Description

My first time building a computer. I realize that my cable management is horrible, but at least it's fully functional. The only issue I've had so far is, my computer seems to have trouble booting up. It's able to pass the BIOS perfectly fine, but when it enters POST, it shuts off. I've been able to mitigate this issue by plugging my monitor directly to the motherboard so I suspect there might be a slight incompatibility with my monitor and GTX 970. I'm currently using a 21.5" ASUS VS228H-P.

I have future plans to do a full custom liquid cooling solution, but it's probably not something I will be doing anytime soon.

3D Mark Fire Strike: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/5590664 Fire Strike Extreme: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/5590631 Fire Strike Ultra: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/5590577

The second, darker photo is truer to color, taken with my phone oddly enough. I might try to take a series of photos at different exposures and make an HDR image out of it with my DSLR.

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 4 points

You do realize that "Purple Haze" is a weed strain? but nice build!!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't until you mentioned it. lol It was a spur of the moment name choice.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

You must've been smoking some of it while building this monster.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha exactly, just being creative with all the colors :P

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

This is pretty sweet considering this is your first build, i plan to get the h440 myself but if i do i plan to have the front and top panels modded so air and heat can pass/flow through more better.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a good point. Now that I think about it, I feel like the airflow is lacking in the H440. I really wish the left side of the front panel also had an air intake wall. Although the it seems to do a pretty good job already keeping all my components relatively cool.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build Should ve got blue light instead to match But still good build +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks, I did consider using blue LED's, but being a designer professionally, I wanted to mix it up a bit and use some complementary colors. I realize purple and orange aren't exactly complements, but it's close enough to get a similar effect. Overall I'm very happy with how it turned out.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome to the purple club :P Sick first build +1

-Amy

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I really wish my camera would capture the true colors better. The purple's and blue's actually go very well together, and the orange gives off a very nice, but subtle under glow. Imagine all of the LED's, but darker.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

My camera did the same when i took my pictures (i have the same fans). Love your build.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I added another photo that I took with my phone. It shows the colors much better. :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Ooh! I really like it :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I would just go back and try and tie up some of those cables. Having all those cables can actually raise temperature a bit but other than that this thing is a beast. Nice first build.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, as soon as I find the time to not be lazy, that's definitely one thing I want to do now that I know everything works.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

As someone who really likes the h440, but not with any of the weird neon colors, I am glad to see the blue version actually look good. It actually works with the purple, so congrats!

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks. Being a designer who understands color theory pays off haha.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the Windforce in SLI <3

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a white H440 and use a purple LED fan and a purple CCFL in the bottom and it's stunning. Love H440s. Great build.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it. However, I would definitely seek to add some more pictures and to remap cables. It's a pretty fun activity. ^

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks really nice, but that sideways NZXT logo on the cpu block is really bothering me. haha

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn dude way to dip your toe in the water by dropping 4K for your first build +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you know how the 970 do with 4k gaming ? :D nice build :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure yet. I haven't purchased a 4k compatible monitor yet, but it's one of my next things to look into. :)

I don't know how accurate 3D Mark's Fire Strike Ultra benchmark test is (supposedly simulates a 4k environment without a 4k monitor), but the combined test showed an average of 8-9fps...so I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or if my system isn't good enough to handle the pressure, or if that's considered normal especially considering it averaged 15fps on Fire Strike Extreme. I also haven't done any overclocking so that might be a contributor too.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think you're doing anything wrong-just google for GTX970 VRAM issue. :(

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D I am leading for sli 970s for 4k becuase 980s so expensive ): Teenager working part time

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

More pics please

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Always down with some kooter purple haze!!

Oh yeah, and this build looks pretty sick too! LOL.. nice work buddy.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

More pictures please! I need to critique that cable management. XD

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Could improve the cable management a bit, otherwise nice build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

vary nice build, wiring is a bit messy and makes it look a little cluttered but over all nice job

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, i read the H440 has 294mm of GPU clearance, but the gygabite cooler is 312mm long, did you have any issues with that?

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

It depends. In my build, I didn't use all of the HDD cages. If you're using all of the HDD cages, you won't have enough clearance for any GPU's longer than 294mm. On NZXT's H440 specs: http://support.nzxt.com/hc/en-us/articles/202488364-What-Can-I-Fit-Into-An-H440- without the HDD cages, you have 406.2mm of clearance. I like the HDD cages on the H440 because you can add and remove them as you see fit.

That being said, I currently have 1x 512GB SSD and 2x 4TB SSHD (I recently added one) and I still have enough room (I believe) to add either 2x SSD's and 1x HDD OR 1x SSD and 2x HDD. Hope that helps.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the colors and options that you chose with this build...You sir will get.... Bwa Da Da Da!!!!! (Player 1 found a +1 in the chest)

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe. The problem is I have my SSD and SSHD mounted on the two upper hard drive trays and the tubing from the X61 already pushes against the side of the tray and I don't want to put too much pressure on them if I can help it. I could move the drives to the bottom considering if I clean up my wiring; that would probably free up enough space for me to rotate the block, but I also don't have any thermal compound on me right now.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Mostly for gaming, although I've done 3D modeling in the past and I've been wanting to get back into it. I'm really curious to see how much of a difference this beast of a machine can make in rendering high-poly models.