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Ellie's Lavender Lady Updated Finally got her Christmas gifts installed and her total price adjusted

by Gooberdad

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CPU Clock Rate

4.3GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.11Ghz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01Ghz

Description

My daughter and son had iMacs until this year. Both have been converted to PC's. My son wanted a gaming rig, so we built that first. My daughter wanted one that could handle graphic art, some rendering, 2d and some 3d, photo and some video editing, Adobe CS5 creative suite and stuff like that. She told me she wanted to play some games as well. She also said she wanted to see if I could make it lavender and purple. This is what we came up with.

I fell in love with the MICRO CENTER in Dallas, Texas when getting several of the pieces. Wish they had a store in Memphis. Got some great combo deals and discounts.

Ok its definitely girly and sparkly. It has Diamond Dust and clear on the top coat of paint. I added one fan porthole to the bottom blowing right up onto where the old hp-nvidia gtx 260 1.8gb video card is. I had the old gpu, from an older hp elite, my old g510 keyboard, used the external dvd, a copy of win7 pro, her old mouse, a 21.5 Samsung 5ms 1080p hd tv from Costco that was on sale, and her Epson V33 scanner. I let her have my Intous5 tablet and pen set (as long as I can borrow it sometime) I added two portholes on the left with Lexan to allow a view of the interior. I had to move the cosair H80 over all the way to the left at the top front, and then cut away a 1" long by 1/3" deep section out of the bottom fan to get it to fit in the case. This even with the low profile ram.

I stepped back after it was done and thought, "Man, the 80's puked up a My Little Pony PC." It runs great and the old GPU works good 55-96 fps in wow on "good" settings.( yeah its an older GPU) I chose the components either on availability, proximity, brand reliability, or just plain "It come in a pack of 3 pinkish red led fans) Yeah some of the stuff could have been cheaper, but its hers, she is overjoyed, and its built.

I hope this is "Future Proofed" for a while. I can change the GPU or SLI two when she gets the money together. I want to convince this one needs a Blueray player/dvd burner, but I haven't figured out one that includes software, is a decent price, and is reliable. Oh and that will add to her total. She is good with the old parts and an external dvd when she needs one, for now.

Got the Lexan on the two portholes and sealed them up. Moved one fan to the side and found out why you should never touch the intake side of a full throttle case fan.(took a chunk out of my finger LOL)

BTW my daughter came to me when her iMac crashed, handed me $560, and asked when we could get started. I am covering what I covered for her brother...... the ram, the case and incidentals, and the monitor.

I ran another prime 95. The temps got up to 81 for a second and it freaked me out. I cleaned and reapplied thermal paste.I lowered her overclock to 4.3. Now, with a good long prime 95 run The highest I got was 63. I am very relieved.

I took out all the red led fans because they were red and loud, and replaced then with quitter ones. I installed a NXZT Hue so she would have purple inside the case and can change it or turn it off at her whimsy. I installed her GTX 770 with the added back plate and a small support to help the card resist sagging. Now she is finally done. No SLI or anything else. The next one will be mine!!!! BTW She is thrilled with the purple color and the fans are so quiet now.

(Cable routing is a pain in the ass. Even though my daughter loves the look of her computer now, I think it looks sloppy still with the random bits of wiring here and there. I tip my hat to all those people who can hide there cables, or route them in such a way that makes the overall build look like art. Makes me want to take one more stab at the routing and placement in this case. One day I will have a build with my cable management top notch.)

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Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 9 points

Gotta say thanks, PCPARTPICKER. I really love this website.

(I put this, as I did her older brother's computer up high to keep my youngest son from messing with it. Or to at least discourage him from messing with it.)

Recently moved both computers down lower.

And yes I'm old, if going on 44 is old to you :}

Permalink 16 months ago
Norm101 2 Builds 5 points

If you ever want to go all purple, Xigmatech makes some with purple LEDs. :)

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 2 points

I went all purple for her when I put in her GPU. I settled for getting rid of all the red led fans, put in quitter black fans, and installed a NXZT HUE. She loves it!

Permalink 14 months ago
Norm101 2 Builds 2 points

That is awesome!

Permalink 14 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Thanks man. Of course that pricing is what my daughter mostly had to repay. She still owes 299. She loves that people though. Can you see that little bracket on the gat right of the card I put in ?

Permalink 14 months ago
Norm101 2 Builds 2 points

The thing between the SATA ports?

Permalink 14 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 2 points

Yeah. That's it. The PCB was hanging a little so I took a DVD and cut a section to use. It isn't innovative, rather pretty redneck.

Permalink 14 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Are they actually a good bright purple? I read reviews of some manufacturers that had very weak ones. Others had pics that looked great but user pics had them really dim...maybe those are at too low power? Yeah I had originally looked for either purple or UV but settled on these pink colored/red led ones and it works. I'll have to check out the Xigmatechs, thanks

Permalink 16 months ago
Norm101 2 Builds 2 points

Sorry, I spelled it incorrectly: Xigmatek. And they have really good reviews on NewEgg.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xigmatek-case-fan-cfssxgjspu2

And someone did a build with those fans: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/FxV You might send him a private message to see what he says about them. Best of luck!

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Cool! I will check it out now.

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Holy cow they are super bright and purple. I have to get those for her computer and some of that purple cable wrap too Maybe Christmas I can get her the video card, purple Xigmatek fans, and some cable covers.

Now to figure out what for my son for Christmas.

Permalink 16 months ago

Why did u rate your mobo 4 stars?

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Oops. I love that mobo. The only thing I would change about it is the flashing power led signal is sends out while in sleep mode, like a laptop. My daughter didn't like that when she was trying to get to sleep. So I unhooked it. I'll edit that. Thanks for pointing me to that.

Permalink 16 months ago

OH dang that must be pretty annoying for her XD

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Na not anymore. Just one led lead and poof no more light. Ofcourse no light at all on the powerbutton now.

Permalink 16 months ago
GamingPC69 2 points

Awesome computer :) Though i would have went with different parts. If i handed you 500 would you help me out too lols, i hope that computer is safe up thereee +1

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Yeah Me too. It seems stable the feet wont pull off to the front and I lowered the top rack so it wouldn't be at the ceiling. When I lowered the rack the four posts act as a side support if it falls sideways to the right. the whole rack was setup many years back with it leaning to the wall at almost 15 degrees.

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Oh yeah If you were my kid I certainly would, but not looking to adopt right now. Got three and that last one is hell on wheels. check out the last pic on my son's build. the little one keeps me moving.

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

I lowered that thing down when I worked on the thermal paste and installed the DVD. also hooked up the Uverse box to her monitor/tv.

Permalink 16 months ago
PickItApart 2 points

Great mom. Kids need computers to learn. I know many kids play games, but like me, many just studied and became engineers. Keep pushing your kids interests!

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 3 points

I hope so. Me and her mom are very proud of her. She is autistic, but "highly functioning". She loves art and attends regular high school classes. Got two great kids both of them have great GPA's (3.91 for her and 3.92 for him). The autism gets to her with her speech and sometimes with things going according to a plan. Thanks.

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Yeah your right that is her mom! Ellie didn't want to be in the pictures, I posted. It was late and her hair wasn't the way she wanted it LOL

Permalink 16 months ago
Zeus 1 Build 2 points

Awesome colour scheme!

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Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 2 points

Thanks. My daughter will one day look at it and wonder why I made it like a my little pony.

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Made it purple inside now, well lighted wise, instead of the red. Those lights fans were a bit loud. The new ones are quite a bit quieter. Oh and the GTX 770 is an insane jump from the GTX 260 I had put in.

Permalink 14 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Made it purple inside now, well lighted wise, instead of the red. Those lights fans were a bit loud. The new ones are quite a bit quieter. Oh and the GTX 770 is an insane jump from the GTX 260 I had put in.

Permalink 14 months ago
JakeyU72 3 Builds 2 points

The new Corsair AF series LED fans would go nicely with this :)

Permalink 15 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

I'll check that out.

Permalink 15 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

I just checked them out. They look nice and purple. I wish there was some kind of lumens output or something they would list with the products to determine brightness. It would have been nice to get people inside lighting when I first put it together. Maybe when I put in her new card ;-). Thank for the suggestion.

Permalink 15 months ago
Starlana 2 Builds 2 points

Looks great! A lot of RAM! lol

Permalink 15 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 2 points

lol. yeah my daughter likes it. very sparkly. I thought she would use the ram with Adobe illustrator, and Photoshop. She is into computer art, and such. My son is somewhat, but more info the video games. Thanks.

Permalink 15 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Anybody else ever wonder what in the world the windows experience uses as test criteria rro the graphics?

Since I didn't have a new video card I thought I would see how the intel 4600hd scored. It scored a respectable 6.8 in gaming and desktop. Sounds good for no discreet video, and is .2 higher than my laptop with an AMD A10 with the built in graphics chipset That 4600hd wouldn't play games for nothing. I thought it would be hell on art and Adobe too.

I put in my old GTX 260 and the score went up to 7.1. Now it games decently ( the fps went from 20-36 max with the 4600hd to 45-96 max with the GTX 260 in WOW on automatic "Good" settings.

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Finished the build finally. Put in all her pc gifts from Christmas, and its purple and ready to run. My daughter loves it!

Permalink 14 months ago
NoExceedingMe 1 point

If I may ask, who is the lady thats next to the computer? Is it your daughter?

Permalink 10 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Hey sorry for the late response. That is my wife. I was using her craft area to put that one together. It was getting late when I took that photo.

Permalink 10 months ago
tproia 1 Build 1 point

Do you have any pics of the CD fix for the graphics card sag? Sounds like a nice temporary fix.

Permalink 1 month ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Pics 18 & 20 you can see the shiny piece wedged between the SATA port and the graphics card shroud on the far side. It's been holding for a year now.

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daes79 3 Builds 0 points

Why that case?

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

LOL well. I thought I had the dimensions right for what I wanted to put in in, and it was white, so easy to change over to lavender. The price wasn't terrible. I just dropped the stars out because the filters on the front are useless unless you add filters to the fans, or make another filter to take up the one inch by about 6 inch gap at the front bottom of the front cover to the case. You cannot place fans in the side cover and have a rear mounted internal water cooler. You must modify your cooler position and at least one of you fans to make the cooler fit in the furthest forward spot with low profile ram, or it wont fit in the case. No bottom fan port( no biggie I found that a 4 1/2" hole cutter will make an almost perfect 120mm fan pothole. No windows( but really I thought if I had bought one with windows I would have had trouble with removing them to paint the case comepletely. Oh the case came with filters that I cut and moved from the top to the sides for filtered intake fans. That case allowed me to have 5 filtered 120mm intake fans( once bottom one was added), and 4 exhaust fans(well two on the cooler, so three plus one in push). I wouldn't buy that case again for an AIO water cooled setup.

Permalink 16 months ago
daes79 3 Builds 1 point

I would have went with the Nzxt Switch 810 white.

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 2 points

The Nzxt Switch 810 white is super nice, but it would have cost her another $90.00.

Glad you showed me a great looking and functioning case. Makes me think the Silverstone isn't so bad considering the price, and messing around with the insides of it to make the stuff work for my daughter. I'm now gonna raise the rating on the Silverstone.

Permalink 16 months ago
daes79 3 Builds 1 point

Now I understand why you got the case. It was just kind of hard to understand that selection because it really looks like a pain to work with.

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad submitter 3 Builds 1 point

Dude it was a pain. I had my wife help with the cooler placement ....... it took 5 tries to get it into a spot where it fit and still had to cut out the lower cooler fan body. The lower fan wasn't just touching the ram it was pushing against the ram pretty hard.

It was fun to see the transformation. I mean I think it looks better now, but it's probably because my daughter likes it so much.

Permalink 16 months ago