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 :)