Description

As a preface, this is very much an alpha version of what I intend to do. I will be replacing the cooler, motherboard, RAM, PSU, and case. This is just a first draft, so to speak. This PC is an upgraded version of a much less powerful rig, as well.

If it isn't plainly obvious from the title, this is a white build. The overall plan is white with black accents. I am also shooting for as little noise as possible.

CPU: The CPU was an easy choice. When I built this computer originally, I went with a 4130. After deciding to upgrade, the 8350 was the only real choice I had. I've stuck with it since.

Future plans for the CPU are kind of hazy. I'm either going with Skylake or Zen, but I'll have to wait to see what Zen has to offer before I make a decision. In either case, I will be upgrading to the best of either platform.

Cooler: I wanted the Hyper 212 EVO when I was shopping for a new cooler. However, I was short. I could've waited and saved $5 more, but I was impatient. The T4 isn't that much more ineffective than the 212, and it allows me to get stable overclocks at around 4.5 Ghz.

Water cooling is the only real place to go from a T4 with any respectable benefits. If I do a custom loop, I will be water cooling the GPU as well, but an AIO is looking like the best option for me at the moment. The H series from Corsair is probably what I will go with.

Motherboard: My original Asus board was damaged after it had an unfortunate fall, so I salvaged this board from my Dad's rig. It does the job, but I will not be buying ASRock again.

If I go for Skylake, the Z170 Krait from MSI is a prime candidate for my future motherboard. If I go with Zen, I'll have to see what I will go with once pictures of the first AM4 boards get leaked.

RAM: This is pretty simple. I started with 4GB of budget DDR3 and upgraded that to 8GB of budget DDR3. It doesn't fit with the theme, but I plan on fixing that soon.

I have no idea what I will be doing with the RAM. There isn't really any white DDR4, so I'm mostly hoping that Kingston releases white HyperX.

Storage: The SSD was a recent addition. It is a decent budget SSD to hold me OS. The HDD was a nice budget choice for this PC when it was originally built. There are no issues so I stuck with it.

I will probably not upgrade storage that much. I'll probably add another TB or two of mass hard disk storage and maybe another 120GB SSD for RAID0.

Video Card: This is an interesting story. I got a pair of headphones that I wasn't fond of for Christmas. I went to BestBuy to get a refund and buy a nicer pair, when I find out the gifter paid on a card, so I couldn't get cash. In the rush to find something to trade, I see a 970 and say "**** it." So, I essentially traded a pair of Turtle Beach's and $200 for a high end card.

This will remain the same until the 970 is so outdated that I can't feasibly run modern AAA titles at reasonably high settings. I have no bias on AMD vs nVidia, so I can't really say what I will upgrade to.

Case: NZXT is easily one of my favorite case brands, and the Source 210 is a great deal. It has luxury features like rolled edges, aluminum construction, and plenty of cable management room for $50. It was an easy choice.

My next case will be the NZXT H440. It's sleek, elegant, simple and perfectly fits the theme of my build.

PSU: The PSU was also salvaged from my Dad's PC. It's cheap, but it works. Not much else to say.

I will definitely be going with a Corsair RM-i series PSU. I need the modular cables so I can easily sleeve them in white sleeving and the 80+ Gold isn't bad either.

I'm always open to feedback and if you have any recommendations for future upgrades, let me know. Let's just keep it civil.

Also, sorry for the lack of pictures. It isn't a new build, so I couldn't take any of the unopened parts and I couldn't take the cooler off because I ran out of thermal paste.

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Could have went with another brand of SSD.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It was on sale for like $40, so I made an impulse purchase. I know Kingston's V300 SSD's have gone downhill recently.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I know the feel. I didn't really do much research, just saw the price, and got one myself for my brother's build. Was sad when I read the article about what they were doing with PNY.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'm a bit pissed about it, but what can you do?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

i think this is a great build for the price only thing i would change is to get a different ssd like the sandisk ultra ii which is the same price where i live; the uk

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It was on sale.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, I got VERY confused at first because it said that it was $361, I checked and I guess that the graphics card and motherboard aren't for sale where I live.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the card and mobo aren't listed for some reason. I know the GTX 970 is still in production because I literally bought it yesterday.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe just where I live

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you fit the ssd?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually in the back of the case. The Source 210 has no 2.5" drive mount and I was trying to keep the visible cables to a minimum, so I just hid it behind the rear sidepanel.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

probs gonna get this as my cheapest gaming pc since i have a laptop worse than this that costs 600 dollars