Yet Another Manta Build
My new white-themed gaming rig to replace my build from 2012, named after one of my favorite WoW zones from back in the day. Wanted to build something that looked well put together, rather than the mish-mosh of parts my first-time build was. :) The cabling in the back, however...that will not win awards. I only somewhat apologize for the spaghetti. What I will apologize for, however, is the potato quality of the photos.
This was the first time I opted for liquid cooling. The Kraken's radiator took me a bit to figure out how to mount, as the instructions were quite lacking. Opted to have the radiator mounted in the 'attic' space at the top of the case and screwed the fans in from underneath, securing it to the case.
CAM software's alright. Could be better. Set that custom fan curve.
Motherboard fits perfectly in the case, annoyed at the positions of certain pins and ports though. The SATA connectors are flipped, so every SATA cable is twisted once between the SSDs and the port. 24-pin connector is a pain to plug in/unplug due to lack of space. Other than that, the built in WiFi and Bluetooth are great, and the audio quality is sharp. The load of USB 3.0 ports is awesome.
It's RAM. It does what it needs to and is white. Was on sale, otherwise I would have gone for Corsair Dominators.
Gaiz. Pls. Stop using HDDs. SSDs is where it at. White SSDs are few and far between. OCZ was bought out by Toshiba some time ago and now they're gray and ugly. I got lucky and found these two on a sale at Microcenter. It matches the color theme.
HOWEVER, with the way the NZXT Manta is built, most SSDs will mount upside down. Did some
forceful creative cabling to get mine to sit the right way.
Yeah, I'm using a single 1080p monitor at the moment. Overkill, glorious overkill. I'm sad this model did not come with a backplate. It's a little...eh. But I wanted a white GPU without crazy LEDs, and I got one. Was on sale, too! So, in my book, it evens out. Handles everything I have thrown at it amazingly, or gracefully. But damn is the NVIDIA Experience program a load of crap.
The case is a dream to work with, very well built and spacious...for its size. I have small hands, working in this was easy, but my male counterparts all had difficulty assisting me, lol. As others may mention, it is a bit large for its size category, but the extra clearance is much appreciated. Airflow is absolutely stellar.
I do wish the hoods were removable, though. All of them. Would make assembly a bit easier.
Fully modular, which is nice. Ran into some cabling issues with the stock Corsair PSU cables being extremely fat and inflexible, leading into my purchase of sleeved cables. I'm glad I did, I love the color. They were a bit difficult to straighten out, wish I had a few cable combs. The PSU works and is compatible with the Silverstone cables, but yeesh, can those stock cables be any worse? I'll definitely do more research next time. Had gone with it because of the sale price, but I guess it was that much for a reason.
Went with a Hue+ for modest lighting with the Manta, didn't want to go overboard with a ridiculous amount of LEDs. Have my keyboard, mouse and case all set to cycle through colors, it's quite relaxing to stare at. I couldn't figure out where to place my fourth LED strip without it showing, will figure it out sometime. The CAM software is so-so, but can live with it.
Mounted it to the back HDD mounting space on the back of the case.
It works great. I needed all the USB headers I could get. Wish the newer model was more readily accessible, I hate how exposed the board is. Was quite terrified at bending/breaking pins.