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Built this PC for my sister for her birthday. After 4-5 years of gaming on a MacBook pro, she's finally joining the PC Master Race. Her budget was less than $900, and I understand I could have done better part wise and/or price wise, but she is more than satisfied with everything listed here.

First off, I just wanted to note that when gathering parts, pcpartpicker noted that they did not know if the CPU cooler and the case would work; they do perfectly as you'll see in the pictures. I also wanted to note that depending on the GPU selected, you cannot have a fan on the bottom slot of the side panel because the GPU power cable interferes with the blades of the fan. Other than those two notes, everything here fit together beautifully!

The temps listed in the details are using custom fan curves; GPU using EVGA Precision X OC Aggressive preset, CPU fan using custom one in the UEFI/BIOS (which is in the pictures, and yes the fan is still very quiet!) The load temps were taken using CPUID for the CPU temp and for the GPU I just ran Warframe all settings maxed, no motion blur, and no fps lock; lock the fps to 60 and the temps lower significantly. (Warframe was used because it's a free to play that I downloaded real quick and because the system will be used by my sister, so there's nothing to run as of this post. On my personal rig, Warframe does the same temps with a GTX 1080)

I did actually add a Crucial MX300 525GB SSD but I did not add to the price here because it was an extra SSD I had on hand. If interested, the Rosewill fans listed here were in a 2-pack and one of them is in the top slot of the side panel feeding fresh air to the CPU cooler and the other fan is the intake on the front.

PS. I did have to update the UEFI/BIOS in order to use the Kaby Lake CPU and Mouse and Keyboard were extras I had as well.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build, given the tight budget.

Next, I'd probably go for an SSD for her OS so she can get right into the action sooner.

I'd recommend the PNY CS1311 240 if you want to go OS only, but maybe a Samsung EVO with a larger capacity if she wants to put games on it.

On my build, my OS and my main game, Counter-Strike: GO, are all that I put on the SSD, as that was all I needed.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Nevermind, just read the bottom. xD

  • 27 months ago
  • 0 points

Have you taught her how to do maintenance or troubleshoot her new PC, or are you the go-to technician in the family?

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha all good. She's currently on a vacation so she hasn't even seen it yet. I will teach her all she needs to know, but yeah normally I'm the go-to guy in family.

  • 27 months ago
  • 0 points

yeah SSDs are really cheap now I made a 470$ build for my friends who are currently on xbox and I managed to fit a SSD into that price range.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it... Put noctua in the budget!!! They are rarely used these days because of the display windowed cases +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

The cpu cooler is a little overpowered, stock would've fit better

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the joke

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the motherboard work right out of the box?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

no it doesn't, had to used my cpu to update the bios

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

While working on my own sister's build, I kept asking myself, "Am I doing this more for her... or for me?" and I never satisfactorily answered that question. My sister had a Lenovo laptop whose screen was progressively getting more and more static. I convinced her (and the parents) that there was more fun to be had with a budget desktop system vs a budget gaming laptop. So far so good. I think my gamble is paying off. I actually never helped her set up her SSD/HDD folders yet... I should probably get on that before she fills up her meager SSD space. Thanks for sharing your experience! I'm glad our sisters have such loving siblings as us.

  • 27 months ago
  • 0 points

How did the i5 work out for performance? I am planning on using the same processor in my budget PC. +1 for the dank af build on a tight budget.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

If you don't care much for 4K Netflix, you can probably find a sweet deal on an i5-6600K or non-K.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

ah ok thanks :)

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

To update the bios, I just used my personal rig's cpu i7 6700k and loaded up the update file on a flash drive then used the ASUS built in flash utility.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I try to not skimp out on fans because I personally think that airflow is an important part of any build. Unfortunately I see that it gets overlooked too much.