I finally convinced my girlfriend to buy/build a pc for her. Most of the parts are actually from my old pc that i have re-purposed for so that she doesn't have to pay that much money.

CPU: - I chose this process because of its price and since its unlocked. I wanted to see how much i can push this processor. Although, we haven't bought a proper CPU cooler yet so i have to hold off the overclocking. It only has 2 cores but shes not a heavy gamer.

Motherboard: - I had a hard time finding a good MB to pair with the G3258. I didn't wanna pay the extra bucks for the Z MB version. Finally found a good looking MB with built in wifi and it even has Orange LED's under the PCB in under a 100 bucks. Haven't updated the BIOS yet but i will have to, once i get a good cooler.

Ram: - These were the rams on my old pc. I upgraded to a Corsair Vengeance 1866 (Yeah, its not a huge upgrade but i wanted to max out the Memory capacity of my current MB which is a Sabertooth z97)

Video Card: - Its actually a EVGA GTX 550 ti (i couldn't find it from the list though). This was from my previous PC and i thought it is a good starting card for her. I actually replaced the reference blower type cooler with a cooler from my HIS R9 270x (I installed the NZXT Kraken and Corsair H55). The screws line up perfectly, had to buy some additional non-conductive washers and had to trim down some of the fins so that it wont hit the capacitors. Luckily, i didn't kill the card and its still running.

Storage: - Settled for an HDD for now. Bought it from a friend. Will add an SSD in the future.

Case, Fans and Fan Controller: - Actually bought the bundle for 70 bucks over kijiji. The was planning to build an itx pc but changed his mind and went with an ATX pc.

PSU: - Yes its veru overkill for this build. But this PSU was an RMA from my previous PC (Still can't believe that a silverstone PSU died on me in just 6 months use). I couldn't wait for the replacement, so i went ahead and bought an EVGA 750 G2.

OS: - Its actually an Windows 8.1 x64 Enterprise edition. Got it for free since i have an MSDN subcription from my work.

Overall it was a fun build. I even let my GF do the build herself while i tell her how to handle and install the components.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

The motherboard has LEDs under it? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat never seen that before.

Anyway, nice build!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. I was surprised too when i tried to post the components. It does a breathing like style.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait let me get this straight you tool a cooler from your 270x and put it on a 550ti?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha. yeah. i forgot to mention that i had to cut off a part of the 270x cooler's shroud because it was too long.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats actually...pretty cool

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Very snazzy!! Have to ask if you ever OC's the G3258 with this mobo?? And because of the similar price point (at least right now) , did you by chance consider the Asrock H97M-ITX/ac mobo for this build??

I am on the verge of my first build (for my son) and I am second guessing the Asrock mobo for a few reasons. Do you have a opinion on this by chance?

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