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UPDATE I added a couple of LED strips, one behind the cable management bar, and one toward the back of the case. I have also overclocked the CPU to 4.7 and its holding stable at around 40c idle and about 75ish c under load. I'm just gonna leave it there until I pick up the Kraken x62. Haven't had the time to do any long gaming sessions yet( Can't wait for labor day weekend), but from my few short tests playing stuff like the Witcher 3, Borderlands 2 and Fallout 4, all at 4k from my 55" Samsung KS8000 at high settings, this thing is a little monster. I think I'm in love.

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This is the second complete build I've ever done, but the first one with up to date components (1st one was an FX-8370/ GTX 750ti budget build). I'm really happy with how it turned out over all. I'll go over a couple of notes in regards to some of my part choices and thoughts on components.

First of all, as its the 1st question everyone has asked me. "Why the H7 Quad Lumi over an NZXT Kraken X62 you friggin Pleb??" Especially in a build I'm calling "The Kraken". The simple answer is cost. I purchased the H7 for about $55 on Newegg, and the Kraken X62 is about $150 at the moment. And honestly, I wasn't sure I was gonna stick with the "Kraken" theme anyway. I do plan on upgrading in the future, that being said, I absolutely love the Quad Lumi for the time being. I haven't started overclocking the i7 just yet, but it's definitely not having "performance troubles" with the CPU at stock. Not to mention I think it looks amazing, really like the underglow, though I wish the fan was RGB like the Logo and underglow are.

As for the Motherboard. I bought the MOBO, CPU, and RAM kit as a bundle on Newegg. They were the first things I purchased, and I originally planned to build in one of the microATX Fractal cases. However, as I am a slut for purple in general, as soon as I saw the white and purple NZXT S340, I was sold. I figure if nothing else, I can swap out the MOBO later when I decide to actually do a micro build.

Moving on to the case, I am absolutely in love with this thing. I love the matte white as opposed to the gloss white, I think it looks so much better. The purple is nice and deep, and I really like how it is purple on top, as a nice contrast to the white slab sides of the case. Building in it was an absolute breeze, as was cable management, helped out partially by the Semi Modular PSU. Only gripe with the case was the drive cage. With my yeti hands, it was pretty difficult getting to the screw on the inner side of the case. Really wish it would have been a tool less system of some sort.

I was a little worried about the decal, as it was the first time I've ever done anything of the sort, but the big empty sides begged for a little bit of flair (thanks Office Space). Not wanting to spend the money on a custom decal that I very possibly could have ruined with my noobishness, I opted for a "Bathroom/Wall decal" from amazon. It didn't have any reviews, and it was the wrong color( though it said you could request other colors, which I did), but for 30 bucks, I thought I'd risk it. I am incredibly happy with how it turned out. I cut out a couple of the smaller tentacles to move to the windowed side, and then trimmed the bottom as it was a little to tall. I was probably way more careful than necessary, but overall it was really easy to apply.

The last thing I want to mention is the sleeved cable extensions. They came from a brand I've never heard of, Asiahorse, and since I purchased them on Amazon, they have since been deleted? Shadiness aside, they look great, and the full kit was less than half of what a custom CableMod set would have cost. I will say this, this was my first time working with extensions, so I don't really have a point of reference, but they were REALLY stiff, and the combs weren't the easiest to re-position. This wasn't a HUGE problem for the thinner GPU and CPU cables, but the 24 pin was an absolute pain in the cloaca to run.

I plan to add a light strip or two, once I do I'm gonna take a few more shots of the whole build as well as my desk setup.

But that's it really! I'd love to hear some thoughts on it. Opinions, ideas for improvement, general validation that I'm not awful at this, anything really. Thanks for reading and have an awesome day. Don't blind yourself looking at the eclipse!

-Moose

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the Kraken and the specs +1

  • 31 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The build looks super nice! I understand how you feel about being sold on the case. The first time I saw the white one, I knew that it was the one. This makes me want to put a decal on my case now.

  • 31 months ago
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Thanks! I was on the fence, I was thinking about water transfer patterns for the side and front panels for a really custom look. But I figured that would be alot more laborious and less detailed. I'm happy with how it turned out this way.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you add the Kraken?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you talking about the graphic? It's a vinyl wall decal actually. It was pretty easy to apply, basically like a big sticker. Place it where you want it, squeegee it down so it sticks(I used a credit card), and then remove the transfer paper slowly. I also used an exacto knife to cut the decal between the front and side panels, so I could remove them individually without ruining the decal.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks! I'm getting the NZXT S340 ELITE (White) so I might add one of those if I can find one I like.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! The tempered glass on the elite looks amazing. And for the decals, I found a bunch of stuff on amazon, but I know there are websites that do custom decals if you cant find anything. Good luck!

  • 31 months ago
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Awesome build. Howw does the 7700k hold up with the h7? I have the s340 as well, and I was wondering where you got that awesome tentacle decal?

  • 31 months ago
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Thanks! The h7 is pretty good, not spectacular. I overclocked the i7 to 4.7 using the auto overclock on the MOBO, and under sustained load it hits about 75-80c, with high peaks at about 83c. I plan to replace it with the NZXT Kraken x62 once I free up the funds. And I actually just got the decal on amazon. I asked them to send it to me in purple, which they say to choose your color on the page, and then I cut it to fit my case. Here's the link. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DO62QY4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think you could send me the link to the vinyl

  • 26 months ago
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Did you have any issues with compatibility with your RAM and mobo? Like, being able to configure the RAM rgb to different colors without issues. Im trying to look into a compatible mobo for this ram, but I dont want to waste my money on a mobo that cant even configure the RAM colors.

  • 24 months ago
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Sorry for the late reply, hopefully you found your Mobo. But if you're still wondering, the RGB on the RAM is all handled by G.skill software, you don't do it through the mobo itself, for my setup at least. I know Gigabyte does have the RGB Fusion software, but its not as flushed out as something like Asus Aura Sync. If you are specifically looking for a good RGB environment to control everything, im pretty sure getting Aura Sync compatible hardware would be your best bet. But if you're just worried about the RAM itself, g.skills software works perfectly fine, lots of options and effects.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I'm just using the beta software on the G.skill website. I'm not having any issues with the RAM after using it, though I will say the software isn't the most intuitive. I had to play around with it for about an hour to get what I wanted.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

You can usually overclock a moderate amount on good air coolers with no issues.

  • 31 months ago
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I agree. Plus I usually am pretty modest with my overclocking. I gotta say though, your name fits your comment well haha.

  • 31 months ago
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I am definitely on a budget. I honestly wasnt even going to get the 1080. I wanted the 1070, but the way cards are priced right now, this 1080 was only $50 more than the 1070s. Some day I'll get a 1080ti hopefully.