Description

Background Info: I am a freshman in college studying Biomedical Science at Arizona State University. (Go Devils!) I have been playing games purely on a console since my mom bought me a GameCube. After that I owned a Wii, PS3, PS4, and an Xbox One. I loved playing on consoles and i couldn't imagine why I would ever switch to PC. (Partly because of how much money I spent on consoles) I tried playing a couple of games on PC and I was absolutely terrible at it so i just went right back to console gaming. I wasn't until recently, when I met my roommates, that I started to get intrigued with PC gaming. They all made fun of me for playing on console. I decided to try it out so I downloaded some games onto my Surface Book 2 (15" 1060 version) and I absolutely loved it. I decided that I would build myself a computer solely for gaming, so I started to research parts. I didn't want to go completely overboard for my first PC so I tried to stay around $800.

Also I think my name is pretty clever cause it combines the colors white and blue, and the manufacture of the GPU (totally didn't make it up in like 3 seconds)

Future Additions:

  1. I would love to get an aio CPU cooler in the future to get better performance out of my CPU and to fill in the unused space in the front of my case. The radiator would also help with airflow.

  2. I would love to switch out my case fans for some with either RGB or just a blue light to match the rest of the build.

  3. I want to add an led light strip on the inside of the case to illuminate my parts and make it more flashy

  4. I need to get a new monitor as the one I'm currently using is a 19" 1360x768 monitor. I am looking at getting a 24" 144hz 1080p monitor. If you have any suggestions I would like to hear them.

  5. I need to get a better keyboard since I'm using an old dell membrane keyboard from like the early 2000's that I found in my garage. I've been looking at getting a 60% mechanical keyboard because i rarely use the num pad and the arrow keys. Right now I've been eyeballing the Vortex Pok3r, Ducky One 2 Mini, or the Anne Pro 2.

  6. I also need to get a new mouse. There isn't anything wrong with the one I have, its a Logitech MX Anywhere 2S, but it is a little small since its meant to be a travel mouse. I don't really know what mouse I want but i play a lot of fps games and I would also like the mouse to be on the lighter side, so if you guys have any suggestions I am open to hear them.

Anyways Ill stop blabbering, sorry this ended up being really long. I really loved building my new PC and it has worked great, minus a few little things. I would just like to say thanks to everyone on here that gave me inspiration by posting their on PC's, it helped a lot. :) If you have any questions, comments, or concerns just write them down below and Ill try to respond to them.

Part Reviews

CPU

The Ryzen 5 2600 is a great CPU, and i went with it because it was the best CPU for $160 that came with a stock cooler. The CPU works great but unfortunately I think I lost the silicon lottery because my benchmark scores are well below average. On stock settings I got around an 1100 on Cinebench and Userbenchmark put my CPU in the 20th percentile. So I decided to try some overclocking to see if I could get my scored a little higher. I downloaded Ryzen Master to test my overclocks before went into the bios, and this is where something strange is happening. On Ryzen Master I got my CPU to run stable at 3.9 GHz with 1.3v which gave me a 1343 score in Cinebench. However, when I go into the bios and change my core clockspeed and voltage to 3.9 GHz with 1.3v it doesn't really work. The bios apply the overclock and it shows it in task manager, but when I run Cinebench the clockspeed drops to 3.625 GHz and stays there. When I checked Ryzen Master to see what was going on I saw that the PPT(CPU), TDC (CPU), and EDC (CPU) all hit 100% and then the CPU underclocked itself. I tried dropping the overclock to 3.8 GHz and 3.7 GHz while also dropping the voltage, and the only combo that I could get it to not hit 100% was at 3.7 GHz with 1.2v. Now my Cinebench score is around a 1240 which is more inline with stock 2600's. If anyone knows what is going on and could help me I would appreciate it.

Motherboard

The ASRock B450 Gaming-ITX/AC is a great motherboard for the price. I got it on sale for $109.99 at Microcenter. The board was excellent to work with and having 2 case fan headers was amazing especially for a mini itx motherboard.

Memory

The RAM works great and I was able to get it running at 3000 MHz easily. I went with 8 GB of RAM because when I looked up gaming benchmarks online I didn't see too much of a difference between 8 and 16 GB. I know that it can cause some stuttering and lag if I am gaming and doing other tasks, but as of right now I am purely gaming and it has worked great for me so far.

Storage

I mainly got this SSD because it was cheap and had great reviews. I use it for my boot drive and for any games that I want to run faster. Its not the fastest SSD ever but it gets the job done and I am satisfied.

Storage

I got a 2.5" hard drive because I heard of people saying that trying to put a 3.5" HDD in the H200 was pain. I sacrificed on the speed and got a 5400rpm HDD and I kind of regret it now, especially when my game loading times exceed 1-2 minutes to load the match. Sometime in the future I will probably get a larger and faster HDD but until then this will be fine.

Video Card

I mainly got this card because it was blue and this is also what set the color scheme for my build. I was going back and forth between the GTX 1060 and the RX 580 but i decided to go with this one because of the price and the color. This GPU works amazingly and i have no issues with it. I plays every game that I want to at high to max settings. Although I usually turn down the graphics a little just to get the best ratio between performance and looks.

Case

I wanted a mini itx build because I hate the look of open space in PC's. When I saw this case I fell in love and new that it was the one that I was going to build in. I don't have any complaints, it was relatively easy to build in and the cable management routing was a life saver. The only thing that might be annoying is the top fan's dust filter is behind the fan so in order to get to it I would have to remove the fan.

Power Supply

I bought this power supply refurbished after hearing that a lot of people return these thinking that they are ATX power supplies. The power supply work great and didn't kill my components when I turned it on, so that is pretty good. The most annoying thing about it though was that the cables were to short to actually plug into anything so I had to spend an extra $50 to get extension cables.

Custom

I love these cables they are definitely the best cables for the cost. They were much better to work with than the stock corsair cables, and they're stiff but still somewhat easily bent. They make the blue and while theme for my build stand out a lot more than it would have.

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Absolutely stunning build for the money. Truly blew me away with those cables. Honestly might be my favorite budget computer build ever. Cable management blows me away for your first build. Getting that PSU could have been on purpose. It is so perfect in length with the extensions. The only thing that bothered me was the light from the GPU but when it is off, it truly does rival in terms of looks, a much higher end gaming computer. Add a preferably white (although your decision) led strip above and some sort of AIO, maybe an H100i Platinum SE from Corsair or an NZXT Kraken X52 (again your choice) and bam! A beautiful beast of a PC for the price. You may not have won the silicon lottery but you did win my heart!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much! I agree with you, a white led strip will help mellow out the bright blue from the GPU. I was looking at both of those aio coolers, they're definitely good looking.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Really Nice Build!!!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I really appreciate it!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Incredible build! The colours match so well and I love those extension cables. Your cable management is great too.

Enjoy!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The small case makes that GPU look MASSIVE !

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I was a little worried about airflow at first, but it is working great. Thanks for looking at my build!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build! a good 1080p 144hz that i could recommend would be an acer kg241. It is also 1ms and below 200$ good bang for your buck

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

A friend of mine recently purchased that monitor or a similar one for $180 on Black Friday. I've tried it out and I must admit, it is amazing value. That's coming from someone who games 1440p 144hz GSync...

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I will definitely take a look at it. Thanks for your feedback!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice one!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure where your loyalties are company wise. If you want a good AIO and RGB, you can go either NZXT or Corsair. I personally prefer Corsair as I have used many of their products and have never been disappointed.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont really have any loyalties. I just want what will work the best while looking great. I was looking at the NZXT just for matching purposes, but the corsair also looked good. I guess I will just have to do some more research and see what will fit the best in my case. Also, thanks for the added feedback!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

You really can't go wrong with their H100i RGB PLATINUM SE. Clean, white, and RGB. You should check out their Node Pro kit. It includes a controller and four magnetic strips. All of which can be controlled through iCUE.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I think a white aio would look great in this case. I'll take a look at the Node pro kit. If I do get a corsair aio it would be nice to have the same software control all of the rgb lighting.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Super cool. +1 I think you did this perfectly within your budget and I like the GPU and cabling. If you're looking for a cheap RGB strip, I can recommend the Silverstone LS03 Addressable RGB LED Strip. It's cheap, addressable, had names that actually work, and puts out soft, diffused light.

Also, check out r/buildapcsales they post sales on components all they time. No need to upgrade right away, but when you're ready that's a great resource

I just built my first PC in the same case, check it out and let me know what you think!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks so much! I saw that RGB strip and it's one of the ones I have been considering. I will definitely check out that reddit page when I plan on upgrading.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Suggestion for a monitor - the MSI G24C. Best monitor I have ever had. About 200$ for 144hz, 24inch, 1ms response time, check it out. It is the best monitor yet.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I will check it out!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Go Devils! Also great build

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Why does it say the power supply isnt compatible? Same with the the case

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The cables that come with the power supply are not long enough for the case. You can still use the power supply but you would need to get cable extensions like I have in my build.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

does it get hot?