Originally Posted by the_beast;13488630
But nothing says 'I'm going to use you as an excuse to do my hobby' like going all out on a time-consuming 'gift' that's more about the build for you than it is about the gift for her...
If she doesn't want to make a big thing about the PC, then spending days or weeks making it might just annoy her. She'll think you're just using her and her computer as another project to amuse yourself rather than doing what she wants. Getting a simple but stylish (and somewhat feminine) case might actually be what she really wants.
Now if she likes her computers and wants it to look top notch then go for it, spend as much time and money as it takes, and do something really special for her...
Beast makes some VERY good points. Find out what she wants. Case shop with her. See what she likes. If a little painting/moding is in order explain it to her. Best thing you can do is to keep her in the loop. Hell, get her into the build in picking out stuff. If she goes down a wrong path explain it to her and help her fix it. My Fiance has absolutley no interest in computers. But every now and then she asks a question and I explain it to her in terms that she can understand.(NOTE!!!: DO NOT talk dumb down to her.) My finace thought she was being very thoughtful a few months ago and purchased a CPU for me as she knew I was looking for a upgrade. She bought me a Pentium 4. I had to explain to her why it was not an upgrade.
Me: "Honey, Thats a Single core Processor of a different socket type."
Her: "Whats yours?"
Me: "I have a Dual Core Processor."
Her: "What do you mean "Different socket type."?
Proceeded to show her the difference in the processors and the sockets. She is much more knowledgable about that kind of stuff now even though she still asks from time to time.