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SnowDrop - Clean White Gaming Rig

by Bobbert69



Date Published

April 23, 2016

Date Built

April 22, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

42.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C


This is my new gaming machine. It's a huge upgrade from my 2009 Red Dragon build. This PC was a passion of mine to create something smaller and more pristine looking than my huge, loud, 100 pound gorilla that I've been sitting next to for 7 or 8 years. I never thought I would want a "white" case, but they've grown on me. My favorite color being purple, I chose to have RGB lighting so I can go from white to purple which really accents the case. I still have some things to do like change the power LED to purple, add some more light strips under the case with a breathing effect, and adding white mouse and keyboard. Also I want to sleeve my power cables but with the Corsair 950 has way too many long cables that I don't need so I may be changing the PSU for a modular one.

Future plans include: Painting some interior parts white such as the shroud on the PowerColor Devil video card, wrapping all the cooling lines with white hose, and possibly replacing or painting some radiator fans white. Also in the works I'm designing a SnowDrop cutout logo to be 3D printed and backlit with wide EL strip, probably for the PowerColor backplate. Possibly a second PowerColor Devil R9 390x if I can figure out how to shave the 15 degree point off of the shroud so it doesn't hit my PSU - any ideas appreciated on that. Also working on getting some custom very short cable extensions since I cannot sleeve the non-modular PSU.

Looking to upgrade mouse and keyboard: Tesoro GRAM Spectrum white mechanical RGB low profile keyboard, ROCCAT Tyon white gaming mouse.

UPDATE 1: NZXT sent my internal USB header expander so I can use front panel/Hue+/CorsairLink all together (my motherboard has only 2 USB 2.0 headers.)

UPDATE 2: My white magnetic rear case filters came in from Demcifilter, out of South Africa, so I've uploaded a picture of those on the back of the case. Also got my PCI Slot filters from OutletPC and you can see them in a picture now.

UPDATE 3: Replaced all internal fans with Thermaltake Riing white LED fans. Purchased Steelseries Rival 700 mouse and a second 960GB SSD for a total of 3 SSD drives and 2.25TB of SSD Storage. Added another 390X video card, XFX overclocked 390X 8GB air cooled, for crossfire 390X's and 16GB of Video Ram in DirectX 12. Already looking to replace Riing fans with NZXT Aer RGB fans but will require a second Hue+ controller since my current one is maxed out with LED strips.

Video links: https://youtu.be/FApT_yxBhl4 https://youtu.be/U2f6mnVMhSs https://youtu.be/QDIB1MypQ_Y

Part Reviews

Video Card

The Devil is a beast, for sure. It's ugly, too, but most of the ugly can't be seen as it sits on the underbelly. It runs fast! It runs cool! It runs every single game I can throw at it!!! My only gripes are the fans and the shroud. The fans are not silent by any definition, and the shroud is bulky and part of it protrudes higher than the total thickness of the card because the fan on the card sits at a 15 degree angle, giving a pointy corner that sticks up higher than it should. This is keeping me from putting a second Devil card in this case because that pointy part of the shroud hits my power supply. Maybe there's a way to grind it down or take it off and rig up something better.


I can't say enough good things about this case....but I'll try. It's kinda like the TARDIS - bigger on the inside than on the outside. The cooling options are insane for a mid-tower, and the cable management is a dream, unfortunately I can't enjoy that part due to my PSU's 400 feet of cabling. I love the fact that all of the hard drive bays can be moved around, spun, or removed altogether, which is what I eventually did as I have no HDD installed. There are two SSD mounts behind the motherboard tray where my OCZ and Crucial live. There is plenty of sound dampening material inside and the door can mount on the left or right. I only mounted one optical drive and left the insert cover in place because I won't be using it much. If I had to be picky I would wish the case came with rear dust filters, but it does have removable front and bottom filters. I ordered some magnetic filters for the back, and if I ever add more radiators for the top I will have to add filters for that. So far the case if very, very quiet. There are 8 fans in the system, the loudest being on the PowerColor Devil video card and its radiator.

Power Supply

I've had this power supply since it debuted in 2009, originally for my Red Dragon build. It has power to spare and all the reviews gave it top scores for best parts and ability to run at 100 percent all the time, pushing 3 GPU's at once. It's been a wonderful investment, however for this build I wish it was modular. There are an insane amount of cables and connectors, which was hard to hide in my old Cooler Master HAF 932 full tower case. I may end up cutting off the 4-pin molex cables as I don't need them anymore except for the lighting system, which can use an adapter. In this case, I covered the power supply with glossy white vinyl film, rather than painting it. Turned out better than I expected.


I love this keyboard but it's old technology. Not mechanical and not RGB lighting, however it still works flawlessly from the time it was new in 2009 on my Red Dragon build. I don't use all of the programmable buttons but it's nice to know they are there, and the lighting is very good at night. I used to use the screen a lot - there are hundreds of apps people have written for it over the years but mostly I use it to show system health during gaming.


300 watt subwoofer and 5 satellites/center give this system some serious boom. Sometimes we use the PC for music during family gatherings instead of the stereo, and it's more than enough to handle it. Gaming is superb on it. The remote is very useful and everything works like it was new however I've had this thing longer than I can remember.

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Crimsonblade911 1 point 29 months ago

Hey, where can i find a closed loop gpu cooler like you have? And what would you recommend for a 1070? Thanks in advance.

Bobbert69 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Well my cooler came factory installed on the gpu, and it really cools well. But for the 1070, if you already own the card (and even if you don't ) I hear lots of good things about the EVGA GeForce GTX Hybrid Model 400-HY-5188-B1 all-in-one cooler My card is the PowerColor Devil AMD 390X 8GB Overclocked

Crimsonblade911 1 point 29 months ago

So just to be clear, that's the cooler for the 1070 evga brand card?

Bobbert69 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Yes I believe so. Sorry I've been away for the month

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Bobbert69 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Yeah. And I paid quite a bit more for the case at Christmas due to it being sold out everywhere. It's been a joy to build with except my PSU has 400 feet of cabling and is not modular. Sigh. Needless to say my cable management, which this case does very well, sucks at the moment. I am thinking of cutting out some of the excess wiring.

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Bobbert69 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

True. I haven't come to that yet, but I've talked to my buddy at work about it who's our plant electrician. I don't like the idea, and right now it's just an idea.

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Bobbert69 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I have to agree with that. It's really not hurting anything. Got another pair of RGB strips today from NZXT so I put them underneath the case in "breathing" mode. Their Hue+ system is amazing.