Description

My girlfriend is a graphic designer, and a college student. She needed something that could get the job done on the cheap, and I wanted to do my best to build her's better than I built my own. Reason being is that, first, she's my girlfriend and second, I could use more practice, as I have started my own side business building custom computers. You can find and Like my page at www.facebook.com/SuperiorComputingDistribution/.

I wanted to stay with Intel, as I might be throwing in another drive, or setting up a partition to install OSX for her, though I might have already shot myself in the foot having bought this Asus board. I found that the GeForce GTX cards work well with Adobe applications (pretty much all she uses at this point). She definitely wanted multiple displays. The parts list says I bought an Antec 550 watt psu, but I went with an Antec 430 watt psu. This case is cheap and does the job, but you may have problems routing cables if your psu doesn't have wires sleeved individually. The rear expansion slot covers can't be reattached. I say this to warn you if you're looking into buying this case. Either than that, it works well. The final price was shocking before I had bought the parts, but that's what you get having spent nearly $300 on peripherals.

Overall, my girlfriend are happy with this cute guy. Post your thoughts so that I might be able to better service my customers.

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 6 points

You probably could have purchased a 3570k and a Z77 mATX board from Gigabyte or so for the same money. That would have also given you the wiggle room needed to try and make this bad boy into a Hackintosh. Seems most gigabyte boards are pretty good for OSX to my understanding, from a compatibility standpoint.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly. It was only in my thoughts to make this a Hackintosh a month or so after buying the parts. Z77 mobos start at $100 and this mobo just jumped from $75. We're not planning on doing any significant overclocking. Just a bit of wiggling in EVGA Precision X and maybe increase the boost clock on the cpu.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Well you won't be doing any overclocking on that CPU. With the multiplier locked, you'll run into all sorts of issues trying to overclock it.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I doubt the motherboard will work with OSX.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

You have one happy Girl Friend!

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Careful. She might end up liking it more than you....

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

especially if you introduce her to gaming

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

She likes a bit of Dayz. We run around together every now and then.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Can we see some internals?

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

"cheap"

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

This is nice, not a gaming build but, a build that everyone should have. If it was for my girlfriend though, I would add 50$ to my budget and get a white case, and purple LED fans.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

No on the LEDs. Her favorite color is green, and I would have gone with that, but she wasn't for it. The case was $30, and in my opinion, perfect for a $700 build.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not a IPS monitor?

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

probably because they're too expensive

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

For graphical design. I think you need a lot of RAM as well as it's better to have more cores and hyper threads for processing.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Most of her work has been on a 2011 iMac. This is a step-up already.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Some picture of the inside of the case might have been appreciated. The 3570K + better mobo might have been better but for her needs and the price you paid that's actually quite good. The only thing I see highly priced is the RAM, tell me that's not the price you paid !

  • 78 months ago
  • -1 points

Not bad at all, good gaming build as well, I compiled a similar one

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  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

The 650 ti isn't bad when overclocked. I put one in my brothers rig and with +200mhz on the core and +700 on the memory it gets damn near close to a stock 7850 or 650 ti boost.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

True but those cards also cost quite a bit more.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an editing rig so CUDA is most likely necessary.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

The price currently pretty close. Just around/over $1000.