouble with temperatures above 20-35 degrees Celsius so for now that stock cooler is doing its job haha. If i get any high temps though I may look at that c7 though. thanks for the tip!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Cryorig M9i

  • 33 months ago
  • 0 points

well yeah but there is still the h7 option wich (at least in germany) is only 37€

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Cooler he has was around 9 euros

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