If you want to Build A White Gaming PC for yourself, you’re lucky because today we’ll tell you what we learned from building one. The most critical part of any themed build is colour coordination and matching components to the theme. The white construction is difficult since there are few white motherboards from trustworthy manufacturers with white PCBs. Fully white PCB motherboards are only made by Colorful.
Still, here is a full list of all the things we chose:
|White Gaming PC Build|
|Motherboard||GIGABYTE Z490 VISION G|
|Processor||GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 VISION OC|
|Graphics Card||Intel Core i9-10850K|
|Memory||XPG SPECTRIX D50|
|Storage||XPG S50 Lite 1TB|
|CPU Cooler||Lian Li GALAHAD 360 White|
|Case||Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL ROG Edition White|
|Fans||Cooler Master MF120 HALO White Fans|
|Power Supply||DeepCool DQ750-M-V2L-WH PSU|
How To Build A White Gaming PC
First, let’s discuss the parts we chose for our white game PC.
GIGABYTE Z490 VISION G
Our initial concern was choosing a construction platform. It was AMD or Intel. AMD received the first attention, and the motherboard was GIGABYTE B550 VISION D. Unfortunately, this motherboard has not yet been offered in Pakistan, and its shipping weight doubled the price.
We switched to Intel and went for GIGABYTE Z490 VERSION G to base this build on the VISION series. GIGABYTE’s GeForce RTX 3070 VISION OC completed our VISION-powered PC build and review.
The GIGABYTE Z490 VISION G is a well-balanced White/Silver motherboard for multimedia creators who wish to use most of the Intel Z490 chipset without spending more. The motherboard supports PCIe 4.0 and Intel 11th-generation CPUs, but a BIOS update is needed.
The most important things about the motherboard are:
- Supports both 10th and 11th generation Intel® CoreTM processors*
- Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs with Ultra DurableTM Memory Armor
- Ready for Intel® OptaneTM Memory
- Direct Digital VRM Solution for 12+1 Phases with DrMOS
- Direct Touch Heatpipe II and Micro-Block Thermal Design
- Support for Intel® ThunderboltTM 3 AIC that is lightning fast
- Intel® 2.5GbE LAN with the cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
- Multi-Way Graphics Support with Ultra DurableTM Design and Dual Armor
- High-End Audio Capacitors ALC1220-VB Improve 114dB (Rear)/110dB (Front) SNR in Microphone
- Thermal Guards Dual Ultra-fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 link
- USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-CTM Header on the front
- RGB FUSION 2.0 Supports Addressable LED and RGB LED Strips
- 5 Things About a Smart Fan: Multiple temperature sensors and hybrid fan headers with FAN STOP
- Q-Flash Plus lets you update the BIOS without putting in the CPU, RAM, or graphics card.
- Ready for CEC 2019, Save the Power with Just One Click
The heat sink on the motherboard is made of a single block, which lets air move better from all directions. Under the aluminium heatsinks on the power delivery circuits, GIGABYTE has put 1.5 mm thick LAIRD thermal pads. The thermal pads have a 5W/mK grade for how well they conduct heat.
With the Q-Flash feature of the motherboard, the BIOS was changed without having to turn on the board. The change was done so that the Intel i9 10850k could be used. I didn’t expect the UEFI BIOS screen to be all white. The BIOS layout is the same as on their Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI and Z490 AORUS PRO AX boards. The only change is that the interface is white. The above UEFI BIOS images show the same option layout in white.
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 VISION OC
The GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 VISION OC’s factory overclock boost clock is 1815 MHz, compared to the base card’s 1725 MHz. The memory clock is 14000MHz. Graphics card dimensions are 286x115x51mm, making it 2.5 slots. Graphics cards are lightweight despite their size.
Graphics hardware supports DX 12 Ultimate API. The graphics card’s black ATX PCB. The graphics card includes 2 HDMI 2.1 and 2 DisplayPort 1.4a connections. The digital resolution is limited to 7680×4320. The graphics card is backwards-compatible with PCIe 4.0.
The RTX 3070 is powered by the Nvidia GA-104 GPU, a Samsung 8 nm node with 17400M transistors in a 392mm² die size. The GPU has 184 TMUs and 96 ROPs. The major ingredient is 5888 shader units. This graphics card has Samsung 8GB GDDR6 VRAM chips on a 256-bit bus interface with 448 GB/s bandwidth.
This graphics card boasts GIGABYTE’s iconic and ever-popular WINDFORCE 3X cooling system, which uses 3x 80mm fans that rotate in opposite directions to reduce turbulence. The triangle fan edge splits airflow and guides it along the fan surface’s 3D stripe curve, improving airflow.
The 3D Active Fan provides semi-passive cooling and turns off when the GPU is in a low-load or low-power game. The aluminium heatsink has three heat sinks and five 8mm composite heat pipes. Nickel and copper plates directly touch VRAM and GPU.
The VISION-themed shroud and white graphics card make it stand out. The silver metallic backplate with Screen Cooling enhances this. The metal backplate has a wide vent for airflow. The card uses 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connectors. These connectors are in black plastic casing.
Intel Core i9-10850K
We chose i9 10850k over 10900k because it was cheaper and freed up funds for other components. Intel released the i9 10850k in Q3 2020. Its 3.60GHz base clock has 10 Cores and 20 Threads. Intel turbo boost 2 is 5.0GHz, and Turbo boost 3 is 5.1GHz. The cooling solution, workload, and CPU capability determine the Thermal Velocity Boost frequency of 5.2GHz.
Intel 20MB Smart Cache and 8 GT/s bus speed the CPU. The CPU has 125W TDP. The CPU supports up to 128GB DDR4-2933 RAM with 45.8 GB/s bandwidth. The Intel UHD 630 iGPU has a 350MHz base frequency and 1.2GHz maximum dynamic frequency. The Intel 10th generation lacks PCIe 4.0.
XPG SPECTRIX D50
The XPG SPECTRIX D50 is a low-cost DDR4 kit with a minimum frequency of 3000MHz and a maximum frequency of 4800MHz. It uses Hynix D-Die on a monolithic 78-ball FBGA package with a die density of 8 Gb D-Die (17 nm) and a composition of 1024M x8 (64MB x8 x16 banks). Each module measures 133.35 x 40 x 8mm x 8mm (LxWxH).
The heat spreader’s criss-cross pattern, geometric lining, and fine finishing make these kits stand out with their basic yet stunning design. RGB illumination appears through a triangle heat spreader cutout in the centre. The heat spreader’s white tone is cool in person. Modules have minimal branding.
XPG S50 Lite 1TB
The XPG GAMMIX S50 Lite has 1TB and 2TB capacity. The 2280-form-factor XPG GAMMIX S50 Lite 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe4x4 SSD. An M Key SSD works with most modern motherboard M.2 slots. XPG S50 Lite uses 3D TLC NAND. The SSD weighs 10g and is 80x22x4.3mm (LxWxH).
The manufacturer does not supply a driver for these SSDs because they use the operating system’s NVMe driver. Dual-sided PCB has components on both sides. Note this if you bought this SSD and added an aftermarket heat sink cover for enhanced thermal performance. The XPG GAMMIX S50 Lite features rapid storage speeds with NVMe 1.4 and PCIe 4×4 interfaces. Also backwards compatible with PCIe 3.0.
Lian Li GALAHAD 360 White
The GIGABYTE Z490 VISION G and GeForce RTX 3070 VISION OC have a distinctive White and Silver colour combo. GIGABYTE did it best, and I love their implementation. We looked for a white and silver cooler, and Lian Li delivered. We chose the Lian Li GALAHAD 360 White cooler.
This cooler’s block isn’t low-profile, which is normal. Our dual-chamber exterior with silver metal and white paint makes it appropriate for this unusual construction.
How Lian Li implemented the faceplate with A-RGB backlighting in a novel style and that we can swivel the aluminium section to have the text face upright is great. This simplifies block placement regardless of text orientation. The build and performance are excellent.
The radiator sides’ aluminium faceplate helps coordinate Silver and White.
Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL ROG Edition White
Our chassis decision was straightforward. We considered keeping with the white O11, but we chose to go XL to be future-proof.
This case offers the user/builder a new construction experience based on Lian Li’s signature layout. The casing is created by DER BAUER alone. Air cooling doesn’t suit this case’s liquid cooling design. Lian Li has an air-cooled model. The building area is large and open. The case supports up to an E-ATX motherboard, but EEB boards require an extension panel that is not supplied.
I enjoy Lian Li’s GPU support bracket and its handy positioning. The case fits 280mm PSUs. 4x detachable hot-swappable drive bays are in the casing. A bracket on the back hides cables. Multiple fan mounting locations are on the chassis.
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Up to 3x 120mm/2x 140mm fans can be installed on the bottom, top, rear, and side. The front has an aluminium panel with IO ports. Two 4mm tempered glass panels front and side. The inside is SPCC. Did I mention the front A-RGB LED strip with a controller that syncs with the motherboard A-RGB header?
Cooler Master MF120 HALO White Fans
When I reviewed the normal Cooler Master MF120 HALO fans on Enos Tech, I knew the white version would look good and make up for any white fan with dual-loop A-RGB lighting. I was right.
These fans were the last thing that was needed to make this building look better as a whole.
The Rifle bearings in the Cooler Master MF120 Halo White fans have an MTTF of 160,000 hours. The air pressure rating is 1.6 mm H2O 10%, and the airflow rate is 47.2 CFM 10%. The noise level is between 6 and 30 dBA.
DeepCool DQ750-M-V2L-WH PSU
White instances frequently arrive for assessment. DeepCool provided white fans and a cooler for reviews and feature builds. We requested a white PSU from them. FedEx delivered the PSU next.
The most important parts of the PSU are:
- Certified 80 PLUS® GOLD – Up to 91.2% efficiency
- Japanese capacitors that are 100% high-quality
- Full bridge PFC and LLC resonant converter
- Fully flexible and designed with flat cables
- CircuitShieldTM — OVP / UVP / SCP / OPP / OTP
The DQ750-M-V2L WH meets your needs with active Power Factor Correction (PFC), a full bridge LLC resonant converter, and synchronous rectification DC-DC design. It has better performance, better quality, and better thermals.
The picture above shows the connector count and cable length. This PSU uses the CWT platform, which explains its affordable pricing. The PSU uses 100% Japanese capacitors and a high-quality Japanese 105°C Boost Capacitor. The PSU uses Stage 1 and 2 EMI filters with active PFC correction. Sitronix ST9S429 supervisor IC provides PSU safety.
Let’s discuss the building process after describing the white build’s components.
The motherboard is on its package. The motherboard’s M.2 slot thermal cover holds the XPG S50 Lite 1TB SSD and the XPG SPECTRIX D50 kit. Before installing the slot, we removed the SSD heat sink.
We started with the motherboard. Before installing the motherboard, we prepared fans and A-RGB wires. We use the motherboard’s 5x fan headers and 2x A-RGB headers without a controller. A tidy layout was the goal; thus, we routed the cables under the motherboard. The motherboard was installed with RAM, and the CPU was removed from the PC Case.
The motherboard wires are shown in the two photos above. This is chosen since there is just one cutout on the motherboard tray’s bottom and one primary cutout on top, with a lot of space between them and the motherboard.
Above is a quick test of the VISION Duos’ appearance, and they look great in person. The mixture is nearly perfect.
The motherboard and graphics card were attached to extension wires to see how it would look after the sleeve. Note that the graphics card was temporarily installed.
The motherboard GPU support bracket was installed next. I like this design’s simple but original approach. The support bar has two motherboard standoffs. The support arm is mounted on the mounting bar as needed. Its foam pad contacts the graphics card.
PSUs are vertically mounted. One hot-swappable drive cage tops the PSU. We eliminated the top.
The case’s back with the PSU attached is shown above.
Sleeved extension cables were placed next. A Lian Li GALAHAD 360 was added next. We installed it on top with left-side tubes.
The picture shows that white and silver speak for themselves.
A close-up of the 8-pin EPS extension cable.
The graphics card and PEG-sleeved extension cables are installed. The project is almost finished and looking fantastic.
Close-up of GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 VISION OC.
The bottom Cooler Master MF120 HALO White fans were mounted next. The bottom rail can be removed to install fans/radiators outside the chassis. PC case design freedom is great. The cables were routed along the fans’ inner border and bundled at the centre to reach the chassis’ other side.
Next, three Cooler Master MF120 HALO White side intake fans were added. Yes, positive air pressure is appropriate for this situation.
All done. The build was neat and attractive. We notice the white component colour discrepancy. The PC case is bluish-white, contrasted to the other parts. The motherboard and graphics card fit well, but the case fans are yellow.
View the build from the front. Note the bottom fan cable arrangement. The build is great.
The above shows white and silver’s power when done well.
Finally, the test boot went smoothly.
The rainbow is on. This was before the setting.
RGB Fusion works perfectly. It also has the XPG SPECTRIX D50 and the three primary components, the Z490 VISION OC, GeForce RTX 3070 VISION OC, and D50. I downloaded and installed RGB Fusion from the APP CENTRE.
Finally, storage, rendering, gaming, synthetic loads, thermals, and power consumption were tested. Stock auto settings were tested, but the VCore was set to -0.2V Offset because the board was pushing above 1.40V, and temperatures were in the upper 80s. Windows 10 x64 20H2 was utilised. The MSI After Burner measured gaming load FPS. Games with built-in benchmarks were used to calculate results.
The image above shows CPU-Z on stock auto settings.
The XPG S50 Lite 1TB performed various storage benchmarks.
Atto Disc Benchmark writes and reads different data sizes to and from the storage device. The software measures storage device read and write rates using block sizes from 512 bytes to 64 gigabytes.
The PCIe 3.0 XPG S50 Lite 1TB SSD can read and write at 3400MB/s and 3000MB/s, respectively. ATTO validates this.
CrystalDiskMark measures storage device read and write speeds using various block sizes. It also measures sequential and random read and write speeds, giving users a complete picture of the storage device’s capabilities.
Speeds are verified.
AS SSD Benchmark copies large and small files and simulates database and gaming workloads using a variety of block sizes. The tool also gives consumers a storage device performance score.
The AS SSD run is slower than expected.
Read, write, IOPS, endurance, and other benchmarking tests are included in Anvil’s Storage Utilities.
Memory benchmarks were done with AIDA64 Extreme 6.35. This is the result.
This result beats our test bench’s Intel i7 10700k on MSI MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK.
Here are some CPU benchmarks.
The AIDA64 Extreme CPU Benchmark checks integer and floating point operations, compression, decompression, encryption, and more.
Cinebench benchmarks a computer’s CPU and graphics card using real-world tests. A computer’s Cinebench score indicates its 3D image and scene rendering performance.
X264 HD Benchmark
Popular benchmarking tool X264 HD Benchmark encodes a high-definition video clip using the x264 open-source video codec to measure computer encoding speed.
Benchmarking 7-Zip compression and decompression speeds might help users assess CPU efficiency.
Benchmarking software render times are this.
Corona Benchmark examines CPU speed in rendering photorealistic 3D scenes.
Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmarking tool that uses real-world tests to evaluate CPU and GPU performance.
Graphics Card Testing
Start with synthetic benchmarks.
The 3DMark Graphics Score considers GPU clock speed, memory bandwidth, and shader performance. System graphics performance improves with higher scores.
Only the graph shows the graphics score.
The Superposition score considers GPU performance parameters like FPS, scene detail, and visual effect complexity.
DLSS Performance Metrics
The DLSS Performance Metrics consider GPU performance variables such as average frame rate, image detail, and image quality.
DLSS Quality Metrics
The DLSS Quality Metrics consider image detail, sharpness, and visual artefacts.
Real-time ray tracing benchmarks computer graphics performance using 3DMark Port Royal score.
DXR Feature Test
The feature test examines the system’s average frame rate while rendering a scene with ray-traced shadows, reflections, and ambient occlusion. The GPU handles ray-tracing effects better at higher frame rates.
VRS Tier 1
The feature test renders a complex image with varied shading complexity and analyses the system’s average frame rate to assess its real-time VRS performance.
VRS Tier 2
Tier 2 is more difficult than Tier 1 and uses advanced VRS techniques such as motion adaptive shading to improve performance and image quality.
We finished, and the build is working well. Time to fine-tune it, especially by tightening RAM timings to run at 3600MHz with CL16. The motherboard pushed too much voltage on the stock, so I turned off Auto Enhancement and set the VCore to Offset -0.20V, which held nicely. Other than that, we have heated silicon.
The graphics card works well. The high temperature on stock fan settings at 69°C runs softly. The VISION COMBO or VISION POWER is a great blend of looks and performance. The XPG SPECTRIX D50 is doing well; therefore, we want to upgrade it to 32GB of DDR4 RAM.
The XPG S50 Lite 1TB on PCIe 3.0 rocks, and Windows boots in 6.6 seconds. Overall, we have a powerful machine that will last.
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