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13 Year Old's First Build
by Vaousic
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Note: Logitech mouse is red, not grey

I built this pc for two reasons; (a) I wanted a decent computer that I could game on, and (b) my old laptop broke. My old laptop wasn’t what you would exactly call a “gaming laptop”. I was originally going to buy a new laptop, but then I remembered about all the Newegg videos about people building custom PCs. I decided to give it a shot, and to be honest I’m pretty happy with the way it came out. It seemed kind of impossible, but after reading more tutorials it was basically, like many say, “adult Lego”. All the warnings about static electricity made me weary, so I was grounding myself every 15 seconds…

I didn’t really have any problems at all with the build, the manuals and tutorials were easy enough to follow. Except, for one bit, where I had to clip my FX-6300’s cooler on to the motherboard. I thought it would just clip on, but in fact you had to press down REALLY hard to get it to clip on. I’m using my old LG TV as a monitor because it’s perfect size and easy to hook up to with just a single HDMI cable.

Please feel free to suggest anything in the comments, thanks for reading!

Part List
Details
Date PublishedMarch 28, 2014
AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.9GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Vapor-X Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate5.8GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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jokermike [3 Builds] 9 points 3 months ago

great job on your first build!...when i was 13, i couldn't even fathom how to build a pc but i knew i always wanted a sweet rig. +1 for the research and part choices, trust me when i say this.. you're going to get the enviable upgrade fever and eventually upgrade your rig to a whole new beast of a gaming powerhouse.

On a side note, it wouldn't hurt to add in a ssd in the near future... that's purely by choice... you would notice shorter os boot times and loading times for games if you install them on the ssd... try going for Samsung evos

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 3 months ago

Thanks, yeah I was going to grab an evo but I just wanted to get it up and running once I had the majority of the parts

 
 
jokermike [3 Builds] 3 points 3 months ago

understandable, you've done a great job on the build. you must be proud of it

 
 
B0NESMASHA 3 points 3 months ago

Why the 6350 over the 6300? Overall stellar build dude!

 
 
ChiBisonic01 [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Well, the 6350 is faster... and not much more...

 
 
NinjaSlayer69 [1 Build] 3 points 3 months ago

$100 vs $130

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 3 months ago

6300 was only like 5$ cheaper at the time

 
 
NinjaSlayer69 [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

If so, that's worth it. Ebay helped me grab the 6300 for $92.

 
 
B0NESMASHA 3 points 3 months ago

Nothing an OC on the 6300 could fix amiright?

 
 
JulesM_Joolace 1 point 13 days ago

6350 OC'ed would be much more worth it...

 
 
oatis13 2 points 3 months ago

If i would have read this post before i built my first computer 6 months ago i out have save around 1600 dollars

 
 
sassas1 5 points 3 months ago

Good parts, good cable management, all around very good. +1 for research!

 
 
Chris34 [1 Build] 3 points 3 months ago

Its nice to see my fellow youth building computers, anyways nice part choice

 
 
ChiBisonic01 [1 Build] 3 points 3 months ago

Very, very nice! You built it better than me, and with exceeding cable management!

Questions: Where did you get Windows 7 for $20? Where did you get a 270X for only $169.99?!

Anyway, good balance and quality parts! Really great work!

 
 
Beastliness23 1 point 3 months ago

Yeah I was wondering the same thing; where did you get Windows 7 for $20? I'm building a pc currently and I would love to get Win 7 Pro for that cheap haha

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Forgot to mention that, sorry, I got it off my uncle (he works for microsoft)

 
 
Jwood013 [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Good build, I recommend using a mousepad though. It makes your mousing experience better in web browser and gaming, while also protecting the surface that your mouse is on.

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks man, I'll be getting one soon :)

 
 
Jwood013 [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Good to hear, game on.

 
 
Jwood013 [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Forgot to mention, you can get a 99 cent custom mousepad here (tax and shipping included): http://www.artscow.com/photo-gifts/mousepad/large-mousepad-160

You'll need a discount code of course. Try "99centdiscount". I believe that's what I used and it worked.

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Custom mousepad sounds cool, I'll check it out. Thanks!

 
 
Jwood013 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

You can get whatever design you want and it looks great. It took 3 weeks for mine to get here but I'm not gonna complain about it because it only costed 99 cents.

 
 
tjb423 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Just bought one! I got this, it's a bit plain but I like it :) http://gyazo.com/3370a445af388d9cbabd736ba550fe80

 
 
Jwood013 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

It's not plain, it has your insignia on it :D

 
 
tjb423 [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

I feel like it's kinda plain in the black BG :P

 
 
plgdg [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Well done @ 13. To be honest, in my many years of building computers, I have never used an anti-static wrist band or knowingly grounded myself. Not once have I ever had an issue ;)

 
 
jokermike [3 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

same here... in all honesty cases are already anti-static treated so you really don't need the wristband.. just make sure to touch the case ;)

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Yeah, I thought at first that touching any kind of circuit or anything would short it out immediately

 
 
rumz 1 point 3 months ago

Can't blame you for playing it safe! Would be the worse to have something you paid good money for get ruined by carelessness (or ignorance). Let me tell you about the second build I ever did... hahaha.

 
 
Bulldog6565 1 point 3 months ago

For a thirteen year old that's some decent cable management although the HDD bays seemed cluttered with cables. Nice build though good parts all evenly balanced.

 
 
mesaba116 1 point 3 months ago

Good job -- I remember the nerves getting frazzled as I tried to get the stock cooler attached to the mobo. Great to see custom building at a young age. It took me til age 40 to get up the gumption to try it.

 
 
SpicyPickle [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Great, well balanced build. +1

Where did you get those sleeved cables? They look pretty nice.

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

They're BitFenix sleeved cable extensions, they come in a variety of colours, I got them here --> http://www.overclockers.co.uk/search_results.php?keywords=bitfenix+sleeved&_=1396044352372

 
 
SpicyPickle [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Cool, thanks. Enjoy your build!

 
 
JurgaBurga 1 point 3 months ago

Mr... you just put a whole bunch of people here to shame. +1

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Solid build, the only thing that bothers me is your title. Being 13 doesn't make this any more of an accomplishment than someone 10 years older.

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

I've asked myself the same a couple of times. And I'm a little tossed. On one hand, building a PC is an accomplishment. But the decisions about what parts will have longevity, vs. those that could be an absolute waste of money, is a very mature one.

An immature 13 y/o (especially today) might not take this into consideration and waste a ton of money because it is probably their parent's money. Granted I've met some incredibly immature adults, but that is beside the point.

I think the challenge is harder the younger you are. You have to have the patience, and restraint to learn about each part, and the consideration for the money you are using.

When I see a really nice build built by a 13 year old, I'm impressed, because it is something I could not have done, nor perhaps had the resources for, when I was that age.

 
 
mrexmr [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

I'm in total agreement with this guy!! I only 12 - 13 in November - and the amount of time and hard work I've put into putting together the part list for my yet-to-be-built PC is immense! Now, I'm not trying to show off, just to show that I'm in total agreement with you. Well done Norm101 for the brilliant reply and a very well done to Vaousic for pulling this beast of a build off!!

 
 
mrexmr [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

A very good and wise choice of parts!

 
 
xx116xx [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

VERY nice job fellow teen builder! Great part choice and cable management. Pretty similar to my build, actually. I can relate in two ways: the cooler and the static electricity. I was convinced that my cooler was broken I had to push down so hard, and my dad was so over-cautious about me grounding myself every minute. Also, I would suggest getting another cooler. The stock AMD fan is CRAZY loud (as you may have already found out) and doesn't keep the best temps. For me, dropping $30 on a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO was totally worth it. Just something to think about. Anyways, +1.

 
 
DanJZ0404 1 point 3 months ago

I got a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO but it doesn't fit in my current case. My CPU isn't very loud anyway.

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Haha it's pretty loud, I'm considering to put a h60i in there just to you know, future-proof it

 
 
xx116xx [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Honestly, low end water coolers aren't worth it. You will get the same temperatures and overclocks with a cheaper air cooler.

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Ok cool I'll have a look at the 212

 
 
xx116xx [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

It is really fantastic compared to the stock one.

 
 
spongebob123 1 point 3 months ago

how is the stock cooler doing?

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Not too bad, does get a little hot but nothing too serious

 
 
IamThePancake [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Great job; it looks solid.

 
 
MrPlatypi01 1 point 3 months ago

Nice dude! What fans are you using? They look pretty cool.

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

They're just the Z11 stock fans

 
 
jacobs4525 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Nice build! Great part choices, and good cable management.

 
 
PolishXlion [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Nice build! I had the same problem with my cpu cooler. I finnally had to just put all my strenght on and it clicked on.

 
 
hitmaniac [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

very similar to my gaming rig. same zalman case, 270(nonX), 8320.. And my total came out to be as your along with monitor and peripherals. Nice build.

 
 
GonomeGoneWrong [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

I have pretty much the same build, just a little worse hope you are enjoying it. I also had an awful laptop before my current PC, do you have any plans to upgrade the keyboard and mouse?

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Maybe for my birthday, but for the moment they're doing me fine

 
 
GonomeGoneWrong [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Good, hope you are enjoying.

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you!

 
 
zetacomfeeling [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

nice job man

you build is better then mine :(

just let us know whats the real price i checked out that gfx cost 259$ not 169$

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

sorry forgot to mention prices are in euro

 
 
_Dan_ 1 point 3 months ago

Hows the stock cooler for the amd fx 6350? Im going to build a new computer
with a fx 6350 and gtx 750 ti sc ftw edition and the same case you have.

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

It does its job, haven't OC'ed yet so I don't know about that. Will be upgrading soon to a 212 EVO.

 
 
coolguy562 1 point 3 months ago

I'm thinking of getting this same case how many fans did it come with and what connections do they have cause I've seen some with molex, 3pin, and 4pin connections.

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

It came with 5 fans with 4 pin MOLEX connections

 
 
Unnak 1 point 3 months ago

Very nice build! I'm thinking of getting the same motherboard as you, have you encountered any problems with it?

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Not at all, does the job very nicely, looks and performs brilliantly for the price

 
 
whitwsh4dow 1 point 29 days ago

the motherboar support all 5 fans?

 
 
Williams0907 [1 Build] 1 point 25 days ago

Where did you get the gpu sleeved cables from?

 
 
PCMan416 1 point 9 days ago

Nice build! I'm 13 too and I also really want to build a gaming PC to replace my low performance laptop, sooooo stressful. So I guess not all of us are MTV-watching teens. Keep on doing what you love and never listen to the put-downs other people say!

 
 
Openworldgamer47 1 point 7 days ago

Wow. That's weird... This is literally my EXACT part for part build. lol I'm 14 by the way.

 
 
LIC_Gamer -1 points 3 months ago

GJ! Im personally 13 so Its nice to know we are all not dumb jk, but nice work and if people say you are spoiled dont listen to them and again Great Job! :D I recommend if you are experiencing lag on your Logitech TV never used one I dont know I would recommend getting a monitor doesnt even have to be gaming but if you feel like shelling out 300+ I recommend going for BenQ :) Cya PS I would recommend a Evo but I noticed the conversation between you and Jokermike and i thought it was a smart move furthermore great cable work! :) Also you dont need to ground yourself everytime dont worry bro :)

 
 
Vaousic [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks man, yeah the LG TV is pretty solid, no lag or anything, and yeah the EVO was a little above budget too :)

 
 
DanJZ0404 1 point 3 months ago

I use my Insignia TV as a monitor, and I would recommend NEC or BenQ.

 
 
Alagamasha -3 points 3 months ago

I'm twelve