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Girl's Gamebox
by jjohnson338
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Description

Having just finished my personal build. I wanted to make one for my girlfriend so that we can play games together instead of the two game swap method we've been operating with. She had two criteria that needed to be met, it needed to be pink and it needed to be fast. I think I came out pretty well on both of those haha. I was also operating on a relatively small budget so value was a huge concern for me.

Processor: I don't think this processor can be beat for value at the moment. Incredibly capable for the money in my opinion.

Motherboard: Okay okay so I skimped on the mobo, but it handles all of the needs at hand at a very good price point. I needed it to support AM3+ socket, be mATX, and handle DDR3 1600Mhz Ram (which is suprisingly hard to find for AMD motherboards at this point. I did sacrifice longevity because this is about the best processor this board will ever support, but it should hold out for a couple years until a full revamp of the system is needed.

Ram: I already had 8Gbs of this that I split off of my system (I got an awesome deal for 16Gbs of this Ram a few weeks back).

Hard Drive: 1Tb 7200Rpm not much else to say

Graphics Card: I don't think you can beat this card for the price point at the moment. I got it for around $165 after MIR and it'll handle anything she'll throw at it with great FPS (Max settings at 720p). It is a bit large for this case though (more about this below).

Case: I've never been impressed with Apevia for quality. I had a case by them a long time ago and it sucked. This one looks nice and functions nice, but my oh my is building in it a pain. First off, i've come to the conclusion that it is made entirely of razor blades on the inside; don't expect to work in this thing without getting cut a couple times. Cable management is difficult to work out with any mATX Desktop cases so that wasn't a surprise. The individual components are quite flimsy (mobo tray, hdd cage, front panel), but once you get it together, it seems sturdy enough (although I would never trust that front handle to carry the case). As the graphics card was huge, I had to temporarily remove the support beam near it to get it in and the power connections to it make it lean a slight amount due to their proximity to the disk drive support. If I had to do this build again in this case, I would've went with the Sapphire equivalent to this card because of the position of its power connectors. All in all though, its not a bad case, just difficult to work with.

Power Supply: Yeah I don't trust a power supply made by Apevia, so I got my own. I have this same PSU in my build and I like it alot. Its quiet, modular, and does it's job for relatively cheap.

Please let me know what you think! Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

Details
AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate4.8GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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duramax08 [1 Build] 9 points 16 months ago

Very nice upper entry level. In the future when she complains it slow, upgrade to a ssd. Samsung offers the upgrade kits that contain sata to usb so all you do is plug in the ssd via usb, run the software and it will upgrade automagically (if you have enough space on the ssd). After that you can repurpose the old hdd as a storage area.

 
 
cam313 [1 Build] 4 points 16 months ago

I agree that an SSD upgrade in the future would be great, but this is a really nice little build as is!

I wish my girlfriend would game with me! She will play the Sims but that is about it.

 
 
jjohnson338 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 16 months ago

Haha yeah i'm pretty fortunate. We've been playing Chivalry almost nonstop lately and we have plans to start Rift soon.

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 4 points 16 months ago

i love chivalry :) great job on the build, for the price, you did very well.

 
 
Crckrjack 3 points 16 months ago

Rift is awesome!

 
 
godshawk 2 points 16 months ago

I think most gamers want their female to game with them :3

 
 
DishRagBoy 3 points 16 months ago

I got my girlfriend to play castle crashers with me last night lol. :D But good build none the less +1

 
 
Malmo 2 points 16 months ago

I have some SickleFlows, they can get pretty loud if you don't under-volt them. But in your case I don't think this will be a problem sense your mesh is skinnier than mine.

Nice build!

 
 
jjohnson338 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah that's actually why that fan is in this build now. I previously had 2 in my computer (one intake, one export), but the intake was incredibly loud while the export was barely audible. I just replaced the intake fan in my rig with the one it came with and am using that sickleflow for export in this build. It runs relatively quiet.

 
 
ptl2010 [2 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

Nice build. Those sickleflows are pretty loud, if you can I would try undervolting them. That's what I did for my build and they make almost no noise at all now.

 
 
inggrish [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

Very nice build for the limited budget you had to go on. It's always harder to find the most optimum parts when on a smaller budget, but I think you did pretty well for it, and should last fairly well.

 
 
JPKaizer [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

good to see someone make a very beast build on a budget

 
 
Erikus [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

Great build! I have a FX-6350 with a XFX HD 7870, and it's an amazing upgrade over a laptop. This set up should tear through most games.

 
 
madcracked [2 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

Love the case I was thinking of using that case for my wifes build

 
 
jjohnson338 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

It's not a bad case, just a pain to work in haha

 
 
Sabotage 2 points 16 months ago

I built the same case for my brother. Be careful about the inlcuded psu, it made my brothers machine crash and ran really hot. I see you also replaced the cpu with a corsair cx500m, but just incase you wanted to use it for something else. Also how did you mount that fan in the front, cause I want to do that to his since it idles at 40c in the case.

 
 
jjohnson338 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

I did a little bit of research and i'm led to believe the case you have for your brother is an Apevia XQPack(1), while mine is an Apevia X-QPack2. The X-QPack2 has an 80mm fan slot in the front while the X-QPack doesn't. Yeah that PSU is probably going to collect dust or be thrown out. I don't trust it haha.

 
 
Sabotage 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah, they made the handle better in the newer one. I had realized that after I posted my comment. I think I am going to put one in with out mounting it just to get some more airflow. The psu fan that comes with it is extremely loud and does not cool anything.I hope you enjoy your build!

 
 
polykow [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

Beautiful!!! I think I want one like that for me! ( the mom)

 
 
masterx1234 1 point 14 months ago

i use to have the apevia xq-pack2 case back in 2010, its wasnt a bad case but the airflow sucks balls and everything is really crammed together, i would suggest getting a bigger case

 
 
ExoTecher [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

How is the GPU? (in terms of installing it etc.) I want to get one but I have a problem trusting MSI. Also, what is the GPU's average tempriture?

 
 
spencerharden 0 points 13 months ago

a ps1 siting on top of a xbox360 my two hated consoles