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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:

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/BX4CmG

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  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I like the keyboard!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I really bought this because of its retro look.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build overall, but why do you have a SteelSeries Headset when you have a pare of Audio-Technica headphones? Why not get a nice mic to pare with it?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. About that.. I had the M50s for the longest time and is excellent when it comes to sound quality. However, I don't think that it is built for gaming. It's just not comfortable to wear. After an hour or so my ears start to hurt and sweat because of the clamping force of the headbands. That's why I bought the arctis 3, which was really comfortable!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

SO fresh and SO clean clean! Did you custom create the GPU backplate? I'm thinking of making one myself.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!! Yes, it's a custom made backplate that I bought from a local modder. :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the build! Very nice cable management too! I myself am planning on going an i5 8400, EVGA 1070 FTW, and matte black NZXT S340 Elite combo to have a purple and black build. The keyboard is very steampunk like, how does it perform? I might get one instead of a chromatic Razer one.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!! I spent a little more time tidying the cables to make things clean. Cool! Give me updates on your project. :)

For the keyboard, I really love the aesthetics and the switches, although I'm still adjusting on the whole TKL layout.

Just note that mine came with the typewriter key caps and I wouldn't say I'd recommend these over the stock ones. It's good for typing and all but not for gaming specially MOBA and FPS. Also, the LED will not pass thru the key cap printing. Aside from the keycaps, overall it's a great, compact mechanical keyboard!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

You're very welcome, the cable management looks excellent! It's extremely clean, and the white cables and white LED's really added some style to your build. Everything seemed to have been chosen carefully and with good taste! I have an obsession for cable management. I helped my buddy with cable managing his PC last night since the guy who build it just plugged everything in and let the cables hang loose so there was no airflow. His PC turns on but won't beep or display anything; probably a mobo or graphics card issue which he should have gotten taken care of months ago when it started happening lol.

As for the keyboard that's really good to know, I'm trying to find typewriter key caps that allow me to have the LED's pass thru the printing. I'm going for a keyboard with a wrist rest (it's more comfortable for me considering I have carpal tunnel after years of skateboarding and landing on my wrists, gaming didn't help either) that allows either interchangeable Kahil or MX Cherry Blue keycaps. I was thinking of getting one of the Corsair keyboards even though I'm a bit of a Razer fanboy.

I'm re-doing my room to have a steampunk vibe but trying to figure out how I can implement the purple and black editing/gaming PC into it (getting the matte black NZXT S340 Elite). I'm naming the build "The Scarecrow" and planning to have a collectible Scarecrow figure from Todd McFarlane's Twisted Land of Oz inside of the case.

As for the PC, I'm getting an i5 8400 (upgrading later), 16GB of RAM, a MSI Z370 Krait Gaming Mobo, one 240GB SSD with a 2TB HDD, and the EVGA 750 Ti FTW for now. The 750 Ti is mainly for the poster it comes with since I've been dying to get my hands on the poster for years. Plus I could kill two birds with one stone and use it temporarily in my current pre-built Acer PC that I'm using currently so I can start recording with my Razer Ripsaw. I'm planning on upgrading the GPU in a few months after I get it and buying a either EVGA 1070 FTW or a EVGA 1070 Ti Black Edition. I'm trying to do this build on a budget but let it be eligible for upgrades later on.

I'll be making a build post here when everything is done and I'll include photo's of everything. Might even make a video and upload it and link it with the post. It probably won't look as clean as your build though lol.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much for the compliment! I really gave attention to my theme and strictly chose the matching components. Well, that might have really sucked since you spent time with the cable management, but I at least you taught your friend how. :)

I am not so sure if you can swap the key caps I bought with Corsair/Razer keyboards. Though, this keyboard is also available on MX Cherry and Kahil too. You might want to try it out if you could find one.

That would be really nice! I also had that theme for a while but I can't seem to properly execute it. I would really want to see your progress If you build one.

Those specs are quite neat I should say, although you could save some money if you'd go straight for the GTX 1070 instead of buying and reselling the GTX 750Ti. But it's up to you if you really want the poster.

Let me know once you start making your build! Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a problem, I'm actually really in love with this build! this build as well as your other builds have inspired me to be a little more creative with my build and think outside the box. :)

Also I'm planning on running Fallout 4 modded on high settings, considering it's the only Fallout I haven't played on PC. I noticed in a previous comment of your that you tested your build on Fallout 4 so I was wondering, would a 1x8 RAM stick do me to upgrade later on do me if I'm modding that game? I play Fallout 4 on my Xbox One usually.

I decided to mix up the themes and go with a Victorian Gothic meets Steampunk look, I literally just re-arranged and re-decorated my entire room since I just got a few hundred dollars worth of decor for the holidays as gifts. My family knows me well. I'm building a 6 foot long and 24 - 28 inch wide table top just for the build since I can get the scrap wood for free from work.

As for the keyboard I think I've found a few that would be compatible, I'm buying a Razer Mamba Tournament Edition mouse soon actually. And as for the 750 Ti FTW, I'm actually buying it and keeping it since I have a build in mind that would go perfect with it.

I'll be sure to let you know when I upload my build, as payment from my friend for building his new pc and working on it, he's letting me scrap his previous gaming rig to use for temporary parts (One of them is an AMD FX 8320) while I upgrade everything piece by piece to make my dream build. It's going to be a hell of a journey but it sure will be fun. Once again thanks a lot for the inspiration. This is my favorite build I've seen on the site. If I could up vote your build 100 times I would.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much! I'm so glad to know that I have inspired others through my work. :)

Yes, that's correct. I have maxed out all the settings and it runs smoothly at around 100-120FPS. I have no experience to modding my FO4 yet, but I'm confident the 1x8 RAM will do fine and will do even better if you add another stick in the future.

Good to know you're into upcyling as well. I also had my desk and some shelves made from scrap wood. And it looks pretty good considering I spent only minimum cost on those.

Let me know your thoughts once you get your hands on your initial build as well as the upgrades. I will surely be following your progress. Thank you so much again! It means so much to me hearing from others that I have inspired them. These kind of comments motivate me to keep on building. Thank you! Cheers!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking build. Really sharp appointments and build quality. How do you like the C7 fan? Does it keep the 8400 sufficiently cool enough? People complain about how noisy they are, but it looks like a great simple design for a SFF case. Congratulations on putting something really cool together.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much! The C7 box cooler is really great, it keeps my CPU temps below 60°C at 100% usage, with an ambient temperature of 30°C. I can't compare it to stock temps though, but I can tell that it's more silent than the stock. Plus, it looks neat and matches the color theme.

Thanks again! I'm really proud of this build's outcome. :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a cpu bottleneck?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

No bottlenecks so far. Both CPU and GPU works effectively under heavy load. I also checked using thebottlenecker.com/ to see if there would be any projected bottlenecks before I bought this CPU..

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi may I know what case fans are you using? Thanks!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! Sorry for replying late.

I used the NZXT stock case fans for my front, and Thermaltake Riing Fans (White LED) for the Top and Rear.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

With regards to those case fans, how did you connect them? Do they not require molex power? (i am new and i still can't seem to grasp case fans...)

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much! No bottlenecking issues so far. have tested this build on games like GTA 5, Fall Out 4, Dying Light, PUBG, Battlefield 1, all running at an average of 100+FPS on all ultra settings. Specially for PUBG considering it is still under development. CPU and GPU utilization are good so far. Usually when running max settings, my GPU runs at 80-100%, same goes for the CPU. But usually lower at around 60-80%. Maybe the 6-core processor is still overpowering the GPU.