OVERVIEW: This was my first PC build, upgrading from an old laptop that I used to get through college. The laptop started dying on me and I needed to get something that would be a decent workstation but also a solid gaming PC. I decided on a white aesthetic after lots of thinking (a regrettable decision if it didn't look awesome). It seemed while shopping for parts that white parts tend to run a little more expensive then their black/red/etc... counterparts. Oh well. Definitely glad I went with white as I absolutely love the look of it in the end.I had everything put together and was still without a graphics card, so I had a very expensive paper weight for about 4 days. That's why some of the pictures are without the graphics card.
CPU: For my CPU I decided to go with the Ryzen 5 1600. After lots of research I chose this cpu because of it's balance in performance and price. You can never go wrong with Ryzen and being that it's a last gen cpu it's a little cheaper but still very powerful. 6 Cores, gotta love it. Handles games well also. Have yet to overclock but that's something I am going to get too eventually.
Cooler: I chose the Corsair H60(2018) AIO for my cooler mainly because of the aesthetic. It has a nice led glow and the piping looks nice with a small radiator. Overall works decently, still has the flaws of AIOs but it's sufficient as I haven't done any overclocking yet.
Mobo: For the motherboard I went with the ASRock X370 Killer. The board has built in wifi and was on sale for 100 bucks. For an aesthetic that matches with a white look, that's a steal. I wanted an X370 board so that I could upgrade to possibly a 2600x or 2800x in the future. RAM slots were not the greatest and I had some trouble getting my RAM in, but besides that good board. The wifi works well, and the ports are laid out well around the board for good cable management.
RAM: As RAM prices are still crazy high, I decided to save a bit of money and go with 8 GB to start. The Crucial Sport LT kit had a nice white look to it so I snagged it. Wish it was a little faster as I know ryzen benefits heavily from faster RAM. I'll either get another 8 GB stick to match or go with a faster 16 GB kit later on. Only time will tell.
Storage: I knew that I wanted to fit an M.2 drive in my build for my windows install and some apps and games that I frequently use. For $45.00, the ADATA SU800128 GB will do, but I might try to get a larger capacity later on if the price drops on them at all. To supplement the low amount of storage on the M.2 drive, I picked up a WD Blue 1TB hard drive. Seems relatively fast for an HDD and I can't complain. I might also pick up another larger hdd later on based on how fast I fill this one up. All in all $89 USD for an M.2 and an extra TB isn't bad in this storage market.
Graphics Card: The graphics card was a hard choice and I went back and forth basically all the way up until I bought it. I didn't know if I should go with a GTX 1060 or RX 580, finally deciding on the 1060. After deciding that, I looked for the fastest card I could find that had a white aesthetic and boom, out pops the Asus GTX 1060 6 GB Dual card. It's a sexy card that runs lightning fast and I knew it was the one as soon as I saw it. However, with a combination of impatience and bad timing, I ended up overpaying for this one a good bit. I went with Newegg for the purchase because I ordered it on the weekend of building my pc and B|H, who had the cheapest card and no sales tax, closes their online store on the weekend. I also finished building my pc that day, so I wanted the card to show up as fast as possible, so I got one day shipping. I ended up paying $315 for the card (which hit as low as $285 in the past couple weeks) and on top of that 20$ in tax and 16$ in shipping. Although I overpaid, I'm still very happy with the card and don't regret my purchase at all (maybe just my timing).
Power Supply: For my power supply my checklist was an 80+ bronze rating, 500+ watts, fully modular and black cables. The Seasonic power supply works great, has a decent looking set of chords, and stays pretty quiet. No complaints on this end, as it was only 55$.
Case: The case was also another hard choice and one that left me with a lot of deliberation. I started picking parts for the build by starting with the case, so I had a decision on build size and color off the bat. After deciding to go with white, I was torn between the Corsair Carbide 275R and the NZXT S340 Elite. In the end I decided to go with the Corsair case as I really liked the front panel and the tempered glass window looked great. Some of the complaints I read when researching this case regarded airflow, but it hasn't been an issue for me. It has punch out vertical mounts if you want to mount your video card facing out (which I tried to do but failed because of a poorly designed PCI-E riser cable), and if you don't like the look of them when you use a standard mount, you can pop them out and put the two brackets you removed for the standard mount in the slots. It looks much better when you do this, as the pop out mounts are rather ugly.
All in all, the build has been performing up to what I expected and even surpassing my expectations. Although I wish I spent a little less overall, I felt like this build has a solid upgrade path moving forward and it's going to do great work for me over the next several years.
OVERCLOCKING UPDATE*** CPU/RAM Overlocking: For the cpu, I managed to overclock from 3.2 to 3.9 GHz with my voltage at 1.35. I'm really happy with that and I saw a cinebench score jump from 1103 to 1262. Also, the voltage wasn't too much to make my cpu get real hot so that's good. For my RAM it was rated at 2666 MHz but it came with a factory overclock setting of 2733 MHz that I stuck with. And I put the voltage for that at 1.3v.
GPU: For the gpu I was able to bump my core clock speed by +170 getting my speed to around 2.1 GHz. For the memory I settled at +700 and the speed got up to 4.7 GHz. After applying those overclocks, I got a cinebench score of 1282, a 20 point gain over just my overclocked cpu. Obviously games play much better now also!
Overall my CPU and GPU both overlocked very well and I'm more than pleased with my luck in the "Silicon Lottery".