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UPDATE

Recently added a few parts, including:

MSI GTX 950 - Picked up a used one of these for $60, it does the job! It can play Witcher 3 on High settings.

Cryorg C7 - Replaced the stock CPU cooler, and the color really pops.

RGB LED light strip - Picks up all the white in the build and looks great. She likes to use the teal setting.

White Extensions - 24pin mobo and the 6pin to the gpu, helps add more white to the build.

Next steps: Getting her a proper 1080p monitor.


Original Post:

My second build, for my girlfriend who also needed an upgrade at $500 budget.

She loves the color teal, and when we found this case at Fry's (an in-store color exclusive) she had to have it. She just ordered a a mermaid decal to fit on the front panel. Tried to keep the internals mostly black.

No GPU - Haven't purchased a GPU yet, but the onboard graphics of the i5-6600 work great for the main game she plays, World of Warcraft. The plan is to buy her a 480 for Christmas.

i5-6600 - Wanted Skylake, and won't need to overclock. We originally wanted an i5-6500, but they were out of stock at the PC store we went to. Picked this up at a discount.

MSI Mortar - Great mobo, had all the features she needed. The bios is easy to navigate, and she got it for $20 cheaper than I did. I'd originally intended on an ATX board but her budget was pretty tight and this fit the bill.

Kingston HyperX Fury - Pretty much the standard for most black builds.

Western Digital Blue - 1tb for $50 was the best bang for her buck. She can add an SSD in the future if she needs it.

Corsair SPEC-ALPHA - When she saw this color-exclusive case in Fry's she threw it in the cart, and demanded that whatever I build her, it be in this. It was harder to build in than my Corsair Air 240, wire management was a challenge.

EVGA 500w PSU - We wanted a reliable brand at a low cost, but a modular PSU was out of her price range. All in all, the wires were easily stashed away in the unused 3.5 drive bays and behind the main chassis. 500w is plenty for what she has.

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow, a teal alpha. Cool stuff.

An RX 480 and SSD will suite it nicely.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

This is actually very good for the price!

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

This PC is quite nice for the price! Seems exciting to test some games when you get the GPU!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok so im compleately new to pcs and im pretty much just looking for a pc that will run pretty much any game at 60fps is this something i should get or do you have any other suggestions i dont have $1000 to spend so im looking for something along the lines of 500-700

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You'll have to add a GPU to run most games. The Rx 480 is coming out soon. Add that and you're at about 700 and should be able to play most games on high.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

On high? I think you're really underestimating the power of the 480, a 390 can max out most games out there, apart from the odd game here and there cough GameWorks cough so it's safe to assume that the 480 will run all games on ultra.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

He probably just said high in a general format, and also at 500-700, the CPU might be the limiting factor with the build and not the 480. I'm not sure about USD but for CAD, you can't get a decent CPU unless you have at least 250 dollars.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

For 600-700 USD it's a given that you'll be able to fit an i5. Not too sure for $500 though. For CAD you may be able to fit an i5 in a $700 build, not too sure for a $600 build, though

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those LEDs teal or just white?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans have leds on them that are teal-ish. Recently I added an RGB strip inside the case, and replaced the stock cpu fan to a white Cryorg c7, so the light change is pretty dramatic.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool i was thinking of getting an RGB strip with that case too

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

1.) so get something like a gtx 1060, r9 480, or even a 1070 if you can cut corners on the rest of your computer. 2.)get an ssd. I would rather have a 240 gb sdd for $60 than a 1tb hdd for the same price 3.)for cpu get something around the lines of i3 6100, i5 6500 , i5 6400 depending on your budget 4.)at least 2x4gb ddr4 5.)fully modular psu

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

My advice is this: Lurk on r/buildapc and learn from the experts. Also, you tubers like CultOfMush do build videos for specific price ranges. When you're going to buy your parts, I'd suggest going to r/buildapcsales. I have found a great deal on everything I need for my build there :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

CultOfMush has made some terrible decisions on his videos.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

CultOfMush is just clickbait and nonsense.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

mate do you plan on getting the rx480 4gb or 8gb

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on the price difference, honestly.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

4gb is 4199 while the 8gb is $230 frankly i think the 8gb is a good deal

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

The 8GB is really only worth it for Crossfire

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get that color? The Spec Alpha only have 3 options: 1)Black and Red 2)White and Red 3)Black and Grey

But this is nice! White and light blue.. I liked it!! But how?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an exclusive color from Fry's Electronics, I believe Newegg has a dark Blue one that you can only buy through them.

(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139078&cm_re=spec_alpha-_-11-139-078-_-Product)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Where da graphics do?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The i5-6600 comes with integrated graphics which is doing a good job so far. Plan on getting a 480, once the custom cards come out.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Or a geforce gtx 1060?

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

After seeing the 1060 benchmarks, I may actually go with Nvidia.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Why 2 RX 480 in the future 2 graphics cards for 2-Way SLI does not improve performance at all...

The teal case is awesome and would suit some blue LED strips inside the case

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I meant one for each of our builds, for a total of two. But now that I've seen some of the 1060 benchmarks, I may just stick with Team Green. I wasn't planning on SLI for either build.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I would go for NVIDIA as well as their software is a lot better and AMD has not been getting a good rep recently.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to be using the same case just black/red. I know the case comes with 3 fans 2 led on front 1 on back, I want to add one on top or on the back, is this possible without cutting holes in the case?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

There's space on the top for like 2 120mm

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick case, I think I'm going to do a similar color scheme for my girlfriend! Looks amazing

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you manage to get cable managment so good?!

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