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First I am not 100% on if this is the correct location to be posting this so feel free to move it if that is the case.

I am planning a surprise build for my girlfriend, she always talks about wanting to spend more time with me at home but I spend most of my time in the office..
So I figured I could whip up a PC for her to work/play games on and I could clear some space in the office for her.

I am going for a somewhat future-proof build that she game on on at least mid setting graphics for a few years before needing any upgrades.
Every phone she ever gets is white and she loves the color purple so I figured I would go with a white and purple themed build for her as well.
I also want the CPU and GPU under water and I don't mind if they are AIO, in fact I would prefer that due to pricing and general pain in the assyness (New word, made it just now).

I am wanting to keep it under $2000 and this is what I've come up with so far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Motherboard: MSI B350M MORTAR ARCTIC ($99.99 @ Newegg)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($248.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($65.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($65.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force MP500 480GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($254.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate FireCuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($99.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card ($434.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Air 240 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic PRIME 650W 80+ Titanium Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.69 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Full - USB 32/64-bit
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link Archer T9E PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter ($70.49 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series Purple 2 pack 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan ($20.88 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Purple 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan ($12.76 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm Fans ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm Fans ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Purple Quad 4-LED Light Neon Quite Clear 80mm Fan ($8.69 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Purple Quad 4-LED Light Neon Quite Clear 80mm Fan ($8.69 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G102 IC PRODIGY ($39.79 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Tesoro Gram Spectrum Low Profile G11SFL ($118.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1892.75
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 22:23 EDT-0400


Any input? Will this last a few years? Should I go a different direction? Any input is greatly appreciated!
I've got extra monitors and small things like fan splitters/controllers so I am not worried about those.

Edit: Before anyone asks, yes, that is the power supply I want. I went for the cheapest Titanium rated PSU.
Edited by Stiltz85 - 4/21/17 at 7:49pm
    
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$2000 for a RyZen 5 build? If you are not overclocking there is a lot of bells and whistles there that can go.
 
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There is a few things I don't like about this build. I'll try to go over them and hopefully we can get a better setup with where your spending your money at. I know you'r trying to go for this nice arctic white themed build, but it's going to hurt you in allot of areas and waste allot of money where it doesn't need to be spent. For 1800, your not getting a very good setup compared to what you could be getting such as GTX 1080's and 8 core CPUs.

1. I don't like the idea of buying 4GB DIMMs then filling the slots with them. It's better to buy the amount you need in two DIMMs, so I highly suggest getting a 2x8GB set. It puts less stress on the memory controller and there is two less DIMMs to fail over time.

2. Your spending more money on fans than the motherboard. I usually like to buy a mid range motherboard with higher end chipset, because it's the heart of your rig. With a proper motherboard, you will never need to replace it, and you can always slot in better componants when the time comes. I'd rather see another few dollars spent on something with more of a future than the minimum. Especially when you have a $1800 rig, and less than $100 of that was the mobo.

3. Again about the motherboard, if you spent a little extra you can get a motherboard with built in wifi / bluetooth and ditch the $70 pci card.

4. I personally don't like the idea of running a H80. The cooling isn't all that great and to be honest, I'v seen $30 air coolers do better. I had a 3770k rig with a H100i and noctua fans, and it was disappointing when I used a Cooler Master 212evo on the same setup and see the temps were the same and quieter on desktop. The AIOs have a nice clean look and it's why I chose a h100i, but it might not be worth it unless you are super committed to aesthetics.

5. Corsair fans are quite irritating to listen to even on a fan controller and I ditched mine. I highly suggest going with something like the silent fractal fans since they come in white and you can barely hear them. You can find them for around $8-12 each.
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The reason I picked the H80 is because the case will not allow anything bigger if I want to have the GPU on an AIO setup as well. I wanted to keep the Form factor relatively small so I went with mATX. I could ditch one of the 120mm fans and stick with the ones that come with the case for the PSU side. And yeah I could change up the RAM I suppose. I am just trying to fill a theme with it so that is why I have all of the white components and purple fans.
    
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The reason I picked the H80 is because the case will not allow anything bigger if I want to have the GPU on an AIO setup as well. I wanted to keep the Form factor relatively small so I went with mATX. I could ditch one of the 120mm fans and stick with the ones that come with the case for the PSU side. And yeah I could change up the RAM I suppose. I am just trying to fill a theme with it so that is why I have all of the white components and purple fans.

I fully understand wanting a themed build. It's fun to pick out all the parts and match everything up so it looks cool to show off. But it's like buying a car for drag racing with lots of custom work done to it, but has 300 HP when you can buy a 500HP car for less. A couple year later, you will start to notice that you didn't really get a good value when your games start to suffer in the performance area and that extra CPU power and higher end GPU would have kept you going for another couple years. Trust me, I'v been there.

I came up with a top end setup that would let you pick whatever color you wanted because its RGB and be way faster for the same or lesser price. These parts are $1508 and leave you plenty of money for case, heatsink, fans, and peripherals of your choice.



You could even swap out the motherboard for a white MSI board and white memory if you want to keep with the white theme. The main thing that is killing your build is the white mATX case.
Edited by Shaded War - 4/21/17 at 9:51pm
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I suppose I could check out a standard ATX alternative, I just wanted to keep it small due to space. But a few more inches wont kill me.
    
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