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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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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.)

Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.3GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load63.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.11Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 9 points 12 months ago

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 :}

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 5 points 12 months ago

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

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

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!

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

That is awesome!

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

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 ?

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

The thing between the SATA ports?

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

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.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

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

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

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!

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Cool! I will check it out now.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

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.

 
 
YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 3 points 12 months ago

Why did u rate your mobo 4 stars?

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

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.

 
 
YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

OH dang that must be pretty annoying for her XD

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

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

 
 
GamingPC69 2 points 12 months ago

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

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

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.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

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.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

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.

 
 
PickItApart 2 points 12 months ago

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!

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 12 months ago

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.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

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

 
 
Zeus [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Awesome colour scheme!

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

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

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

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.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

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.

 
 
JakeyU72 [3 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

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

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

I'll check that out.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

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.

 
 
Starlana [2 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Looks great! A lot of RAM! lol

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

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.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

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.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

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

 
 
NoExceedingMe 1 point 6 months ago

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

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

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.

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 0 points 12 months ago

Why that case?

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

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.

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I would have went with the Nzxt Switch 810 white.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

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.

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

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.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

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.

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Another question. How well does the i7 overclock. What are its temps underload

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

I have not installed anything to load the processor yet. I will this week and post the temp.I have already noticed it runs hotter at idle than my son's I5 3570 by several degrees. I had read that the Haswell chipsets ran a little hotter, but I'm hoping for the best.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Just finished a prime95 test and got 61C( dropped as low as 53c sometimes, weird huh?)

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

ok I think the I7 haswell doesn't handle the overclock temps as well as the previous gen I5. My son's had an I5 at 4.5 with a max temp of 66. and that is just for a second, after a long run of prime 95. of course he had a cooler master seidon240 in an essentially open case.( see other build).

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Dude I reran prime 95. The temps got to 81 for a second. It freaked me out. I cleaned and reapplied thermal paste, lowered her over clock to 4.3, and ran it again. WOOHOO now She gets only a maxof 63 . I was so relieved. Thought I had made a huge mistake. I suppose it was more the crappy thermal paste job I did. I tried the 5 dot method the first time. I am now a firm believer in the simple one big old grain of rice in the middle method now.

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Yeah with the 5 dot method there tends to be air bubbles and it doesn't transfer the heat as well.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

man, you aren't kidding. I finally ran an hour long run of the prime 95 while watching the temps and playing with my phone. That 81 degrees scared me.

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Yeah when I was building my first build. I used the "Business Card Method" and I was idling at 60 degrees Celsius. It was quite scary.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Hey man. My daughter asked me about a better video card for her pc just today. I told her I would start looking into what we could find for her to replace my old GPU I put in it.

I'm leaning toward a gtx 680 used. Or maybe a new one. I checked into the 770's and they seem like overclocked and up voltage 680's. New they beat the 680's but used the 680's beat the 770's. I'm a little scared of getting anything used from ebay or the like, considering someone may have sli'd without enough airflow and are now trying to pawn of a card that has been pushed too hot for to long.

I was thinking of getting her one 760 and sli them for her later if she wanted to do some double monitor gaming. Any words of wisdom?

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

I say 760,670,680 or Radeon HD 7970 or 7950. It really depends on what games she is going to be playing.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Steam games like Borderlands2, Minecraft, and WOW.

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

760 or 670. Borderlands actually uses the Physx so thats why I would go with the nvidia choices.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks. I haven't had much luck with the 680 eBay bidding lately. Guess it's a good thing. The ebayers want too much for a used 680. They are out of touch on how low the 680 well still sell for new. I have" insulted" for of them now by making offers around $250 for cards that have been used for 6 months. Poor babies. Guess I'll be getting a good new 760 or670. Whichever is cheapest.

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

760 is the cheapest. You could also paint the PCB to make it lavender.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Now that is a little beyond my comfort zone. I'd be afraid of painting over it and accidentally covering one pin I needed.

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

There is about 4 screws and you can unscrew those and take it off and then you can paint it.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

when you said PCB I assumed you were taking about the motherboard. Guess I'm still a noob. What it's the PCB?

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

I should have said PCB cover but pretty much its just the covering.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

ok I'm being stupid here, sorry. I still don't understand which component this is. The motherboard, our the graphics card?

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Anything that covers the components= PCB Cover

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

ahh ok. hmm would be fun to take the cover off of the graphics card

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Btw which card do you think you are going with.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Man I want to get her a770 something fierce.

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Dude if you get her the 770 she will be happy. I am about to do my grandparents build and I think I may go with a A8-6400k and 4 gigs of 1866 ram. What do you think?

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

I've got a laptop with an A10 and 6 gigs. It actually runs like a champ. I think it out performs the I7 with its HD4600 in graphics. If you can squeeze them in aSSD, they will think it's the fastest thing around.

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Im going to Micro center tomorrow to pick up the parts. Its awesome living next to a microcenter

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Dammit man. I love that store. I only go when I visit my sister in law. Have a blast. Your grandparents are going to be amazed. post the pics.

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

About to put in the description and post pics.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I got her the GTX 770, and a NXZT Hue. I took out the red led fans, and put in some quieter non led fans. Now it is purple, and fast. My daughter loves it!

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Thats sick dude.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks. She was excited. Can you see the little brace I added to the far right of the GPU pcb? I hope it's not noticeable.

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

No I didn't notice it until I looked a little closer

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Another suggestion I think you should take your sons 680 and put it in this build and take your daughters 770 and put it in his build because sli'd 770's are stronger than sli'd 680's

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Yeah it's part of a DVD. Redneck I know. Daughter doesn't even see it, and the PCB stays level.it doesn't have hardly any tension on it, so I'm hoping it doesn't damage the board. Without it I see the PCB and fans sagging a little.

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

I just recently got a GTX 780 and the sag on that is INSANE. Im using something called the Ninja Wire to keep it level though.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Cool just looked that up. You post any picks?

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

No not yet. Im waiting for my Hue so that it looks awesome.

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I just installed a 12foot led kit with a remote and IFR sensor on my kids bunk bed from Costco.it was 29.99 I think. Man I think it's the same stuff only with twice the length. Not that you need that much inside a case. The adhesive seems a bit stronger on the Costco version, but the hue control panel looks nicer than an infrared sensor. Crud I can't put pic with this comment. I'm gonna add a couple off pcs of his bed on my daughter's pc pics for a couple of days or when your comment back

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

I noticed you have a nintend 64 THATS AWESOME. Also I bet if you modded those lights to fit your case it would be sick

 
 
Gooberdad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

oh yeah I also put the corsair pump on highest setting. And no I can't hear it. Well my hearing isn't what it was. I've been a mechanic for 21 years.