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My Monochrome Build/Upgrade Log

Sold my old PC, as I don't game as much anymore, and I helped out a friend, and 1080p is fine for me. I however do enjoy building PCs, and so I will slowly upgrade this, untils its really good, then sell it and start over. The theme will be B/W, with minimal RGB. Value is a big focus here, though I might splurge on fans. (I'm looking at you, 28$ Noiseblocker fans)


PCPP Link: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/LPWD4D


Recent Additions: (sorry, no pics for now)

Added a white underglow w/ white led strips

Added a pair of 140mm phanteks b&W fans

added upHere white indy sleeved cable extensions


Copypaste of parts and stuff from the pcpp list


This is not my first build, its like my fourth, but its the first time I decided to make a PCPP build log. This will be my new main PC, and its primary focus will be value.

First of all, Specs & explanation of why I bought it.

CPU: Intel i5-8400: All of you guys might be screaming hes a Intel fanboy b/c he didn't go with Ryzen!!! While I agree that right NOW the 2600 is better value, at the time I got the CPU (June 2018), both i5-8400 and 2600 were the same price at microcenter. Also, the cheapest AMD motherboard at the time was 44.99, so I saved 5 by going with Intel. Also, Ryzen likes fast ram, so to have comparable 1t cinebench score I'd need to OC to 4.2ghz and get 3000mhz ram which was 20$ more expensive. Also, I mostly game, and use 1t workloads like gaming. It works great for my purposes, and is nice and cool.

CPU Cooler: Cryorig M9 Plus Its nice and small, and looks nice. Also great temps for its 30$ price. (better than hyper 212, and quieter) (Also comes with a 4g tube of thermal paste), also remember to use the side of the mounting bracket that has an i on it for LGA115x or the side with an a on it for AM4/3+.

TIM: Noctua NT-H1 NT-H1 works great, and I've used this on several PCs. Easy to use as well, and cheap.

MOBO: Gigabyte B360M DS3H mATX Was the cheapest non-H310 board at MC (microcenter) that had the 30$ discount bundle w/ CPU, and had 4 DIMM slots.

RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2x8 DDR4-2400 Intel works fine with low-freq RAM. Wasted 160$ on it as it was during RAM crisis. Regret that decision. Works fine though.

Storage: Inland (MC in-house brand) 480GB SATA SSD DRAM-Less, but is 64L, and at the time was the cheapest SSD.

GPU: Asus Strix RX 570 4GB OC Bought this at Black Friday, and was New 140$. Amazing value, and a full 5$ cheaper than the cheapest 1050 ti. DEMOLISHES any 1050 ti, and I was lucky and got one that OCs great, Furmark stable @ 1430mhz Core, and 2050mhz memory (I got lucky with Micron DRAM, as opposed to Elpida which is bad at OC). Gets a bit loud with that OC, as 1/3-1/2 of a fan is blocked by my Wifi Card. I run it at stock (1300mhz core, 1750 mem, and a -10% power limit (to make it cooler). Will include OC temps & benchmarks down below.

Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Great case, love the looks, fits in with my monochrome look. The included fans are nice, and cable management was easy. Love the accessories, box, and everything. It looked so elegant, including the nice included microfiber cloth. The incl. fans are high quality and sturdy.

PSU: EVGA 750 G3 Now, you guys might be like 750W is overkill!!!111!!!!1 Why'd you waste that much money?? Also G3 is trash because of its high OCP!!11!!!1 I'd prefer a G2, and was originally going to get a 750 G2, as the G3 has 6 PCIe connectors (For 3-way 980 ti SLI? IDK. Mabye 2-way 2080 ti Lightning Z SLI), and has 2 pairs of PCIe 8 pins daisy-chained which is ugly. 4 is all you need, until 1000W imo, unless you are a miner. Now to why I chose this. The 550/650/750 G2 was sold out or 200$, the 550 G3 was sold out, the 650 G3 was the same price as the 750 G3, and all the other competitors (Seasonic Focus Plus, Corsair RMx/RMi, CM V-series, TT Toughpower Grand, SS Strider Plus) were either more expensive or out of stock.

OS: Win10 Pro Bought on Ebay for 5$. at 1 more than Win10 Home, no troubles so far.

Wifi Card: It was at MC which is where I picked up most of my parts. No complaints.

Fans: Noctua NF-P12 Redux Got 2 of them, but am only using 1 rn, as I am out of fan headers and splitters. the grey is a bit ugly, but not as much as the poop brown. Looking to get a pair of 140mm black fans, but the A14 chromax is pretty expensive at 25$. might get Fractal HP14s or be quiet SW3s.

Keyboard & Mouse & Headset & Mousepad: Corsair STRAFE & Harpoon RGB & HS70 & MM300 XL Call me a fanboy, but I love Corsair peripherals, and these all work and look excellent.

Monitor: Sceptre 24" 75hz Curved TN Bought on amazon, works, no issues or dead pixels. Colors look fine for a TN.

On to Benchmarks & Temps! UBM result: 72%,78%,60% 99% percentile for RX 570! 3DMark Time Spy: 4420

3DMark Fire Strike: 12208

Cinebench: 936

Idle CPU temps (w/ 10 chrome tabs open & Discord): ~25C package, ~30C hottest core AIDA64FPU: 43C Package, 51C hotttest core w/ 800 CPU cooler RPM (silent)

Idle GPU (w/ same as above) 46C (fanless mode) Furmark: 78C

I decided to go monochrome, as I had a blackout PC (all black), and I wanted something new. Sold that and got a new build! Had a mATX case for a time, hence the mATX mobo. Feel free to ask me any questions, and I hope you enjoy my build! Please tell me any typos.

Link to AIDA64 Hardware Report: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1up7znEKaTFzba-GVwVS7YnELFpxlyKgu?usp=sharing


Current upgrade goals:

  • Vinyl Wrap some things?
  • more storage SSD (1TB?)
  • New mobo + CPU (zen 2 6c12t or 8c16t? + x570 (for upgrades))
  • New ram? (corsair 2x8 3200mhz Vengeance RGB Pro + Fake ram)






sorry for bad photos, these were taken from my phone, w/ no editing.


Will edit as I add stuff, and Suggestions are welcome!

Hello! Feel free to PM me anything. Here's my stuff below!

PC (Main)


CPU: i5-8400 CPU Cooler: Cryorig M9 Plus   Motherboard: Gigabyte B360M DS3H | RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 2x8 DDR4-2400 SSD: Inland 480GB SSD | Video Card: RX 570 4GB Strix OC | Case: Fractal Design Meshify C White TGPSU: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750 Monitor: Sceptre 24" 1080p 75hz Webcam: Logitech C920 Keyboard: Modded FC660M | Mouse: G305




Synology DS418J w/ 4x WD Red Pro 6TB RAID 10

Seagate 5TB external SMR 2.5" HDD

MS Office 365 - 1TB Onedrive




iPhone XR 64GB iPad Mini 4 128GB




Dell XPS 15 9570 i7-8750H + 1050 Ti MacBook Air 13" mid-2012




 Audio-Technica AD700X + Modmic 4 KZ ZS10 Pro | Audio-Technica LP120USB Audioengine A2+


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