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I was finally able to talk the better half into letting me build her a new PC. I was given a limited budget, and a focus on low noise. She doesn't play any games that require a lot of horsepower, but spends most of her time on Chrome and playing flash-based "Big Fish" games.

All new parts except for the 250GB SSD and an older EVGA GTX-460. While I didn't start out with much of a color theme, she picked out the white Phanteks P400S tempered glass case and I started from there. I didn't realize the case would come with an RGB strip, but testing it out I ended up going with as many white components as I could (within the budget) so that whatever color she set the RGB strip to, the components would blend in visually. She keeps it on the slow color changing rainbow effect. I really wish the RGB controller would let me dim the RGB to half brightness, but she's happy, so that's that.

Building in the Phanteks was easy. I like the power supply shroud as the budget would only allow for a non-modular PSU. No nasty birds nest of cables can be seen, so my slight OCD nature can rest easy. The case had standoffs pre-installed for standard ATX, and I needed to reposition a standoff for the micro-ATX mobo I ended up using. It would have been nice if they included a standoff removing bit for their standoffs, as the bit I had from a Fractal build was too small to fit the Phanteks standoffs. The two included 120mm fans are a little noisy if you get close, but not so bad from where the PC sits on the floor. I added a Noctua Redux 140mm fan and it is very quiet indeed.

Fit and finish on the stamped steel case is nice. The magnet mounted plastic top covers are a slightly different shade of white and have a matte finish, but I think it matches well and adds some visual interest on the top. Buttons have a nice positive feel, although the tiny hidden buttons under the top lip for the included fan controller and RGB lights can be hard to hit if you have fat fingers like myself.

My plan for components originally was an i3-7100 and a single stick of 8GB RAM, but when I visited my nearest Micro Center they had the i3-7350K on sale for $130, and if I got a motherboard with it they would discount the purchase by $30. When I asked about RAM, it just so happened that they had a white kit of 2400MHz 16GB Ballistix, and they'd knock off yet another $10 if I purchased it together with the mobo and CPU. In the end I went a little over budget, but I figured I needed to build this with the minimum RAM to last the useful life of the build, and the slightly higher performance of the 7350K for $10 more than the price of the 7100 sounded worth it. I might even try to OC it if I can distract her away from the PC on my day off. ;) The good old Evo 212 cooler really wasn't needed I suppose, but I wanted things cool and quiet. I ended up buying the red LED version and swapping the LED fan with my PC's non-LED fan so that the constant on red lights wouldn't distract from whatever color she chose to run at the moment.

The GTX-460 was left at my home by a family member, so I pulled the cooler, cleaned out about a metric ton of dust and repasted. Might sneak in a GTX-1050ti in the future, but I don't want to sleep on the couch just yet, so that'll have to wait. Anyways, if you leave a component at my house, you might find it refurbished and put back to use!

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  • 26 months ago
  • 11 points

I'd love it is someone left a 460 at my doorstep! (NVidia or AMD, lol)

Beautiful build! I love the case!

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  • 26 months ago
  • 5 points

Nice rx460,

wait a minute. that's not an amd card.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

same here

  • 26 months ago
  • 5 points

The price for the 7350K!

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  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

7350 KAY

  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

I don't see that many builds with the i3-7350K. I guess it's worth it for $129. But you can't overclock it with a B250 board. You need Z270 for that. Nice job with refurbishing the GTX 460.

  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

Ahh.. good point! Forgot about that!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Bruh (2)

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  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Love builds like this...and most people don't think about rethermal the older gpu's (I've done it)... Good job!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice description dude! That 460 looks pretty darn good in there. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the feature man!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

i was ranting to myself about how the i3-7350k was a horrible value then saw that you got it for only 130 bucks xd

  • 26 months ago
  • -2 points

i was ranting to my slef about how bad your picture is but then i saw the backwas(Means stuff) u wrote.

  • 26 months ago
  • -2 points

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

lol durv

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok..... Im just goin to slowly walk into the deep end of the swimming pool

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome job on the build man, you got a really nice deal on the i3. Also, that fan and heatsink for the 460 seem so small for such a power hungry card. Maybe you should do this one day for fun :P

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly wish that the previous featured build lasted longer than just 2 days, but congrats anyway!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

What was the rationale for a mid-size case instead of ITX?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably because if you're having your pc on the ground, you don't want to constantly kick it by accident

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yet another typo... I meant Micro-ATX but wrote "micro-ITX"

Either way, it's a good question that actually does have an answer. I picked a mid-tower case very deliberately for a couple of reasons.

First, I wanted a case that would fit on the floor but have buttons and I/O on the top in easy reach. Her last PC, a hand-me-down Dell Optiplex SFF, was basically unreachable from where she sat at the desk, and a taller mid-tower seemed to fit that bill best.

Second, I wanted to have a case with enough room to transplant my current GPU into in a few years when I buy a new one. The GPU I'm using now is a Gigabyte GTX-1070 "G1 Gaming" that has triple fans and is pretty long. My thought was that a Mini-ITX case big enough to fit that would probably be as big as a mid-tower anyways, so might as well get a mid-tower.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! It's cool to see a 7350k build every once and a while!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I remember my GTX 460, those were the days; simpler times. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you put the strip to make it look so good? (Top of case, Where intake fans are, etc?)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

It is along the top left (nearest the glass)

The strip is long enough to reach from front to back and has magnets built in to hold on pretty well to the steel of the chassis.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

so the top part of the case, right?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting build! I love the clean look!

However, money not well spent, even with the discounts you got. Could of moved some things around and saved money for an rx 460/560.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean build and pink LEDs

Pavi Approves ;)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

the first upgrade i would do would be get a 1050ti

p.s epic build

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice clean build!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

For that budget why did you buy that case. You could have saved $60 and put it towards a gpu that is not a potato. That 460 is not much better than the igpu. And why did you go with a 7350k. You should have gotten an athlon for $60 or waited for the r3 cpus. Just why.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The best way I know to explain it is to begin with two things: the timeline, and her CPU/GPU needs.

As her old computer started to have issues (USB/RAM issues) and it became apparent (at least to me) that she needed something new, I opted to start it off by gifting her (with my own "play money") whatever case she wanted. The white TG Phanteks was what she liked. So that's what we got.

Everything purchased after that was with "family money" so sticking within the budget was required. Looking around at store bought options to compare prices, the agreed budget for the rest of the components needed to stay under $350 give or take.

Now take this with a grain of salt, but when I looked online comparing graphics performance, the GTX-460 outperformed the integrated Intel-630 by about 2:1. Again, bring your own salt as this may be in error, but considering she was bee-bopping along just fine with the GeForce 160 in a Core 2 Duo Dell previously, I figured the 'ole 460 I had laying around would work just fine.

As for the CPU choice, I definitely wanted to get something newish with fast single thread performance and low heat/noise. The i3 (originally meant to be a 7100 but upgraded to a 7350 due to the $10 sale price difference) seemed to me to provide the most tangible improvement while staying new and within budget.

As mentioned in my write up though, a budget priced GPU upgrade may be in the cards before too long, assuming I don't simply wait to upgrade my GTX-1070 and give her that first.

On a side note, I've been trying to get her into "real" gaming for a while now, even going so far as to sell the idea of Hitman 2016 as a "brain-teasing puzzle game, similar to what you like now, but where you get to stab people with a screwdriver when you figure it out!"

Anyway, she's still not taking the bait. ;)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I love seeing old graphics cards put to use. Old school cool. Nice work!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful... Job well done!!!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any problems fitting the CPU cooler in to the case? And if so, what did you do to solve it?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I apologize for replying so late, been very busy lately.

I did not run into any problems with this cooler in this case.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it normal if my top covers are a bit yellow-ish, instead of the same lucid white that the entire case has?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm. Good question. The white color on the case I purchased for her is pretty consistent (but not perfect) between the metal (paint) and plastic covers. Not yellow though.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Well mine are like a washed mate white so I don't know if I should ask phanteks to replace them or not. What do you suggest? https://imgur.com/a/AoLVo

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I’d hit’em up in an email with pics and see. Might also try under a window or different light to show with the best contrast.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there rgb lights or fans inside that you added or did ut come with the case

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

The case came with the RGB lights and two 120mm fans. I added a Noctua 140 myself.

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

;) Won't happen again.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a wooden floor.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Doesn't matter to trolls, they'll post it regardless.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! I'd like to have the desk space to place everything on it, but alas, the house is small and floor is where they have to go.

I also like the cooler floor temps and being a bit quieter a bit further away.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

The budget, the budget. I had to keep reminding myself...

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  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, the 460 was here and not being used, so it was essentially free. Given her low needs for GPU horsepower, it made more sense to use it and focus the limited budget elsewhere.

As for going with a cheaper case, well son, this is what the wifey picked. And whoa be it to the poor hubby who says "hey babe, I got this cheaper thing you didn't pick so I could spend money what I think you really need."

The couch awaits that husband ;)

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I lit the shots in two different ways.

The shots of building up the mobo were taken at night with a cheap off-camera flash (Neewer I think) on an inexpensive Yongnuo trigger. I used a warm gel and bounced it off the ceiling.

The built up shots, (with mobo installed) were taken the next day in front of a window with Grade-A, Texas sunlight.

All shots were processed using Lightroom. And yes, I FREAKING LOVE the "Clarity" slider!

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  • 26 months ago
  • 0 points

lol gotcha.

The case came with an RGB strip and has a built-in RGB controller built into the case with a very small control button under the front lip. It is SATA powered IIRC. I attached the strip along the top edge, nearest the glass.

That thing is kinda bright BTW!

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Really the only spot not well illuminated is that area under the shadow of the GPU.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The p400's come with a free RGB strip.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I would definitely get the case again. I've never built a water-cooled rig, so I'm not much help there.

I've seen nice builds in both, so I'd say it's up to personal preference!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

As long as you put the rad it the front of the case, the p400 works fine for water cooling.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a white P400S without the tempered glass side, and I can say it is a very nice case. It's great for cable management, and if you are watercooling, there is a lot of space on the front, top and 120mm in the back. Overall its pretty sturdy, but there are a few things about it I don't like. The front fan bracket, or radiator bracket if you're going to use it that way I guess, is pretty flimsy and for some reason every once in a while it makes my fans start rattling and produces a very annoying noise. I've tried tightening and loosening the screws to no avail, but I haven't tried putting any rubber spacers between the fan yet so that might possibly help it. The other thing I don't really like about it is the finish. It doesn't look super cheap, but when you touch it, it just doesn't exactly feel very premium... I think its just the way they coated it.

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