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My Cat BUM - white themed PC

by Crishell


I built my very first 1080p gaming PC because I realized how I wanted to experience the latest games and yet I don't want to be spending money on a newer console. I had an xbox 360 even when some new games are released on older console, they don't deliver the same graphics as the newer console. So I built one that I can use and later on upgrade if I wanted to. But don't get me wrong, I can play on almost any quality. I grew up in the 90s! And I wanted to re-play the games I enjoyed on the PC back in the day using this PC. There are tons of option!

Well, anyway why did I go for the white build. I have a cat, her name is Bum. She's silver white kind-of. I devoted months of research on finding the best looking motherboard around my budget and the B150M mortar arctic suits perfectly! It has gray and white combo going on. I stayed away from red-black motherboard theme because I wanted something neat, clean and elegant looking. The red looks more "extreme" and always have that tag next to it "gaming." I will use this for gaming but not so much. I will utilize the PC more on writing, designing, researching and a bit of work (what old people do in their PC haha).

Why I choose i5 6500 - don't have any plans of overclocking. Its okay. It ain't slow but if it were, it's fine I would be doing some things in between like petting my cat or watching her stare outside the window. I'm using the stock cooler. If people are bothered with the noise, I don't mind. Its not that loud. The noise from outside the streets and my AC are lot louder noises than the PC. Don't bother buying an after-market unless you're planning to stress your CPU.

The Bitfenix prodigy M arctic white - with side window panel is looking great except the quality of the side windows if you look closely they aren't the best. While the actual work on the case itself, I'm new to this but heck was it not that hard like everyone made them to be. The biggest concern here is the cable management (how to make it look neat and clean). I hid them on the back of my power supply (some of them). Most of the cables you can see on-top of the power supply. In spite of this, it gives me the feeling of same way when you lift the bonnet and saw your car's engine. You have no clue where which one leads to but you know its complicated and it has a purpose. And one downside to me, its hard to remove the side windows. You have to give it a hard tug to remove the *mn thing!

For the corsair LPX - this is easy to install. My motherboard detects the memory automatically. No need to configure anything.

The v650 is a lot heavier than I would have imagined. It's semi-modular but would have been nicer if its completely modular. I wrapped black electrical tape on the cables where the net ends. It confuses my theme with them showing. So I hid the gross looking cables.

The Asus GTX 1060 dual was the best white looking GPU around my budget. I read a review that reference GTX 1060 across all brands will give you identical performance so go for the budget and which suits you. And don't go for an expensive one with a promise of better FPS cos they won't but maybe difference in the temps. I took his advice and went for this. It has no led to play around. I don't mind.

As for the underneath fan I went with the NZXT 200MM transparent fan (white led). I wish I would have gone with the white fan instead. Since I have the NZXT white led strips (which is in my opinion, very sexy).

For the keyboard, I'm still getting used to it protruding. The difference is huge with my office keyboards. The green led light has to be turned on every time you start your PC. That's the downside because without the light you won't see a thing. Even though I won't be needing them, I'm not the only one who uses this PC.

To sum up, if you're planning to build one. Go ahead! Don't be scared of static as they said be very very careful or you might short your motherboard and such. Plugging your power supply and installing it right on your case before anything, touching your casing every minute will do the job. The experience was for a person who loves repairing or building things and seeing it work for the first time - it's amazzzzing. Before anything, do a lot of research of which parts you need and decide which route you want to go. If you want an expensive gaming beast, good luck at the end of the day, the experience is worth the while!

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thetortuga747 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

It's always great to see a build dedicated to a specific color scheme, especially when the part choices aren't extravagantly expensive.

Crishell submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago


Frostbite11 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Awsome build have you tested the pc yet, it would be awsome if you had some benchmarks

Crishell submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Uploaded. I used unigine heaven benchmark. I did the auto overclocking mode of asus gpu tweak and cpu boost clock by msi gaming app - its on dx11 tho. Currently playing fallout 4 at high settings and its running smooth except my monitor isn't the best.

Blackops010 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

great build. why no aftermarket cooler? like i understand that you are not overclocking but the temps and noise would be a lot less.

Crishell submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

It's on top of my priority list on my next buy :)

rjay.dr 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

We have the same motherboard,cpu,ssd and theme! Easy +1! May I ask though, why are you on 1600x900 resolution? Your build can, and will still slay anything at 1080p! :D

Crishell submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

My bad. It was a setting I've selected to run the benchmark but I play at 1080p.

julayyy 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Nice build! I should have gone with the Artic Mortar as well for my white build but didn't discover it until after I bought my mobo ._. Also, the build is upside down which is cool, I'm just not used to see it that way but that's interesting. Good job still! It's a build your cat can be happy with

ngroce841 1 point 15 months ago

Hi, Great build!!

I am struggling to find this case with the window, do you have any Links?

Would be a great help.


Crishell submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Hi! This maybe too late? I bought it online from @ https://uber.ae/pc-components/cases-cables/cases.html?case_manufacturer=240&dir=desc&order=price - but don't know if they will deliver to your area.

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Crishell submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Feature on some monitors for nvidia gpu's - to better understand it linus tech tips made a video explaining how it works. Search it on youtube. Btw, the monitor I use does not support it.