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12 year old attempts to build a pc.

by Mr.Quack

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80 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 18, 2016

Date Built

Aug. 15, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.30GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

35.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.78GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

Description

EDIT: Added a WIFI card and cleaned up the cables (Added benchmarks for those who care)

Hello, Thanks for checking out this build! Now, I would say this is the biggest jump I had made regarding technology, I had been gaming with a laptop with a max of 30 fps, I have never experienced 60 fps on anything, well, maybe chrome, If you classify that as a game, Joking aside, This was my first time EVER building a computer and it has been a blast, I never imagined myself to be able to put together a computer and get it to work, I Only imagined myself going to best buy and buying whatever they had that was in my budget. But I decided I wanted to build my own computer and join the pc master race. My dad doesn't know much about how to put together computers, he just knows the basic parts of a computer, which meant, I had to do this alone, No help, no nothing. Now, this part list is at least the 50th version of what could have become the final version, tons of research and tons of Linus tech tip videos, and thus SkyNet was born, I switched between a lot of parts, Mainly the GPU, Now, If pascal didn't come out before August I would have been stuck with a GTX 960/R9 390 right now, I also learned a few things that saved me a lot of money

  1. I didn't need a $200 motherboard
  2. I didn't need an AIO
  3. I could do perfectly fine with a locked i5

I'm not going to pretend as if my cable management was top notch, but I think I did okay. Now, This is the part that somehow makes people angry, My age, I'm 12, But I don't see how getting a pre-built computer makes me less spoiled or whatever, now that I got my age out of the way, let's talk about building this. It was easier than anyone ever told me it would be, people were worrying me too much about things like installing the 212 EVO, or installing the motherboard into the case, It was so easy installing the 212 EVO, you just had to make sure:

  1. You follow the instructions
  2. Your hand is good at twister.

The part that I somehow struggled with the most, was installing the sp-120 fan, Because the holes weren't pre-threaded I had to push with all my power to get the screws in, But I did it, Now, it was time to boot up the pc for the first time, Nothing happened, Why? My power supply was turned off, So I tried again, with the power supply turned on, Nothing happened again? Now, because I was panicking I pressed the reset switch, It turned on, My 1070 started giving me seizures by going into Nyan cat mode, which made me now it was working, The sp120 lit up, and the hyper 212 EVO fan started spinning, So I accidentally routed the front panel connectors wrong, but I rerouted them. People thought this would be a fail, they thought a 12 year old couldn't build a computer and also use proper grammar, but I guess I proved them wrong? I mean, It works, and there are only 2 cables in sight, Mission accomplished? But yeah, people trusted me with $1350 worth of computer stuff and I delivered.. I named this beast Skynet, why? because I'm brain dead and couldn't think of any other names.

(Please don't hate on me because of my age)

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent processor, I love it, runs at 15-25c (Idle) and 30-40c on gaming load with my hyper 212 evo.

CPU Cooler

Easy to install, somehow people kept saying it was hard to install blah blah blah, It's not, you just have to follow the instructions and look at a few videos on youtube, If I can do it with my clumsy hands, anyone can.

Motherboard

Great motherboard, It was easy to see which things are which, everything is labeled and there are also red LED's.

Memory

I mean, it works? How do you expect me to review ram?

Storage

One terabyte was enough for me, I didn't need more, well, at least for now.

Video Card

Dead silent, lots of LED colors to chose from, Fans only spin when the 1070 reaches a certain temperature. Nice back plate too!

EDIT: The gigabyte GTX 1070 has a problem with fans if you don't update the bios, It will keep doing that buzzing noise which if you ask me, is extremely irritating

Case

Awesome case! Love it, everything was so clear (Maybe not the PSU bracket, but I will get to that later) Plenty of room for cable management, Standoffs are installed by default, Manual is clear enough for me to understand. The 200mm fan in the front DOES NOT light up blue even though in the preview pictures it does, It's just a blank 200mm fan, that from my testing does not run at more than 850 RPM Now, The power supply installation was really weird, This is why I suggest you look at the pcpartpicker guide to see how to install that, It may be a little finicky to get everything lined up properly, but It works, Any side panel can fit in any of the four sides of the case, which I thought was pretty neat.

Power Supply

it's a great power supply, I saw it had a 10/10 on Jonnyguru so I picked it up, I had to knock off one star because of the 24 pin power cable, It's near impossible to put it into the connector on the motherboard by yourself without any gap, I literally had to push as hard as I can to get it into the motherboard, but otherwise It's great!

Wireless Network Adapter

It's okay for a wifi card I guess, My ping isn't exactly great, but it's alright

Case Fan

It lights up, It spins, It pushes air, 10/10

Comments Sorted by:

darkarmy 5 points 15 months ago

That is nuts i'm 13 but now you got me thinking about doing the same.

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

It's easy, Just watch videos on the parts you have bought, and you should be good to go <3

darkarmy 1 point 15 months ago

thanks and cool pc

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

You're welcome

darkarmy 1 point 15 months ago

you are around my age and your a tech god could you please tell me if this is a good pc http://pcpartpicker.com/list/LdZmkT

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Tech god? No, Enthusiast? Sure, Honestly, I would change the 750ti for a rx 460 or rx 470, Also, swap out the h110 motherboard for a h170 or a b150 motherboard, And please get rid of the NEX powersupply, if you really want to go for EVGA get a GS or G2 powersupply, also, You might want to get a ATX motherboard, because the case has a window and it's ATX, So it will drive you crazy if you are OCD, I really don't like External hard drives at all, but if you like them then go for it.

Caipiradoarizona 2 points 15 months ago

Nice build! This looks almost identical to the build that I am planning for Black Friday (hopefully this way I can keep it under $1000). You'll have to do a follow up with some benchmarks! Great job!

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Yeah, My windows key didn't work, which is why I don't have benchmarks or load temps, got it refunded though, I will keep you updated!

Breezy29 2 points 15 months ago

Just giving you a heads up, Black Friday deals have been known to be a little bit of a let down for computer parts. Don't get me wrong, you could find a deal or two, but they're usually on products that have big markups. You might be able to get a case, mouse/keyboard, lower/mid-end monitor, something that they have a lot of stock in or something not selling well...etc.

What I am trying to say is if you find a good deal on something now until black friday, don't hesitate to take it. Currently there are some great deals on various products (I just grabbed a 6600k, SSD for cheap!)

Caipiradoarizona 1 point 15 months ago

Good to know. Thanks for the heads up!

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah, Breezy is right about that.

IlikeTech 2 points 15 months ago

I think you did a good job. I'm also 12, and I'm considering doing this as well. :)

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

You should definitely do it, It's not as intimidating as it sounds.

IlikeTech 1 point 15 months ago

Still doing research, also, I still need to do some more work for the money :)

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Good luck :)

IlikeTech 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks, My current computer is a core 2 duo lel

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Your current computer was better than my computer literally 5 days ago.

RaspberryPiFan 8 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

No hate. I'd say almost the majority, if not the majority of people on here are minors.

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

That is true, But most of them never post a build.

RaspberryPiFan 8 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

I have posted quite a lot. And that isn't all of my builds.

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

:3

RaspberryPiFan 8 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

:3

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Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Nothing, That was just a face, Since I didn't know how to respond to your other reply, sorry.

TedTheOperator 2 points 15 months ago

Nice build, you have great writing skills. +1

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

<3

geoglas 2 points 15 months ago

Put it this way - I'm in my thirties and just starting out on my first build, so hats off to you! Taking on a project, doing the research and seeing it through to completion is something to be proud of.

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Thank you so much, Every comment that is supportive means a lot to me, Because I waited 8 months for the beast <3

MADMAN987 2 points 15 months ago

Dope build man. +1

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Thank you so much <3

hpopper301 4 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Roughly $1061 USD from CAD(In case someone was wondering).

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah, sounds about right!

Breezy29 2 points 15 months ago

"Please don't hate on me because of my age"......... if every 12 year old wrote like you, the internet would be a much better place lol. Honestly, I am very impressed that you not only researched everything by yourself but also built the system from the ground up.

On to the build, great job picking efficient parts. Very impressed that you spent a little more for that G2 PSU. I'm currently purchasing all the components for my first build and I am also using: G2 550W, Core V21, 1070 GTX (I went with ASUS), 212 EVO.

I was super nervous about going Micro-ATX with a 212 EVO. I never realized how big that cooler is. From what you're saying, it shouldn't be a problem...I was a little nervous that it wouldn't fit over the ram.

Recommendation: Grab a nice A-Data 240gb SSD. I got mine on sale for ~$73 tax included.

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 3 points 15 months ago

A SSD is definitely the next upgrade, The case is Very very big, or at least bigger than it seems, will fit the parts nicely, no problems with the 212 evo, However, since I can somehow move my hand in weird positions you might want someone to help you install the 212 evo, Also, you can move the fan up a little (One inch I think) If you run into some ram clearance issues, From the begging I wanted it to be me and me only that would build it, I will be sure to check out your build, It seems really close to mine, and yeah, I agree, Most 12 year olds are squeaky/annoying and impatient, I didn't want my age to stop me from doing this awesome project, Thank you for the compliments <3

Maxxoz 2 points 15 months ago

Lol, you just stale my stuff to write down in my build description. I was supposed to be a hero because of my age, and it being delayed. I was supposed to have a delayed build!

Just kidding, your build's awesome. You do however have a lot of stuff that's the same with me... jk

Maxxoz 1 point 15 months ago

*stole. I'm such an idiot.

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Quick note: This build was built by me and me only, I got no help from anyone around me, I wanted it that way :3 Thank you all for the support <3

Maxxoz 1 point 15 months ago

Nice work man! I just turned 15 a while ago, and I have been researching PCs since late 2015 like no-life. Where other kids play games, I do research and research. I planned on building it in April, but... yeah stuff happened. I will be building it Saturday! But well done, and nice to see a build without:

  • A cheap *** case
  • NZXT S340 (good, but overrated)
  • a sh*tty PSU
  • A NEX PSU (whoa all caps)
  • Stupid H110 motherboard
Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Haha, I would never EVER spend less than $100 Canadian on a PSU, For crying out loud, It's the thing that is responsible for running your pc, and also, Good luck on your build! I will be sure to look at it once you upload it! __^ And yeah, research, research and research is what I have been doing for the past 8 months, It started out as a modest i3 4170 + 750 ti rig and quickly escalated to a build with a i5 6500 + GTX 1070

Maxxoz 1 point 15 months ago

Nice man, lol I've been researching this long like you! I have built the pc like today, but I need to sleep (Netherlands here, it's 23:45). Tomorrow I'll do some cable management and make some pics hopefully, hope that I can post it on Monday or so. It works!

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Okay! Good, I will check it out when it's done <3

cfweber13 1 point 15 months ago

Benchmarks?

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I will do that as soon as I can, I got a windows key that didn't work/was used before, It's going to take a while for me to finally get everything set, Sorry.

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 15 months ago

Nice build, +1 (BTW I'm 14 and planning) :)

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Very nice, It's not hard at all to build computers, just watch at least 100 hours of linus and you should be good to go :)

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 15 months ago

Or get your dad or a best friend to help you. :)

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

But here is the best thing, I didn't need anybody :)

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 15 months ago

Probably the same here. Except if I make a (potentially) massive stuff up.

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Don't worry it's highly unlikely you will, if you need help, the pcpartpicker build using the core v21 uploaded on their youtube channel helped me a lot.

NinjaLouis 1 point 12 months ago

Same

Maniackillah17 1 point 14 months ago

I'm just looking for a 900$ build and I like this one I might build the same.

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Alright! good luck

Viice 1 point 14 months ago

I would have taken an additional 128 or 240GB Boot SSD, or take the WD Black if you would only go for 1 HDD.

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I considered a SSD, but for me it just seems like a waste of money.

Battouter 1 point 14 months ago

So it seems like the cm 212 won't clear the 1st ram slot of that board. Is that correct?

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

If I were to get one of my ram sticks and place it in the 1st slot there would be a 2mm gap between the fan and the ram stick, if you find it doesn't fit for you just move the cm fan up a centimeter or two.

memewaffle 1 point 14 months ago

Only complaint I have in this is that you used the Ripjaws 4 Ripjaws 5 looks cooler and actually runs properly as advertised. The Ripjaws 4 are actually clocked lowed than what they say on the box, it says 2133, but it's really 2000. This is because they were one of the first varieties of DDR4 to come out

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

It isn't a big deal to me, Sure, I may have spent a little more than I should have, but It really doesn't make a difference for me.

SenpaiUchi 1 point 14 months ago

Our builds is almost the same except for the Graphics Card, Case and Motherboard. :D

10/10 would push out the air again!

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Haha, Nice!

MrDucks 1 point 13 months ago

What monitor is that

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Acer K272HL

MrDucks 1 point 13 months ago

Why didn't you choose a 144 hz monitor over that

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

It was my dads old used monitor, and quite frankly, It costs way too much

MrDucks 1 point 13 months ago

A 144 Hz 1080p would do just fine the GTX 1070 won't shine as 60hz will mean you won't see any change from anything over 60 fps

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I get that, It's better than being stuck with 30 fps, For me, I can't notice a difference between 60 and 144hz

darkarmy 1 point 12 months ago

hey you should change that Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case for a Deep cool teseract

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

That case is pretty low end, Not very good cable management compared to my TT core V21 case. I did consider it once.

Shadowriser609 1 point 12 months ago

Mr. Quack you made my day. To see kids taking interest into this is amazing. +25 for you.

Mr.Quack submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

:D

codespyder 1 point 11 months ago

This is even more impressive because you're 12. No hate at all. Great build. I'm 27 for goodness' sake and I'm learning from your build.

CarCat 1 point 4 months ago

I'm 11, and when I saw this in the build list I got inspired; I'm not the only kid my age crazy enough to build a computer! Also, the memory review is so me. I just click the size I want, sort by price low to high, and bada bing bada boom! Also, Kingston "ValueRam" is some of the most expensive; so much for value!

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