This is my grandma's gaming PC. Seriously. My grandma's computer is more powerful than mine... And this isn't even its final form...
I've heard it my entire life. People tell me my grandma is awesome. People I know, people I don't, even my friends I went to school with. And they're all completely right. She is an overkill kinda person. When she puts her mind to something, It's all in or nothing. Which led us here. My grandma has been itching for an upgrade. She previously had a dual-core A-6 with a 750ti and ARK was running about 20fps yet she still managed to accrue 1500+ hours in game. It was a very interesting thing to see a 59 year-old gushing over graphics. 10/10 would build again. Any way, on to the build.
This computer doubles as her gaming and work PC. She owns a small Antique/Vape shop and uses this to manage her website and business, as well as game when things are slow. From the pictures you can see her desk is a bit crowded at the moment but she plans to clean it up a bit so this can be sort of a center-piece. She had seen the PCs that I've built and and asked if I could build her a gaming PC. You can probably tell what happened after that.
At first she wanted to have something on par with my uncles 8350/r9 390. Since she uses her PCs an average of 5-7 years, I said wait for Zen or go Intel. So Intel she went. She told me the budget was around $1500 but if the performance was worth it, she'd pay for it. I kept the list right at $1500 with 1080 pricing announced. The entire PC, excluding the graphics card was built about a week before the release of the 1080. Unfortunately, the availability has been terrible. So she has continued to use her 750ti. Until today. On April 16th, I found an amazing deal on Newegg at like 3AM on a MSI 980ti Golden Edition. For $399. 399? 399!. And she jumped on it as a temp card until she can replace it with the EVGA 1080 that was originally chosen to fit the theme. I think the card looks pretty good against the color scheme. She agreed that when she upgrades, she'll sell me this card so I'm happy with that. She is astounded with this computer and I'm happy I could help. She continues to rub it in my uncles face that she has a better computer. I wish I had a screen shot of it but when she received the 980ti in the mail she took a picture of the box and sent it to my uncle captioned, "This is just my temporary card until the 1080s are more available." To which he replied, "Cool.".
CPU: i5-6600k - Does everything she needs it to. I selected this one for the overclockability and explained it to her. It all went right over her head so I said "I can make it go faster" and she said "Yes". I haven't overclocked yet but will eventually get to it.
CPU Cooler: Cryorig H7 - This thing was AMAZING to install. Very easy and has a nice tension clip THAT HOLDS EACH BOLT IN PLACE WHILE MOUNTING. I think as far as air cooling goes, I'll stick with Cryorig. Keeps the Cpu nice and cool just as it should and is completely silent as far as I can tell.
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS Z170-A - Gotta love Asus quality and UEFI. I'd recommend it. Pretty too with all the right stuff in the right places.
RAM: CRUCIAL SPORT LT - It was the right color and a good speed.
SSD: SAMSUNG 850 EVO - She wanted something fast like mine. Only difference between this one and mine is that mine is M.2
HDD: WD BLUE 2TB - Can't go wrong here. Just waiting for my 2TB WD Black
GPU: MSI GTX 980ti GOLDEN EDITION - This thing is freakin sweet. FULL COPPER HEATSINK AND HEATPIPES! It's gotta weigh at least 2.5 or 3 pounds. On one level I'm jelly. On another I'm jumping up and down because it'll be mine in 2 or 3 months.
CASE: PHANTEKS ENTHOO PRO M - Nice case. Borderline Full Tower. Cable management is great. Only annoyance is the plastic front panel the you have to remove to get to the dust filter. And the lack of a cut out for easier access to the PCI mounting screws.
PSU: EVGA 750 SUPERNOVA G2 - Overkill for this. But my grandma likes overkill.
OS: Win10 Home - She's not the happiest about this and perfers Win7 but it suffices.
CASE FANS: CORSAIR AF-140 - They move a good amount of air whilst staying quiet. Bright LEDs too.
My grandma loves her new PC and Can now experience ARK Survival in a way thats both pleasing to look at and runs smoothly (for an early access title) instead of neither of those. She freaked out when she seen the shadows, SSAO and Epic textures. Running the game on All Epic and High settings with Tesselation She gets a minimum of about 40FPS in her super complex bases (excluding the random frame drops to like 16fps for a quarter second maybe once every 30 minutes) averaging 50-60 and sometimes upwards of 90. In the last picture the card got up to 1342 with GPU boost. The GPU was overclocked after the pictures were taken along with a more aggressive fan profile. I'm pretty sure I can squeeze more out but was running short on time before I went to work
Questions and Comments are welcomed, I wanna know what you think. (And no, she doesn't play The Witcher. Primarily ARK. She liked the name though. I wanna try to get her to expand her game library sometime...)