I pulled parts from my 2 existing builds, a bit from Craiglist, Ebay, a few new parts, stirred them together and coated them all in a thin candy shell! My 17 year old has a Asus Transformer that I picked her up last Christmas but it has had power issues since the start & also wanted an Xbox/One for gaming due to the old 360 loss from unforeseen circumstances, don't ask. She likes the controller aspect of gaming vs keyboard and mouse, but with many games supporting controller with little configuration, I figured now was the time to convert her to the PC Master Race! Let's be honest, I know this new machine will be used mostly for Netflix/Hulu, Facebook, gaming and a little school work.
The only stipulation she had was to make it a "CUTE computer". Cute means small and colorful, the Raijintek Metis is both, the one she picked is red. I did offer to do a more subdued build with the same case but she opted for the red one because, "They don't have a pink one?! I can decorate it myself."
I have yet to do a themed build but this one would be the first. I wanted it to be fun and eye catching but not obnoxious. I almost picked the Gigabyte B85N Phoenix Wifi for my build Uranium but it lacked full overclocking and "RAID". These were not necessary for her as I would be using a CPU with a fixed clock and didn't want the hassles of potential disk failure in an array. Part of picking this board was cosmetics, it comes with built in orange LED's on the underside of the motherboard and the RAM/PCIE slots are orange too. The LED's can pulse slowly, or be all on/off. It also does support some overclocking with the G3258 and updated BIOS. It also comes with mini PCIE slot for the included AC-WiFi card, and a mSATA slot. Saved a little cash picking it up on Ebay and the BIOS had been fully updated.
This build also is leading to refreshes of my builds; Uranium and Requiem, as parts were removed from each machine. They did receive upgrades to compensate though. Here's a quick breakdown of StarBurst's hardware:
CPU: Intel i3 4160 3.6ghz, low TDP, 4 threads, solid performance.
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster TX4, shorter than an EVO but equal in cooling, very quiet too.
GPU: Asus GTX 960 Strix 4GB, Sweet spot 1080p card, will run games at great framerates at med/high or better settings, bonus came with a free copy of MGS:V , I know the 960 does not have the fillrate to utilize the 4GB effectively but could come in handy if she does any video editing.
Memory: Ripjaws Ares 8GB, 1600mhz, Orange to match the motherboard.
Storage: ADATA 64Gb mSATA SSD for boot and a program or two, Samsung 850 EVO 500Gb SSD for games and programs.
Case: Raijintek Metis, about 20 smaller than a Thermaltake Core V1, I pulled the 3.5"HDD cage because it blocks the top to the graphics card and to increase airflow. Installed a 120mm Corsair with purple LEDs for more colorful lighting and to draw air in from the rear.
PSU: EVGA 500W, its 80+, but its quality, all of my PC's have EVGA PSU's. Fitting the GPU in with this non-modular power supply required some creative cable management, nothing a few black zip-ties couldn't handle.
OS: Windows 8.1, she has it on her tablet too and likes the interface.
I gave her a 26" TV for a monitor, Wireless keyboard with built in track pad for easy Netflix/Hulu navigation when she binge watches the latest season of the "Newest Hit Show", a hardwired game pad and a generic optical mouse included! She play has been playing BF4, Witcher 3, Borderlands 2, and Ark; Survival Evolved with no issues. She got a bunch of stickers to make it her own.
For productivity: Open Office.(Yeah!)
Thanks for looking and Build On!