This computer was built about 6 months ago, which also happened to be about 6 months into our relationship. Never really thought she'd be the type to allow me to build a rig for her, but that all changed once she told me she was thinking about buying some Macbook thing to get her through online college... I had to draw the line and put my foot down in this relationship. Major red flag, right? Y'all know any good boyfriend or husband doesn't allow their partners to spend 2 thousand bucks on that overpriced junk. I ended up offering to build her a computer that would be equally as pretty and twice as functional - for half the cost. (Excluding some of the accessories and peripherals, total cost ended up being around $1100.) The rest is history.
In the early stages of part selection and after many "nerd rants" from me later, a whole new world was opened up to her and she began to get really excited about the possibilities with custom computer builds. We looked at cases, fans, flashy sticks of RAM, and coolers for more hours than I'd like to admit. The final plan ended up being to build her something pretty and mature looking without screaming too much 'gamer girl'. In terms of performance, this thing is no doubt a bit overkill for her uses, but at least we can rest assured knowing she'll be all set for many years to come. Besides, your average Apple owner doesn't have much ground to stand on with regard to practical spending. ;D Her computer will be able to handle anything college ever throws at her while also being a viable option for gaming if she decides to dive into that more. Call of the Wild when we hunt together and the newer Tomb Raiders are about the only ones that interest her so far.
Her excitement and a good amount of my persuasion caused us to go all out with some sleeved cables and we decided to paint the case with pink accents to match. She then got a nice Ducky mechanical keyboard with custom keycaps, added a 'fake' kit of Corsair's new Vengeance sticks for the lights only, and lastly ended paying a little premium for Noctua's gorgeous Chromax lineup. All of these things tied the whole build together really well and we're happy with the outcome. There's only one glaring problem neither of us can make our minds up on; the GPU backplate. We're completely torn about the colors to go with and admittedly none of the custom work we've done with some acrylic has turned out very well. So, we're looking for any opinions. Should we get a white one made? Go for a pink and black or pink and white theme? Leave it bone stock and don't worry about a backplate? The biggest problem we've found with color options (even in matte finishes) is the led from her RAM makes the backplate look obnoxiously bright and reflective. Any opinions are welcomed, and we'd especially appreciate any recommendations to a website or individual that sells custom, professionally made backplates. I think we're both leaning towards a primarily white one, maybe with a cherry blossom design? Thanks in advance and thanks for checking out the build!