Description

This machine is utilized as the first phase of my 2018 gaming rig. The goal with this build was to create something that was aesthetically pleasing, while downsizing from a large tower to a mid tower. The build needed to support streaming, as content creation is a casual hobby of mine within the gaming community.

I definitely spent a bit more than necessary to get the same amount of power, having added the RGB aesthetics - so it's totally doable to accomplish the same power and spend a good amount less, if you don't care for the RGB look.

This was my first attempt at a build that took aesthetics into consideration, and I tried to make something with a bit of character and play off my gaming background with the Mario / Rainbow Road theme. Hope you enjoy!


(Please note, due to silly bitcoin hardware inflation - phase 1 of this build utilizes the existing GPU from my previous machine, a 980 Ti and a primary Ultrawide monitor. Phase 2 of the build will include an updated GPU and a primary 4k monitor replacement.)


I came across a few issues with this build that I can hopefully save you some time with.

  • If using NZXT RGB lighting and you want both fans and lighting strips, you'll need both the case smart device and the NZXT Hue+, as they can't mix channels and have a limit of 5 fans per channel.
  • If using 6x NZXT RGB Aer fans, note all the fans are one-way intake only. I had to flip around the rear fan to turn into exhaust, so the bright RGB ring is not facing inwards to the case (but still visible). The flipped fan had some issues with screws not fitting nicely, but sits fine.
  • I ran into an issue where I did not have enough USB headers on the motherboard, so I had to buy an internal USB header hub.

Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Dont wanna ruin the vibe but you set all your fans to exhaust you should at least set the front fans to intake and leave the rest to exhaust. But nice build +1

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Doing local testing, confirming in the docs, and with NZXT support - the RGB Aer fans blow air out of the RGB side. So the way I have it set up now (as mentioned in the description), there are 5x intake fans (3x front, 2x top), and 1x exhaust fan (rear). Once NZXT releases a RGB Aer fan that can swap between exhaust and intake, I'll swap out the rear fan to have the RGB aesthetic facing inner case again.

It's bizarre, because you're not the first to point this out, so I've had to quadruple check and contact NZXT directly just to confirm I'm not crazy haha. But yeah, original picture shows all intake - so I've flipped the rear fan to an exhaust, as mentioned in the description.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

I mean, you can put your hand over one of the fans, so clearly you're the best one here to judge which way they blow; but I would like to add that if air goes in the side with the motor brace, then NZXT fans are dumb. Really cool looking, though.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

hot air rises up naturally... so you should set the top fans as exhaust to draw the hot air away.

so 3 intake at front (3x140mm), 2 exhaust at top(2x1440mm) and 1 exhaust at the rear(1x120mm).

positive airflow is good to prevent dust. but, if not enough hot air doesn't get sent out of the case, hot air will just be circulating within the case making things bad.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

this case is not really the best for fans at the top in taking air

since this case doesnt have much room at the top to get the air and also there is no dust filter at the top

the best thing to do is set the 3 front fans as intake because there are big gaps for air to come in and a dust filter

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I said to use the front for intake, top fans for exhaust, rear fan for exhaust. not taking air in.... to exhaust the air out.

It does not need a dust filter at the top, if it's set up as exhaust as it will be BLOWING air out of the case.

Front: 3 x 120/2 x 140mm Top: 3 x 120/2 x 140mm Rear: 1 x 120/1 x 140mm

long as you use static pressure fans airflow won't be an issue. NZXT recommends Aer P fans for maximum performance on their radiators on their site. Aer P fans instead of Aer RGB for max perfermoance. but you can use Aer RGB on radiators.

also, temp comparison chart

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man. I am attempting my first ever build in a few days, and I have no clue how I am going to setup the fans. I don't really know what fans should be set to intake and what should be set to exhaust. Could you help me out? I will be building in the p400s, and I will have a frount mounted rad with two 120s on the top and 1 120 in the back. All help is much appreciated. Thanks!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

From my understanding, you should have the AIO (I'm guessing that's what you mean by rad) set to intake which will bring in fresh air, with the two top fans and rear fan set to exhaust to remove the hot air. I'm no pro though so don't take my word for it. Good luck !

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

If thats the case you should mount your rad on the top of the case but set the two 120mm fans first facing the fanblades on top/intake then mount your rad on next. I hope it helps typing is harder to understand then actually talking.

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  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

What a beautiful build. I love the purpose for the RGB too. Also, how did you get your strip to do rainbow wave? In my build, I am still a little program limited on my RGB sync. Will be fixed ASAP though.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Since all the RGB (strips and fans) are all NZXT and routed through the case's smart device and Hue+, I'm just using the NZXT CAM software to control the animation of each, setting them all to "Spectrum Wave".

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

But does it run Crysi... Mario i mean

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

that RGB boost though. gives you 121% boost for each RGB nice

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Very rainbow. Much fast.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, +1. I was curious how is the WD M.2 and the Cuda6TB holding up? I'm interested in both of those drives.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Zero problems so far!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I am currently trying to make a good setup but I am new to making setup and my budget is 1,300-1,400 any suggestions on a brand new setup? I am going for a red theme also

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't be afraid to try out r/hardwareswap. Second hand parts are the best deal.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

You need to flip the intake fans around and let the rest as they are right now. You have every fan set to exhaust.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Doing local testing, confirming in the docs, and with NZXT support - the RGB Aer fans blow air out of the RGB side. So the way I have it set up now (as mentioned in the description), there are 5x intake fans (3x front, 2x top), and 1x exhaust fan (rear). Once NZXT releases a RGB Aer fan that can swap between exhaust and intake, I'll swap out the rear fan to have the RGB aesthetic facing inner case again.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Needs moar RGB.

  • 20 months ago
  • 0 points

Honestly I think it would be much cheaper and you could replace or add a new monitor heres a good monitor that I will be buying once I get a desk. Asus - VP228H 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Right now I'm running 2x vertical 1920x1080 monitors and a single 2560x1080 ultrawide 144hz monitor. The goal is to swap out the ultrawide with a 4k once the GPU is updated. While having the Ultrawide is really nice for gaming on my end, it makes video content creation a real pain due to the wider aspect ratio of video assets.

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  • 20 months ago
  • 4 points

Depends on how many mushrooms I pick up during the bootup process.

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Great question, I believe it should - but you'd have to check the docs on supported weight for the Autonomous SmartDesk 3. Unfortunately, the width of the desk isn't enough where I could fit all 3 monitors and the tower, so I have a small table beside the desk to place the tower on.

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