So, kind of a weird build to write about. Basically, this is my girlfriend's PC Part Picker profile, and I helped her put this thing together. We built it as sort of an "early Christmas present," which is a little weird given that it's not even November yet, but we had fun. There's some cool things about some of these parts though, so I'll talk about that here.
I work at a Fry's Electronics building/repairing laptops and desktops every day. This is easily the nicest looking build I've ever gotten to put together, and I'm glad I got to do it with/for my girlfriend. It's nice to see her take an interest, y'know? Anyways, one day I was working and this guy came in looking for some help with his now out of the house son's old build. He set it up on the counter, along with a EVGA GTX 690, asking whether or not he technically needed the 690. Seeing that his son had replaced the then 4 gen old card with a 1070, I said "not necessarily" and he just gave it to me, without either of us knowing its worth. A quick Google of the card after he left showed that refurbs of the card sell for $1000+, as that was the price range on launch of the card. What sets the 690 aside from other cards is that it's actually 2 GPUs on a single board, operating in SLI. After that exchange, I decided I'd buy her all the parts and assemble it together.
The Ryzen 5 1400 we have in there was actually a panic purchase of mine after my last build got fried, right after I got fired from my last job. That old build was an FM3+ board, so everything I had was outdated. I needed a board, CPU, and RAM kit that'd work right away, so I opted for the affordable 1400. I've since upgraded to a Ryzen 7 2700X and I had this one sitting around, so we tossed it in the build to save some money.
I actually stole the WD Black from my last job, and the drive has been sitting in the side compartment of my car door for > 1 year, so I figured it would be dead as hell. I plugged it up to my testbench at work and the thing worked like new. Cleaned the disk in Diskpart and threw it in the build.
A full ATX board was a definite need for this build. I absolutely loathe the look of Micro ATX in a full ATX capable tower, and the H500 is too nice to be treated like that. So when the B450-PRIME went on promo at the store, I got it right away. The board looks good and has a competent BIOS, so it gets a pass from me.
I was terrified for a few days about this cooler we got. It sits so low I didn't know for sure whether or not the RAM would fit in slot two where it belongs with proper clearance. Thankfully, after fiddling with this cooler for about 30 minutes, the RAM ended up just barely clearing and now sits comfortably 1 cm below the cooler's heatsink fins.
I had a really good time building this with my girlfriend and it's really cool when you get the chance to share one of your passions with someone special in your life. It's easily the best looking machine I've put together, and I couldn't have done it without her help. Plus she loves how it turned out, and I'm super pumped about that!