Edit: Oh man, I did not expect getting a feature! I'm really honoured. I feel like my specs are not feature-worthy, compared to all the typical featured builds, but I guess the focus on the aesthetics paid off. Thanks for the feature and all the nice comments!
Coming from a decade of Apple laptops and Xbox gaming, I wanted to build a desktop PC for light gaming, programming and photography. Instead of the fashionable black and RGB gamer aesthetic, I wanted to keep my build bright and light with a slightly Apple-esque look. I fell in love with the case and was prepared to compromise on the components to get them to fit, but in the end I managed to fit in everything that I wanted with no problems. Putting everything together was a bit cramped, though. With practically no cable management in the case, having a fully modular PSU helped a lot. As always, the build is an ongoing process with the GPU being the first one to be upgraded.
I studied a lot beforehand, watched a ton of tutorials on Youtube, read completed builds, lurked r/buildapc etc. and felt pretty confident building my first computer. Gathering all the components took about 1.5 months. During the actual build, I took my time to savour and document the experience and also make sure that nothing went wrong. It took a few hours but everything went great. Pressing the power button and seeing the LEDs light up sure was a rush! Installing drivers and software and making sure everything worked was a bit boring, though.
CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 2600 A really common choice these days. I wanted something that could handle multitasking and productivity as well as gaming.
MOBO – AsRock B450M Pro4 It was between this and the MSI B450M Mortar, but in the end I decided to go with the cheaper choice. I wanted 4 memory slots and two M.2 slots and this delivered. No issues in installing and setting up.
RAM – Patriot Viper RGB 2x8GB 3200Mhz The motherboard was supposed to be a bit picky about the RAM, so I went with the cheapest 3200Mhz on the QVL list that was available at Amazon.de. Worked fine at 3200 Mhz straight out of the box with the supplied XMP profile. This is my only RGB item. I tried to keep the build RGB-free, as the case was windowless and I didn't really care, but I didn't want to pay extra just to get rid of the RGB. So here we are. If I am playing in the dark, it actually looks quite nice with the LEDs turned white and glowing through the vents.
Storage – Samsung 860 EVO 500GB M.2 SSD I wanted M.2 for the size and something large enough for all the different software for my hobbies and a few games. I loved installing it. So easy and so small. I might have to get a scrap drive with one or two TBs at some point, but for now, this is enough.
GPU – Asus GTX 1050Ti 4GB Okay, so here's where I decided to really cheap out. I was a bit shocked with the GPU prices when I first started to think about the build and didn't really know how much power I would need, so I bought a used one for cheap with the intention of upgrading it quite soon. Probably not the smartest thing to do, but too late to worry about it now. Nice to install, though – small and didn't need a PSU cable.
PSU – EVGA G2 550W Enough power for me and fully modular with a great efficiency. What's not to love. Got it used for cheap.
Cooling – Noctua all the way I was planning to go with just the stock case fan and CPU cooler at first, but... Sometimes you just browse the forums and builds for too long and get this weird need to buy more stuff. The case is not very good for airflow and I didn't want my nice new components to overheat, and Noctua is supposed to be the best, so might as well get the best, right? And the brown just looks so nice! NH-U12S for the CPU, NF-F12 for intake and NF-S12A for exhaust. Nice and quiet.
Case – Jonsbo (or Cooltek or Rosewill Legacy, depending on your market) U3 Fell in love with the size and the way it looked and just had to have it. The brushed aluminium and the simple, no-window look. Waited over a month to get it from the supplier. Old case with no cable management, 26cm length restriction for the GPU, no dust filters and just one fan mount, but it just looks so nice.
I wanted to install another fan in there and saw a lot of people putting an intake fan on the bottom, so decided to try that as well. And, to be honest, that was the only difficult part of the build, working in such a small space. I managed to work the Noctua silicon pegs through the bottom vents (perfectly placed to mount a 120mm fan!) with a tiny pair of pliers, and after a ton of struggling I got them through the fan holes as well. But it works fine, stays secured and a 2.5" drive should still fit next to it.
I was prepared to make some make-shift dust filters from a pair of stockings, but to my surprise, the case actually came with dust filters! The filters for the side vents worked fine, but the bottom one had the holes in totally wrong places. And due to mounting a fan on the bottom, I couldn't install it properly inside the case, so I had to use some tape to make it fit nicely outside the case. Doesn't look very nice but it's always against the table, so who cares, really.
Peripherals and accessories etc. Just wanted to stay in the silvery/aluminium theme. Love the tiny bezels and no logo on the monitor. Not so into the combination of the monitor stand and the keyboard cable but couldn't figure out a way to route it better. Maybe installing the monitor on a monitor arm would help. Ordered a custom desk mat from Aliexpress because all the mats I found in local stores were black. All of them. So I designed the image and had it custom-printed in China and shipped for the same price that I would've paid for a black one at home.
I haven't done a lot of benchmarking or heavy testing but I did play a few rounds of PUBG and it runs well enough for me.
As a friend said before the building process: the worst thing about building a PC is that it goes by so fast. Couldn't agree more. Had a lot of fun and can't wait to upgrade stuff to get back in there.