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.