Simple Panda

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Simple Panda

Hi everybody, thank you for reading about my simple panda build hopefully you can find some inspiration for your build. Please skip to part 3 for the current build part 1 and 2 are just a history of.

Part 1: My build named: "Simple Panda" started life back in early 2017 as an upgrade from an aging FX-6300 PC. I noticed that the old platform was having issues keeping up with some newer gaming titles probably from the R7 250 video card and decided it was time for an upgrade. Simple panda was originally an i3-6100, with an H110m motherboard, 16GB of DDR4 2133, and a GTX 1050 Ti. I was happy with that for a while until someone approached me wanting to buy my rig for their wife who plays WOW non-stop, they offered a decent amount of money and i couldn't say no, well time to start over right?

Part 2: Simple Panda was born again with a little bit extra in the budget! This time it was an i5-7500 with, 16GB of DDR4 2400, a GTX 1060 6GB, a B250m motherboard, and a 960 EVO all wrapped up in a Corsair air 240 case. Boom I was happy! I could play pretty much any game I wanted at 60hz at 1080p. Well now seeing I had a new rig that was even better than the last, the same person came back and stated they wanted my new rig for themselves instead of the wife, but, in a different case, cash talks and I was out to start again.

Part 3: Ok this time Simple Panda is staying with me, and it was gonna be my build, no selling it! (not yet anyway). I knew I wanted the H500 for a case, I always loved the idea of a tempered glass side panel and I really like the PSU shroud, so I bought the H500 when it launched in 2018. I had some extra parts laying around and couldn't decided what to use as a platform AMD or Intel, well as fate would have it a guy on craigslist was selling a brand new i7-7700 (non-K) for $70, at that price it's hard to argue, even though the guy was super shady. I ended up slapping together this PC with the parts you see listed most of which were laying around, and I ended up delidding the i7-7700 just to make the fans a little quieter and because why not? To make things unique I bought a custom backplate and video card bracket from coldzero for the GTX 1070 I picked up (the GTX 1070 was bought on ebay and had to be RMA'd but ASUS was awesome and sent back a brand new card), full custom cablemod cables with aluminum combs, usb 2.0 splitter with an avantree bluetooth usb dongle and net-dyn wifi usb dongle, and finally an EKWB SSD cover/heatsink (only the controller is attached to the heatsink). The Logitech Z200 speakers are custom mounted to the VESA mount from each of the monitors on the stand via a custom 3d printed bracket.

Parts not listed in part list:
Coldzero custom video card backplate
Coldzero custom med-length video card support bracket
USB 2.0 header splitter into 2 usb ports
Net-Dyn USB wifi adapter (under PSU shroud)
Avantree USB bluetooth adapter (under PSU shroud)
EKWB Nickel SSD M.2 heatsink
USB 3.0 Hub with card reader
Reflex Lab XL mouse mat

Some of my friends asked about 120mm AIO, which to be honest I wasn't quite sure of, but, after comparing it the an Cryorig H7 I had laying around I actually like it better, the exhaust from the radiator goes right out the back side of my case so the video card stays really cool and it's super quiet. The room in which my computer sits is usually pretty warm (southern Arizona) and at idle I see between a 6c to 12c increase over ambient temperatures, during heavy loads it's never broke over 32c over ambient.

If you were to ask me what I would change I would say I wanted the white DDR4 2400 Hyperx Fury RAM, I just happened onto a deal for cheap with the black ones, and I will at some point upgrade my monitors, other than those two things I am really happy with the build and enjoy looking at it.
Color(s): Black Silver White
RGB Lighting? No
Theme: none
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
$ 103.00
Intel - Core i7-7700
Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 4
Integrated Graphics: Yes
Motherboard
$ 229.99
MSI - TomaHawk Arctic
Chipset: H270
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: ATX
Graphics
$ 299.99
ASUS - Dual
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 1070
Storage
$ 107.00
Samsung - 860 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 500 GB
Storage
$ 107.00
Samsung - 860 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 500 GB
Storage
$ 89.90
Samsung - 970 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
PSU
$ 145.06
EVGA - SuperNOVA 650 G3
Wattage: 650
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
NZXT - H500, White
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 9.99
ARCTIC - F14 PWM
Size: 140 mm
Cooling
DeepCool - Captain 120EX
Type: AIO
Size (WxHxD): 154 mm
CableMod
CableMod - Sleeved Cables
Mode: Custom
Sleeve: ModMesh
Color: White
Accessories
$ 285.98
Accessories
Monitor
$ 179.00
ASUS - VS247H-P
Size: 23.6 Inch
Panel: TN
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Monitor
$ 179.00
ASUS - VS247H-P
Size: 23.6 Inch
Panel: TN
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Keyboard
$ 59.98
Logitech - G213
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Membrane
Type: Full Size
Mouse
$ 160.99
Logitech - G403
Interface: Wired
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