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NEW NZXT H440 STEEL Mid Tower Case. Next Generation 5.25-less Design. Include 4 x 2nd Gen FNv2 Fans, High-End WC support, USB3.0, White/Black
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - beautiful, sleek looking case
- great cable management options
- PSU compartment covered which adds to the neat appearance
- overall excellent build quality
- easy to install components

Cons: - The only flaw of this case is the non-controllable fan hub. The hub gets it's power feed from a molex connector on a 12V pinout which causes the chassis fans to run at 100% speed at all times. This makes the fans audible (I got my case on my desk) and slightly annoying if you are sensitive to noise. NZXT should have added the possibility to control the fan speeds of the fans connected to the hub. To fix this "problem" I modded the 2-pin hub power cable so that it gets a 7V feed from the PSU (instead of 12V) and therefore reduce fan speed and noise by almost 50%. While this fixed the noise problem for me, it is a static solution providing no option to dynamically control fan speeds by any means. If you want to be able to regulate speeds, you might want to look into replacing the hub with a Corsair Link Cooling Kit for example.

- I contacted NZXT customer support to seek support in fixing this fan speed control issue but never received any response from them. This is something that is not acceptable to me and definitely needs improvement.

Other Thoughts: Systems Specs:
CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230V3 Haswell 3.3GHz
CPU FAN: Cooler Master Hyper T4
GPU: MSI TwinFrozr GeForce GTX 770 2GB
MEM: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
SSD: 1 x SAMSUNG EVO840 120GB (OS) + 1 x SAMSUNG EVO840 250GB (Games)
HDD: 1 x Western Digital WD Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

MONITOR: DELL UltraSharp U2414H
KEYBOARD: CORSAIR K70 Cherry MX Brown Switches
MOUSE: Standard Logitech Laser Mouse (to be replaced by CORSAIR M65)

MSI Gaming N770 TF 2GD5/OC G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - very fast (I run BF4 on 1680x1050 at ULTRA settings at ~90FPS)
- super quiet even under load
- comes with two games
- Newegg had a deal: $319 which is a great price for that card

Cons: - if you're gaming on very high resolutions >FullHD the 2GB VRAM might be insufficient on the long run

GIGABYTE GA-H87-D3H LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Solid board for a good price

Cons: - The CPU cooler I purchased (Cooler Master Hyper T4) was a little tricky to install. The main board has a heat sink installed next to the CPU socket (right across from the memory slots) and I had to slightly bend it out of the way so I could mount the cooler. I managed to get it installed without any damage but I wish Gigabyte would have put a little more thought into the location and size of the heat sink.


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Display Name: Tom V.

Date Joined: 01/16/09

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 01/05/14
  • Last Review: 03/22/14
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