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October 21, 2012 10:48:01 AM

Hi, I'm thinking about building my first gaming computer; and one of the few things I'm concerned about is the aesthetics of the build. I've noticed that there seems to be quite a handful of colorful parts. I'm thinking about going with a black and white theme with the build.

So far I've compiled these parts from Amazon;

CPU: i5 3570k

Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black 1 TB

SSD: Crucial 128gb M4

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 SE Black w/ White trim
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007QQ464C/ref=ox_sc_a...

CPU Cooler: NZXT Dual 120mm Fan CPU Cooler
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0076HMHHO/ref=ox_sc_a...

MoBo: Asus Sabertooth Z77
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007RIFKUS/ref=ox_sc_a...

RAM: 16gb Corsair Vengeance Low Profile White
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005DKZK84/ref=ox_sc_a...

PSU: NZXT Hale90 750W or 850W
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YFIUEQ/ref=ox_sc_a...

GPU: EVGA GTX 670 2gb Reference(Vanilla) or GTX 680 2gb Signature 1/2 --> Thinking about Sli'ing in the future
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008AFZ0VQ/ref=ox_sc_a...

Optical Drive: Asus 24x DVD Drive
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=ox_sc_a...

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Extra:

Fans: NZXT 120mm Performance Case Fan (Throwing an extra intake on the Phantom 410)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0039825LM/ref=ox_sc_a...

Cables: NZXT Premium Cables Starter Kit (cleaning up the colorful cables)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00812RPG6/ref=ox_sc_a...

Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" LED Integrated Speakers
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00413PHDM/ref=ox_sc_a...

Wireless Adapter: Asus EA-N66
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007ZT23ZE/ref=ox_sc_a...

Keyboard: Steelseries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0038X3ZVM/ref=ox_sc_a...

Mouse: Steelseries Kinzu v2 Optical Mouse
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005YR1EUY/ref=ox_sc_a...

Mouse Mat: Steelseries Gaming Pad
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001O867XG/ref=ox_sc_a...

Table: No idea.

These parts summed up to the total of almost $2000 including the extras, all from Amazon of course; I was wondering if I can get any other suggestions or advice or maybe a completely different build with some particular badass color scheme. Thanks!




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October 21, 2012 11:04:03 AM

This looks like a great build! The Phantom 410 is a great case too. I went with the NZXT Hale 90 750W myself, now that I'm adding a second HD 6950 I wish I had sprung for the 850, that's really my only suggestion.

Also, the starter kit from NZXT is a pretty good value but it only comes in basic black. Mod smart has some decent SS cables, but BitFenix Alchemy are consdered some of the best. They also have kits, but with a wider variety of colors, even black and white together, or black and silver, etc:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Finally, Zalman has some pretty nice all in one water coolers with the white and black theme. Also be sure to check out Phantecs all white cooler, which happens to be one of the best air coolers on the market:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 21, 2012 11:11:47 AM

Wow, that will definitely look amazing

I would get a Corsair 600t case instead, you can't see much through the window on the Phantom 410 and this case is way more awesome imo
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CC600TWM-WHT-Special-Graphite-Computer/dp/B004O0PAKW/
And maybe a white Logitech G600 MMO mouse
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Gaming-Mouse-White-910-002871/dp/B0086UK7I6/
Ooh! Ooh! And this Rosewill Keyboard!
http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-Mechanical-Keyboard-Cherry-RK-9000I/dp/B008SVJH16/

And finally, throw in some white LED strips inside the case for finishing touches
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October 21, 2012 2:13:54 PM

Hello, 16gb of RAM is overkill for a gaming PC.
Get 8gb instead, even that you won't max out.

How about this instead? It's cute, has a gun look, and it's black. :D 
http://www.amazon.com/G-Skill-Sniper-Channel-Memory-F3-...

The Sabertooth is also an overpriced motherboard. Not to mention, the armor was actually proven to add up on temps.
Get this instead, this is basically the same thing and it's black too. :lol: 
http://www.amazon.com/LGA1155-CrossFireX-Motherboard-Z7...
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October 21, 2012 8:03:00 PM

With an SSD, I would recommend 16GB. You can run without a system cache and won't have to waste that precious space on your boot drive.
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October 22, 2012 4:45:03 AM

Best answer selected by Calastrophic.
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October 22, 2012 4:47:21 AM

Thanks for the input guys; definitely checking out those sleeved cables. I might try to see if I can come up a different color scheme to see if I can lower the cost.
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