Description

Got married in college, no money for a computer build. 3 years later finally made it happen! Here's my build I am calling the BLTN (Better Late Than Never). Went with a nice White & Black contrast for a minimalist modern look. I spent November and December meticulously tracking prices of every component and ended up finishing the build for around $1400 peripherals included. Desk is from Target and I am very happy with it although it is on the small side. I had to come up with a custom solution for mounting the monitor which involved securing a block of wood to the back of the desk with 4 screws and then securing the monitor stand to the wood with the 2 bottom screws. Worked great! However, I brought back the monitor stand (temporarily) in the later pictures because I want to be able to move my monitor from my desk to my living room for playing my Xbox on (I tried streaming but the quality just isn't the same).

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Honestly can't hear the thing run and it keeps my Ryzen 1600X at a cool 50-60C when under load. Have had it the cooler for 3 months and so far no problems. Looks amazing in my build :)

Mouse

This mouse is better than I expected. Love the customize-able weight, the textures on the mouse are amazing. The side has a grippy plastic texture which I like because it is going to last a long time without signs of use or break down. What surprised me is how much I like the gloss white. It's just like the apple magic mouse so its smooth and feels great, but it also hides any fingerprints and oil marks. Overall love this mouse and would buy it again.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

That apple keyboard......the feels right now haha

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Got the same response from my co-worker. I use the same keyboard at work and I am very use to it, also it doesn't make too much noise. I downloaded a program and made my own hotkeys for it so it doesn't do so bad :P

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

this setup is very attractive all u need now is a comfortable gaming chair ........u dont wont to keep that as your main chair for too long u will have back problems in the future.... the black and white build is nice and i didnt know the geil luce ram would look that good i guess i under estimated it .........and i love asrock killer sli board i been thinking about getting that board im stuck between the asus b350 and the asrock killer sli good thing about the asrock killer sli it comes with on board wifi which is great .... u was smart to get that samsug evo m.2. the fastest out there i know it's pricey but it's worth it and also u was smart to get the 1070ti because when it's overclocked it sometimes beats the 1080 in some games so overall this is a great build great choices of hardware

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh god the chair, haha I forgot to mention in my post I completely ran out of money by the time I got to the chair. It's absolutely horrible and I plan on getting something nice in a month or so. Thanks for the compliments! I think both those motherboards are nice, I think I looked at the ASUS at one point but went with the ASROCK because it went on sale for $99 and I love the look. My plan was to stretch the budget and jump to a regular 1070, but I ended up finding mine for $370 before tax...

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

1400 with peripherals included? Nice, that is an insane deal man! You probably can't even get a build like this for that price on BF. Really sexy build though +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I accomplished very little at work for 2 months while I refreshed buildapcsales on Reddit during Black Friday and Christmas XD. My coworkers made fun of me but I am very happy with the results, thanks for the compliments!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty cool build, it has all the bells and whistles, NVME SSD, nice large HDD, good combination of cpu and gpu. The only thing I'd say you could've tried to do if it was in your budget, was to get a 1440p monitor, it would've been so much better for a gtx 1070 Ti, but this way it will be less stressed.

The only thing I'd say though, is to check your motherboard's manual and/or GPU-Z, because I think putting the gpu in that bottom slot is forcing it through a x8 PCI-E slot (electrically x16, but only x8 are connected). Non that it would change that much, but it's something. Also, I think the card would have better airflow on the top slot anyway, just a guess.

Again very nice build, enjoy!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually originally bought my monitor for just my Xbox before I was even thinking of building a PC so thats why... You're totally right, but for now I decided it's ok because it's such a huge step up from my Xbox that my eyes are still adjusting to colors they've never seen before.

And you are also right about the MOBO. I don't know why this is a thing for motherboards because everything fits and looks so much better with it in the bottom slot. I want to see the motherboard and appreciate the aesthetic, it lets the water cooler hose pass by and I can see the gorgeous back plate on my graphics card. I decided I am going to try it both ways and see how much of a difference it makes. Thanks for the feedback!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

sweet build grats on the wedding and grats on the build :) just built my first pc about 2months back and yet i cant stay away from this site and the reason is because of builds like yours. i love getting on here and seeing ppls imaginations come to life with these builds and yours is def one of em it looks pretty sweet man. i too am a fan of the white set up got me a white pc case with a white curved 75mhz acer monitor now i just need a white mouse and keyboard and ill be set lol:) anyways i was going to comment about the gpu being on the bottom till i seen that this guy had already brought it up and so i was just wondering if you had tried out the different slots yet and if you had discovered any difference in performance or not? i have the asus b350 f gaming board myself and i tried out the middle slot and i didnt really notice a difference myslef but and idk if this is true about the x370 boards or not but i believe the top slot is pcie 16, the middle is pcie 8 and the bottom is pcie 4 but i could be mistaken about that. so anyways just curious if you tried it out or not :) take care and congrats again enjoy your sweet setup man theres really nothing like building your own gaming rig and then enjoying it, its amazing :)

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the comment man, really enjoyed the feedback and congrats on your set up as well! I stubbornly put my graphics card on the bottom slot because it fit and looks so much better. The hoses for the water cooler fall naturally and that puts less stress on the water pump too.

But after further inspection I noticed the bottom slot is indeed only pcie 8, you can physically see in the slot there are less gold pins even though the slot is the same shape (it's half connected). Sooooo I begrudgingly moved my GPU up haha. I don't honestly notice a performance difference when locking the frames at 60 because the 1070 ti is still a beast, but nevertheless it should be fully utilized. I decided i'm going to buy a riser for it and mount it vertically instead, so I'll update the pictures when I do.

I'm really glad I could pass the inspiration so many others gave to me on to someone else!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Such an elegant white build. I'm in love !

Can I ask about those fans ? They look amazing.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I have this same table, how are you mounting that monitor arm?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, I haven't been back on pcpartpicker since i finished my build! I mounted the arm by first grabbing a block of dense wood that was something like 3"x3"x1". The wood just barely sticks out from the back of the desk on purpose so the mount can sit flush on the wood. I'll upload the picture for you so you can see. I did 4 screws through the wood block to secure it to the desk and then pre-drilled two holes for securing the monitor mount to it. This ended up working beautifully, my monitor is completely secure. I didn't trust the particle board that the desk is made of so that's why I did 4 screws on the wood block. Here's the link to the mount I used:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005C24OP8/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn! Good build! But you definitely need a better monitor. A gtx 1070ti is beyond overkill for 1080p 60hz

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey does your monitor has inbuilt speakers ?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

No it does not unfortunately.