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Let me show you what I got... NZXT H700 Case loaded with pretty much everything NZXT sells except for the Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Pro Wifi motherboard.

This latest version of this ever-changing build all started because I wanted to upgrade my GTX 1070, and I found a refurbed MSI Armor 1080 at newegg.com. Great price! But with low low prices comes a blazing hot GPU that ran REALLY loud on the shotty stock cooling fans. (I had it in a Riotoro CR500, with Noctua air cooling for the CPU and stock case fans.)

I started hunting for ways to cool the GPU and I came across a youtube video showing the same MSI armor PCB being used with a Kraken G12 GPU cooler from NZXT. I was intrigued and it looked easy enough so I thought I'd give it a try.
I purchased it and a Kraken X52 240mm AIO cooler to go with it. wow... Perfect. My temps dropped (no BS) 40 degrees!!! So happy with the temperature drops and also how quiet it was, I thought I'd look into getting AIO cooler for the CPU as well. Looking at my CR500 case I noticed that with a little modifications I could fit 3 120mm fans up front; with both coolers set up in a push/pull setup. So I went for it. I ended up with both a120mm M22 and 240mm X52 cooler up front. Not horrible, but not perfect either. The case was a little cramped and while at first glance it looked fine, it was a little ghetto in its build quality. man that gnawed at me.

So, we went and bought a bigger case! The H700 was 2" bigger LxWxD so I knew all would fit no prob. I also added the RGB lights and necessary accessories to handle all of the fans and USB 2.0 connections.

Misc Build notes: - I added a PrimoChill generic GPU support bracket to help with the massive amount of sag I was getting after adding the Kraken G12. - I rotated the cooler on the G12 90° counter-clockwise from the directions in the instructions to take some of the slack out of the hoses. worked great. I tried to include a pic. - The fans for the CPU cooler and the GPU cooler all blow in, with the top fans blowing out through the top vents. Temps aren't a concern with CPU and GPU staying in the high 50s during heavy gaming; and CPU in mid-60s when overclocked up around 4.8-4.9. ~Six fans in, three fans out. - Because the CPU fan is pulling air in, i used a dust screen from my old Riotoro case. They have a cool magnet feature for their bottom screen so its easy to just slap it in place where you need it. - The USB hub has both internal and external USB connections. This allowed me to plug in the adapter for the SteelSeries wireless headphones and keep it in the case. - 32 GB is NOT too much RAM. 1. I'm an adult who can afford to buy them. 2. Err on the side of more, no? 3. Playing Anthem this past week I was using anywhere from 13-16GB depending on what other programs I had running at the same time. OCed to 3400. - Very much capable of overclocking, I just choose not to. I prefer "cool-and-quiet" to "hey look what score I got in 3DMark!"

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice build enjoy

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Cool!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! Love the cable comb! +1 for sure!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

super easy to install. I couldn't use the CPU comb because of clearance issues with the top fans. funny about that because the case, fans, and comb are all NZXT soooo... hmm.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I like NZXT also.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I read solid reviews of all of their products except their Mobo and the smart version of the H700(i); people not liking the cam software, RGB controller, etc.
I already had the controller and USB hub so adding H700 was a no brainer.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, love the brand consistency. I was thinking about a G12 to cool my vega card, but my clearance is like 5 mm to my psu (mitx build) how much vertical space does it take up? your pics look like it takes about 3 full slots.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words. You are correct the cooler essentially fills a third slot.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the figurine thing in the build, hilarious and adorable :)

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

my wife's (great) idea. :)

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

It's so awesome! Inspires me to put a couple figures I've got in mine (a chicken and a fox) :)

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