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My son wanted a desktop for his birthday (mostly to play Minecraft), and I wanted something that I could use for some mild video editing. So I decided to jump in headfirst on my first desktop build. I got some advice from a co-worker, and he pointed me to this site for more help.

I was going to go with a Pentium G4560, but saw that my local Frys Electronics had the G4620 listed online for $75. Well, I didn't get over to the store until the next day, and it was marked up to $92. They wouldn't honor the previous day's price, but they did have a special on the Core i3-7320 for $99. So I went with that one. Seemed like a good deal compared to what I was seeing for the CPU online.

I might have splurged a little on the motherboard, but I knew my son was going to get more into the whole building process if it had lots of flashing lights and looked cool. Newegg had it for $125 plus $4 shipping with a $20 rebate.

There's nothing special about the RAM ($98), hard drive ($50) or DVD writer ($14). They were just the right price with the right specs.

The case was more about visuals than anything else. It looked cool and has a blue LED fan on the front. It seems like a decent case for the price. It comes stock with one fan in front, two on the top and one more in the back. Two of the fans connect direct to the power supply and are controlled with a high-low switch on the top of the case. The other fans connect to the motherboard but don't have the speed control feature because they have only a three-pin connection. Newegg had the case for $50 plus $6 shipping. PCpartpicker showed SuperBiiz had it for $43, but they also wanted $13 shipping so I just got it from Newegg.

Routing the cables was a little tricky with this case. The access holes were fine, but the space behind the motherboard and the side of the case was pretty tight. I was able to tuck some of the extra cable length under the DVD writer, but that could become a problem if I decide to add anything else that needs an external drive bay.

The power supply is probably bigger than I need, but I wanted the ability to add on later. I like that it's fully modular. The price was right with a $20 rebate and free shipping from Newegg, making it only $34.

I also picked up Windows 10 on CD-ROM ($79) and a 24-inch LG monitor ($88) from Frys.

I haven't decided on a graphics card yet but will be on the lookout for a decent one at a good price. For now, we are using the CPU's integrated graphics capability. I'm leaning toward a GTX 1050ti 4gb. Seems like it will do ok and not break the bank. I'll probably wait until I get my rebates back and put those toward it.

It took me just over two hours to get it all put together thanks to my researching and reading everything I could find about assembly and cable management. It fired up on the first try, and I had Windows and all the drivers installed within about another hour.

My total for the build thanks to shopping around came to $650 after any sales tax and shipping and minus $40 in rebates. Didn't seem too bad for a system that should give us plenty of room to grow.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 5 points

You're a good dad :D

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Dam I wish i was your son...

Great build +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build :D The Gtx 1050 Ti sure is a good card for the money. i have an EVGA Sc gaming 1050 ti in my system and it works awesome! If you can spend just a bit more an Rx570 would be a better option. But if it is too much the 1050 Ti will do really good :) Another idea might be an SSD to install windows on it. The computer boots up waaay faster. Seasonic make really good PSUs so thats a good choice and im sure you will be able to use it for your next build too. Does your Case have an intake for your PSU fan on the bottom with a dust filter? if it has one it might me a good idea to flip the PSU upside down. That way it can suck in cold fresh air. But only do that if the intake on the case has a dust filter Really nice first build :)

+1

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

i would reccomend an rx 470 instead if you get it on sale or with a rebate

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah. rx 470 would be good too :D

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the suggestion on flipping over the power supply. My case does have an intake on the bottom with a removable filter. It took me about 15 minutes to flip it over.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome! i had the intake of my PSU on the top at first. It also tooke me like 15 minutes to flip it over and re-do the cable stuff :D

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

nice budget build man! im sure your son is gonna love it! although you i would change the case to an aerocool-300. but still a great budget build. oh and you could replace the 1050 ti with an rx 560 though it's debatable with dx 11 the 1050 ti is king but on dx 12 the 560 is king but you can't go wrong on any of those cards.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build +1 !

Nice price for the CPU, and the 1050 ti should be able to keep it running very well ! The only thing is, what does your son do that requires 16gb of ram? More ram is better, but I would have opted for an 8gb stick and a 120gb ssd (for OS and some other applications). Overall nice build though, and the cable management seems pretty good in there! :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Right now he doesn't need 16gb of RAM but like you said more is better. Plus I figured 16gb would be a little bit of future-proofing, and I still have two open slots to add more. As for the SSD, I just didn't see the need yet. That's not to say I won't be thinking about adding one. Thanks for the kind words.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Petty good job. Extremely nice that you did this for you son.

Instead of GTX 1050 ti you should consider RX 470 this going for around USD 150-170.

Currently as of 5/22/17 the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC is going for USD$168.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! I would personally go with an RX 470 since they are becoming much cheaper with the launch of the RX 500 series of cards. I've seen some really good deals for them on Newegg and other websites for 140 bucks or so, which is similar in price to many 1050 ti cards.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice little system build. Love it.

Your better off holding out for your rebates and then getting an RX470 when they go on sale (which happen often enough). It brings prices right down to 1050ti level, and you get a card that's 20% - 30% better than it.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Awww what a role model of a dad. It's quite the flashy build! Bet he loves all the lights. Great job!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah the lights were a big hit. He has it set to cycle through all the colors right now. I liked it better with them just glowing blue. I find the changing colors a little distracting, but it's his so he can have the colors his way. Some friends also gave him a lighted gaming keyboard and mouse set that he loves.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I'm the same with the single color. Oooo he's got the full distraction set up now with the keyboard and mouse. Glad he had an awesome birthday and to have a new member in the pc building community.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. A 1060 gtx is ur sweet spot I think. About $180 lowest. Difference between 3gb/6gb is only 2-4fps.im not familiar with amd gpu's

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

An RX 580 would be a better choice, as it's both slightly cheaper and edges the 1060 out in performance, especially in newer titles.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

V nice, and 99 bucks for that i3 is not bad. The extra L3 Cache, and the better IGP are nice perks vs. the 4560.

+1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hope your son enjoys this epic build !

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

if you could have spent 100$ would of went with the 1060 3gb and i5 6400. Also would replace the stock cooler sense it does suck XD. you can get a hyper 212 evo for 20-30 bucks

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a interesting build. I like it!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

should've got him an SSD, that will make his PC a heck of a lot faster if you put the OS on it. you can find cheap new ones on amazon for $50 that gets you 128gb of space for the OS and some programs

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the build and for being an awesome dad.

Intel HD graphics 630 should be good while waiting for graphics card prices to line up with your budget. I used HD 630 to play GTA V at low settings and 30 fps avg until I got my graphics card (don't let your son play GTA V, lol). It was also capable of playing older games at medium settings. Your son will probably be super impressed too when you upgrade the graphics and he can see the difference.

As someone suggested, flip the power supply upside down. The case has an air filtered cut out at the bottom to allow the PSU to pull air from outside. Shouldn't be too hard to flip since it's modular.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build you got there. The coolest thing is that anytime your son grows up a little bit and starts being interested in other games with higher requirements you can simply spend 200-400$ on a decent GPU and he will be set to go. Really nice stuff you got there sir.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

My good sir, you are the parent I aspire to be. Beautiful build, I congratulate you and your son.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Daddy I need this in my life

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

You did a good job with the build, Hope you can do many more for others.

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