Description

About a year ago I had the ambitious idea to start some sort of PC hardware review site. I reached out to /u/CorsairGeorge and requested a sample of the 380T (which I was in love with at the time). He obliged and I set out to buy components for my first ITX build with the Corsair 380T case. Flash forward a year, I've used that system approximately twice and was just collecting dust. Meanwhile in the bedroom, I had been using an Intel Haswell i3 NUC to drive my TV. We don't have cable so all the TV's in the house just have some sort of PC attached to deliver content. I watch a lot of TV in bed and the NUC had been more than enough to run MPC, Netflix, and Spotify. That was... until I purchased a new TV and got the itch...

NZXT announced the Manta a couple weeks back and while it had been familiar to me for almost 2 years (I was working at NZXT when the Manta project began in 2013), I wasn't always in love with it's style. However NZXT nailed it with the final iteration. I decided that I would re-purpose the 380T into the Manta and it would fill the spot above my dresser.

That old 380T system had a Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258, R7 270X, Rosewill 650W PSU and a 240mm Asetek 570LX liquid cooler. Those are pretty good specs for just a media machine, but I knew it wasn't going to be a simple case swap. Since building the 380T I had acquired an i7 4790K from Retail Edge. I knew I wanted a GTX960 because it would support HDCP 2.2. The larger Manta would take a larger Kraken X61 so that was a no brainer. Lastly, HUE+ because pretty lights.

The build went pretty smoothly. The only tricky part was tucking the tubes behind the cable management bar. I needed to unscrew the pump cap to achieve this, but I think it was well worth it. Keeping with my previous builds, immediately after finishing the build, I replaced the PSU. Be Quiet was kind enough to support me with a Dark Power 11 650W which was much quieter than the Rosewill I had been using. I ended up pulling 2 of my HUE+ strips from my existing S340 build and using them as extra ambient lighting behind my sound bar and it worked out fantastically.

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Thanks, Rob

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

cool build! The HUE+ strip really makes the whole set up look nice.

What's the name of the review site you have, and also what was it like working at NZXT :P

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for audi

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you're the first one I've seen to tuck the AIO Lines out of site, that's really interesting! Also making me consider the single fan GPU setup as well. Hmmmm.

Great build!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Things to take from this: 1. Love the car. 2. Go Team Venture! 3. You've given me an idea with my Hue+. Now I need the extension kit. +1 all around.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I too have ordered the Manta case in white for my very soon to be completed build! Oh yeah since you work/worked for NZXT is there any plans to release a mATX version of this case in the future? The possibility to do an SLI build in this case is just mouth watering.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it just me, or are your RAM sticks friggin huge!?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Those fins allow them to swim better considering this is liquid cooled XD

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Extremely jealous of your set up! I'd probably never leave my room. O.o

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

wow it took 2 years to roll out the manta? Does it usually take that long? I dont know but +1 for Manta

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a little startling to think it takes that long for a simple thing like a case to be put into production. But you have to remember, a lot of money is put into R&D to make it functional and then you gotta involve the manufacturer that actually makes it. I'm sure NZXT had several prototypes before this became the final design.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

the more you know

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

G.I. Joe!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The Manta is such a cool case... Cant beat it

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work, fellow Aussie! Could you have fit the HUE+ where the 2.5" SSD is so it's visible?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

one word: Beautiful.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, I love how the Kraken tubing runs behind the mobo tray. Very unique and looks great!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

This is very irrelevant and your pc looks bomb but what tv is it?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats the Vizio M50-D1