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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...)

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  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

ARK was running about 20fps yet she still managed to accrue 1500+ hours in game

She owns a small Antique/Vape shop

Who the **** is your grandma hahah. No, seriously, your grandma sounds badass. Nice build. Nice of you to make it for her.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

MY grandma has never owned a computer... I get quite a picture in my head imagining my grandma playing computer games... Sweet build!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I can already imagine your grandma be like, "Hell yeah minecraft in 4K, max details, 60 fps minimum" then ur friends be like,"Auntie can you adopt me"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Shes always had custom PCs that looked cool . Just not performance oriented. I remember her having a Pentium 4 build in like 2008 with a completely acrylic case and cathode lighting. And that'd probably 144fps. She got a new monitor the other day and I set that up for her. I should probably add it to the list now...

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

So, ur grandma is a computer geek that has been in the buisness for nearly a decade as well?! DAYUM what a cool grandma XD

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build +1. And story time...this reminds me of about 8 years or so ago when I played WoW really consistently. We had a raiding guild and my guild master decided to partner up with another guild for larger raids since we only had around 18-19 regulars in ours. The other guild we were partnered up with had a guild master who was a 70 year old woman (I don't know her exact age but she was old). She was a fire mage, and her #2 guy was a 70 year old dude, who was a holy paladin. They were both pretty bad, but their guild members were decent. We carried them along through raids and such, and we weren't hardcore so it didn't matter we were just having fun.

But the time came that we were raiding Alar, the fire bird, and of course fire mages did 0 damage to Alar. This lady refused to respect to another damage source because she "didn't want to", and we spent about 3 months trying to kill Alar because she literally did 0 damage, just stood around still shooting fireballs and who knows what. It was kind of funny, and kind of frustrating. Anyway, that's the only time I played games with a Grandma...but I think its cool that yours is into games. Happy gaming!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the story! and that sounds like a very determined woman. Too bad my grandma doesn't really like competitive/MMO type games. I don't know if she'd go for WoW but she also played a ton of Diablo 3. Still I want her to try more games that have deep story or action-oriented games. I'll just have to send her games on steam and an XBone controller... If I bother her enough she'll try it just so I shutup about it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

My grandma has only played one game; candy crush.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point
Your grandma is awesome and so are you for building it! I am certain she is happy using her brand new custom computer for work and game. Hopefully more down the road too. You both have my one and support. I wish I could give more ones but I cannot since we are only allowed to give one per build.
  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool Grandma. BTY 59 is not old! Great build.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Great story! Great build! +1!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

When i saw the title, i was like : "automatic +1"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

And this isn't even its final form...

So does that mean it has a Perfect form?

sorry...

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Cell needs two androids

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Your grandma is rad and you're amazing for building this for her.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I think that I wanted to build this as much as she wanted to use it. She was trying to throw money at me and im still buildng the pc telling her to keep her money, I just wanna play with the DDR4 and do cable management. But shes my grandma so I had to accept it and couldnt let it "fall out of my pocket" into her car when we went to eat after the initial build.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

My granny marvels that I build a pc. She is too old for one now she says and stays with her ipad. Otherwise I know she'd let me build her one.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

But...but...but...Why didn't you get a gtx 1070? (Ik you said you are upgrading to a 1080, but then why get the 980 Ti??? It's cool and all being gold edition but I still don't get the choice.)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The 980ti is temporary. Got it on sale for 400. Shes gonna sell it to me once the 1080s are more availiable and get one. I could get this card now at a good price. The 1070s arent out yet and may sell out just as fast as the 1080s do.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought 1070s were out already? Am I wrong? I've been seeing a lot of unboxings on youtube (not by people with lots of subs, some with even 50 or so)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess they are now. Newegg is sold out of them already.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

WHAT?! Your grandma games? I've never heard of such a thing in my entire life! What does she usually play? Anyways, nice build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Mainly ARK Survival Evolved but also Diablo 3. Im still trying to get her to expand her library. She really got hooked on ARK

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice games! I always wished my parents or grandparents played video games... lol!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

On my Moms side, they all have since the atari. My grandma most recently since about 2013 or 14

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The story alone is worth the upvote.

Awesome job dude! And yes, you have a dope grandma.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

750w Gold rated PSU is never overkill when the price is right and it could mean saving the whole build in a disaster or wanting to provide ample power for OC. I'm sitting on a 650w Platinum for the efficiency and warranty and I think I pull max 230w before I replace my 750ti. I'm leaning RX480 8gb version...

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

In my build I'm crurrently running an e3 1231v3 and a R9 Nano on a 550 gold XFX unit. Im gonna put the xeon to a new purpose and essentially build a whole new pc for the Nano. And I want to play with overclocking more. I got my athlon 760k up to 4.2 in a mitx rig so I think I'll go with an 8350 and overclock the heck out of it powered on a RMx 850. Im not too worried by the performance difference. All the CPU intensive games I own have mantle support. Except Civ V.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an E3-1246; Xeons are beasts. I went EVGA platinum because it was the lowest wattage for the lowest price and the longest warranty. If EVGA hadn't been awesome about RMA'ing the motherboard (friend killed it, replaced it, I did the RMA and kept the board) then I would have gone for a cheaper gold rated something. I figured I'd let them keep my business after saving me a bunch of money. The PSU is in an ITX system but if I had the option on an ATX/mATX board I'd end up SLI/Crossfire because there is enough wattage laying around so why not.

AMD CPU's will definitely push games effectively. I went Intel for VM and such overhead. Eventually I'll go for a K CPU in another socket gen or so and let this build turn into a server full time.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I originally got the xeon for the price and hyperthreading to benifit video editing and blender rendering.The stock speed 8350 isnt too far behind my xeon in multithreaded performance its just the single core performance thats a bit lacking. Hopefully summit ridge adresses that.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Same, I had the EVGA Z97 board drop in my lap but wanted hyperthreading and longevity so I went Xeon over a more expensive 4790k or 4690k without HT. Maybe some day it will get a K CPU and an OC.

The 8350 is cheaper too, right? I'm looking forward to their next release.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, pricing stays right around $150 sometimes on sale for $120

I've always liked the underdog a bit more but dont bias between the companies. And I like how AMD sets up their driver and disply options for their GPUs. Nvidia having their seperate control panel and geforce expirience gets a bit confusing if your looking for something speciffic and dont know which one to look under. Like their resolution down sampling. Took me 5 minutes and a google search to find.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

59 isn't old, it just means she has more experience being awesome than you do. ;)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

lol ikr. I'm 16 and my dad is older then his grandma.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm 20 and my mom is 42. And my 18 year old sister has a 6 month old. Seems like we reproduce early. Im staving that off for as long as possible though.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah, you have a badass grandma dude. I can't even imagine my grandma playing computer games or gushing over a custom PC. That's an awesome build. +1

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

She runs her own private server. Shes pickey about who she allows on it. Mostly family, friends or people well known by either those groups.

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