Hey guys, today I'm bringing you one of my latest builds... something near and dear to me. A build for my lovely girlfriend. She wanted something to go with her desk and, yes, wanted something elegant with lots of PINK. After a few weeks I have the finished product here. (minus a keyboard and mouse for her. which will also be white with rgb lighting). She is going into college and she needed something that could store her photos, be capable of editing them, and manage to pull some decent frames in games as she is just getting into some gaming (thank god!). Being as we're both college students I didn't want to blow my entire savings on the thing so I did my best to get her the best build for the price. I think I fared plenty well on this aspect. Let's dive in,
Since it was a budget oriented build, what better way to go than amd right? sure maybe a second-hand intel would've also been a good choice; However, I managed to score an FX-6300 with less than a year on it for $50. A fantastic deal I believe. This will be more than enough for her needs.
AM3 is ancient. There are many outdated/low-quality motherboards out there for this socket. I have used this motherboard in the past for one of my friend's builds and this is the best bang for the buck that I've found so far. It has great features for the price and has quality components. I probably could've went with a cheaper board but I found many bad reviews on others, so I decided to go with the choice I had experience with. Either way, A+ on the board.
Again, budget build. I had some 4 gb sticks of RAM from a teardown of my friend's alienware. Its RAM, its 8 GB, it works.
Western Digital is by far the best when it comes to longevity and stability; on mechanical drives at least. So I figured the blue drive would be the perfect fit.
I actually got this for free from my good buddy, I got him a killer deal on another GPU for his upgrade and he kindly gave me this one when I said i was building my girlfriend a computer. Thanks Andrew!
As we all know, the case is the eye catcher, the main event, the personality of your rig, the embodiment of your soul... okay maybe not that far.. Nevertheless I wanted to find her a case that would match her "aesthetics" and be a decent budget build. Guys, if you are building a PC for your gal, I recommend this one. I personally steer away from zalman products but this one is really decent for the price. It has fan filters, albeit those porous ones that can really only catch hair, a decent amount of space behind the motherboard tray for routing, 2 5.25" bays and a 3.5 bay, a front panel door with a brushed gold appearance, and a two fan fan-controller. Sure, its metal quality may not be to the standards of say, fractal, but for $60 i think this was the perfect fit for her. Its clean and it works. She's very happy with it and that's all that matters.
Now yes, 750w is overkill for this build. Although, as most people know, never skimp on the PSU. I believe this PSU is a tier 2 PSU. I wanted something quality and reliable. For the price its hard to beat this one. Its semi-modular and 750w 80+ bronze along with great internals and stability. Yeah, xfx and some other companies make some good budget models but I know from experience this is a solid PSU so I got it to make sure her PC would get clean, stable power for her years throughout college.
Windows 10 Education (like pro but more school related features [i disabled all of them cuz who cares]) I got it for free through my school's dreamspark. So thank god for that. Aint nobody got time to waste $100 on an os.
They aren't in the list but they're an honorable mention. These are the only pink fans I've been able to find. They are the Apevia Pink led fans, you can find them on amazon if you search just that. They're relatively quiet and have a color that she's happy with. So A+ to that.
I currently have a stock fan, but I personally cannot stand how loud it is so i plan to get her a cryorig h7 to get some decent cooling for a great price. As soon as i can catch them when they're in stock lol.