Question Advice on Mobo/Case/GPU for new build (with RGB emphasis)

mattangle

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I'm building a new build now that I have a dedicated gaming room in my home, and I'm letting my inner child out in the form of more than a little RGB action. I have built a few pcs in the past thinking I knew what I was doing but the older I get I realize I really have no idea what I'm doing in this space. So I'd love some advice/suggestions on a few parts in particular, and any thoughts if you see anything amiss with the rest.

I plan to play WoW, LoL, some various steam games. Nothing intense really, I would like to pick up a third monitor eventually.

Case - I'm looking for something that has integrated RGB in it, if such a case exists. I've typically used NZXT cases in the past but I recently helped my friend put together build using a Phanteks case and I was blown away by how nice it was. I'm open to whatever just looking for some color bling. Budget $250 -

Mobo - Onboard wifi would be nice but not a must as it will be hardwired for 99% of it's foreseeable life. Really all I care here is future proof and color bling. Budget $250-

GPU - Pretty much whatever the best GPU I can get for $300, hopefully that's a big enough budget to get me a GPU that can handle 2k gaming with three monitors? Budget - $300

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/yKt4XP

Thanks in advance, and forgive any ignorance on this. Just a guy trying to blow off some steam gaming and enjoy some colorful lights.
 

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With a budget of $800 for MoBo, GPU and PC case, here are few options:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($145.89 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i RGB PLATINUM 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($379.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($107.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB STRIX GAMING Advanced Video Card ($320.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.99 @ Best Buy)
Monitor: LG 29WK600-W 29.0" 2560x1080 75 Hz Monitor ($229.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: LG 29WK600-W 29.0" 2560x1080 75 Hz Monitor ($229.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1962.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-16 17:10 EDT-0400

Few words

Put in Asus X570 MoBo that doesn't need BIOS update to run 3rd gen Ryzen CPU. MoBo also has built-in wi-fi and a little bit of RGB LED eyecandy as well. Main reason i picked it was due to the Aura Sync, which to use to build your RGB solution around. E.g off the bat, you can control your RGB RAM from Aura Sync software. Though, MoBo is on a bit pricey side.

With MoBo being Asus and with Aura Sync, for GPU i picked GTX 1660 Ti that is best for 1080p gaming and can handle even 1440p gaming. What this Asus GPU has, is Aura Sync controllable LEDs.

Btw, your monitors aren't 2K. They are 1080p ultrawide (2560x1080). 2K monitor is 2560x1440.
GTX 1660 Ti should handle 2x 1080p ultrawide monitors in games but with 3x such monitors, things may get difficult if you game on all 3x at once. Here, you can look towards Vega 56 GPU which should handle gaming on 3x 1080p ultrawide monitors. Compared to GTX 1660 Ti, Vega 56 is: cheaper and has better performance. But Vega 56 doesn't have any bling, is louder and hotter running as well,
comparison: https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-RX-Vega-56-vs-Nvidia-GTX-1660-Ti/3938vs4037
pcpp: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/gcPKHx/asrock-radeon-rx-vega-56-8gb-phantom-gaming-x-video-card-rx-vega-56-8g

With MoBo costing $379.99 and GTX 1660 Ti costing $320.99, that leaves $99.02 for PC case out of the initial $800 budget.
Here, things get tough. Not because the reduced budget for PC case but because choosing a PC case is a personal choice. Thanks to this, i didn't add PC case in the above list as well. Instead, here are several suggestions among PC cases that support your 240mm rad. All come with built-in RGB (fans or LED strips) controllable from Aura Sync, except Deepcool case fan.
pcpp: https://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/VtdxFT,PMkj4D,3nbwrH,g9WBD3/

I, personally, would pay a bit extra and go for Cougar Gemini T since for me, it's the most stunning case with built-in RGB,
specs: https://cougargaming.com/products/cases/gemini-t/
pcpp: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/mpc48d/cougar-gemini-t-atx-mid-tower-case-gemini-t

For my taste, Gemini T has plenty of practicality (e.g wide-opening side panels, just like my current Corsair 760T V2 Black case), Aura Sync compatible RGB LED panels on the front and on the top (Gemini S has only front LED panel) and support for plenty of fans, where on the front, it's choice between installing 2x 120mm fans at the front or the side.
 

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