Most of these parts were purchased during black Friday. This is my second build and I wanted to go with a theme this time around. I also wanted to have a clean white look,
CPU I wanted to go with a higher Ryzen CPU, but I settled for a Ryzen 5 2600 since this is going to be my Mid-range PC. I found it on special on Amazon.
Cooler I mainly wanted a white cooler, so my options were limited. I came to Deepcool's CAPTAIN White RGB Cooler. I liked that it came with two light strips that can connect with the overall system. I was originally going to get the 240EX model but, at the time of purchase, was higher priced by about $25 than the 360EX model. The radiator was nice and clean but came with a few dented fins. My gut feeling was to return it but I was committed to making it work.
Motherboard I had a few options in mind for the Motherboard. I ultimately went with the Gaming Pro B450 by MSI over an Asus board. The biggest factor that helped me make my decision was the included integrated wireless adapter. My first build was a X470 Gaming 7 wifi and I felt this was way easier to build on.
Memory I believe the standard now is at least 16GB of DDR4 memory. I went with the lowest priced RGB Corsair model to compliment the case I ultimately went with. When I first turned on the computer, the units were running at 2133 Mhz instead of their advertised 3000 Mhz. With my first build this wasn't the case. I had to go to the BIOS and play around with the system to get them up to speed. I am not sure if this was due to compatibility to Ryzen but it's running at 3000 now.
Storage I did a search for the lowest possible SSD and came across this unit. It was a plus that it was RGB but I wasn't able to show off its bling since the mounting points on the case I chose were all in the back. Installation was a breeze and I am happy with this choice regardless.
GPU Since I was going for a white build, I wanted my GPU to have some streaks of this color. After looking around, white GPUs are very limited. I chose a 1060 6gb because my funds were depleting very quickly. It was all white, on special, and came with a free game. The 1070 version of this was $100 more and I would rather save that money for a higher-end build in the future. I also purchased a custom GPU plate which was simple to install.
Case My three choices for cases were H500i, H700i, and the 275R. I went with the 275R for its flexibility. It was simple and all the reviews were positive. The H500i couldn't fit a 360 Cooler and I was already committed to this item. The H700i was way over my budget for this specific build. Everything about the 275R was smooth except the glass display. Its tightening mechanics are cumbersome and it annoys me to open the case.
PSU I purchased a Fully-Modular power supply since it was on special and had very good reviews. It was very affordable and I have no regrets here.
Overall The Installation was very smooth and took me about 4 hours. I did have a couple of hiccups along the way but nothing too big. My biggest problem was that I didn't think the tubing for the AIO cooler were that long. I miscalculated and the tubes touch the GPU card on the top left. Everything is running correctly but it bothers me that they are so close. By this time, I already knew I wanted a superhero theme. Spider-man is my favorite superhero but he was getting to much attention so I went with my second choice, Batman. I love the Joker and had to include some pieces of him such as the decal and purple lighting. The white aspects of the build really make the lighting stand out.