Description

I bought the iBuyPower Snowblind Case second hand with these parts below for $1000 total (what a find!):

i7-8700k, z370-A Pro, ENERMAX 120mm T40FIT CPU Cooler White, 16gb silver ripjaws ram, 3 ibuypower kind of white fans?, 1 140mm corsair black fan, 120gb WD green ssd, 1tb hdd, and a 600 Watt Standard 80 PLUS Gold psu. (I took everything out and am using some of those parts for my wife's computer)

The issues that I wanted to fix was:

  1. Upgrading every part, (still have to find a good priced RTX 2080ti under $1000

  2. Making everything as white as I could, this makes seeing images on the Monitor easier

  3. Creating a MB armor of plexiglass. I ordered this 12" by 12" 1/8th sheet from amazon for $16. (This was the most difficult task, using a dremel free hand to make straight lines ugh) Still not happy with some of the uneven lines on it. Would love if someone could laser cut or 3d print one for me.

I'm overall pretty happy with the outcome, I'm still debating on trying to add a few more things:

  • More white LEDs (they have to be a matching white color and SUPER bright)

  • Possibly cutting some white vinyl wrap and putting it over all of the black areas on exterior case, also covering the iBuyPower logo inside of the case

Thanks for checking this out! Let me know what you think or if you have any questions!

edit: Thank you all so much for your compliments, they mean a lot! My next goal is to create a matching white battle station (desk, peripherals, chair etc).

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 14 points

I’m calling a feature. I think it’s worthy. This build is truly stunning!

  • 8 months ago
  • 6 points

I’m honored! Thank you

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

;) love the cleanliness and the new white LLs.

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

If only they didn't cost so much more for just being white lol. Though I am thankful for them, they really help bring it all together.

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

Yep definitely agree. Everything from the build quality to color scheme looks perfect.

  • 8 months ago
  • 6 points

Sorry for my Ignorance, how does one get featured?

  • 8 months ago
  • 6 points

Basically, you're already featured

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

but...it's if the build is really good, the people at PCPP will "feature the build" and if you go to the home page of PCPP, under the completed builds section there will be a featured build section that is where the build gets featured (and where your build is currently :) ) and it basically gets put on display for how amazing it is.

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Don’t worry about it. You’ve already got it xD nice job

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

AHA!! I knew it and it is well deserved!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

You see the future! A wise one you are!

  • 8 months ago
  • 8 points

you spent less on a 1080ti than i did a 1070ti

  • 8 months ago
  • 5 points

Must say the (transparent) screen that iBuyPower use as the side panel window is quite unique. (Of course others place the displays within a 2.5 inch slot on the side of the psu shroud but most wont be as clean)

+1 on the white theme and the order/cleanliness!

  • 8 months ago
  • 5 points

Feature!?

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

<3

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  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

What does dzb mean?

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  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Cool! Can't wait to see it!

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  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

I love the theme and work you put into this, it looks awesome, but I'd be concerned about temperatures when you have that motherboard nearly fully enclosed. Have you monitored temps on your VRMs yet? I'd be even more concerned since you're running that chip under water (air tower coolers usually provide a small amount of airflow over them) and Gigabyte has been churning out some boards with questionable quality in recent years. Of course, I can't speak with certainty on that particular board you chose; it might be a great one.

Not knocking your build at all, just sharing something I believe you might want to look out for. Back when Sandy/Ivybridge was still new Asus released their Sabertooth lineup of motherboards and I owned one. They had a similar 'armored' shell, but if I remember correctly they had multiple tiny fans built into critical VRM areas because they knew it wouldn't be receiving much airflow otherwise.

Upvote for ya. Would be sweet to see this one get featured.

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

Anybody else at a loss for words?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You are too kind!

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

I'd tap it!

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

This build is so clean!

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

This would be a camo build here in Canada. Two colour schemes in one! Outstanding work, especially on the GPU.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

If iBuyPower sold these cases, they would make a boatload of cash

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

The bottom fan is upside down...

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Why a bottom fan in the 1st place? xD

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

This looks amazing! How did you attatch the covers you made for the MotherBoard and the GPU?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

So with me hand cutting the thing, it actual manages to just "fit" in front of the MB. And stays pretty well.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

too much whiteness but oh my goodness

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

lol in this case, too much is a good thing!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

SnowBlinding isn't it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I had to read this a few times over haha

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

this is sooo good

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate it!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

what country do you live in

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Texas US!

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Same here dude

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

ohhh lol ok i live in australia and was wondering if your budget was 2000 aud not usd but suuuuuuper nice build

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

No we all know you’re tryna rob him /s

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

:P

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Feel like it would be nicer if you flipped the radiator so the tubes go in from the top but meh. Nice build +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I did try this configure first, but it just caused too much bend in the tubes I thought. Thank you!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Fair

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely gorgeous build! I've always wanted to build a white build, no money though.

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

I think one of the coolest parts about this build is actually the story behind the money for it. This is my 6th build in total, when I started my first build, I had about $400 I saved up and bought some older gaming pc parts. I then cleaned them all up, got it looking nice and sold it for $700 (Thhis price was still less that new msrp). I did this with each of my next computers till this one where I built on the $3000 I’ve made. It’s profit but also fun putting together used parts. I’m ALWAYS looking for used deals on OfferUp, facebook marketplace and craigslist. You could do it too!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

That's definitely a cool part of the build!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Next level white build. Love it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful, very pretty, well done!

I wanted to go with making my build as white as yours, but at the time I had some real difficulty trying to find components that were even remotely white in aesthetics. It's a crime that manufacturers don't make white components often! You're an inspiration to go further for sure.

In terms of additional LED strips, might I suggest the Cooler Master MasterAccessory white LED strips? They're super bright and are a super clean white, at least in my experience.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah you would think more brands would be making more of all colored parts, but what do we know! You can for sure do it your self with enough time and not giving up! cool I'll check them out for sure.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

1080ti for 300usd ?!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't say it enough, always be checking your local OfferUp, LetGo, Facebook marketplace and Craigslist for deals. I've got a few app that send me notifications when something in a certain range is posted.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

May I ask what app? Also Great build + 1

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

this is amazing +10

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice and clean! Wish they sold the transparent screen/panel alone! You should use an Exacto knife to score the cuts a few times until it breaks if you want to redo the mobo cover but ofc laser cutting it will ensure perfection

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Youtube DIY Snowblind panel, they teach you how to make one. I tried that first with an Exacto and it works on the out sides, but didn't work on the inside square cut outs. Thank you!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

ahh i see, maybe the best solution is to find a local laser cutting service and send them an illustrator file of the cuts, you can do some custom designs on it too. Its making me wanna try it on my build too lol

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'm looking into a local shop at the moment.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

If you have a dremel you can get the routing attachment and make a jig to guide you through the interior cuts, maybe...or it could melt your material. In which case you would need to sand or "frost" it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes this was an issue I ran into, you have to use a metal circle saw on low or it starts to melt the plexi.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

What about a coping saw. That's how I hacked my first cases front facia open, it is slow but you can clamp a piece of metal to both sides as a guide once you drill the corner holes and feed the saw through.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll look into this!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I wanna get that case too. Where can you buy it? Or did you buy the system and then used the case?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it second hand, I don’t think you can buy it. But you could make your own, YouTube custom snowblind case.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Needs more white.

+1

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

WHITE THEME! MY FAVORITE! +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you get the MB shield to stay in place?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

the very bottom left of it anchors nicely and just managed to hold it self up! (THANKFULLY) Because I thought I was going to need to put some screws in it initially.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably the cleanest build i have ever seen

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

<3

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

icyy!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm (snow)blinded from the overall whiteness of this build. LOL!! Thumbs up!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Yo i know you got a LED sidepanel, but the 2nd last picture alone look so dope xD i dunno why but it looks very nice. just keep the side led off and leave it like that xD

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

It is a cool build, but not my cup of tea. I personally prefer to be able to see my hardware. I understand the "theme". But its kinda 'meh' in my opinion

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

It's more than just about being all white to be all white, but the more white the better you can see the image on the side panel. Any black in the background and you don't really see much.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad to see a SnowBlind Case in a good home, well done. I planned on building one in my case window, but I think it would be too early for me yet.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Never thought of putting a fan directly under the gpu, brilliant! That case monitor is pretty neat, Goku is an OG.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely a worthy feature. I love how super clean and minimal it is. Also +1 not only for the cleanliness, but that sweet DBZ decal on the tempered glass.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't think it is a decal bud, but more of a screen type.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh shoot, I forgot he has that case that has the screen on it. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

This is an amazing build dude! Amazing case, well put together parts 11/10

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

can you put pictures of just the motherboard armor? I have access to a laser cutter and would like to see the motherboard armor.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I put up the upper part of the MB armor after I cut it with a dremel. A laser would be optimal for sure.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Love that side panel window and that you can display images on it and still see through...

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

My cousin (guy who doesn't even know about this site and its quite ignorant when it comes to computers), after seeing this one: "DAAAAAAYUUUUUUUMMMM" :D Nice work tho'. That's simply beautiful !!!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

This is so sick I love it!!!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I am curious as to what that fan blowing into the psu does.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

It would seem so is everyone else! After flipping it over and testing, there is a 1c change in gpu temps. So.. it is really just for looking nice, but also it is pushing air down into the psu/cable chamber and not letting dust settle down there is what I'm telling my self!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

wow probably the best white themed build i've seen!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

How/where do you secure the MB armor? Want to try this with my current build

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

It kind of holds it self in place nicely from the bottom left wedging in.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

holy pureness.... when I saw the first picture, i didn't even realize there was a motherboard, I thought you connected the CPU directly to the case lol.

+1! congrats on featured!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Such an incredible build. Refreshing to see dedication and ingenuity come together so well, rather than another build that just had buckets of money funneled into it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

This is one of the most beautiful white/black builds I have ever seen. Well done, really well done.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean build OP! I must ask, what is that little white box underneath your GPU? (I think it may be a USB expansion hub, not certain though).

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

No mean to nag but here are some points: - you could turn off the task bar on the second monitor (the case glass) and it will look cleaner - you case has negative pressure which will accumulate dust, but will not affect performance - not a pointer, but happy to see another man of culture with Firefox

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow!I love the snowblind computer!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Whatever career path I go down, I want to be rich enough to build 6 of these. +1, very nice and clean.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

that pc in all white looks pretty fire. and the cable management is top notch. overall 11/10

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Love white builds. Well done sir!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Yo this is a gorgeous PC! Does anyone know where I can pick up this case? I'm definitely thinking about building this for myself.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice feature!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol I’m not really wanting to sell it but if there is some super rich guy out there who wants it he can have at it. Sorry man.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

epicc

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing! You have inspired me. I have a laser, so this is going down for real.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Would love to see the finished product!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a sexy MFER PC LOVE IT

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build. Very impressive.

I’m working on something similar on my own Snowblind Element. A couple of questions for you if you don’t mind:

1) What are the CPU and GPU temps in your rig at idle and under load?

2) For the bottom fan, did you remove the two SATA mounting brackets and then screw in the fan there? Did you then put one of the SATA drives in the bottom covered portion of the case?

3) What’s your fan configuration like? I’m guessing the two front fans on the radiator as well as the fan at the bottom of the case are intake and the fans at the bottom and back of the case are exhaust?

4) With the top mounted fan, do you still use the magnetic dust cover? Just curious.

Thanks a lot for sharing your build. Really good stuff.

Chris

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh and one more quick one:

5) What kind of paint did you use to paint the black GPU bracket white?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DYSVPCQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 was the acrylic sheet. I sprayed the gpu bracket with Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2X Ultra Cover White Primer Spray Paint 12oz. Cant remember temps off my head, ill monitor tonight. Im not using any sata drives, only M.2 on the mb, for the fan its actually just sitting there lol. Ive got 2 fans on the front of the radiator and 2 behind it, pulling air into case, everything else is pushing out.

Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Where is that white cover for the motherboard from ?

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

The builder cut it himself as he explained in the description.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful, really wish manufacturers made more white MOBOs & GPUs so you didn't have to shroud them with plastic.

I'd take a white MOBO/GPU over RGB any day...

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Could you please tell me what is covering the motherboard? Also can you please tell me what you use for led lights.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DYSVPCQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

lights are from the fans and the built in led strips from the snowblind case, they are pro grade and EXTREMELY bright.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

i want no NEED this its breathtaking like no joke i love this

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

its for sale! lol but kind of a crazy price

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

well its amazing no price to high for that

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

This is the cleanest build I've ever seen. Love it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, I'm curious, how did make that gpu cover, because I have a gpu with an ugly heatsink and I want to cover it, also with what paint did you spray the plexiglass? Thanks, would appreciate if you could answer my question and very nice and clean build btw.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DYSVPCQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1. Did not spray the acrylic, they come white with different transparency levels that effects the level of white. Thanks!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your quick answer, I'm going to use your build as a model for mine.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

hi i was wondering how well your cooler does at cooling your CPU? I'm building one right now and i'm trying to figure out if i should stick with a prebuilt 240mm cooler or try my hand at a custom one i'm not going to overclock just want 60.c temps at stock

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It does fantastic, but ill double check and post temps later tonight. Personally this has been my fav AIO cooler and has worked the best so far.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

k thanks

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

If you run at base speed you will be fine, but if you are not going to overclock than why even buy it, just get a i7-9700k? Just food for thought!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

you spent less on a 1080ti than i did a 1070ti

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Always check your local OfferUp, Craig’slist, Facebook marketplace!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You should get an NZXT N7 Z390 white

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

That was my first thought, but the amount of terrible reviews on that board scared me off.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep and Gigabyte makes the best Z390!!!!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I will say this is my first gigabyte, I’ve pretty much always used MSI, I do prefer the msi bios still, but everything has worked pretty nicely.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but why didn’t you buy components that were already white so that you wouldn’t have to mod them.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Can be hard to find the right white part/piece.

  • 8 months ago
  • 0 points

Sorry, no soliciting votes on builds. That section has been removed.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Craigslist!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

wow! way to Go!! how did you get Goku on there and was that the hardest part of your build?

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  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol thank you! My next project is redoing the office, desk and peripherals in all white.

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

If you are looking for white periphials, I recommend the Corsair k70 mk2 se, which is often on sale for $129.99, and then the razer lancehead mercury. They are incredible products and I think they would match your build perfectly! They match mine well and yours is more white ;)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I was checking those out yesterday, currently running razer huntsman, goliathus, and G502 Hero mouse. Really wish each came in white lol. Maybe ill spray paint them ha.

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Not a bad idea. It’s a shame such a beast keyboard would be replaced but I like white setups too

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  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Appreciate it man. I actually just stumbled upon The battle stations Reddit, i’ve got a long road ahead of me lol.

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