Noctis 450 by Matt Morias

Building your first PC is an experience you never forget. The first time you hit the POWER button and see your machine in action reminds you why you spent so much effort on building something that’s uniquely yours. And if you’re like most first time builders, you probably make sure to take a lot of pictures of it.

We recently came across a build on PCPartPicker that had some of the best-looking photographs of a PC we’ve ever seen. And after reading the description, it was no surprise to find out the builder was a photographer who “wanted to get serious.”

Naturally, the Noctis 450 was the perfect case for the job.

I needed an upgrade for photo/video editing from my MacBook Pro 2013 now that my photography has gotten pretty serious. This is obviously going to be used for some gaming, although not much.

Case: The Noctis 450 is an incredible case. The airflow is great and keeps all the components under 70*C. It looks really nice and the install went very smoothly. Some people complained about no rubber grommets, I personally did not find this to be an issue as cable management was easy.

My only tip, plug in all the modular PSU cables before installing the PSU. Rookie mistake most likely, but I forgot to do this and it was a pain to reach under the PSU shroud to plug the cables in. Nonetheless, it is possible if you forget. The one and only issue with the case, is that it is very difficult to plug in the USB 3.0 Headers for the front panel with the motherboard I have.

Motherboard: Still trying to figure out all the ins and outs of the Asus X-99 Deluxe. There are so many features that come with this board. From what I have figured out, the bluetooth works flawlessly. It also looks very very pretty with a white themed build.

Update – The Asus X-99 deluxe is well worth the money. Bluetooth stays linked across my entire 2,400 sq ft home. It even stays connected outside. The wireless speed is incredible and the sound card that’s built in works flawlessly. Couldn’t be happier with the performance and functionality of this board.

CPU: No issues so far. Haven’t used it for many labor intensive tasks, but it performed well in the benchmarks.

Kraken X61: Awesome cooler. Looks great, customizable LED, and the CAM software is great for monitoring components. It does its job. CPU hasn’t gotten above 36*C since I got it.

GPU: The Kingpin is a tank. Handles every game with 60FPS on 1080p. No complaints and the free shirt is tacky but cool.

I also bought two corsair LED fans and installed them in the front. Both 120mm. I strongly recommend this because it looks super cool.