Description

I've had a decently powerful machine for a while now. Figured it was time to make it look pretty.

  • Case: The NR400 is basically the N200 but better. Not only did it have all the features I wanted (PSU shroud, tempered glass, good cable management, and a modern look), but it was also the cheapest one. And, of course, it happens to be the sequel to my old case.
  • PSU: I wanted a good, modular power supply that was inexpensive. This one fit the bill.
  • Fans: Yes, I got them because of Kyle's video. They were relatively easy to hook up, and look pretty damn good!

Cable management was the biggest challenge here- everything else took an hour at most, but I spent several getting everything somewhat neat. It's a bit messy, but not super tangled, and I can put the side panel on without too much resistance. I also stuck the fan controller from my previous build in to run the fans, on top of the hard drive cage. Since the fans have separate power and lighting cables, they're able to be controlled manually without interfering with the LEDs- right now, I have them at the lowest speed. The controller is fastened down with double sided tape right now- not ideal, but it isn't moving. I also stuck the fan RGB controller on for (relatively) easy access.

This was definitely a challenge for me, but in the end I got everything working. I think I can safely say that I have the computer I could only have dreamed of 3 years ago now.

Also, quick note about the parts list: PCPP thinks the power supply won't fit inside the case. This isn't true- the hard drive cage is movable, and if you move it all the way to the back, it won't be long enough to fit the PSU in. However, it comes mounted towards the front, so you should have no problem getting it in there. You can also remove it, if you're not using it (I am).

EDIT: Added more photos. Enjoy!

Part Reviews

CPU

While this chip might not be the price-to-performance king it once was, it still holds up just fine. I paired mine with a 1070, and it's taken everything I've thrown at it. If you can pick it up used now, it's still a great choice for most users.

Memory

There's really nothing special about this kit of RAM, but you shouldn't have any problems with it. Make sure to set up the speed manually to 3000 Mhz in the BIOS for best performance!

Storage

There is absolutely nothing interesting about this SSD, but it's fairly snappy and has worked great for 3+ years.

Storage

Came with a laptop I bought (and immediately replaced with an SSD). I use it to store games and other nonessential stuff. I personally wouldn't buy it otherwise, but it does the job. If you're going to get a hard drive, get a 7200 rpm one at the very least.

Video Card

I know FE cards aren't the best for most people, but I've had no issues with this card at all. Looks great, runs just fine, and kills anything at 1080p. Picked mine up used for $250 back in 2018- at the time, the only other comparable options were OEM cards are mini versions.

It does get a little noisy under load, but it's a tolerable whoosh instead of an annoying drone sound like my old 460 had. Temperatures have been fine, being no greater then 75 C under heavy artificial load (FurMark).

Case

For the price, you're getting a pretty solid mATX case. I was looking for something of its size with a tempered glass side panel, plenty of ventilation, room for cable management, and a PSU shroud- all of which this has. Build quality is pretty good, and it's easy to disassemble. There's a good amount of room under the shroud and behind the motherboard tray for cable management (more if you remove the hard drive tray). Overall a great case for what you're paying.

Also, for anyone planning on using this case: PCPP claims most power supplies are too big for the case, when they actually aren't. The hard drive cage is adjustable and can be moved. When it's in the furthest position back, it might block your power supply, but it comes preinstalled closer to the front of the case. You shouldn't have any issues putting your PSU in unless it's really long, and you can always remove it if needed.

Power Supply

Solid unit at a good price. Modularity is a nice feature... even if I did use nearly all of the cables anyhow.

Custom

Bought on Kyle/Bitwit's recommendation. They're pretty good! Decently quiet, look pretty (I was going for the "RGB ring around a regular fan" look), and don't cost a ridiculous amount of money. In terms of customization, you've got a good selection of colors and modes (one color, slowly shift through all of them, rgb swirly goodness, etc), in addition to being able to adjust the speed. The fans also have separate connectors for the RGB and the fan, which is a standard PWM connector.

The only thing I don't like about these fans is the controller- it's not wireless, and uses a molex connector. Otherwise, they're great for the price. I set mine to cycle through colors as slowly as possible, and it looks fantastic.

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Could use more pics. +1

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll see if I can get a few more for you guys.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and you watch bitwit to?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely build, but I've got a question. Does the case collect much dust as it has no filter?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I've only had it for a few days, so I can't give a definitive answer. However, the front panel mesh does seem to be doing a fairly decent job at keeping dust out (it built up a thin layer over the past few days I just wiped off). I'm sure dust will build up over time, but the more nasty stuff should (hopefully) just stick to the front for you to wipe off.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your post! I just picked up the Ryzen 1600 at Microcenter with their $30 off motherboard combo deal. I've already settled on this case, so great to see a build with it. I am not an RGB fan, but the windowed case kind of begs for some lighting - I saw Kyle's video as well and the fact that it's a 3 pack seems perfect for this case. I'll probably keep it subtle, with red lighting to highlight a red accented shroud on the MSI RX570 8GB MK2 I'm planning to use.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad I could help! If you're planning on getting those fans, you should have no problem using them to accent your build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome Build! I really want to get this case but I don't really like the way the RGB fans illuminate on the mesh. If you don't mind do you think you could post some more photos?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Here you go!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot, definitely will consider!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You should cable manage, all those cables will be dust magnets.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I tried! It looks alright from the outside though, and I haven't had too much trouble with dust... yet.

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

Nice build bro! I also bought this case (without ODD version) to upgrade my pc. My current phase implementation is in regarding the fans. I am thinking if I go with 2 x 140mm or 2 x 120mm in the front ..... Is there any particular reason you went with that fans positioning in the front? The fans are like positioned at the bottom, I'm wondering if that is because of the ODD position.

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, they're a bit lower because of the drive slot. I would've gone for the non-ODD version instead, but it's not available in the US unfortunately.

  • 6 months ago
  • 0 points

Very nice. Weird to see "AMD" right next to "GeForce GTX" for me.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Went for Ryzen because of the price to performance, and I got the 1070 used for a good price (at the time, anyhow). Should suit my needs (1080p gaming) for a long while.