Description

My wife had been using the same laptop for a few years. It is showing its age; slow, can’t load big files, and can’t stay on for more than a few minutes before needing to be plugged back in. And it is small.

I show her builds here regularly and my enthusiasm rubbed off. She really liked the idea of her building her own, and as she approaches anything new, she started researching each component. Initially I think she was a little intimidated but got over that quickly once she understood all of the components.

So…

Component Notes
NAME I asked her what she wanted to call it and we got into this discussion about purple things. We found the “Purple People Eater” amusing but it didn't exactly fit. So we left the idea at “Purple ___” and never picked up that conversation again, so I named it that.
CPU We got the CPU/mobo as a special from Microcenter. Mobo is normally $110, but they had the mobo + Pentium G3258 for $100. Saved about $70. Probably in a year I’ll use the G3258 in an HTPC and get her a 4690k.
CPU COOLER We were going to go with the Hyper 212 Evo, but went with the TX3 because of possible size problems with the Evo. We haven’t played with OCing yet, but we will see what this little chip can do.
MOBO Z97 ATX board for $40.
RAM 4Gb and we’ll add another 4Gb shortly, but it is fine for now.
STORAGE Probably the first comment will be asking why we put an SSD into this thing at the price point. After seeing how fast my computer does things, she wanted the same, so we figured it would be better to get this now and a GPU later.
CASE She decided she wanted something brighter than my all-black case. We found a couple of cases she liked, with the BitFenix NEO as the winner. After I started researching the case and from a review from a build by "skemble", I encouraged her to consider another case like the NZXT 240: white, better manufacturing process, window, ATX, and on sale (which is always a factor).
CASE MOD The compromises we made for the better quality were the white with black trim as opposed to the white with purple trim. Though once the idea of building a computer that fit her whim settled in, there were no limits to what she was willing to play with. She disassembled each piece of that case to paint it. Took the metal mesh out, took the buttons apart, until it was as broken down as you could possibly get it. She then painted each piece of the black trim a nice shade of grape and reassembled it. It looks awesome! She’s going to replace the white LED power light with a purple one too.
GPU None for the moment. Going to wait until Black Friday/Cyber Monday and pick up something in the range of the 750ti.
PSU For $20? Too good a deal to pass up.

And that's the "Purple Something".

My favorite part is her cable management. After regularly looking over my shoulder she saw how people are always commenting on cable management and she took enormous care in where each wire went. I had no part in that.

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 7 points

Micro Center much?

+1

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

I love MC. They have the worst selection for RAM though.

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Agreed!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

MC OP

  • 62 months ago
  • 6 points

Looks great!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll pass that along. She's very excited about this. I like introducing people to PC building. :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the most neat and organized description i've seen on this site..

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Remove the top HDD cage to allow better and more direct airflow. =)

Microcenter and their envious deals.. Nice build. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

She did at my recommendation. We took a couple of pictures before the new cooler went in. I'll post a newer picture.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Just took and added a new picture of the interior with the cage removed.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks better now. Hope your wife enjoys this. =)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

She's been giddy, which I find hilarious. She's hooked!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

She should have also painted the rear expansion slot covers the grape purple. Very nice paint mod still!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL After she had finished painting she realized that those hadn't been done. She was annoyed. I never noticed until she pointed it out to me. I'm sure she'll fix that soon. :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll bet she loves this compared to her old laptop, lol. Job very well done.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! Love the look of the white with purple accents. Looks like a build I might be doing for my girlfriend soon haha! :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I recommend getting either a 270/x or a 260x there are nice GPU's and i got my 270X from MSI for about $130. Very nice looking build. i want to OC my Pentium but i cant figure out how xD. cant find a guide for OC'ing on the AsRock Z97X...

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Did your board come with the ASRock eXtreme Tuner Utility? I use an ASRock board and it was part of the software bundle. You can overclock it from that or do it from the BIOS.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Didnt attempt it, was using the BIOS i will try that though. I usually stay away from discs that are sent by companies and just use tools i trust, but ill try it.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

... whenever i attempt to use the Optimized CPU OC settings on my Mobo the system just turns off and reboots then repeats... Also is there a way i can get the utility on a flash drive? i dont have a DVD drive that will connect to the mobo

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It might be best if you asked your question in the forums. There are people here who are far more knowledgeable about overclocking.

http://pcpartpicker.com/forums/forum/3-cpus/

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I got it now at 4.5 so im happy. read a few guides

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The GPU really depends on what kind of sales we'll see on the upcoming holiday. With the 9xx seies of GPUs launching, the 7xx series might drop. Won't make a decision until we see what is what. :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, that motherboard costs £61 or $98 on Amazon UK :'(

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It was an awesome sale. It was like getting the processor for free + $10.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Niice, did you also get the CPU cooler on sale? Was wondering why not the hyper 212 evo.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The site here said the EVO wouldn't fit, so we got the TX3, which is the baby brother of the EVO. Uses a 92mm fan as opposed to the 120mm. Should still be fine for the modest overclocking she's planning to do.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

An unrelated question- How did you do that Component/Notes thing?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points
Thanks A Bunch
:D I did it!
  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL Awesome!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, I smell MC! I happy i live near a MC, i'm going to pick up a FX 6300 combo soon. Nice build...For the price :D +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I adore their CPU/mobo combinations. No one even comes close to their prices.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you get those cable sleeves?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Got the purple ones on Amazon. Somewhere in the range of $10, I think. I'll look up the invoice in s bit to find you the link.

Purple is hard to find. The company only had the 24 pin and an 8 pin. For her gpu, I'll probably get her white.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah no kidding. i have been looking everywhere. and i really do not wanna do it myself. haha

thanks for your reply. hopefully i can find some on amazon and give them a try.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dcomputers&field-keywords=battleborn+purple

The sleeving is a plastic mesh as opposed to the cloth of the 550 paracord. But it is still pretty nice. And the price is excellent.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I would love to see a pic of this in the dark

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll get one tonight.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this is a while after this was posted but I just saw it and wanted to know how well it performs when it comes to gaming, I don't know if thats your wife's thing but it is significantly cheaper than the build i was looking at maybe doing and it uses a few of the same parts, and I can always upgrade the RAM, but I would like to know if you happened to know about the performance at this point. (very nice by the way)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Love your handle BTW. My daughter had a Dr Who party for her 8th birthday. Made a Tardis cake and little Adipose marshmallow treats.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I added a pretty nice video card from the first build I was looking at doing to this build along some other things that I'm hoping will work well with everything you have, and it still comes out to be cheaper than the first one too so thats nice, and thanks, that's basically all I want to do for my birthday this year is to get a Tardis cake

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

She hasn't used it for gaming at all. For that purpose just add a decent GPU like a 750ti or r9 270. And thanks. :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Also, how's the PSU holding up? I'm planning on getting it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a single problem. It is holding up very well. And thanks. :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

The blue-purple color combo is rare to see and looks amazing. Could you add a pic of the outside of the case with a view into the window? That's really missing from your album.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

might get the same psu, how did it hold up after 8 months?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems at all. It has been solid.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm kind of new to this PC building thing, will this build work with the GTX 950 (the one with one fan)?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally I wouldn't spend that much on an ssd for a medium build like this, and also you could get the memory much cheaper, but otherwise pretty good!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Uh... this build is from 3 years ago. The prices were reasonable at the time.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

oh... lol

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I also like how you didn't go all out and spend $2000 like half the people did good value for price.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Still chugging along with no problems.