Description

Well, after not being satisfied with the performance of my old CMStorm Enforcer case, (Loud as hell with only 2 fans) I decided I needed a change in scenery. a few days later the Noctis 450 from NZXT launches and already am seeing amazing reviews. so I told myself "why not? It looks downright aggressive and is built on the award winning NZXT H440 chassis" so swapping all my parts I boot it up. It's almost dead silent despite not being optimized for silence AND having 5 fans in it. and in my opinion looks SO much cleaner than the Enforcer case. I use this computer primarily for gaming as well as image rendering. the core i7-4790K smoke checks my old FX-8350 in everything I did and every benchmark I use. and the GTX 780 crushes all my games in 1080p and I dont plan to upgrade to 4K any time soon.

Also I am not actually not running Windows 8.1 but rather the Windows 10 Insider Preview but its not listed here

Only a few minor annoyances during the build, and that revolves only around the PSU shroud. I found it a little tricky to feed the cables from my PSU into the holes I wanted them to go into. as well as the HD Audio, USB 2 and front IO connectors

Overall this thing was a huge pleasure to build in! would definitely recommend to friends and any one who is reading this.

Pros: Looks amazing! Same internals as the H440 Lots of cable management options Massive amounts of support for liquid cooling radiators Deceptively quiet Very easy to work in Rear IO and PCI bracket illumination

Cons: Only some holes have rubber grommets No RGB LEDs Case finish looks great but feels cheap
Side panel window very easy to scratch

(Edit: after looking around I realize I am the first to post a build here with the Noctis 450 case)

Part Reviews

CPU

Runs cool on water, great OC stability. and really fast

CPU Cooler

quiet for the most part, keeps my CPU nice n cool. but Corsair Link will not work in Windows 10, and I can hear the pump when it ramps up

Motherboard

What can I say really? its ROG what more needs explained

Case

I REALLY wanted to give this case 5 stars, I REALLY did, but alas as with almost all cases there are some drawbacks

My initial thoughts on it was "oh man this is a gorgeous case." and it was. but after spending some time with it I realize some things could use improvement. This case is built with the same internals as the H440 which was fantastic. and I felt right at home installing parts into it. It had all the features I wanted and a few I didnt expect but was a welcome surprise. it included rear I/O LEDs which made connecting and tinkering in the dark a breeze, its only the second case I ever saw that comes with that built in, normally its a mod.

Side panels. PCI slot brackets PSU bracket, Hard drive cages, are all held together with thumb screws. Which I think was great but those screws come pretty torqued out of the box so unless you got insane gripping power, you're gonna need a screw driver to loosen them.

as with the H440, the motherboard standoffs come pre-installed for ATX motherboards, which was right up my alley and my motherboard itself almost took up all the space. While making it little tricky to place my motherboard it also filled my case up nicely, leaving just enough room for my USB 2, HD Audio, and front I/O connectors

The NXZT logo and LED strip on the bottom of the case are a very nice touch to the matte black finish of the case, but...for $140 I would have liked to have seen RGB LEDs instead of red, something Phanteks pulled off well with their Enthoo Luxe, which NZXT is competing against with this case.

Cooling for this case is phenomenal. Comes pre-installed with 3 120 mm fans in the front and a 140 mm fan in the back. and can add another 3 120 mm fans or 2 140 mm fans on top. It has support for radiators on top, rear and front. the top even has enough clearance for radiators configured for push/pull while not eating up space in front of your motherboard. So good job, NZXT for that.

The finish of this case, while looking fantastic, felt cheap and in my personal opinion is the biggest issue with the case. I found out the hard way that it is very easy to scratch.

Lastly the only other gripe I have with it, is I wish all the cutouts came with rubber grommets

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 7 points

Finally a build with the NZXT Noctis 450. Been waiting to see a complete build on here with this case as I'm planning on buying one myself. Nice clean build, looks great!

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  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude, just wanted to say thats a really nice build! I am planning a new build myself with that case, looks epic! Just wanted to ask where you got your pre-sleeved cables from? I am having a hard time finding ones that people would recommend?

Thanks!

p.s something that I have for mine already: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/301630000673?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Its awesome and the guy does a great job! Food for thought

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Huh, didn't know something like that existed! I will keep that in mind!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

A nice clean build, well done! +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build!! Love the look of the case. Can we see more internal pictures and possibly the back side too? +1!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure thing, though my cable management isn't perfect.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

that case... NICE BUILD! +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you liking those monitors?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitors themselves are fantastic! love 'em! only issues really is lack of connectivity, DVI-D and VGA only, and the stands are a bit wobbly.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, but I'm wondering why you chose 8GB of ram over 16GB - for a build this powerful it is almost compulsory! +1 for a great build! :D

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

at the time of my first build, that was all I can afford. but 8 GB is plenty for what I do. but I do plan to put another 8 in it before the price of DDR 3 skyrockets

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the SteelSeries Rival? I have been looking into getting one to match my QcK Heavy. I am so happy to also see a Noctis 450 in a build on here, is the case worth the price tag? or is an H440 more "Bang of the Buck"?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

the Rival I found to fit my hand perfectly, but I do have large mitts and it is a decent size mouse. accuracy is great so far, and you wont see many mice that have 6500 DPI AND RGB LEDs in it for $60. As for the case itself, the H440 is definitely the "Bang for the buck" case, especially after NZXT reduced the price on it. but it doesn't have near as good support for water cooling or a PWM fan hub. or illuminated rear IO, or look near as badass.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input! The Noctis definitely looks badass! kinda seems like a mix between a Phantom and an S340. I am seriously contemplating getting one for my build to swap out my 200R.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

the green LED on the GTX spoils the red accent of the casing

change the LED to red on the cooler and apply some colored tape on the GTX words into red will match the build well

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

the LEDs on the GTX 780 I don't think are green, they're white, but the lettering themselves are green, could be mistaken though.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

yea its the lettering

some just did a simple mod by shaving off the green coating

if you can get transparent paint you can paint the lettering red

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

what do you mean by adding colored tape on the gtx words?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

cellophane paper or tape

we use them when we are kids in art classes

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like it's about time for a desk upgrade. Great build though +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm getting the same case for my build, do you have any complaints with it?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

read my description

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the looks of the case, I just wanna know why did you choose this over the Enthoo Luxe?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

while the Enthoo Luxe was THE contender to the N450, ultimately it was looks. While the Luxe was packed full of features, to me it looked like an ordinary side window case with LEDs.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm gonna have a similar build :)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Needs a backplate

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

the GPU?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Well yeah

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

do you guys think that the corsair dominator platinum looks better than the G.skill ripjaws ram in this sort of build?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build, however it would be nice to see some better quality photographs

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

i suggest taking the gpu apart and sanding the geforce logo then dap it in red paint so the logo is red not green

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

this is almost the same build I came up with a while back. some case, same CPU, same motherboard, same with both SSD & HDD, and almost the same RAM (Vengeance Pro)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Just bought it at pccasegear yesterday 13/6/15 (it's 14 now). Then i found this (the image) Trying return it to change another one or similar one or money back. So disappointed with this case nzxt noctis 450. http://imageshack.com/i/f0jo6U09j

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

Nice Setup!!!

May I ask where you connected the 2 fan connectors from the CPU Cooler and the PWM Fan hub? I have build my setup last weekend and connected the 2 fans from CPU Cooler to CPU Main and CPU OPT and connected the PWM Hub to case fan 1, But now I can't control the speed for the PWM Fan Hub.

Is it possible to split the CPU Cooler fans (with Y Splitter) to CPU Main and connect the PWM to CPU OPT and do I need the Serial ata connector to the PWM Hub?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

ack how did u install the H80i gt? I have the same cooler, trying to build it and trying to figure out how to install it in here ><

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

do the case LED still work?

and does the window has many scratches?

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  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Gee, thanks :P what has been seen cannot be unseen

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Stop that! XD

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha lol,

I can see where you're coming from