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Pookins' Rig

by turambar



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Gather round, children. It's story time.

I got married in 2001 to my awesome wife. Along with marriage came a new family, and I got a sister-in-law who was 7 years younger than me. She was a pretty cool teenager, and we both enjoyed gaming. She was really into console gaming, but she also started going with me to LANs.

Fast forward to two years ago. My sister-in-law (affectionately known as Pookins) and her husband wanted to buy a new computer. They sent me an email asking for help, but I was a bum and never really got back to them. They ended up purchasing a Dell that was one of those all-in-one numbers with everything built into the screen. Every year before Christmas, the adults in my wife's family all draw names and buy presents for that one person. I got Pookins' name last year, and besides all of the girly stuff on the list, she requested a desire to have a few video games. Lucky for her, Steam's winter sale was on and I went all out. I got her some of the best PC games of the last few years. I got her account set up, and she was super excited. Then disaster struck. Her current machine couldn't run any of the titles, and it couldn't be upgraded because of the form factor. She last tried to play something in February of 2013.

Now we arrive at the present. I have a friend with which I share a strong-completely-heterosexual-man-love-bromance with. I came into some funds, and so I hooked him up with a GTX 770, a new processor, and a new PSU. He in turn gave me most of the parts listed in this build (minus the drives, the case, and the mobo). Thus, Pookins' rig was born. I'm still going to do something with a sharpie on the windowed side, but the build is all done. At Christmas, she will open up the mobo box with all of the manuals, screws, and some miscellaneous parts. While she still has a puzzled look on her face, I will bring out her rig. I've already installed win 7, ran 50 million updates, installed steam, and installed over 100 GBs of games (I've added even more with humble bundles and am giving her 3 titles from the Nvidia holiday bundle which will come with the two 780 ti's I am about to buy another build coming soon).

So the build was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed working on the case. Cable management sucks in this case, but I wanted something to paint that was cheap. This served the purpose. Comments? Questions? Fire away!

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JoeyThePCNoob 2 Builds 6 points 46 months ago

Lol sorry to say...your friend ripped you off. But I love the concept of the build and I loved reading the description. She is gonna love it +1

Spencer1012 3 Builds 3 points 46 months ago

EDIT: Just saw the OP's comment. My comment wasn't relevant.

turambar submitter 2 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Oh, I wasn't trying to make an even trade. What I gave him was a huge upgrade (trust me, he still calls me excited about it daily). The old parts meant I could do this for her without having to buy much of anything, though.

JoeyThePCNoob 2 Builds 4 points 46 months ago

Ah, well good for you, good for him, good for her. You all win

JoshuaThePcNoob 1 point 25 months ago

our names XD

Hakumisoso 2 Builds 3 points 46 months ago

Fun story

Killerdoom14 3 points 46 months ago

Thats awesome dude! Great build, I really thought that pink was stock, like professionally painted. Maybe you can do mine! :D

turambar submitter 2 Builds 3 points 46 months ago

I believe it was Valspar spray paint. Flat Brushed Rose was the color.

talby 10 Builds 3 points 46 months ago

+1 looks great against the white case, excellent work.

Killerdoom14 2 points 46 months ago

Exeptional, just exeptonal.

Spencer1012 3 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Interesting writing on the outside but I like it! Also nice title. When I saw this on the front page I was like "What the heck could this be.."

I think she'll love it. Let's hope she doesn't come on this website trying to learn how to build a good one. Oh that would be horrible if she saw this ._.

Also, you did well as far as cables go. It's really clean for that case. I've seen worse in fully cable management optimized cases on this site.

jokermike 4 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

nice job on the build bro.. i like the fact you did a custom spray job for her and drew the companion cube since she likes to game on pc. Nice portal reference :D

Omega_Virus 2 points 46 months ago

+1 And respect for hooking her up like that. I really like what you have done as far as designing the case for her, it adds a nice touch. _^

Silarial 2 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Thanks for the wonderful story! :D Hope she enjoys it!

Rasmuff 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Lol, like all the writing on the case. Gives it some personality!

coryjamesking 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Haha, so awesome.

xanderlane 1 point 44 months ago

What a touching story...

lualdu 1 point 43 months ago

lol Pookins

MannyK14 1 point 42 months ago

Great balanced build!!! I guessing you guys like portal.

Seggzy 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

awesome story! it was a good read.

PS1054205 1 point 22 months ago

i know her password now :D im going to hax u m8 LOL POOKINS, MONTSTER

ZEROblast 1 point 17 months ago

okay that was weird....

GreenWard 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

You do realise there's an username and a password written on the side of the case.