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NZXT S340 Black and Yellow

by NAES27

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130 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 4, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.24GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C

Description

I did a Gpu upgrade and decided to get a new case while getting the card. Microcenter has the NZXT S340 in a black and yellow theme and it went well with my motherboards color scheme so i had to pick it up as well. My previous case was a NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower, with that experience i was confident the S340 would not disappoint. I am extremely happy with the case the way it handles cable management with the PSU shroud and the vertical plate they have in the case for covering up cables. i love the black and yellow look and if Msi decides to release a GTX 980 Ti lightning i will surely be getting that to match the rest of the build. The Gpu i decided to upgrade to from my MSI GTX 660 OC was a Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 960 4GB model. The card runs fantastic and stays cool under load. The triple fan deisgn on the card does a great job at keeping the card cool in this much smaller case compared to how huge the Switch 810 was. it has a very nice blue windforce logo and very pleasing backplate on the top of the card. My only complaint would be on the case and its cheap polycarbonate window, it scratches way to easily and i will be replacing it with an acrylic one.

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vordar 1 Build 17 points 28 months ago

Throwing jipster a bone to work with:

"Yeah, uh huh, you know what it is..." or "So this is what Bumblebee must look like on the inside!"

Looks great, very clean. I'm not usually a fan of the vertical monitor, but having two on the outside is actually pretty nice.

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dsargent7 1 Build 9 points 28 months ago

You've made quite a name for yourself. It's like a game: Who can make a witty comment before Jipster shows up.

vordar 1 Build 7 points 28 months ago

Never stolen, just echoed before the storm...

manirelli staff 8 Builds 9 points 28 months ago

Have you done or thought about doing the lightbar mod to the dom plats to turn them yellow?

danieltoruno 1 Build 13 points 28 months ago

first time I've seen a manrelli comment outside of forums... Hi.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 4 points 28 months ago

i have before but with the white light on the top of the case i cant even see the light from the platinums

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

i just realized which light bar mod you were talking about (was thinking of the old mod where you change the stock light) i am highly considering it now xD

Growliff1234 4 points 28 months ago

Congratz on getting featured build !

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

ty!

Bee66 9 Builds 3 points 28 months ago

Very Beeish

+1

Eltech 16 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Wow, I really love this black and yellow scheme, a lot. Nicely done on the upgrades too. You have my +1.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 3 points 28 months ago

ty! glad you like the build!

Ksongs 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Beautiful build love the black and yellow +1

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

ty! glad you like the build!

Stuart_Munto 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

This looks fantastic! Great job!!

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

ty! glad you like the build!

caleb3838 1 point 28 months ago

Beautiful. I'm planning a build with a black and blue version of this same case, so seeing this makes me excited. One question, what do you have in the top of the case that sheds light on the inside from above?

caleb3838 1 point 28 months ago

did they just plug into your mobo?

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

the light plugs into a small box shown in my 3rd photo it's the light blue box on the top of the case than from there it connects to a 4 pin molex on psu

caleb3838 1 point 28 months ago

Also, I like how you ran the tubes for the liquid cooler behind the yellow thing to the front of the case. Most people mount their liquid cooler fan right there next to it at the back and its just all jumbled up.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

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this is what i used for the light. imo i've used a couple of different brands for these lights and they always come with really crappy Velcro tape for mounting. it always falls off lol so i just go out and get 3M double sided foam tape. that stuff works awesome and the light never falls down when i use it. also i am glad you like the build!

manirelli staff 8 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Please do not use link shorteners on our site.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

i am sorry, i did not know :o

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Growliff1234 1 point 28 months ago

Bahahahah !!! I saw that and was like, I guess he put rules in place so he doesn't have to follow them.

manirelli staff 8 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Formatting is fine, link shorteners are not.

manirelli staff 8 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Formatting is fine, link shorteners are not.

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deadmc26 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

what the purpose of this build , if i may ask ?

MightyHammer 1 point 28 months ago

not a fan of 120mm radiators but wiring it's cables behind the shroud was a brilliant thing to do, Nice color too.

Harvey_TM 1 point 28 months ago

Sweet build, I like the color mixup, looks nice. Pretty neat setup as well.

PotatoAssassin15 1 point 28 months ago

You spent $2000 and bought a 960. +1 for color theme

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

yeah i know.. xD

my hopes is that Msi will release a 980 Ti Lightning which is usually black and yellow, i will get one of those if it comes out

Growliff1234 1 point 28 months ago

The only Lightning I remember was the 290X, I'm hoping they'll do a lightning in the 390x

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

they had one for the 780, and right after they released that card nvidia released the 780 ti so msi had to lower the price they had on the 780 which apparently hurt them (so i read) only rumors atm on a 980 ti lightning. hopefully it comes out and if they do a 390x lightning they'd be awesome

Growliff1234 1 point 28 months ago

I'd get the 390x eventually...

Atron 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Yellow case looks nice blue light on GPU bugs me

bobtherock 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I was thinking the same. I modded my G1 and changed the LEDs from blue to red. I think doing the same would really polish this build off nicely.

I got the tutorial from here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1519475/gigabyte-g1-gaming-geforce-gtx-960-970-980-led-swap

You just need a soldering iron and a steadyish hand (plus the LEDs ofc).

Curcuma506 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Very nice! The case is awesome. Your screens setup is also interesting... +1 !

b4d 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Great job and a good desktop ... :)

weredawg 1 point 28 months ago

Everything about this is A+++

ComputerBubbles 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Nice black and yellow scheme. Too bad the ssd and graphics card sort of stick out. But my question is why migrate from a switch 810 to this.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

switch 810 was to big for my desk and s340 black and yellow lol. the switch 810 will not be neglected though, i'm selling it to my friend who is gonna use it to its full potential and do a custom loop in it.

Growliff1234 1 point 28 months ago

Make sure he posts it here !

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

will do!

ComputerBubbles 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Yeah the switch 810 is a awesome case for water cooling loops

Anyone 1 point 28 months ago

It hurts me to up-vote this since you spent $242 on a 960, but its a job well done.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

xD was a 30 dollar price difference for 4gb model

Growliff1234 1 point 28 months ago

The 960 isn't optimized for 4gb, I saw an amazing analogy for this on some topic but, it was like:

A big bottle with the same size neck as a smaller bottle gives the same amount of liquid. Basically you gain nothing performance wise out of the 4gb model.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

hmm makes sense, yeah i really didn't do research on 2gb vs 4gb on the 960, i had the 2gb model and it had artifacts and when i went to exchange noticed they had 4gb models and just picked that up, sadly it is to late for me to exchange it again :/

Anyone 1 point 28 months ago

It was less that it was the 4Gb model and more that it was a 960 in general.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

i dont play any games really that demand that high of a gpu. i generally play MMOs and no MMOs out there are graphic intensive enough for me to get anything higher than a mid-range card, the exception being if msi releases a lightning edition of a high end card i would get it simply to match the build

deathstrike125720 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

DEATHTRAPPPPPPPPPPP

mxpx4182 1 point 28 months ago

The 2 side monitors look like they'd be great for studio work. Anything with lists, even itunes. Love that you used yellow. Too many black and red or blue builds. I'm working on a black and gold build myself.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Yeah they come in handy a lot, too true about the black and red/blue. Probably cause the majority of mobo's are the same black and red/blue theme. Nice to see builds out of that color scheme, that's exactly what I was aiming for and good luck with the black and gold build! I am sure it will look amazing!

plgdg 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Let me start by saying well done on this.

That being said, my biggest complaint is the video card. It doesn't really fit the theme here. Also, I would've probably put the 120mm rad on the rear exhaust of the case rather than the front intake.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

ty! yeah no card currently goes with this theme at least within the 900 series, i am hoping msi comes out with a 980 ti lightning edition or 390x lightning edition. i have the rad on the front intake pulling in cool air rather than pulling heat from gpu out, or are you recommending it on back pulling air in?

plgdg 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Nah, exhaust on rear. It shouldn't really make a difference as the amount of air movement across a rad is more significant than whether it's warm or cool.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

ah i see, appreciate the tip!

FenrisWolf 1 point 28 months ago

Nice Clean build, and love the colors (don't see too many yellow and black). I just used the Corsair Dominator Platinum (for the bling effect) in my machine and one stick was DOA, waiting for a replacement.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Ty :D Sorry to hear about the faulty stick, hopefully you get your replacement soon!

FenrisWolf 1 point 28 months ago

No worries. The wait is the worst part! Sent it off yesterday. Thanks and great work.

beardofsocrates 1 point 28 months ago

Little odd for a 960 built into the price range, but everything else is so well thought out, with that color scheme, I wish I could leave you a +2 instead. =P

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

ty! yeah its the monitors/peripherals that make it go up that high xD i mainly play MMOs on a 1920 x 1200 monitor so anything over a mid range card would be overkill for me. the SSD's were pricey at the time i got them, i have 1 for OS and main programs, second one is for steam games and third is for photography

beardofsocrates 1 point 28 months ago

Wait a minute... a 3 way monitor system for practical uses instead of surround gaming. Gasp

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

xD

pcbuilderman 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Wow! This build looks so cool. I didn't even know NZXT had the S340 in black and yellow, but it definitely is a great color scheme. Great job!

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Ty! Glad you enjoy the build. I picked up the case at my local Microcenter, I don't see it online anywhere or see it on the NZXT website so I assume it's exclusive to Microcenter and maybe some other local computer electronics retailers.

niggashu 1 point 28 months ago

I'm so jealous right now

TerraHD 1 point 28 months ago

This is amazing! :D

sanchezliny 1 point 28 months ago

Well done!

jeffreymays44 4 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

very nice build! I was thinking about that gpu for a build , you say it runs games well!? again very nice...

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Yes I however i primarily play MMOs so the card runs all my games at max. i would look up the games you currently play/want to play and see how they run on various cards, and Ty! Glad you enjoy the build!

convertedconsolegamer_92 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Welcome to team NZXT S340 my friend!

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Yes! Glad to be here!

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Congrats on the beautiful build! Can you change the color of the windforce logo using OC Guru? That would look so wicked if yellow.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Unfortunately no, at least not on the 960, I believe the 980 ti has the RGB capabilities

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Darn!!! I was actually asking because my 980 ti does and I thought that it might of had the same feature. Regardless, you have a nice build.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

ty! glad you like the build!

iTango 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

nice. i was planning on going with the black and yellow myself, but i decided to stick with the full black and just paint the SSD mount, the plat and the PCIe covers green.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Nice! Black and green sounds awesome!

Shadow_thief48 1 point 28 months ago

Dude I love your build its the coolist thing ive seen on this site by far. I hope one day I can make something even remotely close.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

thx man i appreciate that! glad you enjoy the build :D

Iqwan 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

How did you paint the top of the front panel and the sides of it yellow? Is it removable or something? Don't know much of the S340.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

the only painting i did was on the rings for the corsair fans and the pci slot covers. the case itself came in black and yellow. to my knowledge it is a micro center exclusive. this version is not even on the nzxt website

JohnnyC 1 point 28 months ago

Bumble Bee hype?

Laquel 5 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Haha the first thing I thought about when I saw this build was: "ok, when is this gonna be featured" Good work sir.

PcHacker97 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

You need another Windforce in that build... But it looks godly already~!

BigBird

cajunsloth 7 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I really like the NZXT cases that have the dual SSD mounts on the PSU shroud. My favorite being the H440, but the S340 is an excellent case as well. I really like the fact that the sticker labels on your Intel SSD's match the rest of your color scheme. It looks really nice. +1

If your looking for recommendations, I'll through my thoughts in.

I would recommend getting the light bar upgrade for your dominators. I think it would be worth a shot to try and mod the light bar to be yellow to match the rest of your build. If I were you, this would be my first priority because having different textured dominators would drive me insane.

The Windforce LED on the GPU looks really out of place. I think changing the LED to either yellow or a pure white would look better. If you do end up getting the light bar upgrade for your dominators, it might look cool if the blue light bar that comes with the kit matches the LED on the GPU.

And get some sleeved cables! This build deserves it!

Just my thoughts, don't take it too seriously.

Well done and best of luck with future upgrades and have fun with your new toy.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

Ty! Yeah I have the 8 pin sleeved cable already and currently waiting for my local Microcenter to get the 6 pin one in stock. The GPU im not gonna mess with for im hoping MSI releases the Lightning edition of the 980 ti, if they don't than I will consider the light mod for the windforce logo. The different texture dominators are quite annoying lol I'll look into the light bar mod. Thx for the recommendations and glad you enjoy the build!

cajunsloth 7 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Glad to hear you are investing in sleeved cables.

If the MSI 980 ti Lightning will be anything like the MSI 780 ti Lightning, it will look so damn sexy in this build. I would say you don't have an excuse not to get it.

If you ever decide to do it, good luck with the light bar mod.

Make sure you update your build with more pictures when you do these upgrades. I am sure many people, including myself, would love to see your work.

llTheGoose 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

That's freaking gorgeous. Can't say much more..

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

ty! glad you like the build!

xolot1 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

It's a masterpiece. GJ

stl522013 1 point 28 months ago

Why did you get a GTX 960 in a 3K build? Why, you could have gotten less SSDs and then max out every game at 1080p or 1440p, but no, you unnecessarily fast RAM, an unnecessary amount of SSDs , and you bought a $200 motherboard to overclock your CPU which is already good enough so overclocking won't make a huge difference. You could have have gotten not one, but two Titan X's or GTX 980 Tis, and still have plenty of money lesft to buy SSDs and a good CPU. Geez need to do more research before buying a computer.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

not everything was purchased at once. i don't play any high demanding games and don't intend to purchase a higher res monitor anytime in the near future. i primarily play MMO's and none on the market requires anything higher than a mid range card, the 660 i had before maxed out all the games i play. the ram was overkill i am aware i got dominator platinums for the look. i didn't buy all the ssd's at once and bought more over time cause i ran out of space for games etc. i am quite aware i could've gotten better parts for less than what i spent lol but that was not the point of this build, it was a black and yellow theme, had i wish for more performance per dollar i would've done so

grantfar 1 point 28 months ago

Caught my attention when I saw it was a $2700 GTX 960 build.

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Yeah MMO player here so midrange card it is, it's the monitors keyboard etc that add up the cost and multiple SSD's added over time. This build started in 2012, I just got a new case and GPU

SamAnv 1 point 28 months ago

Very nice parts and build, too bad they don't have GPU's that match your color scheme :(

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Ty! Hopefully they will if MSI releases a Gtx 980 ti Lightning edition :D

MEC-777 6 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Awesome build! Love the way you mounted the rad at the front and routed the hoses behind that plate. Very clever and unique. Great job! :)

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

ty i am glad you like the build!

Valkyre 1 point 28 months ago

This is beautiful.

bmccarthy8989 8 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

+1 for using the same case. Its funny to see so many s340's on PCPP. You used the yellow well. Not to much.

kevslice02 1 point 27 months ago

"Who spends over $2,000 on a pc and gets a gtx 960?" (everyone looks at NAES27)

panick1992 1 point 26 months ago

Hello mate! im going to buy also the NZXT S340 (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower but i have a question.

How did you manage to change that blue metal(inside the case) into yellow?

cheers

ePoCTwistt 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

MAKE ME ONE\

Amazing build you should change the other bottom right fan to a AF120 like the other ones

And also do the graphic card mod it is worth it otherwise amazing build

EcoFriendlySloth 1 point 23 months ago

That is one of the coolest set-ups iv'e seen

ÐËÄÐPÖÖL 1 point 23 months ago

Damn that's a nice looking rig you got! That GPU looks beast in there too! +1

Maetheus 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

You know something is done right when yellow looks good for a PC build. A1 job dude!

BURNHOT26 1 point 20 months ago

Well done, nice and easy on the eyes. I bet you spend more time looking at it than you do looking at yourself in the mirror. Lol!! - What mouse pad are you using?

NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

haha ty! mouse pad is a Corsair MM600

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NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Yeah my steam libary is all on one of the intel ssd's, and It depends on the game, i dont see a big difference from my htpc with HDD on games from my stram libary. But on an mmo where it has to load big open world maps i see a big difference in load times.

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NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

yeah it is rather annoying, i don't understand why they did that, i got 8gb kits about a year apart from each other so i just figured they changed how they made them

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NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

ty!

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NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

i try my best not to lol, i have cats and their hair gets all over the side panel and they like to jump on my desk and rub on it when i am sleeping -_- lol. one can only go through so many cans of compressed air xD

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NAES27 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

yeah its how it came out of the box, seems to be microcenter exclusive. not even on the nzxt website. the pci slot covers i painted yellow when i was doing the rings for the 120 and 140mm fans just to add a touch more yellow in the build :)

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dsargent7 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

I love spotting your comments. You've got charm.

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dsargent7 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

goy friend

I cannot figure out if this was an intentional typo, and if so, what that would mean.

blow a load of cash

One can only dream....

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Eltech 16 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

It was originally Jipster's comments but I'm not sure why he was getting down voted so much. So I cannot blame him for removing them. I know not everyone likes certain jokes. Maybe it felt less of one in their own eyes and through their understanding thought it was offensive, I guess. Again, I'm not sure why for the down-votes but that's why there has been some removed comments.

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Eltech 16 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Indeed he is a gentleman, between all those humorous comments that I tend to not get unless a light-bulb went off. One must not judge a book by its cover. :)

And not everyone takes comments as a grain of salt, depending what may have been said. And no matter what one says or does, you will always have someone who doesn't like you. So yes it's not very kind whoever keeps repeating some of these down-votes lately.

The system can get misused like everything else, sadly. Yet this karma system doesn't truly define who we are as a whole. Anyone and all of us can agree or disagree with comments. Sadly, it feels like we have some negative votes around and I been noticing it since yesterday.

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