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.
|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.