This started out as a build for my 9 year old son. His first gaming PC. Honest!
This is a new build based on the NZXT S340 Razer Edition case, accompanied with all the best of breed components within budget (c. £2,000). It's finished with a Razer Keyboard and mouse (Chroma Tournament Edition and Mamba) both of which have the matt-black finish that compliments the matt-blank finish of the NZXT Razer case. Powering this system is a ASUS Maximus Hero VIII motherboard, with 16GB of G.Skill TridentZ DDR4 RAM, a Samsung M.2 256GB Pro NVM SSD and a Raijintek Triton AIO 280mm water cooler. Finished off with Thermaltake Riing 2 x 120mm (Exhaust chassis fans) and 2 x 140mm SP Radiator fans, all in green. The PSU is an EVGA 750G2. The GPU jewel in the crown is ASUS's 980ti Matrix Platinum.
Some finishing touches I've yet to add are some Alchemy Bitfenix braided green cables, and a Phobya UV LED strip 30cm. I am thinking to replace the top chassis 120mm fan with a 140mm fan to maximise cooling. Also, I am waiting for ASUS's 34 inch curved GSync monitor.
Notes I done a lazy overclock with Asus Suite and achieved 4.8 Ghz straight of the bat, so I'm happy with that, it's actually 4.8 on the first 2 cores and 4.7 on the last 2 cores. Temps are fine. The voltage is c. 1.35v which in my experience is a little high, I even saw it go to 1.4v, so the Skylake processor is more efficient at dissipating heat it seems. This is a stable overclock. I might try pushing for 4.9Ghz, but, I will see what others are getting first before I start reaching for more.
Final thing, the 280mm radiator was too tall to go at the front of the case, so I had to attach the 2 x 140mm fans first, then the radiator, this is owing to the power button at the top of the case having a circuit board that protrudes downwards owing to the power button's positioning. No big deal, but it hides the fans from the inside. In hindsight I would of opted for the 240mm radiator so I could have the fans on the inside and visible through the window, which incidentally is very tinted. I'm hoping a UV strip will illuminate the green and the innards of the case a bit better to showcase the stuff inside.
Having owned a Corsair H110i, the Raijintek is a competent cooler. It looks great, and works well. The translucent tubing and coolant dyes make it eye-catching as well. I would say the tubing is very prone to kinking if the bend is mildly acute, and this can cause the CPU to overheat. Room for improvement there, otherwise satisfied with the cooler. Prepare for the prospect of deinstall and reinstall to cut the tubes to optimum lengths to avoid kinking. Monitor regular first few days after installation, since a static non-kinking position may slowly turn into a kink. I've downgraded the review to a 3 based on the ease of kinking on the cables. I would recommend Raijinket supply a space set of cables or a less-kinkable tube for future editions. It looks fantastic, but for the faffing around factor, a NZXT Kraken or Corsair would of done the job easier. Update 22.09.16. My cooler leaked. CCL are arranging an RMA, and fortunately because of the backplate on the 980ti, the leak didn't damage the PCB, although this is only through luck. I'm sorry to say my experience with this cooler has not been good. It looks great, and the thermal dynamics are good. I want to like it. The kinkable tubes whilst annoying, I can forgive. Leaking onto a £600+ GPU, unfortunately that is unforgivable. I'm going to go back to Corsair's trusty H100i. Before I bought the Raijintek I did read some reviews of leaks based on damaged enclosures, although I hoped they were isolated incidences. Sadly, I was wrong. I have revised my score to 1 star, because an AIO water cooler failure is not acceptable.
This case is built really well, has a solid feel to it, like the Corsair cases. It's a really good price for what you get and the matt-finish black of the Razer edition is just lovely. Good solid case.
I thought the Corsair AX was the pinnacle, but EVGA have a real good locking PSU, nice finish to it, good fan, and comes with braided modular cables. And all the reviews told me this was the de-facto for gaming, so, it looks the part and so far is doing a great job!
These fans not only look great, but do a solid job and perform well. I particularly light the rubber corners that assist sound proofing, and the fact they're colour coded to match the LED. Very solid feel to the plastic too. I've previously used Corsair SP and AF fans both with the colour accent and the LED, but I have to say the Thermaltake fans look better with their unique ring-LED light. Love 'em. This really completes my build nicely.
Coming from a Corsair K70 which is a solid keyboard within itself, I wasn't sure what the Razer would offer in terms of quality. I have to confess it did look a bit ostentatious and I have to say it's on a par with the Corsair in terms of build and looks. But more importantly it feels great. The finish is nice and there's no cheapness to the keyboard which I suppose you should expect at over £100. The colours cycle through gently and glow really nicely and subtly. A very stylish keyboard. Well engineered. Complemented with the Razer Mamba mouse, I highly rate this keyboard.