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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!

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build man! +1 I agree with the white backplate for sure but maybe try getting a small pink design on it instead of covering the whole backplate, you can try doing the cherry blossom as you said or maybe like her name to add personality in the end it's your choice so don't take use this comment as an idea :p make a choice urself.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Was a fun little project for both of us.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

First of all, that's a great build! It looks great, and I like the touch of personality in it. However, for your GPU backplate I thought of something similar to the keyboard is gonna be the best fit imo. Add some RGB or dim white LED strips (would prefer RGB that cycles between colors, such as white, pink, black, then white again) and it would look perfect in the dark. Also maybe custom. I would recommend using this website since its great, try using a custom made GPU, with RGB lighting if intended, or maybe this.

Anyways, a great build and tell her that this is definitely worth more than a MacBook :P Enjoy your build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, appreciate it! We just took a look at that website and the prices seem reasonable. Will watch some reviews later and play around with their custom ones to see if we can get a decent design loaded up. Yeah though, I think we're definitely leaning towards a white theme with pink cherry blossom design on it somewhere. It's just been tricky to get that to work. Your second link was so close to being perfect, but she's not a big fan of the brown on it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad it helped! And that seems like a good choice. Try painting the brown as black? I thought its gonna fit the build, or just go with white. However, glad you find this helpful and good luck with ur quest on finding a perfect GPU!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable management is on point

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you get the sleeved cables? Overall I think it looks great!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, they're CableMod. I left the link and details about them in a comment above. thumbs up

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

What a lovely setup, lucky gf! +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

what's the monitor?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Asus VZ239H in the white version. Here's a link: https://www.asus.com/us/Monitors/VZ239H-W/

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

CLEAN.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Pink is also my favourite colour so I will use your build as inspiration. Where did you get the custom sleeved cables?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

They're CableMod's paracord cables. https://store.cablemod.com/configurator/

Kind of expensive, but great quality. Definitely cheaper in the end and a worthwhile investment to buy a sleeving kit with the right accessories to do them yourself if you have the know-how and patience. I remember many years ago I sleeved my own GPU cables without the appropriate tools (I was removing pins with bent staples and using a bad lighter on the heatshrink) and it took me hours just to finish one cable. Thumbs were pretty much blistered and bleeding by the end of it. Since then I've accepted you either pay for the time saved or you make them yourself with the right gear.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Pink accents. Typical girlfriend PC

Really great build. Hope she likes it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah, I hear you. Some things never change! I'll have to get some pictures of her desk setup uploaded this week. You won't be surprised.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Was it difficult doing those pink accents?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean the paint, right? It wasn't very hard. The only part that was a bit tricky was the top piece where the magnetic dust filter goes. I drilled the rivets out to remove that panel when painting it so I wouldn't get any accidental overspray anywhere. If you look closely at some of the images, there are a few jagged lines on it from removing the tape after painting and also removing the filter for cleaning has scratched it a bit. May need to be touched up one day because it's such a thin area, but otherwise no troubles with it at all. Painting everything behind the front dust filter was really easy. Barely even had to tape much off; just pulled it out and off we went.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you primer first? Or just psst psssst pssssssst done.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Used a paint/primer gloss mix that I wet sanded smooth and applied some matte clear finish after. The texture of her case was already rough/tacky enough that primer probably wasn't necessary either way honestly. Just some light sanding and sprays and it was good to go.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks cool! What kind of paint did you use for the accents on the case?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry about the delayed response. I'm almost positive we used Rustoleum's Berry Pink color, but I know we wet sanded some coats off and used a matte finish to make it look less bright and glossy like a hot pink. It's really hard to tell in the pictures, though. Our phone cameras didn't really do it justice.