My old PC has lasted me a tremendous amount of time! But games are getting more intensive and it was time to upgrade to something that could handle VR. I've never been a fan of the flashing rainbow RGB look so I decided to go with a clean white/black aesthetic. I have to say, I am super pleased with my cable management, I spent a hell of a lot of time making sure everything was nice and tidy.
CPU - A good CPU that doesn't break the bank!
CPU Cooler - I got this on sale for $75 from Amazon during a 12 days of Christmas sale, definitely couldn't pass that up! I probably don't need 280 worth of cooling but I also like how the 280's fill the case more. Plus that nice white EVGA logo goes really well with my build.
Mobo - I tried to find a cheaper mobo but a lot of the other ones have red on them which didn't match. I also do like that it has wifi connectors already built in. I didn't really need it to be RGB, but I've set them to white and I have to say I do like the little pulse of light that it does from behind. Overall I'm fine with paying a little more for it.
RAM - Got them for a good price on Amazon again, cheaper then most of the ram without cool LEDs. I love the head spreader design with the white lights that pulse behind.
GPU - Not many are white haha. 1070 should be fine for my needs I think.
Case - I personally loved the design of this case from when I first saw it. I wanted to downsize from a full tower that I had before and this seemed like a good size. As far as building inside it goes I couldn't have been happier. The wire holes were nicely placed and there was just enough gap under the motherboard to route the audio and bluetooth wires. There was enough enough space above the mobo to route the wires from the cpu cooler and mobo power behind and up top. And that's with a 280 size cpu cooler mounted to the top too! Plenty of room for the wires in the large back half with the PSU.
PSU - 550 is fine for me. Gold rated and fully modular at a good price. It's nice that the fan doesn't even turn on unless it's needed.
Storage - 2TB SSD which are pretty cheap these days. I just wanted 1 hard drive just to make things easy.
OS - Pretty standard.
Case Fans - I found these on Amazon. They are inexpensive and I like how they have the white ring on both sides of the fan. Also that it's like a solid white and not flashy if that makes sense. To me they are very quiet, however I've never used those fancy b-quiet fans or anything like that to compare.
Keyboard and Mouse - Used from old PC. They're pretty newish and work nicely. Unfortunately they don't match perfectly but oh well, red, white, and black is always a nice mix.
Monitor - Actually several years old now but still works really good!
Desk - A shoutout to this desk, Gladiator 6ft Hardwood adjustable desk from Home Depot. It's not really marketed for computers but it is freaking ridiculously sturdy and looks really nice. There is no sway at all and I could stand and jump on it without any problems. Plus the leg height is adjustable (not quickly so you have to set it and forget it). It's kind of expensive for a computer desk but it will last forever.
This was definitely a fun project! Took me about half a day and I only ran into one real problem. At first the PC would boot up but not display on my monitor. A quick search on toms hardware and I found to remove the GPU and try that, which worked, and then install some drivers. I don't really have any benchmarks for you all sorry, I've never been hardcore enough to do those haha. I'm happy with the overall cost for what I got. I think it will last me another several years. Plus I got a lot of these parts as Christmas/birthday gifts :) Shep approves!