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EDIT: I'm a single man now, but regardless of moving on, I had a great girl and hope her the best and really hope she will continue to enjoy this computer I built for her.
This is the computer that I built for my (EX)girlfriend. Not as a present or anything but before we were together she always wanted a computer because she hated gaming on her laptop. Honestly I hated playing with her on her laptop due to bad connections and I couldn't stand how crappy the graphics were on her computer cause it made me feel bad that I can play at such ultra settings while shes back in the low settings MAYBE if that. So I decided to help her since I've been building mine at the time for over 2 years, she buys the parts, I put it together all nice and neat. She agreed and started saving.
Now this is different from what it was originally gonna be but I talked her into getting less expensive stuff that would play hers games just fine. Even talked her down a whole form factor! None the less this computer came out gorgeously. Now I cant really do any reviews on the parts cause I don't use the thing myself but from what I see her play, it can max any game out easy.
What I'm gonna do is talk about my experience building it and what I thought was good and what I thought was bad. Lets begin.
Deepcool Steam Castle: Now this is a tough one. I want to love the case so bad but it just came up short in a lot of places. For one, the USB ports, power button, audio jacks, etc. are all ATTACHED to the side panel. This makes taking it off and working extremely difficult. Very bad design in my opinion. Second, they made the case just the right size to not fit full length PSU's. Literally if they would have extended the case an extra couple inches it would work, but since this is a small form factor its expected. Even though there is more stuff wrong with this case, I'm gonna cut it short with one last con, the top ports are LED's ONLY, no individual fans for each of the 4 holes on top. Kinda sad but understandable cause of the size. Now moving on.
ASRock X99M Micro: Great micro motherboard to work with, very easy installation and guide like I expect from ASRock in the past. It looks pretty good too. Maybe not as nice as some boards but good for what is. RAM installed no problem and had no booting errors or anything. Recommended of course!
GALAX GeForce GTX 970 HOF Edition: What can I say that you're not already thinking, this card is unbelievable. Granted its a tad more expensive then others, its well worth the money. The heat-sink and cooler look immaculate on this humongous tri-cooler card. Out of the box it performed nearly as well as my MSI 980 Gaming on valley benchmark. (and yes I know her parts are a little more newer then mine but still, its impressive). On a side note, card barely fit after plugging in the two 4 pin connectors. Still, its awesome and well worth the wait because she wouldn't budge from wanting this card!
Corsair GS700w: This isn't a very popular PSU mind you but we picked it up at a sale at our local Microcenter and it matched the build perfectly. And it works great too! no fan noise or any problems as of yet but only time will tell.
That's it for my review on the big parts that were the main install. Hope you guys enjoy this build of mine as much as my(EX) girlfriend! As always feel free to leave a comment and up vote, Id love to comment back to fellow PCpickers.