Description

Welcome all to my very first build!

The reason behind the name of the build is that there have been floods of videos and articles about how right now (early 2018) is a horrible time to build a pc due to inflated part pricing. But I managed to keep my build on the 500USD (Mods excluded) mark and I’m really happy. Although, something like what I did is probably not going to be easily replicated because of how lucky I got. The build will primarily be used for gaming and a bit of CAD and video editing on the side.

Part List: Ryzen 3 1200: 140AUD, 112USD, 80GBP

Asrock AB350 pro4 Micro ATX: 90AUD, 72USD, 50GBP

G.Skill NT series 8 GB 2400 MHz: 120AUD, 96USD, 70GBP

Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Used): Free

Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM HDD (Used): Free

MSI Gaming X GTX 1060 6GB (Used): $280AUD, 225USD, 160 GBP

Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 TG: Free

Gigabyte 550W PSU (Used): Free

TOTAL (Excluding modifications): 630AUD, 505USD, 362GBP

Parts selection: Ryzen 3 1200: Great price to performance, allow me to overclock, really solid upgrade path and cheap motherboards.

Asrock AB350 pro4 Micro ATX: Good price, tonnes of expandability with 4 DIMM slots, 2 M.2 slots and things like RGB headers.

G.Skill NT series 8 GB 2400 MHz: This ram was 80AUD a few months ago . Just the cheapest 2400Mhz at the time.

Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Used): Pulled out of an old PC that was recently refurbished but then made redundant. Got lucky on this one!

Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM HDD (Used): Again, pulled from an old PC.

MSI Gaming X GTX 1060 6GB (Used): Bought second hand for a really amazing price and still has 2 years warranty – works like a charm!

Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 TG: This was the hook-up! My dad asked the IT man at his work if he had a Micro ATX cases lying around and he said say no more. A week later he rocks up with a brand new 60AUD (50USD) case and gives it to me for FREE! Not to mention this case is kind of hard to get as it’s sold out in most places. THE GOAT OF ALL IT MEN.

Gigabyte 550W PSU (Used): Pulled from an old PC

Modifications made (see original case picture online for reference): Custom acrylic PSU shroud, Custom NZXT H series case cable cover, custom acrylic GPU back plate, custom white paint job, Custom bamboo wooden panels, relocate front IO, custom 3D printed rear IO cover, 3D printed CPU fan ring and more!

For any questions, comment bellow and I’ll try and answer.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 7 points

MSI Gaming X GTX 1060 6GB (Used): $280AUD, 225USD, 160 GBP

Impossible.

  • 21 months ago
  • 4 points

good on ya mate for finding the GPU for the price you did. and the consistency throughout the build is just beautiful. +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

makes me cry

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

I like that bamboo case

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Appreciate it!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

The OCV1 ARMOR would have been really nice too!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking about an asus dual but this deal was to good to pass up and there are guides to paint this card

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Make sure to over clock it!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have any plans to custom paint the gpu? Also the build looks great!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes i do, ran out of paint tho :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, should look a lot better than the ocv1!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build, the red on the GPU is somewhat noticeable but doesn't ruin the build, nice job.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Planning to paint it white :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! 10/10 build

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I know it is old news by now, but the price of ram gets me every time...

Also amd should take note of that cooler... I would pick that over the RGB wraith spire

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I guess they could just make a wraith spire with a white LED

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Or do like the Corsair SP120 fans with interchangeable rings

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Question? i will in the future paint the GPU but should i create its back plate out of the bamboo too?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

U mean clean bamboo without the paint? Or with the white paint? Cause right now it looks dope AF so i wouldnt change it for the bamboo cover. And normal acrylic plates are usually quite cheap and the paint would stick rly nice. +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hot damn! It's so beautiful...

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

The reason behind the name of the build is that there have been floods of videos and articles about how right now (early 2018) is a horrible time to build a pc due to inflated part pricing. But I managed to keep my build on the 500USD (Mods excluded) mark and I’m really happy.

It is kind of rough with certain parts as I would be waiting for certain CPUs, GPUs and RAM prices to reduce unless a used part comes along with a reasonable price or a sweet deal. (Despite some parts aren't MSRP right now. I do ignore the videos who think it's not so good right now, as there are ways around it.) You did a nice job on re-purposing your SSD, HDD, and PSU as it's good to do. And especially getting a free CM Masterbox Lite 3.1 TG case. Your dad rocks.

Anyways, I like the modifications you did to this build. It turned out lovely. You got my one and support.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Appreciate the support man!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

man that is just so clean, the wood is really nice. It would have been nice if that graphics card backplate was also wood so that it tied in the exterior to the interior, but it still looks great.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, the colour scheme works perfectly.

Also it's so neat inside, no wires laying on your graphics card like mine :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

This rig is perfect!! Great work.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

You had me hooked on the first picture - what a beautiful looking build. Hope it serves you well.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, that case is amazing. And your cable management is on point!

You're right, you got really lucky finding a 1060 6gb for that price. I'm slightly envious haha

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

+1, Do I smell a feature...

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

an msi titanium would make this build perfect

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a work of art. Very mesmerizing... Hopefully a feature. +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, what a computer. I truly love this build!

+1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

INB4FEATURE

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty sweet Build ...very clean. I would get creative with the graphic cards shroud and paint it white

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

So dad gunned clean. I like it and what great deals.

Thumbs up

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang when you said under 500 that blew my mind! Well done!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

How did u find the 1060 so cheap?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Local classifieds, ie craigslist/gumtree. i got it about 2 weeks ago so it was just before the new price rises

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

nice mod

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

if he was going for a black and white theme he should of went with the asus dual gtx 1060

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers mate! That's an awesome clean build that you have there. May I know what kind of material did you use to cover your gpu and other parts to achieve the clean white scheme?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I was thinking on doing a build with this case... Where did you get the custom PSU shroud?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you recommended the person that sold you that GPU to a mental hospital?

How!?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that custom psu shroud how did you make it?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, in the picture, the case looks like an NZXT work. But in the parts list, it says a CoolerMaster MasterBox Lite 3.1 TG.

What's up with that?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats the diameter of the Wraith Spire cooler? I am going to buy a 2600X and I also want to 3D-print a cooler ring.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you did that front part with this holes ? its like the nzxt h series and i like it

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Question, how are you able to use more than one 4-pin fans when this thing only has a single 4-pin connector and a single 3-pin connector?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous custom work, man...kudos!

Looking at the custom bamboo wood panels on the side of the front shroud, I started to wonder: how's the airflow? I'm getting ready to start a new build with the CM Masterbox Lite 3.1 T.G., and while the price was right ($29.99 Newegg deal) and the case looks great, I'm seeing a lot of happy builders noting that while the case is great, the airflow leaves something to be desired.

Any suggestions or recommendations for modding the front shroud would be appreciated!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

One of the best looking builds I have seen. Please update the pictures when you paint the GPU. Also, any plans to upgrade the HDD? 500 GB may start to run out soon if you play alot of games and do alot of video editing.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great, love the white theme. Great job!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot you like looks and would like to keep it budget I would recommend 2 Team T-force RGB Ram sticks as one is only 50$

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you make the h-series cable cover?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a strip of acrylic bent using a heat gun and then painted

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a single piece? Wow, you have bending skill. Planning to do that now!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

not a fan looks like you earn like 1 pound a day looks disgusting all the glue and bad paint job

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually learn less! I'm a student, not a trained professional PC builder so I'm terribly sorry to disappoint your unnecessarily high expectations.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

So cleann.....

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

So smoooooooth.............

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Please send me the link on pcpartpicker of the case you used.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

that the most original build yet. so artistic and clean. never saw anything like it. rob

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The red on the GPU gives me OCD spikes lol. Great build and designs! +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 0 points

I really love the red accent from the unpainted Gaming X card. It may just be me tho.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like it haha

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much man! I'm from Australia so it might be hard to find wherever you are. The specific name for what i use is Natural Bamboo Laserply 2.5mm, i did some fine sanding and clear coat.