37 months ago
Hey everyone! Christmas is coming up and I wanted to see if I couldn't get a part list together for a PC my girlfriend could use. I would build it for her and her parents can gift her the money to fund it, so I pretty much am just an advisor to it. I love using my desktop with amazing performance while her $800 laptop is struggling to play Skyrim @ 900p. She wants the PC to be small because she only has so much room. I love my Full ATX case but this should be a fun challenge.
Anyway! I came up with a part list and I want you guys to tell me what you think!
CPU: The newest Skylake Pentium allows for plenty of strong single-core performance with a budget and upgradeability.
Cooler: I know how relyable Noctua is so I decided to get one of their compact coolers for this tiny build.
Mobo: Just look at its specs. It's budget, has 4 DIMM slots, and many other features.
Ram: DDR4 is crazy fast normally but HyperX had been the brand for really excelling even at budget. There is no question it is good.
SSD/HDD: I really wanted to blow her mind with an SSD. Her load times for games are long and it takes her 5 seconds to QuickSave... that's not quick. So I went with ADATA for a quality budget drive. The HDD is for extra storage so that can be mediocre.
GPU: THIS IS SUPER TEMPORARY. I want for her to be able to kill games at 900p at LEAST. I've been debating on buying a R9 270X/HD 7950 used which would work, or maybe a GTX 960 used? Let me know what you guys think. The 750ti just is there.
Case: This case is tiny but has a lot of nice features like USB 3 Front IO ports, volume and fan controls. DIYPC has been mostly postive with the community and I wanted to give them a shot. With a length of 14 inches, this baby PC will be a beast.
Lastly, but not least: PSU: Since I was going for upgradeability, a higher wattage power supply with Gold efficency was my plan. It is the second most expensive part in my list but having a relyable well known PSU is worth the money.
Let me know guys! We've plenty of time before all is said and done! Thanks!