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Having just finished my personal build. I wanted to make one for my girlfriend so that we can play games together instead of the two game swap method we've been operating with. She had two criteria that needed to be met, it needed to be pink and it needed to be fast. I think I came out pretty well on both of those haha. I was also operating on a relatively small budget so value was a huge concern for me.
Processor: I don't think this processor can be beat for value at the moment. Incredibly capable for the money in my opinion.
Motherboard: Okay okay so I skimped on the mobo, but it handles all of the needs at hand at a very good price point. I needed it to support AM3+ socket, be mATX, and handle DDR3 1600Mhz Ram (which is suprisingly hard to find for AMD motherboards at this point. I did sacrifice longevity because this is about the best processor this board will ever support, but it should hold out for a couple years until a full revamp of the system is needed.
Ram: I already had 8Gbs of this that I split off of my system (I got an awesome deal for 16Gbs of this Ram a few weeks back).
Hard Drive: 1Tb 7200Rpm not much else to say
Graphics Card: I don't think you can beat this card for the price point at the moment. I got it for around $165 after MIR and it'll handle anything she'll throw at it with great FPS (Max settings at 720p). It is a bit large for this case though (more about this below).
Case: I've never been impressed with Apevia for quality. I had a case by them a long time ago and it sucked. This one looks nice and functions nice, but my oh my is building in it a pain. First off, i've come to the conclusion that it is made entirely of razor blades on the inside; don't expect to work in this thing without getting cut a couple times. Cable management is difficult to work out with any mATX Desktop cases so that wasn't a surprise. The individual components are quite flimsy (mobo tray, hdd cage, front panel), but once you get it together, it seems sturdy enough (although I would never trust that front handle to carry the case). As the graphics card was huge, I had to temporarily remove the support beam near it to get it in and the power connections to it make it lean a slight amount due to their proximity to the disk drive support. If I had to do this build again in this case, I would've went with the Sapphire equivalent to this card because of the position of its power connectors. All in all though, its not a bad case, just difficult to work with.
Power Supply: Yeah I don't trust a power supply made by Apevia, so I got my own. I have this same PSU in my build and I like it alot. Its quiet, modular, and does it's job for relatively cheap.
Please let me know what you think! Any comments or suggestions are welcome.