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Built for gaming. The purpose was to move away from laptop to future proof the system, allowing me to upgrade parts as and when I need to. Initial aim was a £1000 clean build, no specifics. I knew the case came with x2 pre-installed white rgb fans regardless of the case colour, so when I went to a computer fair and saw the white RGB ram, I could not resist. As luck would have it, I discovered Fractal made the case in white as well, so one thing lead to another and I was going all out for a clean, white RGB build.

This was my first attempt building a pc, as I fancied a challenge after becoming addicted to pc building YouTubers throughout December, and I made mental notes when I watched these videos hoping to just wing my own build. Surprisingly, ALMOST everything went to plan, and it posted on the first attempt. It took around 5 hours to build from unboxing, to finishing cable management. However, at least 1 hour of this was spent on my aio. I had it in my head I would be installing the rad in the top of the case as an exhaust, but it did not fit above my mobo. I removed the pre-installed front fans and had to mount it in the front as an intake, however I couldn’t figure out a way with my case to mount the fans first, in front of the rad. So instead the fans are behind the rad, pulling air in through it. So far this seems to be working fine, note my cpu temps. I have not yet overclocked but will be trying this soon. I was very lucky to fit the tri-fan gpu with this front mounting, a matter of about 2mm!

I couldn’t give a bad review about any of the products I have used, all in all everything went smoothly. The only other issue I had was x2 of the atx screws would not screw, like the thread has gone and would not grip into the standoffs. I am not happy about this in the back of my mind, but it was around 2am so I just decided to move on, as the other 7 screws were holding the mobo securely with no movement.

Purely for aesthetics I measured and ordered some cut white acrylic to make a psu shroud to help hide cables. The white psu extensions look fantastic, but because they are just extensions and not replacement cables I definitely recommend having a shroud to hide the nest! There is not a lot of room for cabling behind the mobo in this particular case.

One final annoyance; how ‘white’ is different with every rgb product I have. It seems to be much more difficult than I expected to match the whites across my components and peripherals. I have set everything to pure white in every piece of software, but the only parts that actually look white to me are the fans. My keyboard looks pale pink, my mouse looks pale blue, the gpu looks pale blue, ram looks bright grey, the rgb strips behind the desk simply look bright blue. I think this is just something that I will have to live with.

Tell me what you think!

EDIT 30/03/20: I changed a few things... Upgraded aio to the white Corsair H100i RGB Platinum. Changed case to Corsair White SPEC-09 RGB. Added a heat-sync to the m.2 to hide the blue WD label. Got a cheap GPU support bracket and spray painted it white. These were all mostly aesthetic changes. I actually took a hit in temperatures despite spending almost £100 on the aio, but I put this down to going from a mesh front case to a more restrictive airflow case.

Part Reviews

CPU

Not overclocked yet, but so far it is coping very well in my system. Was worried about potential bottlenecking with my 2070 super, but have not experience this at all so far and temps aren’t going above 50 under load

CPU Cooler

Looks great, and I bought it only for looks - so I'm happy. Unfortunately the same story as every other radiator I've tried to install where the screws fail to bite. After damaging the rad with the screwdriver trying to secure it, it is currently held onto the case by 2 screws, 1 of which is very questionable. I have much higher temps now than I did with my £40 CoolerMaster aio, however I changed my case at the same time as this cooler from a mesh front panel to a very restrictive air flow Corsair Spec-06; so it's most likely the case throttling airflow causing the higher temps.

Motherboard

Very easy to navigate around, bios is clear, handled everything and more for my first build. Just missing a rgb header and built in wifi for me!

Memory

Perfect, nothing more to be said.

Storage

First m.2 I have ever tried, so I can’t compare to other mainstream ssd’s but I have no complaints, seems very fast

Storage

Wondered why I hadn’t seen the qvo around much, only the evo, but this was a lot cheaper and is working perfectly

Storage

Nothing to see here, just a good priced reliable hdd

Video Card

Fantastic card, huge upgrade from the 1060 in my laptop, running everything I throw at it with 100+ fps paired with a i5-9600k. Pretty long though, so make sure you check your measurements especially if using a front mounted rad

Case

Lovely looking, easy to work with. Has the option to install GPU vertically if you purchase the appropriate cable, but I would advise against this. It's very restrictive on air flow, adding an extra 10c to my cpu and gpu temps since changing from a mesh front Fractal Design Focus G. I was under the impression the RGB version of this case did more than just change the colour of the front panel 'streak', however it does not, so I would have much rather saved money and just got the standard white case with a solid white light.

Power Supply

A very capable psu, can’t fault it, and the white ‘RM850’ on the side looks great in my white and black build

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
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Can’t figure out how to review individual parts, could someone tell me how please?!

  • 2 months ago
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Edit your completed build and the review section should be at the bottom.

  • 2 months ago
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Thank you! This section wasn’t showing up until now that the build has been authorised for public viewing ;-)

  • 2 months ago
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Looks very good. For a first build cable management looks great.

  • 2 months ago
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Thanks Lincon, it’s far from perfect, but I’m actually already working another build so will put a lot more effort in this time. Just a budget build for work but capable of gaming too.

  • 2 months ago
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Love the look of white and black builds. Very nice!

  • 2 months ago
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Thanks Chimacian! Just wish the shades of white would match better across the whole setup

  • 2 months ago
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Nice cable management

  • 2 months ago
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Appreciate that Max, have learnt a lot for my next build which I am waiting for parts already!

  • 2 months ago
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Beautiful build. Where did you get the psu shroud from?

  • 2 months ago
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Thanks dog! I measured up the size and ordered white acrylic in those measurements from plasticsheets.com

  • 2 months ago
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I've got a question, Are the custom parts you purchased essential to the build itself or did you buy them for easier cable management or as just accessories ? I hope it is alright but I do love the build and hoped I can go ahead to build it myself.

  • 2 months ago
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Hi DogFood,

Regarding the custom parts, you do need case fans, but the ones I purchased aren’t listed on the website so I had to make a custom part, as I didn’t want to be misleading and simply select fans from a different brand at a different price.

Otherwise, the psu shroud and white extension cables are not necessary, they are simply for aesthetic to make it look clean and polished.

  • 2 months ago
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What case fans would you recommend substituting for the ones that you had bought?

  • 2 months ago
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If you don’t want to try cheap and cheerful fans like mine, then just stick with any from a reliable brand like Corsair. If you are looking for a quiet build then check out the Be Quiet! fans

  • 2 months ago
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Wow man, great job this looks really nice. I'm building my first PC, this is inspiring. Looks awesome, but seems like it performs well too!

  • 2 months ago
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Thanks! Good luck with the build

  • 2 months ago
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Where did you get your graphic card?

  • 2 months ago
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I got it from Scan website, but there are many places that sell it

  • 7 days ago
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That cpu cooler for that price is a shout holy 40 pounds for a 240mm water cooler thats actually nuts

  • 7 days ago
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I was very happy with the cooler! However I have now changed it for the £120+ Corsair H100i RGB Platinum, just because it's white. I actually have higher temps now than I did with the £40 Coolermaster aio but I think this is due to also changing the case to one that does not have a mesh front for airflow. I will post updated pics to the build now.

  • 7 days ago
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Oh nice man and yh that sounds good what mm is the cooler your using now and what is the fan rpm on it?

  • 7 days ago
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It's the Corsair H100i RGB Platinum, 240mm again, speeds of each fan from 360 to 2,200 revolutions per minute.

Check out the new updated pics!

  • 7 days ago
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Nice man that's sick 2200 rpm is sick best ones have like 2500 or 2800 max so that's nuts man and yh I'll check them out now