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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi, i need some help building a gaming pc for a female friend. i dont have any experience with building a pc. My friend wants a cool looking, mid-size case. 19-23 inch monitor. Budget is 2000 cad Plz help me 

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Sit tight mate, I'll pull together a partlist for ya. Should take under 10 minutes.

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PC part picker, - but whats the primary use of the PC- Gaming? Facebook and instagram for the likes and lols? or photo or video editing? or just useful work case scenario. 

I mean i would really consider the point of the PC before you splash out 2 grand on it? because a quarter of your budget could be gone on the graphics card straight off the bat with a gaming rig. 

but if all is needed is web browsing and browser games, then look for a high end (but not overpowered) laptop, if however video editing and photoshop is required, then perhaps look at something that built for that instead.


 

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you better not f#ck it up m8. Feelin' ya.


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R7 1700X@stock - Cryorig C7 - Asus ROG B350-i - Asus GTX 1080 Strix - 16gb G.Skill Ripjaws V 3333mhz - Silverstone SX500-LG - 500gb 960 EVO - Fractal Design Node 202 - Samsung 60KS7090 - Logitech G502 - Thrustmaster T500RS - Noblechairs Icon


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1 minute ago, Metal_Kitty said:

PC part picker, - but whats the primary use of the PC- Gaming? Facebook and instagram for the likes and lols? or photo or video editing? or just useful work case scenario. 

I mean i would really consider the point of the PC before you splash out 2 grand on it? because a quarter of your budget could be gone on the graphics card straight off the bat with a gaming rig. 

but if all is needed is web browsing and browser games, then look for a high end (but not overpowered) laptop, if however video editing and photoshop is required, then perhaps look at something that built for that instead.


 

I think i said gaming pc lol. but thx for ur suggestions 

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1 minute ago, Metal_Kitty said:

but whats the primary use of the PC

Just felt like pointing this out, OP mentioned it was a gaming PC in the post.

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3 minutes ago, Metal_Kitty said:

whats the primary use of the PC- Gaming?

8 minutes ago, nickwu said:

Hi, i need some help building a gaming pc

Probably that


 

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Women. They are a complete mystery.

-Stephen Hawking

 

I think the hoomans put their builds here?

Why do you hoomans give your builds a name? Here's my build, which I shall call "Do as I Say, Not As I Do" (seriously, don't get this build)

Spoiler

Ryzen 1500X @3,925 GHz

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo + 2x ML120

MSI B350 Tomahawk Arctic

2x8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000 MHz CL15 (Micron B-die) @2933 MHz

Sapphire Radeon R9 280 Dual-X @1120 MHz / 1450 MHz

120GB 850 Evo

120GB Kingston SSD

500GB WD Blue

Cooler Master Elite 430

Seasonic Prime Titanium 650W

Logitech G710 with Kailh Box Jade

Logitech G502

HyperX Cloud

And my laptop, which I shall call "If It's Stupid But It Works" (It can actually play CS:GO at 50 FPS, and Civ V at 25 FPS)

Spoiler

Lenovo Thinkpad L460

Intel Core i3 6100U

4GB (probably) DDR4 2133 MHz

Intel HD Graphics 520 0.3-1.0 GHz

128GB Samsung MZ7LF128HCHP

Corsair M65 Pro RGB (worst mouse I've ever had)

Sennheiser CX 5.00G

And here would be where I would put a picture of my cat. But apparently, images are not allowed here. So take this instead (*ΦωΦ*)

Hello fellow night theme users

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What color case does your friend want? There are a lot of really cool looking midsize cases that would fit the PC I have planned, but I have a few questions regarding case in particular.

  • Tempered glass, yes or no?
  • RGB or any kind of lighting at all?
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No experience, want to do it for a female friend.

 

I really hope your attempt will be more succesful than mine! Good luck dude :)

 

edit: also ask her if she cares about the loudness of the system, not that i have much experience but the few girls i met liked a quiet system and didn't really care about tempered glass and RGB...


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5 minutes ago, Crunchy Dragon said:

Just felt like pointing this out, OP mentioned it was a gaming PC in the post.

 

yes, but my point was what type of gaming rig - casual and browser based, or AAA titles requiring a 1060 or higher? VR? is the person streaming and editing videos too, or is it primaraily going to be a bit of gaming and mostly school / collage / uni / work / with some gaming? 
 

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1 minute ago, Metal_Kitty said:

yes, but my point was what type of gaming rig - casual and browser based, or AAA titles requiring a 1060 or higher? VR? is the person streaming and editing videos too, or is it primaraily going to be a bit of gaming and mostly school / collage / uni / work / with some gaming?

Usually gaming PC means it will require a decent dGPU. Although I do see your point.

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15 minutes ago, nickwu said:

Hi, i need some help building a gaming pc for a female friend. i dont have any experience with building a pc. My friend wants a cool looking, mid-size case. 19-23 inch monitor. Budget is 2000 cad Plz help me 

Should probably start off with a dinner at a nice restaurant. A PC is a little spendy for a "friend."

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13 minutes ago, Crunchy Dragon said:

What color case does your friend want? There are a lot of really cool looking midsize cases that would fit the PC I have planned, but I have a few questions regarding case in particular.

  • Tempered glass, yes or no?
  • RGB or any kind of lighting at all?

black case with RGB? what do u think

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2 minutes ago, AngryBeaver said:

Should probably start off with a dinner at a nice restaurant. A PC is a little spendy for a "friend."

Yeah a PC wont get in her pants

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After spending way too long trying to find a 1070/1070 Ti/1080 that's in stock at a somewhat reasonable price, I give up. Left $700 for a GPU. 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor  ($219.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Motherboard: ASRock - Z370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($119.50 @ Vuugo) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2800 Memory  ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Storage: Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($99.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop) 
Storage: Toshiba - 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($71.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Case: Thermaltake - Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition ATX Mid Tower Case  ($78.65 @ Amazon Canada) 
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($104.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor  ($473.00 @ Amazon Canada) 
Total: $1268.10
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-03-13 16:21 EDT-0400

 

Edit: For $10 more, this memory kit has less red on it. For colour matching, mostly. 

Edited by seon123
Something something

 

Quote

Women. They are a complete mystery.

-Stephen Hawking

 

I think the hoomans put their builds here?

Why do you hoomans give your builds a name? Here's my build, which I shall call "Do as I Say, Not As I Do" (seriously, don't get this build)

Spoiler

Ryzen 1500X @3,925 GHz

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo + 2x ML120

MSI B350 Tomahawk Arctic

2x8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000 MHz CL15 (Micron B-die) @2933 MHz

Sapphire Radeon R9 280 Dual-X @1120 MHz / 1450 MHz

120GB 850 Evo

120GB Kingston SSD

500GB WD Blue

Cooler Master Elite 430

Seasonic Prime Titanium 650W

Logitech G710 with Kailh Box Jade

Logitech G502

HyperX Cloud

And my laptop, which I shall call "If It's Stupid But It Works" (It can actually play CS:GO at 50 FPS, and Civ V at 25 FPS)

Spoiler

Lenovo Thinkpad L460

Intel Core i3 6100U

4GB (probably) DDR4 2133 MHz

Intel HD Graphics 520 0.3-1.0 GHz

128GB Samsung MZ7LF128HCHP

Corsair M65 Pro RGB (worst mouse I've ever had)

Sennheiser CX 5.00G

And here would be where I would put a picture of my cat. But apparently, images are not allowed here. So take this instead (*ΦωΦ*)

Hello fellow night theme users

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6 minutes ago, nickwu said:

black case with RGB? what do u think

Only if the black case has tempered glass, I think she'd like it.

 

In case you're going to customize the RGB yourself, blue LEDs look really nice on black and/or white.

(Blue/black and blue/white are my favorite color schemes in PCs haha).

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18 minutes ago, AngryBeaver said:

Should probably start off with a dinner at a nice restaurant. A PC is a little spendy for a "friend."

I dunno, if a guy bought me a $2k PC for the first date he'd probably have me hooked. :x

 

Not entirely sure what that says about me.. lol


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Just now, Ms Mercedes - Trijet Girl said:

I dunno, if a guy bought me a $2k PC for the first date he'd probably have me hooked. :x

 

I'd say I'm a cheap date, but that ain't cheap! 

Could be the case of him being led along so she can get what she wants and then ghost him. Make sure you have a webcam on this thing and a backdoor setup to access it just incase.

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PCPartPicker part list: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/KNkgLJ
Price breakdown by merchant: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/KNkgLJ/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($179.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AB350-Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($99.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: GeIL - EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($202.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($112.25 @ shopRBC)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($72.25 @ shopRBC)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card  ($464.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Corsair - Crystal 460X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case  ($159.00 @ shopRBC)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($79.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($113.95 @ Vuugo)
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter  ($44.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Case Fan: Corsair - HD120 RGB 3-Pack w/Controller 54.4 CFM  120mm Fans  ($95.43 @ Amazon Canada)
Monitor: AOC - i2267Fw 22.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor  ($129.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Keyboard: Cooler Master - Devastator II Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse  ($34.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1790.80
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-03-13 16:28 EDT-0400

 

Just wanted to mention this @seon123: at a $2000 budget, I wouldn't go any lower than 16Gb of RAM. 8Gb isn't capable of a whole lot, I can barely run anything other than Fortnite and Discord at the same time on 8Gb.

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Beautiful case @Crunchy Dragon! There's even a white version of it too that looks pretty cool to me. With this kind of a budget though, I'd ask her what colours she would want in her PC. :)

 


Resident smart (car) fanatic and lover of trijet airliners. One day you'll probably see me on one of those "Hoarders" shows, only I'm buried under a pile of 50 smart cars.

 

Rigs (all named after aircraft )

- DC-10-60 (GTX 1060 Gaming Machine)
- Falcon 550TI (GTX 550 TI Fun ITX Build)

- Legacy 630 (Convertible Desktop/Laptop Experiment)

- A340-750 (Dual Xeon GTX 750 Sleeper)

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Posted · Original PosterOP
4 minutes ago, Crunchy Dragon said:

PCPartPicker part list: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/KNkgLJ
Price breakdown by merchant: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/KNkgLJ/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($179.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AB350-Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($99.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: GeIL - EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($202.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($112.25 @ shopRBC)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($72.25 @ shopRBC)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card  ($464.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Corsair - Crystal 460X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case  ($159.00 @ shopRBC)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($79.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($113.95 @ Vuugo)
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter  ($44.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Case Fan: Corsair - HD120 RGB 3-Pack w/Controller 54.4 CFM  120mm Fans  ($95.43 @ Amazon Canada)
Monitor: AOC - i2267Fw 22.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor  ($129.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Keyboard: Cooler Master - Devastator II Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse  ($34.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1790.80
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-03-13 16:28 EDT-0400

 

Just wanted to mention this @seon123: at a $2000 budget, I wouldn't go any lower than 16Gb of RAM. 8Gb isn't capable of a whole lot, I can barely run anything other than Fortnite and Discord at the same time on 8Gb.

TY SO MUCH! let me have a look lol

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1 minute ago, Ms Mercedes - Trijet Girl said:

Beautiful case @Crunchy Dragon! There's even a white version of it too that looks pretty cool to me. With this kind of a budget though, I'd ask her what colours she would want in her PC. :)

Agreed, the white version however was the 570X, not the 460X.

 

I opted for the 460X since the OP specified a "midsize case"; the 570X is a full-tower ATX and this one's a mid-tower.

 

EDIT: I do plan on doing a blue/white mod in the white 570X at some point in the future. Corsair does an amazing job with their cases...

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11 minutes ago, seon123 said:

After spending way too long trying to find a 1070/1070 Ti/1080 that's in stock at a somewhat reasonable price, I give up. Left $700 for a GPU. 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor  ($219.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Motherboard: ASRock - Z370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($119.50 @ Vuugo) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2800 Memory  ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Storage: Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($99.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop) 
Storage: Toshiba - 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($71.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Case: Thermaltake - Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition ATX Mid Tower Case  ($78.65 @ Amazon Canada) 
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($104.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor  ($473.00 @ Amazon Canada) 
Total: $1268.10
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-03-13 16:21 EDT-0400

 

Edit: For $10 more, this memory kit has less red on it. For colour matching, mostly. 

thank you! 

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Just now, Crunchy Dragon said:

Agreed, the white version however was the 570X, not the 460X.

 

I opted for the 460X since the OP specified a "midsize case"; the 570X is a full-tower ATX and this one's a mid-tower.

Whoops! Good eye! I somehow missed that. I may have to take note for a future build, I love them!


Resident smart (car) fanatic and lover of trijet airliners. One day you'll probably see me on one of those "Hoarders" shows, only I'm buried under a pile of 50 smart cars.

 

Rigs (all named after aircraft )

- DC-10-60 (GTX 1060 Gaming Machine)
- Falcon 550TI (GTX 550 TI Fun ITX Build)

- Legacy 630 (Convertible Desktop/Laptop Experiment)

- A340-750 (Dual Xeon GTX 750 Sleeper)

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