I am a first time builder with a little modding experience on previous pre-built rigs. I would like to thank the internet forums for the multitude of tutorials and advice for noob enthusiasts like myself who dare to dream at building their own PC.
Let me start by saying that anyone can build their own PC if they do a little research. The money saved is a huge return on time spent looking in to creating the build within your budget and needs. Also, PC Part Picker helped me determine compatibility issues prior to buying.
I personally believe in "buy nice or buy twice", so I spared no expense on my motherboard, power supply unit and video card. I am sure there are opinions on my choices, but they worked for me and I could not be happier with the results.
I wrote a list of items that were important to me:
Speed: I want it to be fast! A solid state drive, wicked GPU and highly rated CPU combined with good RAM and a mild overclock comprised the components necessary for my need for speed! I am not a video editor, but I do illustration and some animation, so memory was needed.
Size: I have a cramped work space and a smaller footprint by the case was necessary since I wanted it on my desk rather than on my floor. My last rig was constantly full of dust so I wanted to take measures to counter this issue. The case had to have decent airflow and dust filters for keeping the internals clean.
Cooling: I wanted a rig that was relatively silent, but cooling was important to me for the longevity of the CPU and components. A cool rig runs efficiently and tends to have fewer long term-issues.
Aesthetic: I looked at multiple color schemes and black and red just seemed to work best for me. I know some are tired of this classic color combo- but hey, it looks cool and there are plenty of peripherals and components that match into that color category. The noise was not a huge issue since I wear headphones mostly for listening to music when I work and gaming, but my last rig was noisy, so any measures I could take towards a more quiet case seemed appropriate.
The NZXT H440 case fit the aforementioned criteria almost perfectly. It had that clean aesthetic, but room for the lights and color accents to make the rig look cool and run even cooler. The cooling configurations were numerous and I was happy with the cable management solutions in the back of the case. The PSU compartment made cable management look effortless and really helped feature the internal components aesthetics.
I went with EVGA on the PSU thanks to some reputable reviewers video tutorials on push/pull configs that worked well in this particular case.
In the end, I took my time planning, managed my cables, spent extra on the components that merited attention and built my rig. I had a 780 FTW GPU from my last rig and decided to use it for my PhysX needs when paired with the 980. I would like to go with 980SLI, but with the current performance- I probably do not need to.
I am running the rig at 4.4 Ghz and my temps stay 55-65 degrees. Ole Red plays just about everything on ultra and I am just so pleased with the results. I cant stop staring at it! I am very proud of this build and took as many pics as I could to help any others who might consider going a similar route.
The case is limited in the back side for cable management. There is not a great deal of clearance, so take time to do tight cable management. I replaced the stock fans with my own choices and added a couple more for the push/pull configuration. These added fans made for a cable management challenge, but the motherboard supports up to 8 fans, so all worked perfectly. I had to wire two fans to mobo headers towards the back of the case routing them outside of the case near the IO shield. It is hardly noticeable, but I was kinda OCD about the two little wires on the exterior.
Stock fans are adequate- but invest in better fans. Also, if you go 2 140s on top vs 3 120s - there is a gap towards the front that could utilize one more fan- just sayin.
The air flow is not the highest rated. It is not terrible, but the airflow does leave a little to be desired.
No optical drive. I simply bought a slip external optical drive and set it on top.
Drive bays. Some have to be removed when adding a radiator to the front or installing a larger video card.
SSD mounts on back- they are peculiar in the sense that right angle SATA cables might not work. Make allowances for this.
The fan hub on the back. Great idea.It makes allowances for multiple fans however, you cannot control the voltages- so the fans run at full speed. Running all of the fans off of the hub plugged into a PWM on the motherboard is not an option, so the only thing I plugged into the hub was the radiator pump (which I do want running at full speed). All the fans are monitored and powered off individual of headers on the motherboard.
Looks: Clean lines and understated aesthetic . Great window. This case looks good!
magnetic dust filters- great idea and easy to clean.
Love the IO panel LED light for its utility.
Metal construction- hardly any plastic. Even the drive trays are metal and very rigid.
Thumb screws stay in on this tooless case- love that
The case just looks damn good. I grew to appreciate more and more as I built it. NZXT got it right.
It is pricey- but damn is it a beast! Great BIOS and too many features to list! It is the heart of your system- and deserves to be in your next rig. 8 fan headers! Easy tweaking settings in BIOS. Beautiful build quality. Armor on front and back. I am so pleased with the looks and performance of this board. The Maximus Here is a tier lower and also a great buy. I love ASUS an their products.
This case totally rocks! I love it's simplicity, quality build characteristics and innovation.
Simple- clean lines. PSU cover with compartment for cable management and big window. Flat surfaces on front and side panels for clean aesthetic. Understated vents . Magnetic dust covers. Led light for IO panel. Metal drive trays. Sound dampening foam on inside of panels. pre-installed motherboard standoffs. If you are a novice builder- this is the case for you in terms of a professional and rewarding end-result visually. I just love looking at it.
Gripes: fan hub in back has no voltage regulator, so fans run at full blast unless connected to PWM headers on motherboard. Stock fans are kinda average. No optical drive bay.
Conclusion- Its got way more things going for it than most cases including a distinctive visual appeal, logical case layout and quality build characteristics. A smart buy for the money.
quiet, powerful and in updated colors for the typical Noctuas of the past. These fas are pricey- but you get what you pay for. Quality build and they have a distinctive quality unmatched by competitors. Excellent case fans for water-cooled radiator configs.
The only thing I wish is if it were bigger! I am seriously wanting to get a 34" ultrawide. After converting to ultrawide- I will never go back. Gaming is on another level with the added peripheral space. It heightens immersion in gameplay substantially. The transition from 1080 to ultrawide made my jaw drop.
The fps max at 60 since it is 60hz and it has a 8ms response time. This might be an issue with the hardcore competition gamers, but I seriously have no issues in MMOs I have played. I know 144hz is the elite standard, but I also use this for multi-tasking.
Let me tell you that multitasking is an amazing thing with the Dell Display Manager. The software enables you to pick multiple screen window configurations for placing windows in whatever works best for you. Want to proof read a document while at the same time watching YouTube and shopping on Amazon- no problem. This is the best single monitor solution . I highly recommend this monitor for video editors who want those extra palettes and timeline real-estate during edits.
Love. Love. Love the picture. IPS looks beautiful at any angle and the colors are vibrant. There are multiple color settings for anything from gaming to multi-media. Great purchase and really happy with it.
I purchased these headphones three years ago. I am tough on my headphones. I wrecked at least three pairs before splurging and buying something at a different price point albeit used. These headphones are perfect!
They rest on the head nicely. I can hear external sounds if the doorbell rings or someone calls me- yet still stay immersed in game-play. The mic and volume control are on opposite sides and are so logically designed. The mic can be activated and deactivated by simply pushing it down near the mouth or kicking it back up- I love it.
The earpieces are removable for cleaning and made of a velvet type material that is very comfortable on the ears. The price point is high- but think of never buying a head set again for a few years. Do yourself a favor and splurge a bit- on some used ones. You will not regret it.