This will be a joint Christmas present for my girlfriend from both her dad and myself. Originally the budget was made without thought for a GPU which we thought could be added in later but since she's in her final year of college and got a remarkable result in her placement. We included a GPU, a modest Sapphire Nitro OC+ 4GB 480 :)
She's a huge fan of Heroes of the storm so obviously we needed a capable CPU, also I wanted one that didn't have a very high TDP rating so it would help the system from generating too much heat. Other than that she'll be using it sort of like a HTPC sort of system, Netflix and what not I guess.
Edit: I gave up on installing windows 7 and installed windows 10 instead, surprisingly my key works for windows 10 as well for some reason?
Very nice packaging, easy to mount and most of all I'm surprised with how quiet this thing is! No where near as noisy as my CM TX3 evo!
Make sure to add drivers for installation of Windows 7, I spent a night trying to figure out why I couldn't install it on my HDD but other than that the board is nice and sturdy, good layout and works perfectly otherwise
Cheap and cheerful :D
This GPU really is honestly fantastic, performance wise. The default factory settings has this card running at at 15% rpm for the fans until it hits 60c, I had it chance to 35% after it hits 20c and it holds idle at 30c which is great honestly unless you're sitting right next to the rig you can't hear a thing. however let the fans hit 70% and you start hearing it loud and clear but the temps haven't gone over 60c so that's pretty good in my opinion.
I really only have small things to complain about, like how I wish the additional GPU bracket was just a couple mm longer and I would be able to fit it or how I wish I could have gotten a HDD in it. Other than that this is a nice little case to work in, plenty of space for the components I have listed and space for a few more! The RX 480 from sapphire definitely fits
Originally I was abit sceptical about buying this PSU since people were saying that there were issues with eletrical whine but it seemed that 2.0 version remedied that problem by having the fans operate all the time. So far, so good. Nice and quiet, cables were flexible, flat and easy to work with. Albeit a bit on the short side but it worked out better that way for cable management