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NZXT H440 Rebuild Project

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by pdonnell, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. pdonnell

    pdonnell eTeknix Content Manager eTeknix Staff Forum Admin Forum Mod

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    Hey guys, eTeknix editor Peter here, just thought I would let you know that I've started work on my next rig. So far I have a great set of components put together for the system, and while I've hit a few snags along the way, things are coming together and the first screws should be going in over the course of this week.

    I currently run a Corsair 750D, but it's had a pretty hard life so far and I think it's time to upgrade to a much cleaner, cooler and quiet system.

    Already at my disposal I have the gorgeous NZXT H440 white chassis, the Coolermaster V700 fully-modular power supply, Black Gigabyte Z68XP motherboard, 8GB of Kingston 2400Mhz DDR3 memory, 7 x 140mm Aerocool Dead Silence non-led edition black fans, 2 x NZXT Kraken X40 140mm water coolers, 1 x NZXT X60 280mm water cooler, 2 x NZXT G10 Watercooler to GPU brackets.

    I do have two GTX 660 Ti's, but much to my disappointment the PCB is shorter than I realised for the G10 brackets, DOH! So currently putting my plans in to action to kick the GPU power up a few pegs, expecting to aim for a pair of 770's in SLI, or perhaps just a single 780Ti for the time being, with the option of another later in the year.

    Got a few other bits and pieces to hand that'll help it come along, such as sleeved cables, lighting etc. I'm looking for a clean, powerful and quiet consumer level build. If any of you have seen my previous systems you'll no I'm no expert modder, but I can put together a great looking build, I do all our chassis review afterall, so I've had a LOT of practice.

    Stay tuned for updates!
     
  2. pdonnell

    pdonnell eTeknix Content Manager eTeknix Staff Forum Admin Forum Mod

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    Work has officially started today!

    As I said above, I hit some snags with my graphics cards, the G10 brackets didn't fit the EVGA 660Ti properly and now one of my cards has died! So while while I await a response from EVGA, I have decided to push forward with the build, get the basics right and add the new graphics card/s in the coming weeks, as well as add in the NZXT water coolers, long story short, I want to enjoy my new case now!

    New Components


    Thank you NZXT for providing me with the Kraken G10 and Kraken X40.

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    Thank you Cooler Master for providing me with the gorgeous 80 Plus Gold V700 Fully Modular PSU.

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    Thank you Aerocool for providing the simply stunning DS Dead Silence 140mm fans.

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    Thank you NZXT for providing the IU01 internal USB Expansion kit, a very handy tool for hooking up all those Kraken water coolers!

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    A closer look at the IU01.

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    Build has already started, more pictures to follow later today and tomorrow!
     
  3. pdonnell

    pdonnell eTeknix Content Manager eTeknix Staff Forum Admin Forum Mod

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    Preparing the cable management spaces
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    Stripping the motherboard and other components out of the old case. Can you tell I put off cleaning it because I was doing a rebuild? Yikes it's dirty in there!

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    Next major component in place, a nice and clean motherboard :) So far so good.

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    Installing the Kraken X60 radiator in the top, gone for a push>in airflow design here to maximise cool air. Obviously utilising my new favourite fans in the process.

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    Another view of the X60 installation, damn I love those long hoses, so easy to work with.

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    USB port extender installed, should be perfect for hooking up all the USB headers needed on the Kraken radiators. I can also whack a couple of flash drives in there, or any USB device actually, perfect for controller dongles or a cheeky bit of extra storage.

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    Hard drives in place and all major cables installed. The PSU cover looks great from the front, but it does make it hard to get things connected and makes it even harder to get things looking neat.

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    Phase one of the build is complete! There are just a few major and minor hardware issues to resolve. The 2nd GPU is currently going through an RMA process (ffs!) and as mentioned before, the NZXT G10 brackets don't fit this model of card very well due to its short PCB. Will be adding something like the 780Ti or a pair of 770's in SLI very soon, can't wait! They well then be hooked up to the new water coolers.

    The SSD needs putting in (currently in another system for some tinkering), new cable sleeving will be going in as these ones are getting a little scruffy and I'll get the NZXT HUE stealth mounted too for some soft lighting effects in addition to the current built-in lights.

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    Bonus picture

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    I've got plenty of work to be getting along with this week, so work on the case is on hold until next week :( But as always, I appreciate your feedback and comments. Of course don't forget you can share your own build logs and projects on the Forums.

    Thanks and stay tuned for more awesomeness in the coming weeks.
     
  4. dJabba

    dJabba eTeknix Staff Forum Mod

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    Looking great so far

    btw, do you still have the packaging/manual from the IU01 ? if so, was just wondering if it still says "connect to internet usb" or if it has been fixed to "connect to internal usb" :D
     
  5. pdonnell

    pdonnell eTeknix Content Manager eTeknix Staff Forum Admin Forum Mod

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    Thanks mate, it's getting there :)

    Shame about the GPU malfunction though, RMA process is well underway and new cards shouldn't be too far away now :)

    Oh and yup, it sure does haha.
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    dJabba eTeknix Staff Forum Mod

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    LMBO, had a feeling they hadn't changed it, though I told them about it over a year ago and they thanked me and wanted to fix it .. hehe. :)

    sounds good with your cards
     
  7. Joseph White

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    Nice, Simple and beautiful.
     
  8. Eoinmc97

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    Will be interested to see how you mount the NZXT HUE in the H440. Because if you do, I will totally not copy you at all ;)
     
  9. shiftnplay

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    Thats a nice clean build, and its nice to see inside the back of the case, where people like me hide big bad messes.:D
    Im hoping you get some time free to show the cable sleeving, which I have never done but I like the look of it when it is done, the lighting and the graphics updates.

    I'm looking forward to the next update.:)
     
  10. Sharif

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    I plan on getting the same case but i am going crazy

    I can't decide between the white or Red black one.........
    Especially becasue it will be on top of my table and my i have red jetflos on my heatsink..
     

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