So this is a build I did for my girlfriend, Taber. From the moment we started dating a year and a half ago I made it very clear that I was a gamer and that I would eventually transform her into a gamer! She had played a few console games before this and her old computer, which was an old Quad Core HP laptop was a pain to run LoL and her favorite steam games (Skyrim and Oblivion). When she got the money to build a computer she came to me and gave me a budget of $650 and told me to build her something, "Cute". She picked out the case and said I had to build around this which I was completely fine with because the case I currently have is an NZXT and I love it! Also, the case on the left is mine which I will be doing my build photo's and part's list very soon! :D Let's get into the parts!
CPU: AMD FX-6300 - I have an i7 in my computer and love it but with the budget given I looked into AMD and found this gem. I watched countless videos on reviews on the 6300 and it was either a duo core i3 or the 6300. My girlfriend wants to get into streaming and do some video's on her new PC so I decided to go with the 6 core! Plus being clocked at 3.5 GHz is a bonus!
Mobo: MSI-970-G43 ATX AM3+ - So this was a high rated motherboard on almost all the sites that had reviews over it. It also has a 4.3 rating on this website which I trust the most :D. The front panel USB 3.0 headers were a good plus since the case came with front panel USB 3.0's! It also supported up to 32GB of ram, which she will never go up to and it was cheap!
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB - It was on sale and it is highly rated and that's about it! :D
HDD: Barracuda 1TB - She is definatlly going to download a ton of games from Steam (She bought all the Oblivion, Morrowind, and Skyrim this summer and a few more so the more space the better!)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X - So this was something I didn't plan on until the last minute when it went on sale. I had originally planned to get her an MSI 270 Gaming Edition because it was $170-180 and the reviews on it were great! But the day before we were suppose to order the parts the Sapphire came on sale and I figured if it was cheaper and it was a 270X, you can't go wrong! :D This thing will be able to run every game on high to ultra settings she wants to play in the future as well! Sorry for the lack of pictures of the GPU. I forgot to take pictures of it when I took it out of the package because she really wanted to get it all installed and to start playing so I wasn't thinking and forgot! Forgive me!
Case: NZXT Phantom 240 Mid Tower - This was the only part of the build she wanted and picked out herself. She liked the white exterior and the looks of the entire case. I like the look of the case as well because I myself have an NZXT Phantom 410 and I personally love it! Working inside the case was easy enough the amount of space behind the mother board could have been a little better but it works with the semi-modular PSU. Overall it was a good choice. She also plans on putting a few blue fans in and some pink LED's in the case in the near future which I will definitely update the part list and add some more pictures! :D
PSU: Cougar 500W ATX - So this was a cheap PSU that was 500 Watts which is more than enough for her. She wont be doing Crossfire anyways because the PSU isn't big enough for it. The brand was my only concern for this build but the rating on here says it is a 4-5* PSU and it should work perfectly fine because there will be no overclocking going on anyways. The other sites that I saw this PSU rated it somewhat highly so I am not very worried.
Optical Drive: Asus Drive - I have an Asus drive (same one) and it works well and it does its job well!
OS: Windows 7 - So the OS didn't cost anything because we both go to KU so we get a copy of Windows 7 or 8 for free for being a student! Great bonus!
Keyboard: CM Storm Devastator Combo - Coming from a laptop she obviously needed a Keyboard and Mouse so this combo was cheap and was rated highly. She doesn't need a mechanical keyboard or an expensive mouse anyways and, "It lights up blue and it's really cute!" - Taber, so we had to get it for her! No problems with it at all so far!
Monitor - She needs a monitor because right now she is using an old 19" TV that is 1366x722 or something like that, so it is not the best but for the next 2 months it will work until she gets a new one on BlackFriday for cheap!
Case Fans - Blue case fans for the top and maybe on for the front. She wanted to get these but the original budget of $700 was cut short due to not having the money available. No big deal because it is mostly for looks, but looks are important to her new PC! :D
Pink LED's - She wants Pink Lights for the inside of her case to help accent the blue of her fans and keyboard. This is where I could use some help because I am having trouble finding a good source of Pink LED's that aren't of terrible quality or really expensive.
CPU Cooler - The default heatsink will for now but I think just to be safe we need to get her a new one! Nothing expensive and preferably air. The only downside is that the ever so popular CM Hyper Evo 212 isn't compatible with this case (which sucks). Any recommendations would be great! Preferably on the cheap side $30 or less :D
All of these we are looking to get for her during Black Friday or some major good sales! Any recommendations are very welcome and greatly appreciated! Any recommendations on the cable management or anything like that would be great! This is my 3rd PC I built and I am officially hooked!
Side note, all of the pictures were taken with my Canon 70D that I use for film projects and to take pictures of Taber's cat, Al or of anything else! :D
This build was very fun. She learned a lot of things about computers and it was a great thing to do with someone that is so important to me and I am sure we will both remember it for a long time to come! I will update pictures whenever something new is installed!
Enjoy the pictures of Al The Fat Cat, as we call him and enjoy the pictures of the build as well! Thanks for checking the build out and feel free to ask questions about anything. Have a great day everyone and happy building!
Edit: 9/20/14 She finally found a monitor she liked! She doesn't like my duel screens that I have set up for my system so I suggested going with 1 bigger monitor to counterbalance the duel screens. This is a huge upgrade from her 19" TV she had been using for a few months. She is so crazily excited to play Skyrim and League on this thing and things look amazing on it!
The next upgrade is the NZXT Hue and a CPU Cooler! I also put up a few more pictures of her set up in its entirety! :D