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So this was my first build, and although I don't game too much I wanted the ability to play games when needed. I'm not an enthusiast so have no plans to OC etc. hence why I went for the more than capable i5. I'm currently in the final year of my PhD so needed a computer to write up my thesis over the next year, so that is going to be my primary use. My last computer was a 17'' Sony Vaio laptop from 2010 which was just on the edge of falling apart. I have a Macbook Air 11'' that I can carry around now so it’s not an issue that I replaced my Vaio with a desktop.

When I saw the review for the S340 Elite case I knew that I had to have it! Although I wont be using the VR capabilities of the case, it does make for a good place to hang up my headphones. My only issue now is that I can see the 'ugly' stock CPU fan which I need to replace soon. I’m hoping to find a good deal on black Friday. I also want to buy the NZXT Hue+ LED lights to light up the inside because the tempered glass is too reflective against my monitors.

I had no major issues with the build, just a few minor ones. The I/O shield took me about 15 minutes to get on ( I think I was being too careful). The RX480 didn’t come with the 6 pin to 4 pin cable which was annoying even though it was supposed to, luckily the power supply had a cable I could use (which was extremely ugly). When contacting Overclockers for the cable they said they can only replace the cable if I sent the whole GPU back! Which was ridiculous so I just bought a replacement cable from amazon a few days later. It didn’t start at first but that was just because the 24 pin connecter from the PSU wasn't in properly. If you want to have the Samsung SSD showing at the front of the case, there is some awkward cable management and routing involved, this took a while but I think in the end it was worth it.

I actually managed to get all these parts for below £800 on 07/10/16, I think the weak GBP are causing prices to increase a lot! I bought most parts from Amazon and Overclockers and then bought the power supply from SCAN, all parts arriving next day which was convenient. I already had the Logitech mouse as this was gifted to me.

Really enjoyed it and looking forward to upgrade in the future.

UPDATE: Feb 2017

Just added the H100i v2 to replace the ugly stock Intel cooler, currently looking to swap out the RX480 for a quieter aftermarket GPU, it's too loud for me atm, and for someone that doesnt sit with headphones on, its pretty annoying!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I was in love with this, it was clean, great quality pictures and everything and then, I see a Marshall amp. I think you have found a link between heaven and earth. this is incredible

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man!I was thinking about getting the regular S340 then this came out.I really like it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I was originally going to get the regular S340 as well, the extra £40 for a full tempered glass side was worth it for me,

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. And I know what you mean about the price increases... It's pretty insane. I built my first PC about two months ago and yesterday I put together exactly the same parts list and looked at the prices from Overclockers UK and Scan. The total build cost was almost £300 more than what I paid for everything... I thought things were supposed to get cheaper over time not more expensive haha. For example, my 4x8 2400mhz 32gb ddr4 was £94.95 from Overclockers UK. Now the exact same product is £179.99. Wtf

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

sounds like i was 2 months too late!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah haha

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and set up! +1

Off topic: What is your dissertation on?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Im working on fatigue on nuclear power plant materials!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Automotive engineering?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Shame about the stock cooler and yucky cables. Once you fix the eps/atx and mobo power cables this build will look amazing! +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice case.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

off topic but what headphones are those?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

you might want to wait a little bit for the hue+, because greg from salazar studio had his pcs killed by it, the first one was accidental and the second one was while testing for the problem

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

oh wow, i'll take a look, thanks!