- 55 months ago
Really long story short, my girlfriend and I stumbled upon the Bitfenix Aegis and she said that if I ever build her a pc, it has to be the white Aegis. I immediately started drafting and researching to try and come up with my dream Aegis. ...roughly £2000... that was Mk.1, Mk.2 was a ...bit... more realistic but I didn't know what I was doing when combining parts and well nearly 300 of the now £900 Mk. 2 was aesthetics (it would look very sexy though...). My girlfriend told me to get realistic and try and get the most bang for my buck. She doesn't want the desktop for much more than WoW anyway. So here's my 3rd attempt.
As I said, I am trying my best to keep a Black and White Aesthetic while still getting bang/buck performance to run WoW smoothly.
CPU: WoW does not use more than 2 cores. I considered a pentium, but that would require overclocking to get to high clock speeds. I'm not a big fan of the oc bandwagon. Besides that, I read somewhere the r7 370 recommends an i3-4170. The hyperthreading will also come in handy when skyping and while gaming, or so I believe.
Cooler: I have the 80mm fan version myself (Alpine 11 GT Rev.2) It's dead silent and has equal if not a touch better performance than the stock cooler. Enough said for £8.50
MoBo: Has all the features she'd need and is nice and cheap. The only con I could find on this budget board is the lack of fan headers. The Aegis comes with a 4(?)-way fan controller which solves that issue.
Memory: While 2GB is enough to run WoW and 4GB is recommended and it just doesn't make a difference to up to 8GB concerning WoW. As a gamer I will not suffice for less and neither will my girlfriend. I used to game with 4GB and well, I'm not going back :P (Plus it's white!)
Storage: Pretty straightforward... a zippy black and white ssd and a simple hdd for extra storage
GPU: According to Logical Increments there is no real need to be using anything higher than a R7 370 for WoW at 1080p. And it's one hell of an upgrade from her current 650 Ti
Case Fans: The only con to the Bitfenix Aegis is it only comes with a single fan, thus I opted for my favourite white led fans.
PSU: Fairest Priced semi-modular psu I could find. Yes I know the Corsair CX's aren't amazing, but this had a decent pricetag for a low(ish) wattage semi-modular psu.
Monitor: She wants a 24" 1080p monitor (currently gaming on a 19" 1440x900) and well, I'm a BenQ fan so this seems like the perfect buy.
Opinions on the GF's Aegis Mk. 3?