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13 Year Old's First Build

by Vaousic

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Date Published

March 30, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.9GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05Ghz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.8GHz

Description

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!

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jokermike 3 Builds 12 points 17 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 6 points 17 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 4 points 17 months ago

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

B0NESMASHA 4 points 17 months ago

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

ChiBisonic01 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

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

NinjaSlayer69 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

$100 vs $130

Vaousic submitter 1 Build 5 points 17 months ago

6300 was only like 5$ cheaper at the time

B0NESMASHA 3 points 17 months ago

Nothing an OC on the 6300 could fix amiright?

JulesM_Joolace 1 point 13 months ago

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

oatis13 2 points 17 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 1 Build 5 points 17 months ago

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

Chris34 1 Build 4 points 17 months ago

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

ChiBisonic01 1 Build 3 points 17 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 3 Builds 1 point 17 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 2 points 17 months ago

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

jgolds2 2 points 7 months ago

Is he going to ban me if I quickscope you too hard on my Xbox #justconsolepeasantthings

Vaousic submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Hahahahahahah ******* aimbotters

plgdg 2 Builds 2 points 17 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 17 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 17 months ago

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

rumz 1 point 17 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 2 points 17 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.

Jwood013 1 Build 2 points 17 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 17 months ago

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

Jwood013 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Good to hear, game on.

Jwood013 1 Build 2 points 17 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 17 months ago

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

Jwood013 1 Build 1 point 17 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 17 months ago

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

mesaba116 2 points 17 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.

xx116xx 3 Builds 2 points 17 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 17 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 17 months ago

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

xx116xx 3 Builds 2 points 17 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 17 months ago

Ok cool I'll have a look at the 212

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

It is really fantastic compared to the stock one.

SpicyPickle 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Great, well balanced build. +1

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

Vaousic submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 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 17 months ago

Cool, thanks. Enjoy your build!

JurgaBurga 1 point 17 months ago

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

spongebob123 1 point 17 months ago

how is the stock cooler doing?

Vaousic submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

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

IamThePancake 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Great job; it looks solid.

MrPlatypi01 1 point 17 months ago

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

Vaousic submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

They're just the Z11 stock fans

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

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

PolishXlion 2 Builds 1 point 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 months ago

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

GonomeGoneWrong 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Good, hope you are enjoying.

Vaousic submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you!

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Vaousic submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

sorry forgot to mention prices are in euro

_Dan_ 1 point 17 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 17 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 Build 1 point 16 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 16 months ago

It came with 5 fans with 4 pin MOLEX connections

Unnak 1 point 16 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 16 months ago

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

whitwsh4dow 1 point 14 months ago

the motherboar support all 5 fans?

Williams0907 1 point 14 months ago

Where did you get the gpu sleeved cables from?

PCMan416 1 point 13 months 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 13 months ago

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

Keith31383 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Not a bad build.I see a few parts I own and a few parts I plan to buy soon. My CPU and GPU are from the original build in 2011. I'm looking to upgrade to what you have.A tip for next time you should not have to push hard on the CPU it should just drop in. If you had problems you may have had some bent pins. Pushing on it could have made it worse. I just bought an APU for a mini build that didn't want to go in when I looked at the pins I noticed a few that were bent I had to straighten them then it dropped right in.

QuantumPhysics 1 point 11 months ago

What kind of desk is that?

mrawesome989 1 point 9 months ago

I am also a 13 year old who recently built his own pc, with a saphire r9 270x, welcome to the club :)

Thaveze 1 point 9 months ago

Have fun with a dead boot drive in a month. ;) :)

Bdog 1 point 9 months ago

One recommendation buy an electrostatic wrist strap and you won't have to ground yourself every 15 seconds. It helps alleviate some of the worry and leaves you feeling confident.

RogyAcnodnem 1 point 8 months ago

Very good but don't run an amd on its stock cooler it's just bad mojo,mama runs hot and that's just the truth I'm no intel fanboy but an amd CPU requires more pampering when it comes to cooling

Oyebanji 1 point 7 months ago

hi,

I'm looking for advice regarding the Zalman Z11 case. I'm saving to build my first PC and am concerned the parts I want to fit it with might be too big. Mainly the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. I've read a few comments that suggest it'll fit ok am looking for confirmation and opinions.

Here's a link to the build if anyone has suggestions/recommendations: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Oyebanji/saved/RFrWGX

Thanks!

UberDobs 1 point 3 months ago

Very nice. Keyboard and mouse not acceptable (especially that enterkey, yuk) Welcome to the MASTERRACE

UberDobs 1 point 3 months ago

What games do you play?

l13199l 2 Builds 0 points 17 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 3 Builds 2 points 17 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 3 points 16 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 2 points 16 months ago

A very good and wise choice of parts!

LIC_Gamer 0 points 17 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 2 points 17 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 17 months ago

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

mrawesome989 1 point 9 months ago

I'm also 13 and have just built my pc, so many people tell me I'm spoiled.

Alagamasha -3 points 17 months ago

I'm twelve

DanJZ0404 -4 points 17 months ago

I'm 12, and I built my current rig and I found the parts for my next upgrade. Not really a big deal.

Nice choice of RAM.

For $35 more you could have gotten a 3TB Toshiba HDD.

Pretty meh case, I always get really cheap ATX mid or full cases.

$60 for a wireless adaptor? That's ridiculous. You could get that wifi adaptor for a lot less, and considering your router probably doesn't even support AC was a waste.

Vaousic submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Thanks for the feedback, yeah I got the case first and didn't put too much research into it, kinda regret it now, and for the wireless adapter I do have dual band AC

DanJZ0404 1 point 17 months ago

I'm sure you could get an AC wireless adapter a lot cheaper than $60 either way.

Vaousic submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I guess so, but I will be doing a lot of online gaming, so better safe then sorry