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White Out SnowBlind Mod/Build

by Sovereignty

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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).

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CooproxXo1 3 Builds 13 points 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 5 points 1 month ago

I’m honored! Thank you

CooproxXo1 3 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

;) love the cleanliness and the new white LLs.

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

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.

Flubbs 1 Build 4 points 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 5 points 1 month ago

Sorry for my Ignorance, how does one get featured?

Flubbs 1 Build 6 points 1 month ago

Basically, you're already featured

Flubbs 1 Build 4 points 1 month ago

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.

CooproxXo1 3 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

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

CooproxXo1 3 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

You see the future! A wise one you are!

Tuskeyemer 1 Build 9 points 1 month ago

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

diypartsjoy 1 Build 5 points 1 month ago

Feature!?

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

<3

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diypartsjoy 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

What does dzb mean?

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diypartsjoy 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

Cool! Can't wait to see it!

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UntamedShadow 3 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

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!

ColdConduct 1 Build 4 points 1 month ago

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.

ThriftStoreRaider 9 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

Anybody else at a loss for words?

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

You are too kind!

connor333 4 points 1 month ago

I'd tap it!

Mistery33t 3 points 1 month ago

This build is so clean!

cheezmeister 2 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

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

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chimpyxx 3 points 1 month ago

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

Seducer 3 points 1 month ago

The bottom fan is upside down...

MrThreePik 12 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Why a bottom fan in the 1st place? xD

SalahHerbawi 2 points 1 month ago

too much whiteness but oh my goodness

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

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

Moyeezes 2 points 1 month ago

SnowBlinding isn't it.

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I had to read this a few times over haha

jimbob12345 2 points 1 month ago

this is sooo good

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Appreciate it!

jimbob12345 2 points 1 month ago

what country do you live in

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

Texas US!

Greasy-Peanut 3 points 1 month ago

Same here dude

jimbob12345 2 points 1 month ago

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

Slingshott 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

:P

Callum2812 2 points 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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

Callum2812 2 points 1 month ago

Fair

CoolPCBuilds 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

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!

CoolPCBuilds 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

That's definitely a cool part of the build!

Pcpal.tech 2 points 1 month ago

Very nice.

Houndour 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Next level white build. Love it.

Garog 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

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.

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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.

Connormcgregor 2 points 1 month ago

1080ti for 300usd ?!

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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.

Sporkytoast 2 points 1 month ago

May I ask what app? Also Great build + 1

gunnarbirdlmao 2 points 1 month ago

this is amazing +10

Goku007 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Gorgeous

mm6568 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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!

mm6568 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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

BillyBroken 2 points 1 month ago

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.

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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.

BillyBroken 2 points 1 month ago

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.

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I'll look into this!

KrayyonHD 2 points 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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

BoxytheBuilder 2 points 1 month ago

Needs more white.

+1

MW06 2 points 1 month ago

WHITE THEME! MY FAVORITE! +1

paradoxprophet 2 points 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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.

Pepermint 2 points 1 month ago

Probably the cleanest build i have ever seen

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

<3

bvandey5 2 points 1 month ago

icyy!

Fyremoon65 2 points 1 month ago

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

MaximilianZ 2 points 1 month ago

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

DasBloonts 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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.

Hillzy248 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

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.

SonsBlud 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

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

daUnitedpotato 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

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.

rafionex 2 points 1 month ago

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

daUnitedpotato 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

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

RayvenOne1 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

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

JJAMSUPER 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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

IT_Kosta_829 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

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

RoyalSovereign 2 points 1 month ago

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 !!!

Zero5295 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

This is so sick I love it!!!

Samsy 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

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!

LJL03 2 points 1 month ago

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

ndecon26 2 points 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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

vekspec 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

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!

JPSartre 2 points 1 month ago

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.

jkosha 2 points 1 month ago

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

JackOfSpades789 2 points 1 month ago

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).

MichealJoeden 2 points 1 month ago

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

bPANASLAPdYT 2 points 1 month ago

Wow!I love the snowblind computer!

Brandonjffrs96 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

so can you only get that case by buying it used or the pre build? cuz ive seen the case before but never sold separate...

DeadCarrot 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Awesome.

SamuraiRPG 2 points 1 month ago

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

JimmyJimmy 2 points 1 month ago

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

Burgrboy15 2 points 1 month ago

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

Dukman 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Love white builds. Well done sir!

CornyConnor 2 points 1 month ago

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.

Christianjeon 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Tbh this is a nice build and all but i dont think its worthy of a feature

RustyFire 2 points 1 month ago

Nice feature!

Tuskeyemer 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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

EggRollMa 1 point 1 month ago

You should get an NZXT N7 Z390 white

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

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

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Yep and Gigabyte makes the best Z390!!!!

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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.

manirelli staff 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

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

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

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.

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Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Craigslist!

redcrown117 2 points 1 month ago

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

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Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

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

CooproxXo1 3 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

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 ;)

Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

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.

CooproxXo1 3 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

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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Sovereignty submitter 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

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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