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It was that time again for me, another build but this time recycling a few components from my previous rig of 2015 - CPU, RAM and SSD.

I went super iTX back then using an 8.1 litre enclosure to this time using a 27 litre NZXT H200i (loved this case when I first saw it). I was thinking of going for the Dan A4 or NCase but in the end I didn't want to compromise on noise and thermals again, also wait ages for shipping to UK.

I wanted to achieve a stylish black, silver and white theme with some RGB flare when called upon. There are similar builds with this case on here, all with their own unique touch.

Build itself went smooth, I knew there were going to be issues with a couple of things but didn't anticipate the lack of cabling room at the end. Boy I wish I didn't buy cable extensions as they made cable management a nightmare! I mean things may look tidy (ish) but it took a lot of effort. An SFX PSU would have made so much more sense and a pro tip if you want to achieve something similar.

Kraken X62 does fit this case. I masked off radiator sides first so not to scratch anything as it was such a tight fit but did slot in. It's to be noted that you cannot mount the rad to the case directly due to front panel connectors getting in the way so fans have to be between rad and case.

As with many iTX boards, the lack of any USB 2.0 ports meant the introduction of NZXT's USB Hub for the AIO and Hue+. Connected the hub via a 3.0 to 2.0 cable making front 3.0 ports inactive, which didn't bother me.

The Smart Hub that comes with the case is a good idea if you just wanted to use either NZXT's LED strips OR RGB fans, can't use both as there is only one channel. So that's where the Hue+ comes in which has two channels, one for LED strips and the other for NZXT's AER fans. In my case the Smart Hub has been completely removed and in doing so I was able to route the white 24 pin cable in the manor I have.

I stuck the M.2 drive at the back, it's green and parts of it would have been visible if mounted at the front. This drive is still amazingly fast, it houses all my files etc and Windows 10 booted up straight away without me doing anything. I'll be adding in another drive or two soon, really want to use that 2.5 inch showcase slot for a drive or something, maybe an digital display. All depends on if/when I want to deal with those damn cables again as they will have to come out.

My 6700k was delidded back in 2015 and stock thermal paste replaced with liquid metal. I idle comfortably a degree or 2 above ambient room temp. Running a 4.6 GHz overclock with load temps staying in the low to mid 60's. GPU has an overclock of +100 core and +500 mem, idles in the high 30's and doesn't go past 72C while gaming.

3D Mark Fire Strike score - https://www.3dmark.com/fs/15793979

Thanks for checking out my build.

Comments and questions are welcome :)

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  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Can you post more pics of the build when it's turned on?

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Few more pics added for you.

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks. Looks amazing! =)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, I'll get some for you later on.

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Space and cables. What a mission,but so worth it.Gorgeous build. Very neat computer room as well. Enjoy your handy work!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. It's actually my living room lol. Wanted to hide all cables and go wireless where possible this time, working well so far.

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

This build is so satisfyingly snug I love it +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Just wanted to grab this PC. Looks fantastic.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the build, great to see someone has successfully fitted the X62 rather than X52. How much of a hassle was it? Were you tempted to place the Hue+ on the SSD mount at the front of the case or is this not possible? Cheers, Kris.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Kris, thanks.

X62 wasn't too much of a hassle to get in, its very tight yes but along as you are careful it will be fine otherwise you could leave scratch marks on the rad. It might be easier to remove the white bar first - I didn't feel the need to and used masking tape as precaution instead.

Haha I like your thinking... Yes I did want to mount the Hue+ controller on the SSD mount, however after looking at the size of it and doing a quick trial, it's far too deep for the glass panel to close.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

can i ask 1 thing, if i remember oc3d case review of the h200i the x62 fits but how's the noise of the rad if the rad is touching the bottom base of the case?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

There is some clearance under the rad so it doesn't touch the bottom of the case directly, I think about a mm or two.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

i see thanks, planning the same build though still waiting for the x470 i gaming from asus to be available in my country (philippines). also while waiting for the x470 i might wait for the h200 (non i version) without that smart hub

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh nice, didn't know there was a non i version of the H200i. Please message me once your build is complete - I'd love to check it out. Good luck.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

sure i will :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/h9vwgw can you comment on my build plan? p.s. The nzxt h200 TG (non i version) is now available in my country though still no asus x470 i gaming available, might change to intel if the mobo still not available this week. i just like the pure black theme on the asus x470 i rather than the asus x370 i with that silver accent haha

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a nice Ryzen system you have planned, providing you're able to get the Asus x470i - I agree that this mobo looks better than the x370i. Is there no ETA on x470i availability? Do you have an Intel build planned as a back up - 8700k + Asus z370i?

What about additional fans for intake at the front? You'll be able to get better air flow into your case than me (I assume you'll be using the stock 2700x cooler too).

Straight forward build for the case I feel and you won't have similar cable management issues as I did with all the bits I had to accommodate.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh man, pic 7 gives me anxiety attacks. I can't imagine what a hassle it was to tie down all those cables behind the MB. Effort well worth it though because this is beautiful! +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks man, I couldn't believe how many cables were needed in the end!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

What a beauty

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Now that's cable management. I love that everything barely fits, and you can't go wrong with RGB monochromatic. Awesome setup!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciated, though a little more room/less cables would have been preferred ;)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, this build looks beautiful. I love the look of the case. I have a Define Nano S right now, but I love the PSU shroud of the 200i. I'm a bit worried putting my Vega 64 blower card in it due to proximity to the shroud. Are temps GPU pretty stable while under load/gaming?

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man. The case is gorgeous and has great build quality. My temps are good for the set up and I seem to be getting 'some' airflow to the GPU through the rad (CPU runs very cool). I do have an aggressive fan curve set and case fans boosted to 50% rpm while gaming which helps a lot.

That said, I do feel the Define Nano S would offer you better temps. The close proximity of the PSU shroud on the H200i would choke GPU fans to some extent.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Right on man thanks! Yeah I might be better to hold off since the Vega cards tend to run hot.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

What rgb strip did you add?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, the case comes with one strip at the top and I added a second at the bottom. I used 1 strip from the included 4 you get with NZXT's HUE+.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you explain in more detail how you fit the Kraken x62 cpu cooler? Awesome build btw

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

I installed the rad first before anything else. Without removing the white bar, you have enough clearance to angle the rad at a 30-45 degree angle. As mentioned before I do recommend masking the sides off so not to scratch the rad, sides only have a few mm's of room so you will more than likely touch the PSU shroud going in.

Removing the white bar (a couple of screws) will give you more room to get the rad in and recommended if you are worried about clearance issues. The white bar protrudes outwards by 1.5 - 2cm from the top and back so removing this would give you more angle to tilt the rad into place. I personally left the bar in and just masked off rad sides which was sufficient enough to get it in.

It's easier than it looks, once you have the rad and case in front of you, you'll be able to work out how to tilt into place. After it's in, you can mount the fans from the front of the case.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you keep your temperatures so low? I have basically the exact same setup but my 1080ti hits 80C almost instantly?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, what 1080 ti do you have, is it the exact same one? The ICX cooler does a really good job on my EVGA SC, I also use a custom fan curve which is audible but fine when wearing a headset.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Loving the setup! I just wanted to clarify why'd you remove the smart controller? Could you have just used one port for the led/fans and the other for the Hue+? I have a H400i and im thinking of doing something similiar with what you are doing but i'm not sure what to do in regards with wiring with hue+ & smart device.

Thanks!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks a lot :)

The easiest set up is what you've pretty much said - use the smart hub for the pre-installed led strip + fan controller and run AER fans off hue+. This should still allow you to configure lighting via CAM.

I removed the hub for a few reasons:

1) It couldn't manage strips and fans at the same time without a hue+ 2) I didn't need a fan controller 3) Some extra cabling space as the hub is powered by sata and needs a usb 2 header as well (which I was limited on anyway).

Do hit me up with your build, I'd love to see it.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey I love the setup! Just build the same exact thing to the T almost haha except i'm running an 8086K. How are your fan speeds set up for those great temps? I currently am at around 47 (processor) 79 (gpu) with the case, rad and pump just set to 50% and GPU just the stock curve during ultra wide (3440x1440, 120hz) maxed out gaming. Although I just finished it today and it is 105F (40C) out and roughly 78F (26C) in the house which a cooler day i'm sure would help. I'm coming from a NZXT Manta which actually ran the gpu hotter even though it is larger and had more fans in it.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, thanks.

Oh wow, got to see pics of your build haha, will you be posting on here?

Yes temps will range based on your ambient room temp, I'm in the UK so its cool here. Saying that, my rad and case fans are also set to run at 50% but GPU I have a custom curve which is fairly aggressive set with Afterburner (it can get loud when there is no other noise i.e. at night and if I don't wear a headset).

I've also found running at 4k, some games run the GPU hotter than others. For example, Assassins Creed Origins ran under 70C of constant gaming, whereas Witcher 3 runs the card a few degrees hotter into 72-73C range.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

HI nice build you got there! just a quick question, did mounting an x62 up front make the temps worse or better? :D

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks... I've only ran this configuration, its the only place the x62 can go and I'm more than happy with the temps under load.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, great build! I wonder where did you get your white cables from?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, sorry for the late reply. I got the cables from Amazon, they are Phanteks branded ones, here's the link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01G7VOYYS/

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey. Can you tell me if i can fit 140 mm fans on the standart cha fans place?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, the case can only accommodate 120mm fans at the top and rear. 140mm fans can be used at the front. Hope that helps.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build man. Makes me want to attempt a budget Ryzen 5 2600 version.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Question: been thinking about my next build using this case, and I'm trying to figure out between using an atx or sfx psu, what are your thoughts and experience using an atx psu, and would you have preferred having a smaller form factor psu when building?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

A year later and here I am with a question! Did you have any issues with the clearance between the cooler’s pipe fittings and the first ram slot? It looks reeeally tight. I have the same board and I’m about to place an order for your case + cooler; that clearance is the one thing I’m worried about.

Very nice build man. Hope it’s been serving you well.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I'm planning a similar one right now. A few questions: 1) Would you mind measuring the gap between the GPU and the 280mm radiator? 2) Were there any stock cables that were too short before the extensions? If so, which ones? 3) Did any cables end up too long? If so, which ones? Thanks!

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries about my temps. For example just played 2 hours of Assassins Creed Origins 4k @ 60 fps with a room temp of 22C at the start, 24C after 2 hours - max temps were:

CPU: 48C GPU: 71C Mobo: 51C RAM: 52C and 53C SSD: 59C

Screenshot here - https://imgur.com/a/h2kaUAi

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