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My first build – Clean and silvery mATX

by papitsu


Edit: Oh man, I did not expect getting a feature! I'm really honoured. I feel like my specs are not feature-worthy, compared to all the typical featured builds, but I guess the focus on the aesthetics paid off. Thanks for the feature and all the nice comments!

Coming from a decade of Apple laptops and Xbox gaming, I wanted to build a desktop PC for light gaming, programming and photography. Instead of the fashionable black and RGB gamer aesthetic, I wanted to keep my build bright and light with a slightly Apple-esque look. I fell in love with the case and was prepared to compromise on the components to get them to fit, but in the end I managed to fit in everything that I wanted with no problems. Putting everything together was a bit cramped, though. With practically no cable management in the case, having a fully modular PSU helped a lot. As always, the build is an ongoing process with the GPU being the first one to be upgraded.

I studied a lot beforehand, watched a ton of tutorials on Youtube, read completed builds, lurked r/buildapc etc. and felt pretty confident building my first computer. Gathering all the components took about 1.5 months. During the actual build, I took my time to savour and document the experience and also make sure that nothing went wrong. It took a few hours but everything went great. Pressing the power button and seeing the LEDs light up sure was a rush! Installing drivers and software and making sure everything worked was a bit boring, though.

CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 2600 A really common choice these days. I wanted something that could handle multitasking and productivity as well as gaming.

MOBO – AsRock B450M Pro4 It was between this and the MSI B450M Mortar, but in the end I decided to go with the cheaper choice. I wanted 4 memory slots and two M.2 slots and this delivered. No issues in installing and setting up.

RAM – Patriot Viper RGB 2x8GB 3200Mhz The motherboard was supposed to be a bit picky about the RAM, so I went with the cheapest 3200Mhz on the QVL list that was available at Amazon.de. Worked fine at 3200 Mhz straight out of the box with the supplied XMP profile. This is my only RGB item. I tried to keep the build RGB-free, as the case was windowless and I didn't really care, but I didn't want to pay extra just to get rid of the RGB. So here we are. If I am playing in the dark, it actually looks quite nice with the LEDs turned white and glowing through the vents.

Storage – Samsung 860 EVO 500GB M.2 SSD I wanted M.2 for the size and something large enough for all the different software for my hobbies and a few games. I loved installing it. So easy and so small. I might have to get a scrap drive with one or two TBs at some point, but for now, this is enough.

GPU – Asus GTX 1050Ti 4GB Okay, so here's where I decided to really cheap out. I was a bit shocked with the GPU prices when I first started to think about the build and didn't really know how much power I would need, so I bought a used one for cheap with the intention of upgrading it quite soon. Probably not the smartest thing to do, but too late to worry about it now. Nice to install, though – small and didn't need a PSU cable.

PSU – EVGA G2 550W Enough power for me and fully modular with a great efficiency. What's not to love. Got it used for cheap.

Cooling – Noctua all the way I was planning to go with just the stock case fan and CPU cooler at first, but... Sometimes you just browse the forums and builds for too long and get this weird need to buy more stuff. The case is not very good for airflow and I didn't want my nice new components to overheat, and Noctua is supposed to be the best, so might as well get the best, right? And the brown just looks so nice! NH-U12S for the CPU, NF-F12 for intake and NF-S12A for exhaust. Nice and quiet.

Case – Jonsbo (or Cooltek or Rosewill Legacy, depending on your market) U3 Fell in love with the size and the way it looked and just had to have it. The brushed aluminium and the simple, no-window look. Waited over a month to get it from the supplier. Old case with no cable management, 26cm length restriction for the GPU, no dust filters and just one fan mount, but it just looks so nice.

I wanted to install another fan in there and saw a lot of people putting an intake fan on the bottom, so decided to try that as well. And, to be honest, that was the only difficult part of the build, working in such a small space. I managed to work the Noctua silicon pegs through the bottom vents (perfectly placed to mount a 120mm fan!) with a tiny pair of pliers, and after a ton of struggling I got them through the fan holes as well. But it works fine, stays secured and a 2.5" drive should still fit next to it.

I was prepared to make some make-shift dust filters from a pair of stockings, but to my surprise, the case actually came with dust filters! The filters for the side vents worked fine, but the bottom one had the holes in totally wrong places. And due to mounting a fan on the bottom, I couldn't install it properly inside the case, so I had to use some tape to make it fit nicely outside the case. Doesn't look very nice but it's always against the table, so who cares, really.

Peripherals and accessories etc. Just wanted to stay in the silvery/aluminium theme. Love the tiny bezels and no logo on the monitor. Not so into the combination of the monitor stand and the keyboard cable but couldn't figure out a way to route it better. Maybe installing the monitor on a monitor arm would help. Ordered a custom desk mat from Aliexpress because all the mats I found in local stores were black. All of them. So I designed the image and had it custom-printed in China and shipped for the same price that I would've paid for a black one at home.

I haven't done a lot of benchmarking or heavy testing but I did play a few rounds of PUBG and it runs well enough for me.

As a friend said before the building process: the worst thing about building a PC is that it goes by so fast. Couldn't agree more. Had a lot of fun and can't wait to upgrade stuff to get back in there.

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Memo1010 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

Wow its beautiful +1

GRANDSPORTER 3 points 1 month ago

Very clean minimalistic setup, however you could use a wireless keyboard and keep the look clean.

papitsu submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks! I did look for a wireless keyboard but just couldn't find one that I liked with a Nordic ISO layout. I wanted silver or white and this was the best option.

MaximilianZ 7 points 1 month ago

u might aswell just drill a little hole in your desk and your mousemat and route it through that and take it to the underside of the desk :)

Slingshott 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

If you wanted tkl wireless you’re out of luck. However, 60% wireless with some key caps is definitely doable. Get an Anne Pro or Anne Pro 2 and grab some key caps and slap them on and bam. ISO Nordic wireless (maybe RGB) 60% masterpiece.

MTHD 1 point 1 month ago

Really? Velocifire TKL01 & TKL02? Filco Convertible 2 Tenkeyless? I could go on...

ThaPoint 2 points 1 month ago

Really nice case, was looking for a mATX case for my next build. This is probably the most minimalistic stylish one so far. Unfortunately I can't find it in my country :(

+1 for the setup, Great job.

SicɅrius 2 points 1 month ago


A simple build, cheap, nice, and no custom water cooling, like every other featured build. Not a high end/overkill either. looks amazing. Nice job!

killerdescore 2 points 1 month ago

Looks perfect ! Even if i don't like mini-desktop much

Anyway Good job +1

PS: OH and the mousepad ♥

enricko7 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Love the setup! If it hasn't been asked, where did you get your mousepad? It looks great.

papitsu submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks! I think I mentioned it somewhere in that novel of a description, but I designed the image myself and had the mousepad custom-printed by some seller from AliExpress. It was about $20 and surprisingly nice quality.

KrayyonHD 2 points 1 month ago

Such a clean.. Simple yet sexy build.. Under 1200$...

Venenosa 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Getting a 1050ti in 2019...Why, 570s exist, they are cheaper, and give so much better performance. But nonetheless great build! This case still haunts me, it has been close to 4 years and have yet to find it. Is my dream case, to bad they have been discontinued.

Pumpkincurry 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Check on EBay! I have found discontinued cases there brand new!

SpaghettioDeVito 1 point 16 days ago

Yeah but you have a 1060 when the 580 is better, and for 20-30 more dollars, 2 extra gigs of VRAM. Why are you criticizing someone on their pick when yours is just as bad?

Venenosa 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

I built that PC during the mining craze, I also had a budget of $600, do u have any idea how damn expensive the 570 and 580's were in the mining craze? Buying a GPU in those days was hell, even moreso for the AMD cards. Yeaaah bud I should have bought a 580 for $380 back then, silly me! Context matters kid!

SpaghettioDeVito 1 point 15 days ago

And how was I to know?

Venenosa 1 Build 1 point 15 days ago

Don't try and trash talk without knowing, you're the one that went out of his way to checkout my build to somehow try and call me out..? lol But hey, now u know not to assume so we good

SpaghettioDeVito 1 point 13 days ago

ooooookay buddy.

RustyFire 2 points 1 month ago

Congrats on the feature ! Looks amazing. +1

RustyFire 2 points 1 month ago

And it looks flawlessly clean and amazing!

AwesomeDude196 2 points 1 month ago

could have gotten a cheaper case and PSU and upped that gtx 1050Ti to a 1060

papitsu submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 days ago

Sure. But it wouldn't look as nice, would consume more power and would probably not last as long. It's all compromises.

AwesomeDude196 1 point 15 days ago

oh, i see your point.

Keyboardcheetos 1 point 1 month ago

thats a great looking build, especially for the price.

CooproxXo1 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

The simplicity of this setup makes me happy. Amazing job!

FishingLegend 1 point 1 month ago

That looks so clean. I just wish it could fit a full length GPU. Compromises, compromises.

eesti 1 point 1 month ago

Apple simplicity with upgrade potential and power for a good price +1

Khang_ledang123 1 point 1 month ago

good job, very good choice of colours.

MicroPOpa 1 point 1 month ago

By far the cleanest looking build ever +1 You should submit this to Techsource for Setup wars, if you win the seal of aprovel you get $100.

MrThreePik 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Clean and I actually really like the mouse mat :)

cygni 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Very nice, and love that mouse mat.

vreynold 6 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I really like the pink and yellow/orange color scheme. It's a very clean look. It commands attention without being overbearing.

+100 if I could.

JheyoDELperu 1 point 1 month ago

Beautifull, amazing and great PHotos.. sadly..are too small.

Squidward-Chan 1 point 1 month ago

pc building is now too sexy for adults. this like age 35+ setup

Squidward-Chan 1 point 1 month ago

hopefully i didnt cross the line with this one pcpp staff

rarskies 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

A beautiful, clean and space-efficient computer. The "Apple-stetic" is a handsome one that's for sure! Excellent photos too!

ts_19 1 point 1 month ago

This. This is majestic. Why are my pants so tight? Immaterial, congratulations on the build and on the feature. Very well deserved!

OneColorTwoNumbers 1 point 1 month ago

This looks so much like a render! i love it

Nokor 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Very clean, and nicely built. +1

If you're worried about the bottom dust filter, the you could get one of the 120mm fan filters and put it between the case and fan, possibly? But had you not said, i'd not have realised it was on the bottom; definitely can't tell from the pics!

IngeniousTinkerer 1 point 1 month ago

1 word, 5 letters... Clean.

xconnor 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

woahh i looks soo good! i would recommend the use of wireless peripherals and maybe a plant or some white speakers. really like this, definitely feature worthy!

papitsu submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks! Speakers are definitely a priority. I'm thinking Genelec. I hope once I get the monitor mounted on a monitor arm the keyboard wire won't be as bad. Because I'm having a lot of trouble finding a wireless keyboard that would match everything... But yeah, the desk definitely needs some personality.

lazyfatcat 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago


Sketchy13 1 point 1 month ago

Congrats on the feature! Love to see builds as clean as this one! +1

ColdConduct 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Small form factors are the way to go. I don't think I could ever buy a standard case again, especially since Crossfire and SLI setups are becoming a thing of the past. Nice build! How's that motherboard holding up for you? I've considered using it in a few budget builds planned for family and friends.

papitsu submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

So far so good. Haven't had any issues, but then again I am not overclocking my CPU or doing anything too intensive just yet. From what I've read, the only real disadvantage is the poor VRM. And it may be a little picky about RAM, so read the QVL well.

Jinair 4 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Nicely done. I've never seen this case before but it goes really well with your whole setup. +1

tml55 1 point 1 month ago

If you put a small RTX 2060 or something like that that pc would be a beast dude!

MGKevin 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Great job on the build, especially since its your first time, and in such a small case too! Impressive!

CoolPCBuilds 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago


ZFGeek 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

It looks like a pic from a manufacturer website when you tell yourself, 'Man, I could never do something like that!' I mean, how do you have such a white room?? Awesome build and amazing pictures!

Dylan_BeatingRanch 1 point 1 month ago

you should drill a hole in your desk to wire your kb wire under it. still a great build though! +1

berryboy808 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

One word!!!!!!!! SLEEK!!!

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 1 month ago

The overall setup looks whiter and cleaner than my toothbrush. You've put me to shame. +1

Meggolor 1 point 1 month ago

Nice build, case, and color choices! That mousepad is beautiful! Congrats on the feature!

saracatlee 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Apple look, not so Apple performance. I love it! Great shots <3

Vairfoley 29 Builds 1 point 1 month ago


For your first build? Not fair, haha. Kudos.

I feel like my specs are not feature-worthy

Anybody can drop thousands on all the most expensive parts and throw them together. You built with a purpose and you pulled it off perfectly along with a detailed description and great photos.

FireFox500 1 point 1 month ago

Awesome build! I was wondering if you knew how the wall in the back was done with that cool wavy texture. ? It's very subtle but much more interesting than just a flat wall.

papitsu submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks! I'm pretty sure it's just a textured wallpaper.

FireFox500 1 point 1 month ago

Ahh, thank you so much!

poc88 4 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Being featured has nothing to do with the specs of the hardware, but the quality of the build, pictures, the story behind it and how you presented it. Excellent job!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Well said.

CuyMasterGaming 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

That case is so nice!

SOCALMVP 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Very clean setup. +1 Are you only using headphones? Don't see any speakers.

rivets 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Really pretty! You should consider putting a tiny hole in your desk for the keyboard wire, so that way you don't have to get a wireless keyboard (or not, it looks great already).

hoothootowl 1 point 1 month ago

very sleek/

MetalSloth54 1 point 1 month ago


Incend14ry 1 point 1 month ago

this is just a polaroid PC

RoyalSovereign 1 point 1 month ago

I simply love how classy but minimalist this looks. Nice job.

RoyalSovereign 1 point 1 month ago

Came here today, as well, to admire this piece of art a bit more.

M.b17 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago


Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Fantastic presentation. Great job and thumbs up. Really clean build.

Congrats on the featured spot!

Splapr 1 point 1 month ago

This is so clean it gives me goosebumps. Beautiful job.

Broxially 1 point 1 month ago

What a very clean setup! +1

Pumpkincurry 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I love that case! Your PC is so pretty! Excellent build. I love the Ryzen 5 as it is so fast! Check out my Ryzen build :)

mokauderer 1 point 17 days ago

The brown looks so cool! Like a faux wood style! This is 100% inspiring me to take a computer centeric photo shoot when I get mine done.

Where'd you get the mouse pad?

tony475130 0 points 1 month ago

The gtx 1050ti isn't a bad card to have, even if your upgrading soon. I've always found that its a good to keep at least one extra gpu lying around in case you have to do any troubleshooting with new parts you get in the future. Right now you think your good for the next couple years but sooner or later you might want to upgrade or build a new system altogether so its nice having extra components lying around for testing purposes. System looks amazing btw! That case reminds of some of the popular upright slim cases silverstone used to do back around 2011-2013.

Newbgaming 0 points 1 month ago


Exxiler 0 points 1 month ago

Really clean and nice build! +1. You can find rx 570s cheap af, if you want a lil' of improvement.

Gabiche 5 Builds 0 points 1 month ago

No BS, no RGB, just sauce !

lachiu 0 points 1 month ago

Nice build, borderless monitor my a**

signatov 0 points 1 month ago

I’m not trying to be an asswhole but the gpu upgraded ability is pretty bad .

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cramstr 1 Build 4 points 1 month ago

Did you read the paragraph on the RAM?

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

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