Description

My first build! A few months ago I had no idea what any of the components needed to build a computer were or what they did. Yet I decided that I would build myself one as a reward for finishing university. I proceeded to spend way too much time researching how to build a PC. I got super into the aesthetics of PCs and setups as a whole. The journey was amazing and PCs are definitely a hobby of mine now, not just gaming on them. There are still some upgrades I am saving for like a new corsair keyboard and mouse, a GPU backplate would be nice, as well as a g-sync monitor and some improved cooling so I can get into overclocking. Nevertheless, here are the fruits of my labour after snagging any deals I could find over the last few months. A beautiful PC dressed in black and white... I call it Yennefer.

Update - Got my new monitor(s), keyboard, mouse, GPU backplate, and made the setup more aesthetically pleasing. Still waiting for that Deepcool Captain 360mm.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Great looking little cooler. I was worried about its ability to handle an i7 8700k but it does its job really well for its size. I would still recommend something beefier if overclocking.

Motherboard

I chose this motherboard as it was the cheapest z390 that looked great. The BIOS is easy to use and the M.2 heat sink is an awesome plus. The ASRock lighting program is far from my favourite.

Memory

Best looking RGB ram available in my opinion. Though be wary of the fact that white light is disappointingly dull.

Video Card

Very happy with this card for the price I got it at. Looks great in a black and white build but could use a back plate.

Case

It's beautiful. I admit it may not be the best for airflow or the easiest to work with but personally it's worth it for how good it looks.

Custom

Look great, sound quiet. I personally find CAM to be a pleasure and the lighting options are great if you want to get creative customizing.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

Does it smell of lilac and gooseberries though? (Please don't flame me if I got the smell wrong lol)

Nice build though, so much cleaner than I could ever dream.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll upgrade to liquid cooling with gooseberry juice ;D Thank you!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Pleassssse submit to techsource setupwars on YT

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The setup has come a fair way since these pictures. I think I'm nearly happy enough to submit it to that sort of thing. I'm more of fan of room tour project by randomfrankp though. I wonder if they try to not include the same setups, if not I could submit to both :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

this is awesome <3

and congratulations graduation

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much <3

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and clean setup!

Random question, why is the top fan for the front intake fans mounted to the inside of the case? Lol

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh good question! It's actually a spare nzxt fan my friend had lying around but it's 140mm and doesn't fit to be mounted on the outside with the 120mm. I will likely change that at some point. Thanks!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

That ram is sick, epic build

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I know right, love me some angles. Thank you :D

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

why not go with the cryorig h5 universal? theyre around the same price! looks nice either way tho.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Just because I really liked the look of the small cooler flat against the motherboard, doesn't hide the other components like a bigger air cooler. Thanks!

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, +1!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

can you turn off the led on the mobo?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah you sure can. You can even individually turn off the IO cover, heatsink and audio lights for whatever look you want.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this mobo worth buying? I'm building a pc and just bought my first parts since they were on a massive sale. I bought the ram you have, and the lian li one case so far. I'm probably gonna go with an 8600k and a Gigabyte 2070 with either a Master Cooler or NZXT aio. Will the board pair decent with those, and does it oc well?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

The mobo will pair decent with those parts. I'm personally happy with it but as far as whether it's worth buying I guess thats pretty subjective. I purchased it as it was hard to find a z370 in stock that liked the look of for an affordable price. As far as overclocking, I haven't tested myself and won't till I purchase an aio, but from what I have read online it honestly might not be the best option in it's price range.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I read alot of stuff online about it too. But It looks so good! Everyone is saying the Gigabyte Aurus Pro is the best in its price range but it doesnt look nearly as good as the ASRock board imo. I'm almost thinking I should just spend the extra $30 and get an Asus z370 board.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

If it was possible to find the Asus Strix z370 in stock in Australia anymore, that's what I would have gone with too

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful PC Nice job

One question on the top left of the mobo did you use the 8pin and the 4 pin power or just the 8pin?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I use just the 8pin. From what I understand the 4 pin is just a nice extra for those looking to do some extreme overclocking

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

The reason you got extra fans.. is it because this case did not have top fans??

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

The case comes with two fans. I got extra fans because I liked the aesthetic better and it helped airflow. Not sure if that answers your question.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Where is the other fan? On the front/right?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I gave the two Corsair fans that came with the case away to a friend and he gave me a 140mm nzxt aer fan. I purchased 5 120mm RGB nzxt aer fans because I liked the look of them. So I have 3 exhausting at the rear and 3 as intake at the front of the case. So 6 fans in total.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Also what is that desk called? I kinda like it :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It is called the contour loop leg desk from the Australian store Officeworks.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

So how did the nzxt fans work with the corsair case. How many fans go too one controller or did you get to use the included corsair one? I am working with the same case and fans and i am planing on getting the max amount to replace the ones on my radiator.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

So I used the Corsair controller that is preinstalled in the case to control the light on the front of the case. I had to also install the Hue+ to control the NZXT fans. I have five of these fans daisy chained together and into one of the two ports on the Hue+. The other port could be used for more fans or a light strip if you would like. Hope that helps :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

So if i understand this all of those five fans use one port together?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Did it choke on 10 pounds of silver yet?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what you mean

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a really nice and clean build. Could you tell me what peripherals are you using on your first photo?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. Keyboard = Corsair K70 MK2 low profile Mouse = Roccat Nyth Mousepad = Corsair MM800 Polaris Headset = Corsair Void Pro Wireless Headset stand = Corsair ST100 Speakers = Logitech Z200

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been shopping mobo upgrades for my sons PC and stumbled on your build. What a GREAT looking rig! This "super into the aesthetics" super paid off. You have what I consider a perfect looking PC. (also, VERY nice build in general) I know I'm a little late, but wanted to say +1 anyway.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow thank you so much! Always makes me happy when people enjoy looking at my PC as much as I do

  • 12 months ago
  • 0 points

What is your witcher framerate?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually don't own the Witcher yet on PC but I might have an update on that soon!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

My setup is based on 8700k and gtx1080 as well, you will be able to run W3 maxed out with 60fps all the time, at 1440p, 4k I had to turn down some settings MSAA and hairworks.