Description

The NZXT S340 case is awesome and really easy to mod. I really enjoyed doing the carbon fiber work on the top and internal base of this build. Looks very cool especially under the led lighting.

This build will be used for BF4 and video editing. Overkill I know but I wanted to build a simple but fast machine. The i7 5820K is OC'd to 4500 mh (up 32% from stock) and runs well within temperature limits thanks to the NZXT Kraken X61. I could have gone higher but I'm happy with 32%.

Being this was my first build, everything didn't go exactly as planned. Took a long time to get the XP941 to boot off Windows 8.1, but if you do your research the information is available. I did remove the steel HDD mounts under the internal base to allow for more cable space. The white single sleeved cables are from Corsair and I think this make the difference between custom and under the table systems. I might change the video care power cables to up and over the top so you can see the Strix logo, not sure yet.

The Samsung XP941 (C: drive) boots in about 10 seconds after the post. You won't believe it until you see it. The only thing on the C: drive currently is the OS. I really don't care for the way Windows partitioned the C: because the reserve partition ended up being the D: drive. That sucks but after all the trouble getting the XP941 to be the boot drive I wasn't about to try and fix it.

The Samsung 850 Pro 256gb is used for all applications, pictures, documents, videos, and etc., and is very fast also. Since the photos I've added a 850 Pro 500gb, for backups and images. The Strix GTX 980 runs about 72 deg. C playing BF4 and that's just fine. It's mildly OC also. G. Skill DDR4 memory runs at 2666mh and totals 16gb with no OC. Overkill for BF4 I know but,,,

Love the case but you've got to be really careful with the plastic window. It will scratch with just your fingernail. The top case fan was upgraded to a 140mm over the stock 120mm just because it was available This build will run totally QUIET with NO fans at all until 65 deg. C. Oh yes, the standoffs for the MB and rear case panel are a PAIN. The threads in the back panel that support the MB are junk. They are either filled with paint or not threaded very well and a real pain to get the standoffs to screw in correctly. The standoffs must be screwed into the case perfectly because they act as a ground plane for the MB. If I was to do it again I'd get a set of bronze standoffs and rethread the holes in the case.

The first Asus X99 Pro had to be RMA'd due to a ground fault (per Asus Support), but after that hassle the second X99 Pro works well. I've go to give props to Directron PC for being so easy to work with. Lucky I was within the 30 return window. Asus support also provided excellent support and recommended the RMA. WiFi and Bluetooth are a plus and the white accents on this board work well with the overall theme.

Hope you enjoy the pictures. Check out Precision Clan (pRc) if you are a BF4 fan. Best managed clan on the internet, and really good group of guys.

vtails35, USAF, Vietnam 68-69.

Comments

  • 53 months ago
  • 18 points

I was going to say how much I liked your build, but then I saw the last words of your description, and I'd rather thank you for your service to this country. Thank you. +1.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Seq Read 1042.16 MB

Seq Write 430.51 mB

4K Read 27.60 Mb

4K Write 105.11

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude, thank you.

  • 53 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah thanks for your service... My sister recently joined the Navy, both happy and sad.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Good for her. She will be a better person in the end.

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

May I ask how you cut out the carbon fiber so precisely? It looks fantastic!

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build. I'm getting excited to be able to use this case myself. Like the look of the carbon fibre +1

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Monyet. Best of luck.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build, how did you do that carbon fibre top though.... subtle add but makes the case really pop

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. Vinyl and it comes in every possible style. White carbon fiber next.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! What are your read and write speeds on that XP941? Also how is your storage system in general going? For a video editor that is a tiny amount of storage. Maybe a NAS? +1

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I posted the speeds to the wrong person. Look down the list. Thanks.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build! I'm just wondering, what cables did you use? I'm doing a black/white build soon, and I love those cables!

+1

  • 53 months ago
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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, that cable management looks amazing nice job! +1

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, if you want it to be custom, you have to do the cables.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it. Wish I had the time and money to do awesome case mods like this. +1

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is $70 and the carbon is $10. You can do the rest based on your budget. I love this case.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

nice carbon :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work! That carbon is slick. +1

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

The carbon fiber looks great. Might do the top portion on mine now.!

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Easy and cheap. Be sure to clean any surface with alcohol. Gin works just fine.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Working on the read write for the XP941 but got to watch the Mariners. Carbon vinyl is great to work with and cheap. Cables are from Corsair. My PSU in a Corsair RM750 so it works perfect.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build....I like the white cables....where did you get them??

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Ermagawddd... What sold you on the NZXT cooler?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd ask the same thing. I'm looking at the same thing, but have a few friends who keep trying to push me towards a Corsair instead.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

I was trying top keep the NZXT/Asus/Samsung theme alive.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hiya, anyone know what is this thing next to SSD? Like a tube :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like the small speaker for the MB sounds.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

The tube thing next to the SSD is a speaker. This MB does not have a built in speaker so you can't hear the beeps. For only $4 you can add your own. The cables are Corsair custom from the factory. Look under accessories on the Corsair website. The carbon fiber is vinyl adhesive sheet from ebay. Really inexpensive and super easy to work with. I like the NZXT cooler and case because I think the company is really on the design cutting edge and I wanted to keep the NZXT/Asus theme going. Honestly the Kraken x61 pump does have a little annoying rattle if the speed is set too low. I just set the pump to RMP dependent (not temp) @ 85% and it's quiet. The CAM software provided by NZXT is somewhat quirky. Really would like to see it redone. About the cables, if you are going to do single sleeved cables, remember you must use combs.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

When you say "combs" are you referring to the clear clamp like devices you have holding your wires in neat order? Like the one holding the GPU wires for example? Looking to do custom sleaving and that makes everything look extremely neat. +1 for the build, awesome job!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much. Yes, MODIY has them but their shipping rates are awful (China).

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, cable combs. Google computer cable combs. I bought quite a few before I settled on the back to back clear.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, you had to bend the back of the case to get your HDMI in too? I thought that was just an issue with the graphics card I had XD

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah Ha, good eye. Yes, the HDMI cable would not fit. When I initially booted up - no video, nothing. Scared the hell out of me. Checked a bunch of things ( about an hours worth) before I found the HDMI cable wasn't going all the way in. A couple mm,s was all that was needed. Had to Dermal (grind) a bit out of the case to allow the cable to fit. Still need to paint a little white around the recess.

I thought this was unique only to my build. NOT. NOTE- THIS IS NOT A BIG DEAL. THE CASE IS AWESOME.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea man, exactly the same here, and it was a client build too! Turns out the motherboard needed a BIOS reset too, and that's why there was no picture ;)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious, what MB and Card?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

It was an XFX R9 290 and a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

So NZXTs case suppliers tooling is a little off. Love to see pics of your build.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait you had to bend the case to fit the hdmi? Hmm I didn't have to do that thankfully.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, in this build the 9th photo shows that, and I had to do the same as the graphics card wasn't perfectly flush with the back of the case, so the HDMI wouldn't go in all the way. It wouldn't so much of an issue for me personally, since I run triple monitors with 2 DVI and 1 DP connecting them, but this was a machine to be used with a TV, so it was necessary to use HDMI or VGA. (You can see why we bent the case now ;))

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the carbon fiber look!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, looks better in person. Really racy.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I am searching on eBay for Vinyl and I already order one for S340 Black. Because they sending in one sheet and I think I need to cut the sheet and stick on top of case. Is that rght? If its possible could you please add the clear picture of your cutting? Please. Thanks!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Just cut a piece of vinyl that is about 2 inches larger on all side s than the top. Clean the top with alcohol. Apply the vinyl to the top. Press down over the sides. Use a razor knife to trim the sides. Really easier than you think. The trick is not to let any air bubbles under the vinyl.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, the carbon fiber looks great.

I'm also a BF4 junkie, lol. Awesome!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Clan? Name, Tag.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

No clan, Meithen.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

pRc vtails35

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

What? No Hardline? =p

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

great looking build. +1. btw, what cable combs are those?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I think they came from MODIY,com, I bought several before I found the ones I like. I know they didn't come in a bag of 10. If I remember right you could buy them separately. If you buy, say 12 wire combs they can be cut down to 8 or 6 etc. These were 24 wire cut down to 8 and 6 on the power for the Strixz 980.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I was quite happy with my green and black build until lately that I started running into white builds. Your build not only looks great, but it has a great selection of components. You deserve a medal. Btw, crazy cable management!

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Next time try the vinyl overlay. You can do anything with vinyl. Thanks for the props, means a lot.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for serving this country, that's a great build, was thinking of building something like it

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

After using it for a couple weeks, I'm amazed how smooth it is. Totally quiet until the cpu reaches 65 deg C. Thanks for the kind words. Best of luck to you.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your service to our country.

Also that is one heck of a good looking build.

Again, thank you.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the props. Best to you CRAZY.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I have the same case and I want to get the LED action going too. Please can you post a picture of your LED placement? Thank you

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

With the front door off, you can run a continuous strip around both sides and the top. Just inside the door lip. The strip will fit behind the back fan and across the top (easy) and down the front. The front is the hardest but doable. Please do buy 12v led strips made for computers. Way too expensive. I got white 12v led adhesive backed strip for $6.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats a sweet build. The only thing I dont get is why did you use the S340. The S340 was designed to be more of a budget case and when you are using a X99 system your not on too much of a budget. You should have gone for the H440 which looks a bit nicer and is a silent case.

Also thank you for your service to this country we all appreciate it

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Great question. First of all the final resting place will be inside my office desk on a roll out platform. The case had to be less than 19" to fit. I also like the 440 but somehow the S340s simplicity just appeals to me. Not so much a computer looking case but a rich looking box. After finishing the build it still has appeal to me. I'm thinking of putting a vinyl skull like Chris Kyle wore on the front cover. Not sure if that would work yet.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Just looks so incredible.. Great build

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Saint, best of luck.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Superb. Love the white cables.

I also had issues with my computer putting the system/recovery parition on the D drive - luckily I noticed this pretty quickly after installing so I wiped the 2TB SATA HDD the partition had been created on, unplugged it, and then installed Windows to the SSD. Once Windows was fully installed, I plugged the 2TB SATA back in.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, I struggled with getting Windows to recognize the Sammy XP941 (M.2) for days and once I finally got it done I wasn't about to do it again. I wish I would noticed sooner the partition sooner. Since the XP941 is a PCIe M.2 x4 drive you can't load Windows normally, you've got to create an image and then load the image to the drive. The new version of that dive doesn't have that problem.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, but more importantly, thank you for your service to our country. +1 :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you my friend. Best of luck Monster.

  • 53 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

When i saw that at first, my jaw dropped.. 10/10 +1

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

So nice of you to say that. Best of luck Liodas.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

When looking at the build the site flags 2 conflicts in build, are these real of just the site throwing errors? 1 additional M.2 2280-M compatible slot is needed. 2 Samsung XP941 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive and Asus X99-PRO ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard are not compatible

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, great build! Just wondering what are the little clear clips on your power-cables coming out of your GPU.

Thanks!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I will go for the same case in my upcoming build and I'm really digging the design of yours, so I want to do something similar, but with even more of the carbon-fibre on the inside. However, before I do something which I may regret later on, I need to get these things checked: 1. do/did you experience any problem (heat-wise) with the carbon-vibre whatsoever? 2. if you have to remove it, does it damage the original colour? 3. can you also use it on a motherboard (of course only on the "hull" or whatever it is called) or on a passive-RAM-cooler?

Anyway, I also wanted to say how hard I'm digging your build. It looks REALLY great, one of the most beautiful which I personally have ever seen. Already wondering what great things you'll come up with in the future, considering this is your first built! :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks so much my friend. The carbon fiber vinyl covering is really easy to work with. It can be fairly easily removed with a hair dryer or heat gun and will not usually damage the surface. The vinyl is more heat resistant than I thought but much more than 100 deg F is a risk. I've seen it on RAM heat sinks, and CPU water coolers. Motherboards are OK too. I really love the stuff and it's cheap. Once you try it you'll be putting on your car, bike, boat, lawn mower, etc.

Thanks for the kind words.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome!

Thanks for the information, however, 100°F seems not that great... in summer it can reach up to 30°C (~85°F) inside my house, and I guess that the temperatures inside the case will be higher than 100°F then, especially when gaming. I'm thinking of cooling the CPU with the NZXT Kraken X31 (mounted rear in the case) and the GPU with the regular cooler (EVGA superclocked GTX 980 2.0), as a second Kraken would only leave the top-mounting-spot available for an airflow-intake-fan (in order to get positive case-pressure) and I doubt the enterior would be well cooled then. Therefor, right now I'm going for two 120mm Noctua Industrial PWM-fans in the front (intake) and one of those on top (output). Any ideas if it'd be better for the temperature inside the case if I went for two Krakens instead (would go for a X31 and a X61 in that case)?

Thanks a lot in advance!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Water has a better heat transfer rate than air but is more costly. My Kraken X61 does a moderately good job at cooling the CPU but you must run the pump (not fans) at 100% or the pump rattles, which is quite annoying. In my build it's the GPU that runs nearer the limit for temperature. It can maintain between 75 C and 78 C during heavy BF4 gaming. It is OCed to the max however. If it get any worse I'll go to a Kraken X10 with an X41 on the rear fan. The top 240mm fan seems to be the best fan for removing the most internal case heat. Please be sure to upgrade that fan to the larger size.

I did a quick test of the CF vinyl. Depending on how applies it can withstand 150F easily. I'd give it a try anywhere. If it fails remove it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much for both the information and the testing, I'll totally try it out.

So if I get you right, you'd suggest a Kraken X61 (or something else, because of the heat) on the top and additionally if I want to afford it the G10 adapter and an additional X41 in the rear. Will go look that up and compare prices, thank you so much again!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Welten, the Kraken X61 should go on the front with the fans on the inside front of the case with the rad. on the inside of the fans. The top fan is really important to this case and should be as large as possible. The X10 and X41 should go to the rear fan port. Good luck.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that's a clean build! amazing

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Can This Run Fortnite??? ;)

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  • 52 months ago
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I stopped the OC at 4500mhz.

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  • 53 months ago
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"Thought about that." This leaves only a 120mm case fan. Not enough in MHO.