“Maximus” Noctis 450 by Deus Maximus

Hi! I’m Deus Maximus, a 38 year old IT Professional from Queensland, Australia who’s been building his own PC’s since 1996.

I’m very much experienced in regards to building systems, and although I’ve settled into a 3 to 5 year build cycle (with upgrades in-between), I like to keep on top of the latest technology, and plan ahead for when I make the next big technological jump.

My latest build is Maximus, designed to meet the Oculus Rift recommended specs for when it launches next year, and to have a lot of headroom when it comes to overclocking. The goal is to look good, run quiet, and handle the hot Queensland subtropical climate which persists all year long where I live.

The specs are as follows:

  • CPU: Intel i5 4690K 3.5GHz
  • MB : ASUS Maximus VII Ranger
  • RAM: 2x 8GB Kingston HyperX Savage PC2133 DDR3
  • GPU: ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 970 4GB
  • SSD: 2x 250GB Kingston HyperX SSD’s
  • HDD: 1x 2TB Seagate Barracuda
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • Case: NZXT Noctis 450
  • Cooler: NZXT Kraken X61

Because my PC builds are never finished, the next plan is to eventually run two GTX 970’s in SLI, and likely continue adding RAM and storage over its lifetime, but for now it’s performing far better than I expected.

Working with this case and CPU cooler was an absolute delight. The 280mm radiator fits this case like a glove, and the case itself has nice little features, such as a nub in place of a screwhole in the middle standoff, which holds your motherboard in place while attaching it to the case. It’s one of those “Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?” features that makes life easier.

The airflow has been fantastic, and despite the subtropical Queensland weather, it stays nice and cool even when under load. There’s even room for two additional fans on the radiator, in case I ever want to go with a push-pull configuration, as opposed to just the push.

I cannot recommend this case and CPU cooler enough. Great work, NZXT!

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