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Built this as a gift for my girlfriend, she has a thing for Pokemon... I got together with a couple friends came up with an idea, they did the artistic work, I did the building.

First off, the case was arctic white, added a coat of an off white to it for contrast purposes. Next they painted the Ponyta and fire on the case, which was then clear coated. Another friend works at an engraving shop, so I was able to get the plexi engraved for a real good price. Total the the paint and other work done cost about 85 bucks.

The parts that were used were chosen for cost effectiveness, granted I could have put in an SSD, or gone Intel i7, but the GF wouldn't notice or have needed the increase in performance. The main use for the machine is gaming (Skyrim, Assassins Creed, Final Fantasy, Guild Wars, Portal, Bioshock, Amnesia, Dragon Age, etc...) and photo editing (She recently got a DSLR Canon) So I installed Photoshop CS6. I could have gone with a slower cpu, but i felt it was worth spending the cash now instead of upgrading later. The GPU was out of my PC, I just recently upgraded to a 780 ti, so she got the 780, otherwise she would have gotten a R9 280x.

Overclocked the CPU to 4.2ghz w/o Turbo, I'm sure I could have easily gone to 4.5, but didn't feel the need. Memory and GPU haven't been tweaked.

I plan to add a few more case fans, for air flow, but for the time being everything seems to be running great. I might go with a light bar inside in the hope of getting a better illumination on the engraving. (and yes I managed to scratch the paint on the left side if you notice, and plan to have it touched up soon with a second clear coat as well)

All in all she was thrilled when it was completed, it took less than a day to get it put together and running, should serve her quite well for a good while.

EDIT: No matter if i upload one at a time or even rotate a picture, some of them come out upside down or sideways... you can blame the site, sorry ;(

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  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

So I have no interest at all in the Pokemon theme. But the artwork is so awesome. Nice computer as well.

  • 75 months ago
  • 4 points

haha, yea, my interest in Pokemon is non existent as well, but it makes her happy so it was worth it.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Happy wife, happy life.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

That's awesome!

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome, you're a dedicated bf :p

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for ponyta but why not rapidash for more badass look?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Because I have no clue about the different variations of Pokemon, and she said her favorite characters were Ponyta and Charizard, so I made an executive decision.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Pokemon for life! This is super cool!

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

I personally like the Pokemon flair on this case. I threw a Pikachu INSIDE my case on my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/K21

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow...powerful, sleek, beautiful, and a work horse. You can tell this beast will go the extra mile. ...and oh yeah the build is great too.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. =)

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

so awsome looking

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm all for case mods, but IMO you ruined a beautiful case. But if she likes it, that's all that matters. +1 for the parts.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

All jokes aside, why the 780 over the TI version? I just have a 770, but I feel as if you're gonna spend that much money on a GPU might as well spend a bit more for considerably better. Otherwise, love it!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Because I already had the 780 in my PC, i purchased the Ti for myself and gave her the 780.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah okay. That 780 gets hot!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, in order to test temp at peak use I used cudaminer, which maxed it out. Also the reason I plan to add more case fans, and the GPU backplate and possibly the Accelero Xtreme III aftermarket cooler.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't even bother buying an after market cooler for the 780 if you can sell your 780 online and upgrade to the TI. But that's just me!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend that motherboard. I want to buy it but the lack of fan headers are a turn off? And I want to over clock my 8320

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you go into the bios to OC or did you use amd over drive?

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

You ruined that perfect R4 :(

Great job on the painting though, guess it's a matter of taste. Still +1 for the work!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

mannn destroyed that beautiful arctic white r4 =( nice art though.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah, ya, if it was for me I wouldn't have changed the Arctic white, but alas it wasn't. After my experience with the R4, I'm thinking I might migrate my PC into one. Currently using a Lian-Li PC-7HX