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White Build Gamer for the Misses

by Draimond

Description

Built as a birthday present and unfortunately coincided with one of the worst points in the price spikes of 2018. Didn't have much change left from $2k... But hey it runs good and looks even better!

Part Reviews

CPU

Why buy an i5 when you get better per core performance and quad core for half the price? Perfect for gaming DX11 or older games on a budget! Just remember that your limited to 2400mhz RAM with the i3's.

CPU Cooler

I love the look of the LED pump but the radiator is painful to fit into a rear 120mm mount. The tanks are large and very square, where the curvature of other radiator tanks help when squeezing in beside rivets or internal case plastics. Fortunately it did fit into the Nova TG with a dual fan, push-pull arrangement as a stand off from the case. Don't be surprised if the radiator wont fit directly onto your case.

Case

I really like the simplicity and elegance of this case visually. There are aspects of quality and design execution that let this case down however. If I had to do this build again, I would still use the Nova TG despite it's short-comings as I really like way it (visually) works with a white and black build.

Operating System

I had to buy a DVD drive because they ran out of USB mounted ones. Pro tip, google how to stop candy crush from self installing in the registry before you open up this can of random-ware.

Monitor

If your coming from a 24" screen you may not like this monitor as it has a large pixel pitch, (chunky big pixels). No amount of anti-aliasing is going to save you here. This is not a gaming monitor. Otherwise it looks good for a spreadsheet workstation etc.

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WHeEeEeEeEeE 2 points 8 months ago

sexy as

Draimond submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

ty, i cant help but lean back an admire it sitting on her desk

JamesCr 1 point 8 months ago

Does the Corsair water cooler come with thermal paste pre-installed?

JHarps 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

I think most coolers come with thermal paste pre applied. My NZXT Kraken had it pre applied.

Draimond submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

yes

JHarps 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Nice build! How do you like the Mobo? Funny enough I'm using that mobo and GPU in an all white build for my girlfriend lol

Draimond submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

I've been an asus fan boy for years.. but the msi board may have changed that. I like that its a big board. The mystic lighting system turned out not to be of any use unfortunately. It was a very enjoyable build. The GPU and Mobo are top picks for white builds!

JHarps 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Glad to hear you had good experiences with those parts! I look forward to my build with them shortly, thanks for responding!