Description

*Update 5/18/18: Bought a Vive, I run an HDMI to my TV to mirror video/audio from PC for audience, everything runs silky-smooth! Streaming VR has no issue either.

After finishing my last build (Khan) last August, I was very pleased with the outcome, but I knew I caught the bug. I started planning this build around two months ago, originally thinking I was going to wait for the next generation of GPU's and CPU's to come out and pull the trigger then, and just pick up what pieces I could as I saw them come on sale. Well, I'm an impatient guy and I found someone selling a 1080ti barely used for MSRP, so I jumped on it and started this project.

Overall, I'm very pleased with how everything turned out on this. I wanted something clean, aesthetically pleasing, and powerful. I have also always been a huge fan of Razer, but I hadn't owned any of their products until now. I like the razer themed cases by nzxt (s340 and h440) but really wanted the S340 elite, so I threw the razer stickers that came with my peripherals onto the same places. Only other mod I really did was white carbon fiber vinyl on the SSD.

Not in part list - Glorious XXL Extended mouse pad (white) from Amazon for $32, BenQ 24" 144hz monitor for $250.

I'll leave part reviews where you can read more about what struggles I had and what went right. All prices listed are what I ended up paying exactly after tax and shipping.

Part Reviews

CPU

Beast of a processor. Easily turbos above 4.4. Love it!

CPU Cooler

Awesome cooler, works great, beautiful. It comes with thermal paste pre-applied. Make sure you have a USB2 port open on your mobo, it takes one (and sata power).

Motherboard

I love this motherboard. It looks amazing, it has Hue+ and Grid built into it, it came with 2 LED strips, I can fit the kraken x62 without RAM clearance issues, it has plenty of ports for fans and USB2, etc. Only -1 star for price and because the metal plate cover makes it really hard to screw the board to the case if you don't have a good magnetic screwdriver. I had a screw slip while trying to put it in and took me a good 15 minutes trying to get it out. I ended up using masking tape to keep the screw with my screwdriver, then when I screwed it in tightly I could pull the screwdriver out with the tape.

Memory

Awesome RAM. The software to control the lights is a little sketchy, you have to follow the instructions for installing it to the T to not damage anything (you can look up people bricking their RAM with it). I got really lucky with a sale price (330 for 32gb) but only 2400 mhz. Figured at that point, saving $100 for a few mhz of RAM speed is worth it, as going from 16 to 32 makes a bigger difference than 2400 to 3000.

Storage

Best deal out there. Surprised people don't use this more. 220 with amazon prime? Awesome.

Video Card

Beast of a card. Got it off craigslist for the price, don't regret not waiting for next gen at all, as it will probably only be a few % stronger than this Ti.

Case

In love with this case. Absolutely beautiful. I do wish they gave a tiny bit more room in the front for airflow and for the AIO to have other orientations, or 2 fan spots on top, but overall I'm very happy with it.

Power Supply

Got a great deal on a great power supply. Exactly as much as I needed.

Operating System

Frys had a 1 day sale to get this for 77 + tax. Perfect

Case Fan

Took me a bit to figure out how the in-out connections worked to sync with the other fan and the mobo, but it's amazing. Love the look.

Custom

Look great, work seamlessly with my other NZXT lighting. CAM is still buggy, but with some patience you can get the colors you want. Profiles are a bit weird still

Custom

Glad I picked these over cablemod. They were on amazon prime, in white, shipped flat, with combs, and it came with 2x 6 pin and 2x 8 pin for PCIe, so it should work with any single GPU. They are extremely rigid, so I had to bend them pretty hard to get the 24-pin and 8-pin cpu to plug in and go through the cable management.

Custom

I guess it's cool they made an ambidextrous mouse, but it makes it slightly awkward to hold. I would have preferred the deathadder elite, or even basilisk, but being able to coordinate with the mercury chroma was too enticing. Razer, please make your other peripherals in this color scheme!

Custom

Got the job done. There are some slight kinks in it and the black clip ends are poorly designed and don't quite fit, but it's all for aesthetics so I did what I could to hide the bad parts by facing them to the back.

Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 7 points

Omg the NZXT mobo...

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm surprised there aren't more of them on this site to be honest

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Why?!? The price makes me wanna cry...

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I think I would have paid the same either way. I got the N7 + S340 elite for 280 from NZXT store as a bundle. I paid $20 for extra LED, so 300 total. Otherwise I would have paid $60 for Hue+, $20 for USB hub, $80-100 for case alone, then $120-$180 for mobo depending on quality and sales.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh. IMHO I feel like there are way better motherboards that one can spend there money on. Though I am a little biased against NZXT... Idk.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Performance-wise, totally. It all depends on what you're paying for. For me, aesthetics were very important, heavy overclocking not as much. It kept my case cleaner and more clutter free, so I'm happy!

  • 20 months ago
  • 0 points

Nobody uses it because it costs a lot and has problems with VRM

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  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I am seriously so salty right now, you literally make the exact build I wanted to make but was too expensive, executed the entire thing perfectly, and got like 4 times as many upvotes as my build in a week -_-. Actually tho this build is amazing <3

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Aww thanks man, appreciate it!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

That is such a clean build, excellent job! That Mobo is sick, I haven’t really seen many builds with it. The rgb is perfectly balanced throughout the case. The kraken and the aer fans are awesome as well. Good choice on parts, I hope you enjoy every second of using this machine!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I tried hard to make it balance in every way

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build, super clean. I dig the motherboard, wanted to get one but there are hardly any real user reviews of it, plus it being expensive as hell. Good to see it used in this build!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it as a bundle with the S340 elite. 280 for both, and since I would have gotten the hue+ and a USB hub if I didn't get the N7, it came out cheaper IMO

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving the color coordination

+1

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I figured with a white base to everything, I can coordinate with really any color choice in LEDs

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the 3XL mouse pad. I love mine!

the white theme is nicely done as well.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I can seriously never go back to a normal sized mousepad

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat picture with the purple tones! Very nice job!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the NZXT mobo? I have been wondering about it, how does it hold up in terms of RGB compatibility? NZXT only say there are 2 RGB headers, are they for the fans and RGB strips? I saw you got the expansion kit, how do you run them in tandem with the fans if that is four RGB channels? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Wonderful build, BTW. +1

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

It does have 2 headers, so 2 channels. 1 channel supports 4 LED strips or 5 fans. The mobo comes with 2 strips, the expansion I bought adds 2 more, to get the full 4 strips on one channel, and my 2 fans go on the other header.

I really like the board since I was already planning on using the features it has included

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build!

FYI we include more screws (long and short) with the mobo so let me know if you can't find them so I can help you get em :)

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

And I got the normal screws in eventually with my trick, but I didn't notice the instructions mention the longer screws. Little NZXT secrets I guess ;)

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback, I'll be sure to let the product team know!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect combinations. only 3% bottleneck, maximized airflow and totally sick components. IDK if 32GB of ram is or isn't an overkill, but you won't regret buying those sticks though. I am mesmerized... literally. I am going to build the same of your build (lacking 32GB of ram,without peripherals,SSD (I got an m.2 evo 970) and OS since I have my current gaming PC's HDD in hand) AND the motherboard is... excellent. very clean backdrop for gpu-cooler-ram! RGB is also very cool! Congratulations,you built a perfect gaming pc, made great decisions and; made me forget my thoughts about my mini-itx form factor evolv shift build that I've been thinking if I should build it or not haha Anyway, great build, you mesmerized me. I liked it!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Thanks for the praise! And I'm actually surprised at how much RAM is used up by OS and some basic programs nowadays, I'm honestly going to be suggesting 32 to most serious gamers, but mostly as future-proofing. I don't think 16 will bottleneck the average gamer/user for a couple years still.

Let me know when you finish your build, I'll take a look!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome! Yeah sure 32 will be more future proofing, but let's not forget that you'd have 2 more DIMM slots left for future "sticks" with a 2x8 configuration . (but you're still right about the ram usage) and since I was on a budget like 1300 dollars before i begged to my parents for a $1200~ boost, I am afraid of breaking the $2500 limit or ~$2000 limit with headroom for peripherals and with a white theme for the build anyway important note:My build is going to start after 22nd of June. (it's a prize for graduation to me)

cheers! have fun with the "Mox Diamond" (and I wonder why it's name is "mox diamond" tho)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Good thing you used your 1080ti s VR thing. Its the thing that no 1080ti users utilize out of the card.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

What Thing?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

VR Compatiblity and Boost

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect PC build.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

sik dude. more pics please! need moar of it in its final form, show off your lights settings and favorite configs so far! i also wished for one of the completed build with all lights off but the interior well lit. maybe setting all to white would give a similar effect! im interested in doing an nzxt build someday. i commend you for forging forth with thier mobo! any shortcomings that you've ran into yet? like lack of what should be obvious features etc? (read the part about the lost screw! those can be a real pain if unlucky!) sleek build tho bud! i respect the effort that went into planning the color patterns in the interior!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I actually use it with white lights probably 80% of the time, as it's less distracting and very clean. I'll post some pictures of that.

I don't think I've ever used enough features on other mobos to complain about anything on the N7. One thing I noticed was after activating XMP Profile to bump my RAM from 2133 to 2400, my boot time increased quite a bit. Seems weird, haven't looked too much into it though.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to build a Mox Sapphire

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Im just diggin the MTG reference XD. Great build!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

nice