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BUILD UPDATE Over the last year I have made numerous changes, photos show progression in order.

  • UserBenchmarks: Game 116%, Desk 112%, Work 93%
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8600K - 115%
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1070-Ti - 125%
  • SSD: Samsung 860 Evo 250GB - 128%
  • SSD: Samsung 860 Evo 500GB - 127.9%
  • HDD: WD Blue 1TB (2012) - 86.9%
  • RAM: G.SKILL Trident Z RGB DDR4 3000 C16 2x8GB - 96.5%
  • MBD: MSI Z370-A PRO (MS-7B48)

I needed to name my custom build something cheesy, therefore "White Knight" was born. Now listen up, all jokes aside, I built this to play Fortnite. I originally started with a modest list, and slowly 1+ everything... I discovered that RGB is life, and if I look good I surely must play good. Turns out that is not true, I am still trash, but at least my PC game is on point.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Beautiful cooler, performs as well as it looks. The all white construction caught my attention from day 1, added benefit that it includes LL120s. RGB control of not only the fans, but the pump itself is incredible. Software is fairly easy to use, I would rate iCue 4/5, editing layers could be simplified IMO. White LL120s out perform originals in CFM and static pressure, an all around improved fan. My specific application dropped temps under load by 20-25C, upgraded from H60 (120mm) with a black LL120.

Motherboard

I wanted a simple motherboard, I could have purchased something fancier for like another $10. I didn't want RGB and crazy covers, or care for things like wifi. However, this bad boy is about as plain as it gets, the I/O panel is so flimsy and cheap looking.

Memory

The RGB color wave is very fluid and diffused.

Video Card

She runs cool and silent. Fans do not even kick on until 60c , it runs around 64c under load

Case Fan

I was hesitant to spend $120 on three fans, but these are LIT, literally. The RGB is very vibrant, and you cannot see the individual LEDs at all. Many neat color effects! However, I still think these are a little expensive for 120mm fans. Almost forgot, the module where you plug the fans in for sequential effects only has 6 inputs. I am not sure if you can expand beyond that, but my case for example has 7 fans.

Comments

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

OMG the cat in picture #5! IT'S SOOOOO CUUUUTEEEEE!!!!

Also nice build I guess +1

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  • 15 months ago
  • 4 points

Thanks! She purrforms fairly well

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx and I was being underdramatic. I love this build!!!

+1111111

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  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

T H I C C

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

squat booty thicc

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

You should seriously consider upgrading your monitor, your gpu is more than capable of 1440p gaming. You should also overclock your cpu, and gpu, although your cpu cooler may not be able to handle 4+ ghz. Otherwise +1 for a clean looking build.

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! I plan on upgrading the monitor, maybe around black Friday if I can set aside some money and find a deal. This is my first gaming PC, so I had to buy everything new including the peripherals.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

It depends on your preference.

If you like a smooth gaming experience, pick a 1080p monitor with a higher refresh rate (100hz or higher). I believe they're easier to find and often maybe a bit cheaper.

But if you want to play with slightly higher pixel density (video quality) then just buy a high resolution monitor.

Good luck and +1, I love the build!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

imo getting a 1080p144hz would be better.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have a preference for 1080 vs 1440, but I definetly am looking to get a 144hz with gsync.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm gonna get one of those soon for future build.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

You did a very good job with this build. For sure room to upgrade in the future, but as far as what you did with what you have, outstanding! Love your color scheme and lighting!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Im sure this goes for every build on here, but, it looks better in person. The pics make the case lighting appear blue, in person it's a crisp white with the blue accents. I'm happy with how it turned out, appreciate the feedback.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I love how neat the braided cables are! This build is so perfect!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank ya thank ya, I found them from a Bitwit video and gave them a shot for the price. They are fantastic in my opinion!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the Corsair water cooler come with thermal paste pre-installed?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it did

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 nice build, just a newbie question. I'm planning to same GPU but i'm wondering how does people connect the 6pin calbe to PSU? original PSU Cable (8pin) then cable extension (6pin) to the GPU?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

They are 6+2 cables, check out this link of my PSU, you can see in the cable photo what I mean. The extensions are nice because you can tuck the +2 from the 6 pin in the shroud, otherwise the +2 would just hang. https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=220-G3-0750-X1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

cool thanks a lot!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build. So clean. Great job!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, it is as clean as I can possibly make it! I hope to attempt a custom loop in the coming months, that will be the true test!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Too clean... +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! Would you recommend the motherboard? I'm having a hard time deciding if I should get the MSI Pro or if it's worth it to double the cost and go with an Asus prime.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I have had no problems with the board, does everything I need it to. I run it with the OC Genie vs a manual because of temps/noise, but I have manual overclocked and it works. Its a very basic looking board, but at the end of the day its half the cost and does the same thing lol

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

If I were liquid cooling and trying to push hardware to the limits I would consider a high end board, but for my use it gets the job done

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick build dude. Looking at building something similar very soon here.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I like it, no complaints on any of the parts really

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the cat!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

but wait, there is two cats

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll have to get another person for +2....

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

The build is nice and all but the cat stole my heart! hehe jk, this is such a great build i'm truly inspired!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

There is actually two cats lol

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah! Now we are talking! inserts heart eyed emoji lol. Btw, how is your cpu cooler treating you? I'm about to do a build and I had people suggesting not to get it. I'll be purchasing i5 9600k.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I run my 8600k at 4.8ghz with 1.27 or 1.28 voltage and sit around 45c idle and 70c under load. Even with just a 120mm radiator it runs slightly cooler than my GPU with the best cooling offered from MSI. I do wish I had went larger though

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous build! May I ask why you ziptied those fans together in pic #8?

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I mounted the radiator up top, so the added width would not allow the fan holes to line up with the case

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

makes no sense to mount the rad there but it looks cool i guess?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

What doesn't make sense? I have it mounted to exhaust, I chose the front slot to have it out of the way and utilize more of the case. I chose it to exhaust being that the GPU is the hottest component, so didn't make sense to bring in warm air for it. Also, in theory the air coming in through the front should be cooler being that it has not reached warm components yet. Maybe I am crazy, but it all makes sense to me.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

the white cable cover thing whatever its called is right under the fan its not getting as much air as it could positioned elsewhere in the case.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

What is your epic name I got you!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a bit late, but do the cable extensions come with those white cable combs, or did you buy them separately. Thx if you do end up replying :)

Ps:Can you remove the caution sticker, its really annoying.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I have two sets of cables shown, did not care for the original set, the white combs were sold separate. The thicker cables shown in the first few photos DID come with the clear combs.

PS I kept the sticker because its purple and matched lol

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you like the CPU cooler or would you go with a rgb one?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I have no issues with the white only, in fact I really like how it looks in contrast to the RGB elsewhere. If I were to switch, it would be for a larger radiator. Even then, I don't have much to gripe about. With a 4.8 OC I maintain 70c under load, which I am comfortable with.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking to buy the black nzxt but I'm seeing alot of the white ones. I'm just curious not hating, but why did you buy the white?

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

I am just personally a fan of white, looks cleaner to me. Most times if I have the choice to buy something in black or white, I choose white. Something to consider would be RGB, if you plan to add case lighting the white will show better. Awesome case though, very well built and easy to work in.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I will have up to date photos tonight, made a change recently and waiting on last part to be delivered today.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you / do you have to buy thermal paste for this cooler?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It comes with pre applied paste, which I used. I considered buying Thermal Grizzly to use as an alternative, but Amazon was sold out at the time. No complaints with what was provided, I sit around 50-55c under load.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome thanks! And rapid response :)

My first time building a pc so nice to check these things so I needn't buy / do extras

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem, all your major components should include everything you need to get the PC up and running.

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

I am... truly in awe! what a beautiful machine, i bet it runs better than it looks!

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! It has definitely improved over time, good cable management is HUGE. I don't game a ton, but it does handle whatever I throw at it quite well.

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

oh big time! my current PC is impossible to manage the cables, once i upgrade it’ll be so much better!

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Any tips for cable management, I was actually going with a similar color scheme for my PC, the main color was going to be black and white contrast, but the RGB was going to be "teal" and like fiery purple/pink.

My cable management thus far has been a nightmare, I'm also updating my CPU and my motherboard because I have been getting bottle-necked by my CPU lately.

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

I use braided extensions for all my builds, prefer the plastic braid vs cloth. Plastic extensions keep their shape significantly better and are usually larger in diameter. Other than that I think a good case is key, NZXT cases have awesome cable management. PSU install is last, only feed whats necessary into the case, everything else tuck out of sight. Zip ties can also be your friend for organizing whats being hidden.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

I currently have the Corsair 500D RGB SE case, its got really good cable management in the back, just got to sort everything out.

So you recommend the white cables that are on the build for that esthetic?

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah as long as you don't need them to have any super tight bends, they are a little stiff. Look at my early photos vs new, you can see the difference in the cables and how much better they look. Difficult to beat them for the price, there are better options but you will spend 2-3 times as much. I also used them in "RGBlue" if you look at my other builds, "Dont kill my Vybe" is cable mod basics.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, I appreciate it!

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

I do have one question, how do you deal with all the wire clutterage near the PSU, if you can send pictures that would be greatly appreciated!

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

I used to avoid fully lit fans like those because I really don't like looking at them directly, but your use of them as spotlights to illuminate the rest of the build is genius; The way the contrasting colours play off the white surfaces is a beautiful effect and I am absolutely going to copy it.