Description

For some time I've been gaming on some old Dell Latitude E6340 that struggled to run CS:GO, Minecraft, TF2, or anything you attempted to throw at it with an i5 3320M on integrated graphics so I desperately needed an upgrade. Most of my friends are able to run the latest games smoothly with their gaming laptops and sufficient machines, and with my potato laptop joining them would be out of the question.

I knew absolutely nothing about computer hardware, but I was interested in it. I researched a lot on PC parts and how to build them and let me say, it got me hyped. I started putting parts together on PCPP at the beginning of 2018, with a budget of around ~$1600 NZD. But I wanted something that would last, so I decided to up the budget into what became this current list.

I'd say I'm fairly young compared to the majority of people on here, so earning enough funds for this project wasn't exactly my idea of a walk in the park. I would earn money through gifts, chores, previous money saved, and small jobs done over the weekend. By the end of 2018, I had purchased some of the parts on sales and saved up enough cash to buy the rest of the hardware.

As for the parts, it was difficult to decide on which brand to go for or which chip to choose. After hearing about the rumours of Ryzen 3000, that pretty much sealed the deal for me and I went the Ryzen 5 2600 (excellent value). Jumped for an RTX 2070 because the prices in NZ for one are actually good compared to other cards. At one point I decided to go Radeon Vega as the prices were really cheap, but I had already purchased a 550w PSU which I didn't think would cut it. You might be wondering why I chose a 240mm AIO for some Ryzen 5 2600 that's never going to touch 4GHz+, but IMO watercoolers are more sexy and they are something cool to brag about ;) . My choice for the other components was mainly based on the colour scheme I was going for (white + purple).

When I got all my parts, I was ready to build. Everything went great, no problems, no delays, nothing but a beast of a machine ready to game. I intended to use this for gaming on 1440p @ 144hz, possible streaming, and browsing the internet without having to wait 5-6 seconds loading a YouTube video.

In the end, I am extremely thankful for everyone who helped. Thankful for the community on PCPP, to the people on Tom's Hardware, to those on r/buildapc, and all tech tubers on YT, and my family for helping out. I know I pretty much wrote up my whole life story on here but this build is special to me and I wanted to share it. Thank you for sitting through this with me.

If you guys want some benchmarks, more photos, or have any questions, pop them in the comments. I will make sure I will read and try to respond to all of them.

Also, check out the montage I made if you have the time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLqSqFtVmGo

Part Reviews

CPU

Two words - Great value. Pair it with most modern GPU's on most resolutions, and you'll have a good time gaming and if you wanted to - streaming with 6 cores and 12 threads. The good thing about going Ryzen at this point of time is that you have the ability to upgrade to Ryzen 3000, which is looking promising.

CPU Cooler

An AIO that comes in white - what more could you ask for. This thing performs well and looks great in the process. It also comes with an RGB led strip and a fan hub which is great of Deepcool. I idle my Ryzen 5 2600 on 20-30c and under some load it runs as low as 45c.

Motherboard

Good looking motherboard and has the ability to upgrade to Ryzen 3000. BIOS is easy on the user, and the RGB integration is subtle but nice. good port selection on the back and overall good quality.

Storage

Probably quite overpriced for an SSD but it's NVME. Unfortunately I didn't really notice a difference between my old SATA SSD and this one. Luckily I got this one on sale :P

Video Card

I've had this card for 2 months, and I haven't experienced any problems like some other users may have. Runs every game I've played on it at 1440p highest if not high settings with 60fps+, so I recommend this card to users who want a good gaming experience at 1440p.

Case

Quite compact for an ATX case which is nice. The mesh panel on the front not only looks good but also brings some performance increases in the temperature side of things. Cable management is great also.

Power Supply

Fully modular, 80+ gold, what more could you ask for? 550w is perfectly fine for most machines these days so this PSU was a no brainer.

Custom

Good looking, but IMO overpriced for what they are.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 4 points

I like this build ... like a lot!

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Same here :)

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Solid build. Love the white.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Magnificient build! Love how you show it with different LED colors. This is exactly what I aim for with my future build.

Thank you for sharing!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks so much! Good luck with your future build.

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Very clean, i am also looking to buy that liquid cooler for my pc

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's good. I heard there is a new version being released soon as well.

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much!

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice mid range build. I like how u can change the color scheme to like white and any other color. I personally like white and blue the best. I am going to be building a pc soon with a budget of 650 usd.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot. White is a good colour, it goes with most other colours. Have fun putting together your new PC!

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! Finding everything in white must have be hard, but looks really really good. Like the case. One question, wheres the power supply?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the comment. The power supply is at the bottom of the computer, hiding under the metal shroud so you can't see it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I see.

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Dude that looks so sick. Great job and congrats my man

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I've said this so many times but I mean it - thanks for your comment!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice and clean, the white is sexy! I went more sith than stormtrooper though lol

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your opinion! I checked out your build, ngl it still looks great with the lighting and damn, that trident z royal tho. Nice build!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Thx man, and yes the z is great and quite bright as well.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks awesome and I love the color scheme !

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I love it as well because you can pretty much have it as any colour you want.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly, that's why I love white builds. The white reflects the rgb colors very well so rgb looks much better in it, and it even looks good even without the rgb

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this build! Also, where did you get the AIO from? Can't seem to find any aussie retailers that have it... :/

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I got the AIO from PB tech in NZ. I looked around online but most retailers are out of stock. Maybe you could try buying from overseas or wait until they have stock. :)

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean! well done +1 from me

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much for your upvote!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

That Captain 240EX looks surprisingly good!!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

The way those AIO tubes are bent, though...

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Good? Bad?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Weird, but not bad.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

never seen tubes bent like that

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, normally they go under the RAM but I got the idea to do it this way from Bitwit's 'Another epic build montage' vid.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

absolutely beautiful.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

BEA-utiful. Cheers on the hard work!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I put a lot of effort into making my dream come true :)

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

This is so ******* beautiful. A work of art. Welldone.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks you. It's so great to see so many people appreciate the hard work I put into this.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I was looking on how to build a white PC because I think it will look really cool and I dont need to look any further. I will borrow some parts from list if you dont mind, this build probably the best looking I have ever seen. It is a proof that you dont need a ton of RGB to make it look good. The white theme of the parts is what is the winer.

Just a quick question: How do you find the temps under load? Do you think of putting an extra fan or that is fine?

Thank you!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your kind words, and good luck with your build! I hope it turns out as good as mine, if not better. As for your question, I think the temps are fine during gaming but I haven't done any proper testing. I don't think of putting any fans, as I'm not sure where to put them (no more room at the front and the tubes are at the top) and I don't think I need them.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah I see, ok thank you! I mean the games I will play are Overwatch, Dota, Diablo 3 and WoW classic when it launches so I guess I dont have to worry too much about temps and this will be fine. The Meshify C I think has room for one fan at the bottom, but not sure.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, forgot about that place at the bottom. The meshify c is a great case for airflow as well and judging by the games you enjoy I don't think you should worry about temps. Once again, good luck with your build!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Love your build! I am planning to build something like yours, with the white gigabyte rtx 2060. I cant wait! Hope you can check it out when I upload it :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Does the GPU block the 2nd x1 PCIe slot?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Just checked, the GPU blocks the x1 PCIe slot below the first x16 PCIe slot but doesn't interfere with the other x1 slot below it. However, it looks as though there's under a millimetre of clearance if something plugged into that 1x slot is pointing upwards. But if it's card or something, it should be fine but it might restrict airflow from the GPU. Hope this helps.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

It does, thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Love your bild, well done! I was wondering if you had any issues with those ram and if you needed to upgrade the BIOS. I'm building a very similar system (same motherboard with ryzen 7 2700x CPU) but I have compatibility problems with the corsair vengeance pro.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, but no, I haven't experienced any issues regarding the RAM. I checked the QVL for the motherboard and I couldn't find the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro but still like I said I'm not having any problems. I've seen others use the same memory kit and motherboard and they haven't had any issues. You might have a faulty component but I am no expert nor qualified to give a correct answer. Maybe ask on the forum or on Tom's hardware? Anyway hope this helps.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I had a faulty sata cable... Everything looks fine, now! Thank you for your reply!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm curious if you could answer a question for me. If one wanted to, would the Deepcool radiator fit on the top rather the front?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it's able to fit in the top.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much for your reply. My build is unintentionally very similar to yours, I guess that's what happens when you want a white theme. The build looks beautiful! Oh and thanks for bringing the cable mods to my attention.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Simple and clean!!!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and where did you place the stock fans?