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Yayy!!! So here is my little beast. My first ever PC. My first ever build. My new best friend I am in love with this build :DDD couldn't have been any happier.

The build wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. My favorite part was cable management, which ironically was what I was worried the most before starting the build. Felt like a computer geek ever time a connected a cable xDD

This video made everything so much easier. So a big thanks to PCPP and NZXT for the amazing video. Wouldn't have had it all east, if it wasn't from this video guide? Was watching it as I was putting the parts together.

Also a big thanks to every PCPP community members who helped me a lot with feedbacks/suggestions coming about this build. I won't name anyone, because there was a lot of people who offered help, and do not want to mistakenly leave anyone out.

And about this build: I use it mainly for gaming, school work, and video streaming.

I am perfectly fine with this build, and every single components chosen for this build. Everything worked perfectly. But I do have some minor complaints, which I will address in the parts review.

For specifications for the components' choices, please check the build guide about this build.

Part Reviews

CPU

It runs perfectly. 28 Celsius idle with Intel stock cooler. The highest temperature it reached was 50 Celsius, under 4 hours of gaming. And the decent price is a plus, which is the mainly reason I went for it. So far, so great. Love it

Motherboard

Has everything I could possible look for or for my needs. The wireless works fine, with full bars. And the bluetooth is top notch. The speaker stays connected even from about 30 feet away. It is the first motherboard I have ever owned, and it is working fine for me, and encountered no problems at all. The bios is also simple to navigate through.

Storage

Oh my goodness!!! Windows 10 takes only 4 seconds to boot. It is super fast, compared to my laptop that takes ages to boot :D Even named it "The Flash" :DDD which is kind ironic since my pc is/will be deadpool themed.

Storage

More than enough storage for what I need. Decent price, and does the job.

Video Card

Removed one star because it is so darn heavy, that it was bending over the plate covering the psu, causing the front fan to get stock and stop spinning, which also broke one of the blades in the front fan. I placed an old usb Flash drive under it, to hold it from touching the plate lol luckily the flash drive is black/red and it matches with :DD and makes it almost seem as part of the GPU. Look at one of the pictures I attached, and you will see what I am talking about.

But performance wise, I love it. Well, I have only been using it for roughly 24 hours, but still, it works fine. Just a bit upset that one of the fan's blade is broken now, but this is somewhat my fault. Should have paid close attention before I started up my pc. Lesson learned.

Case

Love the case. It is so darn gorgeous. It was easy to do cable management with this case, and I am pretty impressed with it, since it is my first build. Was asking to have nightmares with cable management, but everything went smoothly.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

damn. that manta looks incredible. Nice build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, buddy! Freaking love it. The windowed side panel makes it look like an old tube tv :DD which I like. Didnt think I would love it this much :DD

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

god I wish I could afford a custom loop

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

same here, but in the summer I will be upgrading :) :P

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

You should call it the house of the red dragon

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Its one of the choices hehe and was my first choice. But I am holding back because I named another guide/build that name :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I really wanna see the gpu fan.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Will remember to show it to you, as soon I have the chance.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Here you go mate :) sorry for taking so long :D today was the first time i had the chance to remove the GPU.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

It's fine. Doesn't look too bad, the gpu with all those fins. Have fun with your build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks mate. and it is running fine :) figured out a way to fix it

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Good stuff man. Nice build. Congrats. I'm a fan of the new Manta cases...

Also good call going with the i5, i7 is just overkill if you're gaming.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks, buddy :) yes, i7 would have been overkill because this is just for gaming.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

If I had the money, and might be doing some CAD, or photoshop/video editing, can I get an i7 and put it in this build w/o any problems?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

definitely. But I do recommend you use a water cooler for the cpu, because this case gets pretty warm inside. Will be getting a water cooler in the summer, hopefully.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Lepa Aquachanger 240 is good AIO cooler for a great price, plus it will match your color scheme.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks a lot for the suggestion mate. will seriously consider it, in the summer when I have the money :) :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nicely done. +1

And again, welcome to PCPP.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

cheers, mate!! :) thanks for the +1 :) and really appreciate the kind words :) :) :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I have accepted the gift :) :) XD Cheers!!!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

The Manta looks pretty funny with the wireless antenna on top! :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

That is to give it that unicorn look :DDD I would like that it kinds resemble a TV if you look at it by the windowed panel hehe

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

The wireless adapter I use has two antennae, and I taped it to the back of the monitor because 1) It most likely gives the best signal and 2) Looks really cool

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

this one gives me the best connection when it is placed over the case/ And it is also magnetic :) and all the wifi bars are full :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you done a speedtest at speedtest.net? This way, you can compare results easily to get the best connection possible from your location.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I have buddy :) actually one of the first thing I did :) :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the first build. Be warned its addicting so will not be your last ;)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks, buddy! I can already feeling the urge to build another one hehe. But will definitely do next year, for one of my cousins. But this one will always be special :) :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

You should get a better heatsink. But it's your choice mate nice pc

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Will surely do. In the summer I will get a water cooler :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on building your first PC! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks a lot, buddy :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Ooh. Been waiting for this. Great build. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks buddy :) :) hope you liked it :DD

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I did. I luv that case :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

glad you liked :) Love it so much xD

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I always thought AMD and Intel parts working together would cause problems, maybe i'm wrong.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

no. they work perfectly fine :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

HELL YA! A RED AND BLACK MANTA BUILD! Amazing... been waiting for someone to do this as I am planning on doing it myslef, 1+

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks buddy. Glad you liked it. And I assure you, you will love this case. I am completely in love it it :DDDD

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is AWESOME! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, buddy! Glad you liked it :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Would like a pic with just the manta, angled from the side, to that the picture is covered by the window of the case...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

will do once I get home, mate.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

How far do you love from your home lol xD

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

hahaha so sorry, mate. I am really busy during weekdays. I have added the requested picture. Not sure if that is what you wanted. If it isn't let me know so I can take another one from different angle. Cheers!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the pic! It WAS what I was asking for :))

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

sure thing, matey!!!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Build looks fresh! Also very glad that you ditched the stock cooler and went for a Noctua! Cheers!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, matey.

and my room temperature was at 70F with the intel stock cooler, so I was forced to look for an alternative XDDD will use it once winter comes haha cheers!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build but why the overclocking chipset with a locked chip?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, mate!!! i got this motherboard on discount, at the same price as a H170 :) h170 would have been my choice if there was no discount for this one.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi there I'm putting together a PC in this case also with the MSI z170I pro gaming AC motherboard and a MSI r9 390 also, however when I put my GPU in the fans scratch he bottom of the case and it doesn't quite fit, how did you get your to fit?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I placed an old usb Flash drive under it, to hold it from touching the plate lol luckily the flash drive is black/red and it matches with :DD and makes it almost seem as part of the GPU. Look at one of the pictures I attached, and you will see what I am talking about.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Love the case! Just curious, you are getting Z170 chipset and R9 390, why didn't you get the 6600k?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the Z170 for the same price as the H170. 20$ discount at microcenter :) :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I just built something similar (Manta + MSI r9 390). The case is beautiful, but that PSU shroud really cuts it close with GPU clearance. I also propped the GPU up (with a rubber PSU standoff from another case) and the fans clear, but I manage to get my GPU temps up to 93C and downclocking in Skyrim (modded @ 2k). Have you seen any temperature issues yet?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

i was getting 85C when playing fifa and gta 5. But it dropped down to 65C when i lock the fps at 60.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! I think I'll be playing around with the airflow a little more to see if I can't still use the card to its full potential without hitting max temps.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I see you put a flash drive to hold uo the gpu, but are you still able to reach all the ports in the back? (Hdmi specifically)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, i was still able to do it without a problem

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, will be considering it. I was also born in a island: Saint Helena :) So would be cool to name it something that will relate to me :) Thanks for the suggestion, buddy! :D

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, buddy! Much appreciated.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciated, mate. Glad you liked it ;) :)