Description

My first PC build was a little over a year ago and this is more of a phase two as I slowly upgrade from the lower budget build. Visually it's different with the new case, but I'm still carrying over a lot of the previous parts (the CPU is on the list to upgrade though). Also don't mind the protective wrap still on the tempered glass in the pics, I'm moving in the near future and thought I'd just leave it on there for now.

This build has four new additions. The Corsair Crystal 570x white case, Corsair Force MP500 M.2, Deepcool Captain 240 EX, and the Gigabyte Z270 Gaming 7 motherboard. The rest of the components were transferred to this build. The GPU is also fairly new which started the transition of the white theme (I regret not getting the white Genome case before), but not everything matches such as the red memory sticks.

I'll admit the Corsair Crystal 570x case was an impulse buy. I really liked my previous Deepcool Genome case with the integrated liquid cooling, but when I saw the 570x I was drawn to the tempered glass look. Then when I saw the white version from Newegg I was adding it to the cart and purchasing it before I even thought twice.

I had recently replaced my RX 480 GPU with a Gigabyte 1080 TI OC for 4K gaming so I decided to upgrade to the Gigabyte Z270 Gaming 7 motherboard. It wasn't needed but the upgrade matches the GPU and continues with the white theme. Tried to justify the upgrade to myself by saying it was for the built in Creative sound.

My previous case included the Deepcool Captain 360 liquid cooling. I was happy with the looks and the performance so I opted for Deepcool again with the Captain 240 EX this time (360 doesn't come in white). Fits right in with the theme of the build.

I'm currently playing on a 4K TV and everything looks great. Favourite games at the moment are Overwatch, the Forest, and the odd steam purchase here and there. I would like to try my hand at a custom loop later on and upgrade a couple more things. For now I'm quite happy with the build.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I previously had the Deepcool Genome case and I loved the Captain 360 liquid cooling. It keeps things cool and the pulsing white LED on the pump looked awesome. I wish the Captain 360 came in white, but I'm still happy with this 240. Only downside is the led is intermittent at the moment. I'm not sure if its my motherboard RGB software affecting this or if it's a defect. 4 or 5 star rating pending until I figure that out.

Motherboard

I'm quite happy with the motherboard performance and aesthetics so far. The white appearance and the RGB lighting looks pretty awesome and matches the 1080 TI OC GPU perfectly. The apps with the motherboard are great so far and I can't wait to test out the Creative sound.

Video Card

I can't complain about the performance of the GPU for 4K gaming as everything has been running flawlessly. The down side is the card does run a little hot and the fans are fairly loud when they kick in so I can't give it 5 stars. But if you can live with that and you like the white look like I do, then you really can't go wrong.

Case

This case looks amazing. Only draw back is the challenge of cable management which of course is displayed with the tempered glass.

Monitor

I just picked this up and while I've done very little testing with it, this monitor comes across as a great deal for the specs and the price.

Keyboard

Hands down my favourite component! I have the cherry MX brown keys with this version and they're great for typing and gaming. The aesthetics of the keyboard might not be for everyone, but personally I love it. This version comes with a small case that you can replace 10 of the more common keys for gaming. These key caps are red and the WASD keys are angled for gaming. In my opinion the keys are angled too much and would just feel weird for typing. Regardless the standard keys alone are great for gaming.

Lastly the RGB lighting looks fantastic. Now the G.Skill software is not up to par with Corsair or Razer, but for the look I was going for I was able to achieve it pretty easily once I figured out exactly how the software worked.

Mouse

This mouse will work for left or right handed users and comes with a few customization options. Whether you want a thumb rest or not.. for either side. Weights can be added which may not be a drastic difference, but still helps cater to one's preference in a lighter or medium weighted mouse. Last customization option is the palm of the mouse can be lowered or raised... I guess this helps if you're a palm or claw user for the mouse? I still don't know what I am. The only negative for some might be that it's not as form fitting to the hand as some mice due to the ambidextrous design, but that hasn't bothered me.

Just like the G.Skill keyboard RGB features, software is... ok. It's not great, but once you figure it out the mouse looks great with the RGB zones. A nice addition to the G.Skill RGB keyboard.

As far as performance goes it's great for gaming. The only down side is it's better to use on a textile mouse pad. With a cloth mouse pad the sensor goes a little weird and you have to pick up the mouse off the mouse pad to get it back to normal.

Speakers

I've had these speakers for so long I can't remember when I got them. Easily 10-15 years though. Regardless these speakers are still working just as amazingly now as when I first got them and I can't foresee replacing them anytime soon. If they ever went, I'd probably stick with Logitech and whatever comparable model they sell today.

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 4 points

I think your cat needs some love. That face...

Nice build though!

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

OH MY GOD THEY MAKE A WHITE 570X? HOW DIDN'T I KNOW ABOUT THIS?

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

It was weird, Corsair never advertised the white version up until now. They've since then added it to their website, but previously you would have only seen it if you came across it on Newegg.

The white is nice and they've added a spot on the PSU cover to feed through wires. It's still quite the challenge for wire management in the back though... which might be the reason I've mysteriously forgotten to add pictures of that side.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I personally used a white s340 Elite, but I sooooo would've used this had I known about it in time for my build...

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Your cat is so cute!! She was smiling in the picture!

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for your cat.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks awesome!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a fantastic looking build! I love Aqua and White builds. +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Peel your case! (I know you already did, but the first picture is tempting me)

Nice build though

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Pic 4, what a smile on your cat lol.

Awesome looking build though. Such an awesome looking case but I could not justify myself spending that much on a case considering what is available in the 50-150 CAD range for cases of all sizes. To other people though a case like this may very well be worth it for them though.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, some things I found odd. Having a GSkill keyboard and mouse, never seen anybody use those lol. An 80+ Bronze PSU and an i5 6500, it's not even Kabylake while on 32GB of Ram.

Regardless, it's a nice build.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Lots of carry overs from a cheaper build. I've been pricing out CPU's and PSU's, but couldn't swing it at this time. I have to have something to plan for in near future. =)

The RAM I admit was a silly purchase. I started with two sticks then added two more just to fill in the slots. hangs head shamefully

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

If you're looking for a decent CPU and a PSU

Depending on what you're doing, I'd go with an i5 8600k or an i7 6700k And a platinum PSU.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the recommendation. That i5 8600k sounds like a good fit.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

That bottleneck............. Also when the heck did the white 570x come out?!?!?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

you might wanna upgrade your cpu, that cpu is a bottleneck.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

unless it isnt of course

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Why a 6500 with a 1080ti lol

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I started with an RX 480 in my first lower budget build and I'm slowly upgrading when I can.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

If it were me, I would’ve mounted the radiator to the top. Also cute cat. Nice build!

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

It's in the plans. I'm coming from a build with a much lower budget and I couldn't justify upgrading anymore at at this time... nor would the wife let me. lol

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  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

if you read the description, you'd see hes going to upgrade it

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