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Zoid Elite OC - My First Build at 13 years old

by itrice

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53 Comments

Details

Date Published

June 25, 2014

Date Built

April 9, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

941MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.01Ghz

Description

This is my computer I built a while back. I will upload more pics soon. Cable management was improved about a week after it was built.

It works very well for everything I do, its actually way overpowered. I was planning to play a lot more games than gmod and Minecraft but it takes forever to download anything.... so I am waiting to upgrade my internets. I get 400 + FPS on maximum Minecraft settings and about 5000 on minimum. MC isn't very much of a benchmark, but oh well.

Intel Core i5 - I got the i5 because it is a better deal for gaming and I didn't need the hyperthreading of the i7.

H100i - I decided to go with water cooling originally because I liked the idea. After installing it my CPU temps were awesome, about 29 degrees Celsius idle and 50 degrees Celsius at 100% load.

MoBo - I was going to get an ASRock z87 until my friend recommended this one at the last second. It is a great mobo, overclocking was very easy. I got this right before the z97 mobos came out or i would have gone with one of those.

RAM - Pretty good, high quality ram.

EVO 120gb - I used this to put my OS on. It boots in about 7 seconds. I also have my main programs stored on this.

WD Caviar Blue 1tb - This is a cheap 1tb high quality HDD. I haven't had any problems so far whatsoever.

780 SC - I was originally going to SLI two 760s. I decided to go with 1 780 so I could get higher frames on games that don't support SLI. Great card, runs cool, plays everything i've thrown at it. (not much)

Phantom 410 - I chose the white Phantom 410 because the Corsair 450D was out of stock and I didn't want to wait. The case can have great cable management, great airflow, and looks amazing.

PSU - This PSU is no more or less than I need. No complaints, the semi modular functionality is great.

Optical Drive - Standard DVD reader/burner

OS - I chose Windows 8.1 because my friends used it and told me it was great. I haven't had any problems other people have said and it works great. I set it up to boot to desktop mode.

Network Adapter - I don't know if this was overpriced or not, my friend recommended it. Works fine.

SP120s - I replaced the H100i fans with SP 120s because I had read the stock fans were loud. These are very quiet and allow me to get great temps.

I am 13 and built this, it was a blast. Looking forward to building more!

Comments Sorted by:

Thecautiousone 5 Builds 6 points 11 months ago

I am extremely pleased with the build and personally proud that you have done this at such a young age. I wish I had gotten into this computer building at an earlier part of my life (I am 26 this year)

xx116xx 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Great build. You did a very nice job of distributing your money throughout the rig, especially at 13. Nice to see someone your age making smart choices like that :) +1

EDIT: Also, fantastic cable management.

itrice submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! :D

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xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Even if it wasn't his money, he still did a nice job distributing it throughout the build.

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xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

;P

itrice submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Sorry about the inside pic, I took it with my phone so its a bit grainy.

Tahab_1 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Is it sensible to put your mobo on top of the "anti-static" bag? I've seen a lot of people who say you shouldn't and some who say you should.

itrice submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I honestly don't know. Nothing happened to mine so i'd say it's fine. The reason I did was because I have seen building tutorials on YouTube that do it.

Tahab_1 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Yeah same, Linus does it, but the comments are full of people saying how it puts the mobo at risk...

DowlsHD 1 point 11 months ago

Theres no problems with it from what i know. The only thing i can think of is people being stupid and testing it on the bag.

itrice submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I mean, if it could mess up the MoBo why would they ship it in them?

CoolVengeance 3 points 11 months ago

The inside of the bag is anti-static but the outside is not. That's why people get pissed

xx116xx 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

The inside does not conduct electricity, which is why they use those bags. However, some bags are conductive on the outside, and even though you are not powering the board, you may accidentally short something via the outside of the bag. I did it right on the box, and my system worked fine.

Fishfam 1 point 11 months ago

If Linus does it, it's automatically correct. :P

I certainly don't think it matters, but don't take my word, I've never built a computer before. I just can't see why the box would carry an electrical charge powerful enough to fry the mobo...

Tahab_1 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Bear in mind that you don't need a lot of power to fry it, static electricity is enough!

NeonMane 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Wow, 13 and you spent $1307. How'd you get so much money since you're not old enough to work?

itrice submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

saving, saving, saving, saving some more, and saving. My dad also helped out because he wanted to see me build one.

NeonMane 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Wow. For a few years, I assume?

itrice submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

About a year and a half.

NeonMane 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I may have patience but not that much patience. Great job on the build. I'll be building my machine by the end of the year.

itrice submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks :D

drusso5 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Nice choice choosing the Gigabyte board , If in the future you decide to Hackintosh its good to know your board is going to be almost fully supported.

Your internet may be slow due to your Modem/Router,phone line or yeah what you said Upgrade your internet.

Nice PC :]

itrice submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I do need to upgrade my internet. I really, REALLY want google fiber to come to where I live. I could use some 1gb/s download... I get about 0.8mb/s down. I blame Time Warner.

drusso5 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Your internet will only go to Dial Up speeds if you have used up your data cap that you get per month. If you don't have a data cap then try changing your phone line Filter. If that doesn't work then Mr Warner has to have a phone call.

EcoMCG 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Nice to find another computer person that's the same age as me! Nice PC.

AmplifiedLlama 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Great build mate! :) Good choice with the graphics card. In most cases, buying a good single card is better then two lower end card's in SLI.

itrice submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks.

rapdog90 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

great price considering what you got.

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itrice submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I think it was a pretty good deal. I wish I could have taken advantage of the micro center deals though.

tjb423 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I'm 16 and couldn't afford anything close to this sexy beast

Adamantame 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

More pictures please. Also, very nice part selection and detailed description. +1

itrice submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I'm going to use a better camera and take lots of pictures tomorrow. Thanks!

javyer58 1 point 11 months ago

Gr8 build m8 I r8 8/8! :D I'm only 3 years older and I'm hoping to save enough money to build mine by the end of the year to approach Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Great CPU/GPU choice because hyperthreading for gaming is not a requirement to enjoy the ULTIMATE experience. I'd like to have the same budget only for the build like you, but I have to buy monitor, keyboard, mouse, headset, fans, and a wireless adapter because I can't reach an Ethernet cable to my room so that reduced it to only $1100.

itrice submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

"Only"?! :P That is still a lot to work with. You could go AMD for the gpu and save quite a lot. I still want a mechanical keyboard since i'm using a dell one from 2007 until I save up more money. Good luck :D

Also glad you like it :)

javyer58 1 point 11 months ago

HAHAHAHA! Yeah, but high-end AMD GPUs (R9 280X) are too large to fit my case. (Guardian 921 RB) Yeah, it was a mistake. I wanted a H440. :'(

DodecPCs 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

You could run a Hackintosh with that rig if that is ever something you wanted to look into.

GilChris95 1 point 11 months ago

Wow. Impressive for such a young dude. Good build!

rexo12 1 point 11 months ago

Nice. I'm the same age and i wish i had that money to spend xD

Bladedrummer 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Rock solid build, good job!

candy 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

You shouldve gotten an R9 290. Cheaper and faster

itrice submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I think I should have gotten an R9 290x which is on 780ti level.... the one thing i'd change :P

Ioneriona 1 point 8 months ago

The Radeon R9 290X is overkill. I have a MSI Radeon R9 270X and it can run pretty much anything. You could save a little if you got that GPU instead of a 290X. I can run pretty much anything on ultra or very high.

Bando 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Awesome build. Good work on the cable management, really love to see that.

Was about to give you a warning about the static bag but I see that's been covered all ready.

+1

bbakker09 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Always have loved NZXT cases, I'm sure you'll be happy with it. Only suggestions from personal experience would be to get another SSD. I started with one 128gb ssd and one 1TB hdd but once you get used to ssd's you can't live without them; and games are getting much bigger +20GB. I would have picked memory that matched since they all cost about the same, but overall good build nice job.

itrice submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I plan to maybe get a 500gb ssd whenever I have the money. The first thing I need to do is get a new monitor. I'm using a gateway FPD1520 until I get a new one.

TheTekJake 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Wow! Great build! I just recently did my own build using similar parts. I'm 15 but I have built multiple systems in the past. Fantastic job, it will last you many years!

itrice submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

your's is really cool too >.>

and thanks :D

WillrusWalrus 1 point 10 months ago

Well done I have the same build but I have a 770 and a diff mother board +1 good build

nehemiahawesome1 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I'm 11. i think you got some christmas money.