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So I have been watching friends build computers for my entire life and it took me 20 years to finally try it myself. Due to the massive amount of pc build videos I watched on Youtube, I had a black and white colour scheme subconsciously engraved into my brain.

I learned a lot about computers from this build. #1 thing is, if you have never built before, planning for a month is not enough. I still felt rushed and ended up making a hasty case decision(got a cheap case off newegg which ended up being replaced with the current Corsair 220t

It is not listed but the MOBO is the b450 Carbon Pro which I got on sale for $179CAD so I couldn't pass it up for my budget. https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/B450-GAMING-PRO-CARBON-AC

I did some additional painting to the MOBO heatsinks, m.2 heatsink, and GPU backplate/front cover to add white, which went surprisingly well with some white enamel primer/paint spray paint. Masked off the details.

I also learned how varied fan connectors are... seriously... WTF fan companies. The 3 that came with my first case were RGB and they were 6 pin. Then I bought a three pack of SP120 Pro RGB that showed me how proprietary Corsair is. Then I bought a few AP140 because they were on sale(they were for my first case) and they were different as well. Luckily with the Corsair 220t(3 SP120 RGB pro included) I could just also add my earlier trio of SP120 for a contiguous look.

The built in OC has the CPU running at 4.25mhz on all cores, and I changed the timing profile on the memory so it hits 3200mhz(had 3400 for a while but it wasn't stable and got tired of resetting my bios). The GPU is also optimized to run over 1900mhz. I have only been playing Borderlands 3 and The Outerworlds but they both run over 70fps on max settings. OH, and the CPU cooler is a stock Wraith Prism cooler my friend gave me from his 3800x. My included Wraith Spire is still in the box.

I am also still working on cable management. I have completed a custom cable for the GPU pci-e that is only 10" long, so it goes straight to the PSU with no extra length. I am planning on doing the same for the CPU atx, and the MOBO 24 pin as well, when I have more time to create the pin out diagrams.

Anyway. Lots of fun, and I seriously recommend this case for anyone who doesn't want all those stupid optical/hard drive racks at the front. It is basically the most compact ATX I could find. Oh, and I bought a 90 degree connector for the MOBO so it didnt have to bend around a lot, and this 90 degree option should be available for EVERY single PSU cable and someone is missing out on a huge niche product. PEACE

Part Reviews

Memory

Really great product for the cost. If you are patient, you can get these sticks for around $100CAD(2x8) which is really great for 3200mhz. And if you like RGB you got it, and if you don't, STILL a good deal and you can turn it off. One tiny thing, the quality control on the housing is a bit sloppy, so some of the housing needs to be properly pressed together out of the box.

Case

After extensive searching I found this case. It was very well priced, considering it comes with $60 worth of SP120 RGBPro Corsair fans, and if you are trying to do a compact build with an ATX motherboard, this is the best mainstream option. No useless drive spaces behind the front fans!!!

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 4 points

Why are you sorry that it's white? Looks great to me

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

I was just being melodramatic. I just noticed all the Youtube bigwigs were doing a white mod at one point or another. thanks, though!!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

That's what I think. white is cool

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

White being common is probably why.

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

I just noticed that there were a lot of white builds, so I felt a little badly, but I stopped worrying as things started coming together.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Custom sleeving on your first build? Brave.

Looks great.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The pin-out diagrams are terrifying :D

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

clean build. the custom sleeving is awesome!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great, how are you finding your CPU temps ?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU temps were pretty high in the first case, but there is an absolute ton of air transfer in this one so it has been very stable. I have the MOBO RGB set to coordinate colour to temperature, and it was getting into the red during loads in the first case(over 65C) but with this fan setup, it has stayed under 60 even running benchmarks. I have some spare Corsair AF140 that I could potentially add to the bottom of the case(after some modding) if it gets bad, but it has been very good so far.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great. Really love the white detailing on the heat sinks.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I was pretty intimidated to paint them, because all the DIY videos make it look like it's hard to get it to turn out well, but it went very smoothly.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Impressive! Well done!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

This is immaculate. It is tidier than Queen of England's bedroom and more aesthetically pleasing than her in the buff. Excellent job!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice built!

You may want to look at an AIO but solid!

I went with a cheaper built so but similar specs 1 tier lower.

I love your RGB setup, and I ran into the same issues with the different standards on connectors.. wish they standardized these.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I am currently doing all my atx cables from scratch to sleeve and manage them, so I might end up re-wiring the fans I have as well so there is no extra cable and just standardize them all to a 4 pin connector. at the very least I could then donate them to people I know.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I will post final pictures once I customize the other cables and sleeve all the wiring in the back panel.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning a build with this case - would the performance still be fine if a got 16gb ram and the non X cpu? also im not gonna do any of the painting and sleeving for my first build - but ur's looks awsome!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I had 16gb initially and it wasn't noticeably different. Lots of evidence that using only 2 sticks is better/more stable for overclocking the memory, anyway you are good to go. I went with the X version of the 3600 because there was a really good sale on it at my local shop, so it was literally the same price. But from all the comparison videos I have seen, the 3600 is still really great, and you can make up for the couple hundred Mhz by turning up the OC in the program that comes with it. You are going to have a really nice mid level rig! Honestly, I am over the moon with how the CPU is for the price, and you can get the 3600 for really really cheap if you look around at local PC shops and online.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I was also wondering about the bios update issue with b450 motherboards and I was planning to get the MSI X570-A PRO ATX AM4 MOBO but is the b450 still compatible? Also is the cpu fan the stock fan - how does it have the rgb lighting?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the b450 carbon pro and it had bios flashback so when I built it I updated. Its not a huge deal. You can also ask some stores to update the bios for you in store.
The fan is actually the wraith prism from my friend's 3800x. He didn't end up using it because he already had a big beefy one from his last computer. But the once that comes with the 3600 is pretty good too, especially in this case because the airflow is so insane.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

You're using 360 fans at front. And if I using 3.5" drive, could I still using 360 fans?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The 3.5 drive racks on this case were all under the PSU shroud at the front, so you definitely can. It just means the bottom fan blows on the drives.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I please ask how you customised the gpu and what paint?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I went to the hardware store and bought an enamel primer/paint spray paint. ill check the brand when I get home, but I don't think you need to get a particular brand, just one that sticks to metal and plastic. Then I removed my MOBO heatsinks and the housing on the GPU. This is just a matter of watching a tutorial on the screws. this one came apart in 3 layers, and the order you take off screws is important. Then I just converted a large box(I used my case box) into a mini paint booth. Then basically mask off the stuff you dont want paint on, and all the screw holes. I then did super light coats of white. I think I did 5 light coats, with about 10 minutes in between to let the paint dry a bit. then I let it sit overnight and then reinstalled. If you wanna get fancy, you can also splurge on a sprau clear coat for the plastic parts, becuase if you arent careful, you will get a few chips like mine on the reinstall :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you know how to paint this, what do you recommend. https://www.gigabyte.com/uk/Graphics-Card/GV-N207SGAMING-OC-8GC#kf

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I would paint the metal back plate and the plastic front panel. When you take it apart you will have to watch the screw arrrangement because they are always different and look very similar. best to watch a bunch of GPU teardown vids first and maybe while you do it. Thats's what I did to make things easier, since if you take the baseplate off and the front plate, the order of teardown/rebuild is important. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=GPU+teardown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w3_g20ECFM

Once you get the back plate off, make sure to masking tape the screw holes you need paint free. you can pretty much just go nuts with the spray can after that.
For the front plate, the screws are usually hidden beneath the fan blades, so you have to put your screwdriver through/between the blades. I would then mask off the details you want unpainted (the logo ususally unscrews and detatches so you can keep that clean). I usually put a full piece of tape over the details, and then use a craft/xacto knife to cut the details directly on the plastic and then peel away the excess. its ok to cut/score the plastic when you do this part because its going to be filled by the paint anyway. then find a good place to hang the pieces so you can access all sides with the spray paint and attach a second wire(cord) so you can move the piece around without touching the actual surface.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The memory modules are luck of the draw. Samsung is v4.31 and Hynix is v5.32. Not sure how you would go about getting the vendor to send the Samsung version.

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering, what motherboard did you use. It is not listed. But the PC looks great anyways!!

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi I was curious on how you have 3 of the SP 120MM fans into that motherboard. It says that the lightning core pro is not a fan hub, so what did you use to connect the other 3 fans to your motherboard?

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