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    Foxtrot, Unicorn, Charlie, Kilo AOD Member AOD_Neotoad's Avatar
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    Hi techies!

    I've decided to built my girlfriend a gaming PC since she LOVES to come over to my place and use my rig. I'm glad she enjoys the power of an actual computer. She is currently using her 4 year old CrapBook Pro. I think its time to build her a big girl PC.

    Currently she is playing The Sims 4, but I plan to get her interested in some next-gen MMOs and possibly even Skyrim. My budget is around $1000 including a mechanical keyboard (she almost tried to steal mine once). I will supply her with my current monitor (1920x1080) and buy myself a new one.

    Could yall give me some pointers? I've built two of my own, but I'm worried about conflicts in the mATX build im planning. Here is what I've decided on for now.

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    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 2GB FTW ACX Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($83.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Samsung S24C350HL 23.6" Monitor ($215.58 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K65 Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Wired Gaming Keyboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1186.45
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-28 13:44 EST-0500

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    I NEED REPAIRS......! AOD Member AOD_Mickgoth's Avatar
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    Hey for that rig i'll be your girlfriend!


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    Default Building a rig for my girlfriend

    Everything looks good except the gpu. Any way you could get a cheaper case and/or scrounge up a hdd from an old system and use that money to get a better graphics card?

    Women love diamonds, especially when displayed in 1080p on maximum settings.

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    Foxtrot, Unicorn, Charlie, Kilo AOD Member AOD_Neotoad's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by AOD_ModJPB View Post
    Everything looks good except the gpu. Any way you could get a cheaper case and/or scrounge up a hdd from an old system and use that money to get a better graphics card?

    Women love diamonds, especially when displayed in 1080p on maximum settings.
    Those are the only diamonds she will be seeing for a while. The analog ones are tough to come by I hear.

    I may just give her one of my SSDs and a 1 TB HDD I own. With the savings I could put a 760 Ti and possibly a i7-4790. I'll keep my fingers crossed for heavenly cyber monday prices...

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    Call in a favor. Call in every favor you can. It might add up to a chance AOD Member AOD_Wingdude100's Avatar
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    I don't see a mouse. Razer Deathadder is what I use, I recommend it.

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    I NEED REPAIRS......! AOD Member AOD_Mickgoth's Avatar
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    R.A.T 7 MMO mouse is very good. My weapon of choice

    http://www.pureoverclock.com/Review-...t-7-and-mmo-7/


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    Default Building a rig for my girlfriend

    I have a RAT (3) mouse. I was surprised how comfortable they are (small hands and fingertip grip). I went through probably 10 mice before settling on this one. My buddy also loves his death adder but he has larger hands and uses palm grip.

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    This statement is false AOD_B3RNZ's Avatar
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    For the same price on the case enthoo pro is medium case with tons of upgrade room.


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    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue Stiakas's Avatar
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    If you ever need a second girlfriend just tell me dont be shy.Other than that the rig is good but I aggre with ModJPG you might wanna grab a bit better GPU maybe some Eco or on your older SSD's or HDD's

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    If you're gonna fork over good money for a gal-rig, protect it with a better PSU. Sure, 550W is adequate, but you're talking about Skyrim, and maybe some of the newer games coming out. Keep this beast fed for those high-end gaming experiences down the road. Remember, consider your purchase lasting 4 to 5 years, as is.

    With a higher rated PSU, you can expand your GPU component. PSU are much more tolerant when all resources are barely pushing it, unlike when you max out your system, and PSU is dragging its feet. That is a good way to destroy your PSU quickly, and in a hurry. PSU should be working comfortably, even on a heavy load.
    Last edited by CallMeBud; 12-09-2014 at 04:29 AM.


 

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