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Clean White & Purple Build | First PC Build

by lh768

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38 Comments

Details

Date Published

April 15, 2019

Date Built

Feb. 16, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.62 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

14 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

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.

Other

Good looking, but IMO overpriced for what they are.

Comments Sorted by:

iKoniKModz 2 Builds 4 points 6 days ago

I like this build ... like a lot!

lh768 submitter 1 Build 3 points 6 days ago

Same here :)

JDawn747 1 Build 3 points 6 days ago

Solid build. Love the white.

lh768 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

thank you!

EdSten 3 points 6 days ago

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!

lh768 submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

Thanks so much! Good luck with your future build.

matthewle 3 points 6 days ago

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

lh768 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

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

Abegrow 1 Build 3 points 6 days ago

Nice build!

lh768 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

Thanks very much!

NubbyPig 3 points 6 days ago

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.

lh768 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

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

TorqDawg73 3 points 6 days ago

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

lh768 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

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.

TorqDawg73 1 point 6 days ago

Ah, I see.

jnzed94 3 points 6 days ago

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

lh768 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

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

Demmonz 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

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

lh768 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

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!

Demmonz 1 Build 2 points 4 days ago

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

TurtleBobThe1st 2 points 6 days ago

Looks awesome and I love the color scheme !

lh768 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

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

TurtleBobThe1st 2 points 6 days ago

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

Crafted-louis 2 Builds 2 points 6 days ago

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

lh768 submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

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. :)

atomgray88 3 Builds 2 points 6 days ago

Very clean! well done +1 from me

lh768 submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

Thanks very much for your upvote!

atomicdeathray 1 Build 2 points 5 days ago

That Captain 240EX looks surprisingly good!!

atomicdeathray 1 Build 2 points 5 days ago

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

lh768 submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

Good? Bad?

atomicdeathray 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

Weird, but not bad.

atomicdeathray 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

never seen tubes bent like that

lh768 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

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.

gunnarbirdlmao 2 points 5 days ago

absolutely beautiful.

irishThroned 2 points 5 days ago

BEA-utiful. Cheers on the hard work!

lh768 submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

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

RookieGamer2001 2 points 4 days ago

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

lh768 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

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