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Hello PcPP,

This is my second attempt at building a computer. This is built for my significant other for casual use and some introduction into gaming. She has been the planner for the color scheme as well as the other aesthetics such as LEDs. Much of the hardware was decided by me because I wanted it to be better than my first build.

This was a budget build (sort of), but more of a way for her to share one of my hobbies.

CPU: i5-4690k I honestly could have went for something much more cheaper for her needs. This was decided by me, as I always wanted to fiddle with overclocking and it was plentiful for gaming.

MOBO: Asus Z87 Gryphon To go with the white and gold theme, it was the closest thing that could correlate with those colors. The thing that absolutely sold me was the ability to add on the Asus Gryphon Armor Kit. Not only does this make the interior look smoother and appealing, but I could also paint it white to make the motherboard stand out. I also chose the Z87 over the Z97 because I didn't need any of the additional features.

MEMORY: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB DDR3-1600 Yes, I could've went with 8GB, but I wanted it to be future proof (at least my excuse). Also, this was the only good looking gold-colored RAM. If I were to choose, I would've painted the Corsair Dominator gold, but they are pretty costly. The motherboard could only handle speeds up to 1866, but these only came in 1600 and 2400, I believe.

PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 550W GS Fully-Modular was a MUST have. I wanted the cleanest look possible and also a reliable source. I chose for 550w because it was plenty for 1 GPU and everything else in my build.

STORAGE: Crucial M4 128GB Bought it refurbished from Crucial when they had it available for $30. It is excellent and I have not ran into any problems whatsoever. I will be adding a HDD in the future but it is only being used for casual use as of now.

CASE: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mATX Tower This was the most difficult decision during the build because we were looking at only small white cases. Originally we were going to go with the Prodigy M, but we decided that a little more space would not be a problem. This case was also much more appealing in design for us as she wanted to put a monogram decal on the front. The case barely shows any Phanteks branding. In the future, I will be cutting out the side panel for a bigger window. Overall, great space for cable management and hardware.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i Got it on sale for $49, and it was able to fit inside the case without sticking out too much. Keeps everything cool and that was good enough for me. I would've went a cheaper route, but bought it without a second thought once it went on sale.

GPU: EVGA GTX980 Superclocked Originally I planned to get a GTX970, but I was fortunate to be able to get on the Microcenter deal and pick up the EVGA GTX980 at OfficeDepot for cheap. Can't really say anything much except that I know this was a good deal and I had to have it. I got rejected many times and finally got someone to pull through. I have not pushed the card yet, but so far it is quiet on idle.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Not sure what you mean by the PSU section of your post. That 550W will definitely not support another GTX 980 with comfortable overhead. Especially if you are overclocking that CPU.

Some parts of your build are a little questionable. Money spent on 16GB of RAM instead of getting a better SSD. I've owned the Crucial M4 and it was terrible. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, especially as a refurb, definitely don't put any sensitive data on it. Even after all the firmware updates. Money would have been better spent on a newer SSD.

Also not sure if to take your prices seriously or not, as part of me isn't really willing to believe that you got so many new parts (except the SSD) for less than half of their retail price.

Otherwise it's not a bad build.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The ram was bought because it was the only gold one I liked, as I stated in the description. If I was smarter back then, I would've bought a cheaper deal and just painted it gold. The m4 was used because I got it on sale for $30 but already have plans to increase storage! And the prices are definitely accurate as if you look on Reddit /r/buildapcsales, everything can be searched up to verify!

EDIT: sorry the PSU part was before I got the 980! I'll change that section!

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah what is this gpu deal you speak of? I must have a 980 for that price.

Sick rig btw great presentation!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Well now how the ****did you score that 980 for that price? Shut up and take my money! +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

There was a price crazy low sale for the 980 at microcenter that lasted for a day, unfortunately there were hardly any in stock. But people printed off a PDF document of the sale anyways and price matched it at office max and best buy.

I bought two Monday, best money I've ever spent. Kinda questionable legally though

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Lucky! Printing off the pdf and getting places to price match it is genius and gives me some ideas though...

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha don't do something you'll regret

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Well i won't regret it if i get away with it will i? Lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I only got one, but that deal definitely was worth the hassle to get!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build, but i don't get it: if you painted the case, why is the outer frame still black?!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The parts that are black are foam covers that I didn't want to peel off! Maybe in the future I may go for that all-white look!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, i see…thanks for reply! But don't get me wrong: it looks awesome, no need for change!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you just spray paint it?

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