Description

This PC was my first computer I've built for someone else. My goal was to get enough horsepower under the hood for the system to still be able to handle the newest, highest demanding video games for a decent amount of years to come, at 1080p. As well as be able to handle mildly CPU intensive software like Photoshop, smoothly. Though keeping the price as low as possible was also my main concern, considering I was giving this beauty away. Most parts were bought off Ebay, used; or were on sale/were discounted. Had some old HDDs from past laptops I added in for additional optional storage. After countless hours of comparing and research, this build was the best "convenient" possible performance I could reach with $500. I say convenient because a couple components also could of been done away with, like the wifi card if you're willing to part with it. Incredible price per performance, best that I could piece together. Was also hesitant going AMD. Never have, and never planned to. But the price to performance was way better to go AMD at this price point, as well as the beefier multi-core CPU. Though this build contains old HDDs, the NVME main drive keeps it running lightning quick in most scenarios. This thing out-performs my $1,000 laptop by more than double! And is half the price. And as a requirement for receiving this PC for free, she had to build it herself with my instruction, while I taught her what each part was called and how they function. Wanted her to have that connection with the machine, as well as know how to fix it if anything were to die, or have the ability to upgrade in the future on her own. And yes, she's in love with the Unicorn Barf.

Part Reviews

Case

Cheap case, which I expected going into this build. Though admittedly stylish on the exterior, which is what convinced me to buy it. Gotta say, cable management was near impossible with this case. There IS space behind the back panel to route SOME wires. Though the amount of space the back panel offers is less than half an inch. Rendering the possibility of routing your 24-pin through the back impossible, as the wire bundle is too thick. There were other routing problems we ran into, and ultimately had to have a good portion of the wires clearly visible through the glass panel. Certainly not a deal breaker, and I wasn't expected $100+ quality. 4 stars for effort, external style, and affordability.

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

nice

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nice build for the price. Congratulations on getting it to work with a novice building it. Kudos for teaching her the basics to get an appreciation of what goes into it. Thumbs up from me. Enjoy!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Always wanted to show and have my future children build their own PC's. Not sure when I'll ever have kids, so this was quite an enjoyable experience.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

you did a great job with the computer. Prices are all right.all sensible parts. They will have a good time with this computer. Now i don't know how tech savvy they are just make sure you outline the multiple drives and the default download for stuff like steam

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I'll give them a friendly reminder just in case, thanks for the input!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

ive gone to my fiance too many times where her computer isn't working and what happened is her sister downloaded games on to the 120gb ssd instead of the 1tb hard drive because she logged in with her steam instead so there would be like 400mb free on the SSD which had windows.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Who did you build this for?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Actually built this as a Christmas present for my (now ex) girlfriend's cousin/best friend. She is taking classes for Photoshop and digital design, and also plays Farcry and other titles in her free time on PS4. She only had a dinky $100 laptop that definitely wasn't helpful to her. Wanted to give her something that would allow her to continue her digital design, and possibly transition to PC gaming. As well as give me practice building a PC from scratch before I built my several thousand dollar one.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Cool stuff. But...

my (now ex)

Ouch. Hopefully, it still works.

That was a fast reply.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Tell me about it.. Girlfriend left me before Christmas, and I still had to give this $500 PC to her cousin afterwards. Though she already helped build it, and she knew she was getting it, and was excited. As upset about the situation as I am and was, I couldn't take this away from her you know? 😅

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Life happens. Just continue playing the game if you wish.

No further questions about that.