Alright well my friends started building their own and I finally pulled the trigger after hesitating a lot!
Wasn't sure what I wanted but it turned out alright I think!
CPU: Intel i5-7500
Wasn't gonna overclock, so I went for a basic but not too ****** CPU. Does all I want and even though Coffee Lakes were coming out 2 months later, didnt feel like delaying that much. I'm not doing complicated renders, i'm really just gaming and doing uni projects on an overpriced box that looks cool.
Motherboard: MSI Z270 Tomahawk Arctic
You go ahead and find white motherboards haha. Bought the Z270 by mistake but hey, I won't need to change the mother board If I upgrade my build! Lights up behind but the MSI program made it possible to turn them off so I don't get annoying white lights behind the mobo.
CPU Cooler: Cryorig H5 Ultimate
The stock Intel cooler looks like **** so I bought the biggest, whitest block I could find. Sits just 2mm from the glass but yeah, keeps the CPU cool and the air flowing! Didn't feel like I needed liquid cooling.
RAM: 16GB G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4 2400
Wanted a lil more RGB than just the strips, went for the kit. Making them work was such a hassle. But the Aura program makes it work. Just don't play into the programs too much. The horror stories are real. They look suuuuper dope tho. 2400 was plenty and changing the colors depending on the mood is pretty cool.
SSD: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" SSD
GF's dad gave it to me, didnt have a computer to use it in anymore so hey, 200 bucks saved!
HDD: 1TB WD Caviar Blue
Way more space than I'll ever need!
GPU: Asus GTX 1060 6GB Dual
So I wasn't ready to pay a premium for a GPU for my first build. With the mining craze and rising GPU prices, I aimed at a mid range card and it payed off. Considering I play mostly League of Legends or other games that don't need ultra 4K VR quality, the GTX 1060 6GB is plenty for me. And the struggle of finding a white GPU is also part of the choice. Might go for a 1080 at some point but for now it serves me well.
Case: InWin 303 Black
Should've picked it white but it still looks super dope. Really wanted the tempered glass and the nice handle for easy removal makes it easy to maintain, instead of having to unscrew the side every time. The hidden PSU is a nice touch for the aesthetic and I think I did a nice job with the cable management. The only cons would be the ****** small space at the bottom to set up all the wires and the ungodly amount of fans to fill up the huge case. Only put 2 at the bottom for intake and it was way enough. The PC is kinda loud but not because of the fans themselves, but the 6 (7 with cooler) of them working all at the same time. For better management I'm glad I got the ARCTIC F12 PWM so I can plug all of them together and get my power from one set of syst_fan header.
PSU: Rosewill 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX
Wasn't sure what I needed. PC Part Picker said I had around 330W needed for the build so I went with the cheap option. Non modular wouldn't be a problem if the lenght for the cables to reach around was longer. For aesthetic and practical reasons, I bought the Silverstone extensions and the work super well.
Monitor: LG 29UM59-p Ultrawide
Super sale at best buy, got it for 150 less. Great workstation screen. Just big enough not to get lost. Games look ******* amazing, but there is the 21:9 ratio struggle for videos and movies but the compatibility is there, don't worry. I'll probably get a 144hz monitor to complement this one since it's 60hz and the reaction time could be better. I really like the stacked monitor setups but I guess we'll see!
Keyboard: iBuyPower el-cheapo
Bought it for 5 bucks new from a dude on craigslist. Does what it needs to, stuggling with french accents but I'll get used to it sooner or later.
Headphones: HyperX Cloud Core II
GREAT headset. Don't have the space for a blue yeti and all that but to listen to music and use on Discord, it's amazing.
RGB LED Strips: Airgoo Full Kit Computer RGB LED Strip Light
They plug-in with a sata and a receiver, which splits into 2 and makes it possible to control the lights from a small remote independently from the motherboard and programs. Simple, plenty of modes and brightness, and the remote is a nice touch
Final Thoughts It looks absolutely fabulous. Didn't want a bland black box. I wanted something to show off and it looks really really cool, more than I could ever have imagined. Next time I plan on making a pc for my brother so I think i'll just go with a better processor, GPU and a mATX board to save some space since it's considerably big, but I love it like that!