Hi guys!!! I'm very excited to post this.
My name is Aidan and I am 13 years old(8th grade). This is my very first time building a PC. I usually play the PS4 but I've been wanting to build a PC for quite some time now. So I decided to save up all my money for almost 2 years and go for it. I also told my entire family(parents, grand parents, god parents, aunts, uncles etc.) that for my birthday, instead of giving me gifts, just please give me cash. So in total I was able to save up almost $1200. So the initial plan was to build a $1000 budget gaming PC and we would've been able to reach that goal but without any of the peripherals. After adding the keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers etc., we came in just shy of $1500. And shout out to my dad because he covered the rest of the expense. All the parts were ordered from 2 store only. Amazon and Newegg using the links from PCpartpicker.
When I first proposed the idea to my parents, my mom was kind of against it but my dad backed me up. My mom wanted me to get a mac book instead so that I can use it in school but I already have a dell laptop(although it's old, it still works) My dad was supportive(partly because he wanted to build one too! lol!) and he told my mom to let me buy what I wanted because it was my money that I saved up and that I should be able to use it for what I want. My mom finally gave in and allowed me to build but there were conditions and she actually had me create and sign a contract. No PC on school days, I can start using Fridays after homework is done, Saturdays and Sundays until before dinner. School projects and homework always take precedence. PC use will be grounded when my grades go down and won't be reinstated until grades go back up. etc etc. True story!
This build is for gaming and school work. I actually have a build vlog on youtube. Here is the link if you guys want to check it out:
I would also appreciate if you guys subscribe to my channel. hehehe!
The build was pretty much all done using PCpartpicker research and a ton of youtube videos. Shout out to Bitwit, JayZ2cents, Linus tech tips and other tutorial vids. The build pretty much went smoothly and actually started on the first boot-up without any snags. One problem we did encounter is I originally wanted to put the radiator up top(exhaust) but it turns out, it didn't fit(it was hitting the RAM sticks) so I had to put it front mount(intake). That delayed me about 1 hour but it was no biggie.
Another problem(and please send me some advice if I can do anything about this) was the T-Force SSD lights I wasn't able to make work. The drive works and I'm using this SSD for my windows boot up. But the RGB lights, I couldn't make to work because it uses a 5 V 3 pin connector and my mobo only has 12 V sockets. So please let me know if there's anything I can do about this because the whole reason I got this SSD instead of a plain one is the lights and it kinda sucks that I can't get to have it light up. :(
My Dad's friend David hooked me up with custom vinyl graphics and his son Sean(my friend) gave me the turtle beach headset(also for my birthday). He has a CNC vinyl cutter so he made my initials into a custom graphic and I put my vinyl initial on pretty much anything I can get my hands on to get that custom look. ACF stands for Aidan Christopher Francisco.
I haven't tried overclocking yet. The games I play are Rocket league, Roblox, Minecraft, Fortnite, PubG, CSGO etc etc so the RX5700 is pretty much adequate for my needs. Maybe I'll do upgrades on my 15th birthday. I really loved how the cable extensions look in my build. It made it look so neat and the colors are nice. I tried my best with cable management in the back but I think I could've done a better job. Of course I had to put the sexy Deadpool as my mascot because his color scheme just matches mine. I certainly wish I had a bigger desk though. That will definitely be part of my future upgrades.
Please let me know what you guys think of my first build and give me advice or constructive criticism on what I should've done better or if there's anything I should add. I also need to know what upgrades I should get in the future(probably in 1 or 2 years)
Thanks for the time guys,