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$600 Mid-range Gaming PC for my girlfriend

by lysergik

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38 Comments

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CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

875MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.2GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

Description

Built this so we could play games together. My goal was $500 which we got very close to, minus the monitor. Power is comparable to my i7-2600k / GTX 560 build which is a couple years old now. Also threw in a couple extra fans I had lying around

She's mainly been playing Guild Wars 2 and this handles it well with most settings on high

First upgrade will be an aftermarket CPU cooler since this processor has so much room for overclocking

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BranToast75 4 Builds 11 points 17 months ago

Love the final fantasy 10 logo on the side :)

lysergik submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Thanks =D

MAXXHEW 3 Builds 6 points 17 months ago

lysergic... you should have named it the sugarcube, so sweet.

mallocunbounded 1 Build 4 points 17 months ago

What is your girlfriend getting you in return?

BossAdventure 1 point 1 month ago

Deez nutz.

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candy 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Internal pics?

lysergik submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Just put one up!

candy 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Nice +1

Davifus 2 points 17 months ago

Dude That FFX Yuna on the side is the sickest thing I have ever seen. +1Million

lysergik submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you! Got it made on eBay for $12

malcar11 3 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Is pretty! gorgeous! Cute! I really want one like this. The color and the logos really combine. Your girlfriend should be very happy! (I would) Love he case.

Caroline!

gtmsnba13 2 points 17 months ago

Long live single slot cards!

ogpinkdino 2 points 14 months ago

Did you have to update the bios for the cpu?

LeMonarque 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Loving that miniature shot! Nice build

Eschaton 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

How are those case fans?

DownloadMoreRAM 1 point 17 months ago

Really nice build man! Wish my girlfriend would want something like this! lol

Bladedrummer 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Oh man, how is that mobo doing? I put the 960 in a build for a friend and it did not do well at all. I have an AsRock Extreme4 in my rig and thought AsRock was awesome. I'm having mixed feeling about them now.

lysergik submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

So far so good, it's been running for a few days with no issues. My first AsRock mobo so we'll see!

ShawnCrespo 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

+1

cjeffcoatjr 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Excellent +1. How is the Source 210? Thinking of upgrading.

Nepgear 1 point 17 months ago

I think I'm in love. Dat Yuna <333333333333

zoura736 1 point 15 months ago

lol nice ffx and legend of zelda logo

Jozmtr 1 point 15 months ago

I liked it. Only thing was you should have went with 1TB which you can get for 60$ :T Anyways great balanced build for light gaming. +1

EcoMCG 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Hows the mobo?

RainbowUnicornsOfDoomAndPie 1 point 15 months ago

I love this build! Great job! I'm working on a build kinda similar for myself. Where did you get the case? Ebay?

jeffluan 1 point 14 months ago

This was very helpful. Thank you for posting this build.

Tweeek 1 point 13 months ago

Love it. FF10 and Triforce <3 custom LEDs work really well. This should play nicely on decent settings for next few years (Y)

samer100 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

What are those 2 stickers and where did you get them from?

Botanding23 1 point 11 months ago

Did you had to have a BIOS update with that MOBO because it always says "Some AMD 970 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Vishera CPUs".

BamBamZX 1 point 11 months ago

How did you get all the drivers?

Chrispy4 1 point 10 months ago

When cash flow permits I'm hoping to build my girlfriend a gaming rig too. I'm hoping to spend about the same but I already have a case and power supply.

xPOISUNx 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Whoa! This build is for you gf? Lucky her. Im actually building one for my gf as well with this exact same case.. I love that FFX Yuna <3 Good job man. I might do something like this as well.

Khymihohiu 1 point 5 months ago

Hey, i just bought these parts to make my PC.

Only the video card is different, my video card is GeForce GTX 550ti.

But a lot of people was saying to me, to change this Power Supply because ain't 80Plus. And they say, this Power Supply will burn my PC. Remember this isn't the 80Plus Bronze. It's another model.

So can i use this Power Supply? I don't have money to buy another. Do i have any risks with this?

Link of my PC parts

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/83HrWZ

Thanks.

Khymihohiu 1 point 5 months ago

Hey, i just bought these parts to make my PC.

Only the video card is different, my video card is GeForce GTX 550ti.

But a lot of people was saying to me, to change this Power Supply because ain't 80Plus. And they say, this Power Supply will burn my PC. Remember this isn't the 80Plus Bronze. It's another model.

So can i use this Power Supply? I don't have money to buy another. Do i have any risks with this?

Link of my PC parts

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/83HrWZ

Thanks.

CptMold 1 point 1 month ago

1) I think it would have been better to get an R7 260x from Sapphire for your GPU. I know it's $110, but it's worth the extra $20 for the extra gig of VRAM and the performance boost. 2) The hard drive is also a bit small. 2TB is the real sweet spot for $/gb, at $70... but a Western Digital Blue 1TB is only $54.

Other than that, it's a great build.

JCanadian 0 points 16 months ago

There's nothing hotter than a girl that likes gaming :P

spongebob123 3 points 14 months ago

there's nothing hotter than an AMD cpu. lol

JCanadian 3 points 14 months ago

Sorry if people got offended. Not trying to be a sexist. I just think it's different from the usual. I probably could have said that in a different way.