Description

The Paladin was going to be the last AMD build for me (for a little while) so I set out to make something pretty special :) The chassis I've used is the Noctis 450 by NZXT and I really like it, much like the Razer Edition H440 this one has lighting built in underneath which looks pretty spectacular, hopefully an RGB version of the underlight kit is being developed as this would be great for the next set of builds when the new GPU release :)

With the chassis giving me a strict blue theme I decided to use a Gigabyte Windforce over the Sapphire 390x for this build and after a bit of back and forth went with the GA-970A-D3H black motherboard from Gigabyte as it's got a very nice black/grey colouring vs the 970 G1Gaming I was originally intending to use (great mobo, but had some red on it)

My crazy RAM is the rather unique Avexir Raiden DDR3 2133MHz, I started out using some nice G.Skill Ares which did look great in the build but when I turned on the chassis and the underneath + gpu lit up with the blue glow I wanted to add more so I grabbed some Raiden and after a quick test fell in love <3 I found it really tough to photograph the lightning inside so I make a quick video here = https://www.instagram.com/p/BEuy7y-QDEh/?taken-by=goodgamingpc

The problem was I couldn't fit 4x sticks with the wraith cooler in so I opted to set that aside for a future build and fit a cooler master Seidon 120V with blue led jetflo fan and really make the build into something beautiful :)

If you're looking for a build like this without going quite as crazy of lightning ram and water cooling you can also fit 4x sticks or Ares under that wraith :P

Power supply, ram and storage wise I've used some recent favourites from EVGA, Seagate and Crucial. The EVGA was a bit overkill as I'm using white braided extension cables so I ended up swapping this out for a nice Zalman 600w when I got a moment (pics showing black cables are the EVGA)

I've used the Gigabyte AC Wireless + Bluetooth kit again in this build and have to give this one a quick rave review - PCB is black which looks excellent and connections are fast and stable, this is the perfect option for anyone looking to add good wireless capabilities to a rig.

We've got overwatch just about to launch which is going to be great to test out on all the new builds, please let me know any games you think I should test out and I'll be sure to upload them to the channel

Next on the design table are some crazy little builds which I can't wait to show you :) GG!

Part Reviews

CPU

Included a wraith cooler, -1 star as I couldn't see the fancy LED logo easily onhce in the build :P

CPU Cooler

This kit was very easy to install and the blue LED fan looks great, highly recommend and I still can't believe how cheap this thing is!

Memory

This awesome ram feature plasma tubes that look like they contain real lightning (maybe they do!) and if you're building a red/black theme Avexir even have an Asus ROG kit with red lightning which looks pretty nuts. These sticks are massive so be careful if your CPU cooler overhangs the ram slots you have in your system.

Storage

My 3rd time using this SSD and I'm impressed, such great value.

Case

Looks pretty awesome and packed full of NZXT features like the awesome fan hub on the pack, I really like the underglow.

Wireless Network Adapter

My new go-to kit for all future builds, fast AC wireless and bluetooth is a +

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

OK well I have to hand it to you. This is a very beautiful build. I'm all for aesthetics and this packs plenty. This build works for me all around. It's AMD (Go team RED) even though you made it blue lol. I was actually gonna make a white build with that same ram before my current build but when the ram came in and I saw how blue the lightening was I changed my mind. I'm definitely getting the ROG red sticks for my Zen build though.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

lol it's super blue, the red ones are nice a subtle in comparison

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that super blue threw me which is why I have a Red/Black build lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Love, love, love it! Fantastic looking RAM. Well done!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel colors on an AMD build? You should try to take this further. I did a bit of quick bit of image editing and like the idea of an AMD/Intel sticker abomination. Your color theme provided the inspiration. I can think of many variants. Here is the quick result: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B24SiYP43c2_djZLUlI4b1E0STQ/view?usp=sharing . Unfortunately I did it very hastily and it is extremely rough around the edges, but you could easily fix this in three minutes with GIMP.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

lol love it

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It's quite beautiful .

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'm really happy with how it turned out :) certainly unique for the red team :P

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

wow awesome ram it is a little pricey though. and do those leds and under slow come on the case?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, that was me going crazy (G.Skill Ares is a far more sensible choice in blue)

LED wise the chassis includes the underlights :)

GG!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

:) so nice +∞

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ditto, my intel builds are now looking rather average in the ram dept.... GEiL has just made some new LED DDR4 ram I can't wait to test out though :))))

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

GEiL is a quiet sniper, packing some of the best ram I've ever used (going back all the way to ddr2) but I only really use it now for special builds as G.Skill became oh so cheap and is still super good looking + reliable. Kingston is new to me but I'm pretty happy with the Fury 2133Mhz kits in black as this colour is tricky to get from G.Skill V series in NZ.

Check out the latest from GEiL here = http://www.geil.com.tw/products/category/id/28 I love that white/gold PCB, crazy cool :)

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep that V300 spec change after reviews were written on a different product was a mess but I still like kingston black fury ram and I do like my cloud headset (though not as much as my logitech G35 :P) Corsair wise it's a bit of a #?$ in NZ sadly with stock levels and more importantly pricing being more than just a weee bit out of whack but that aside I totally agree that corsair = great gear.

G.Skill wise I've had nothing but the best experiences with them, in the few times when ram hasn't worked I've just stopped in at my local and they swapped it on the spot, great stuff.

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