It has been a long journey since I started PC building on 2015, and heck is it so addicting! I just finished working on my upgrade yesterday and I can’t wait to share my progress with you guys!
Note: No pics will be available as of the moment, I’ll be adding them tonight.
I built my first custom gaming rig early last year and I was on a tight budget which is why I only had an Intel i3-6100 and an AMD R9 380. I planned on upgrading to an i5/i7 Skylake later on but I changed my mind when Intel released their Kabylake/Coffee Lake lineup. Darn you Intel for making these awesome upgrades!
To start off, I chose a white color-scheme this time around to give that clean, minimalistic look. I went with the Z370 Prime-A motherboard from Asus to match the theme. I was in love with this beauty ever since the 100-series came out. Though I don’t have an unlocked processor to maximize its potential, I’ve thought ‘Why not spend my budget on good mobo since I’d already be buying a Z-series anyway?’ I have zero regrets getting this even if it is overpriced, it’s just too perfect for me to even pass up.
For the heart of this build, I chose the Intel i5-8400 because it has 6 cores and has the best value on their 8th Gen lineup. I was thinking of buying a second hand 6700k or brand new 7600k until I saw the benchmarks/reviews about this. Its performance can be compared to a 7700k/6700k and surpasses that of a 7600k/6600k. I was really impressed as to how well it performed because I initially thought that it is comparable to its skylake/kabylake predecessor, and that there’s nothing much to expect from it. I then replaced the stock cooler of the i5 with a Cryorig C7 box cooler which has white fans to match the setup.
On a side note, the name of this build is based on the Intel Architecture used and its color-scheme. Hence the name Café Blanca or “White Coffee”.
Going back, I went ahead and tossed in my GTX 1070 which I purchased a few months earlier – Yes, I paired this previously with the i3-6100 which is an extreme overkill! It performed very well and is a lot better than my R9 380. It maxed out anything I throw at it without hiccups. The only issue that I have is that it does not match my color-scheme and has no back plate, which is why I fitted a custom-made one also in white.
This build will not be complete if I did not match the theme with a new mid tower case. So I replaced my old black NZXT S340 with the NZXT S340 Elite in Matte White. Although, I already started the theme going a few months back starting with the SteelSeries Arctis 3, Magicforce Smart 1, and Thermaltake Riing 12, all in their white variant.
I can confidently say that this is my easiest build so far since I didn’t encounter any problem during the build and it booted on first try! I am really glad with how my build turned out. I didn’t really expect it to be this neat and simple. I hope you guys enjoyed this build as much as I did. Thanks for reading!
On to the next!
Check out my first build here: