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This is my son's first computer. Today was his 9th birthday and he wanted a computer of his own, so I obliged for 2 reasons. (1) I've not built a computer in about 3 years, so was probably more excited than him at the prospect of getting to build again and (2) he won't be hogging my computer all the time. I had originally planned on buying a used computer from an office or something and doing minor upgrades, but I thought in the long term this would cause more problems when more serious upgrades were required.

Build time took about 1.5 hours. The case was actually really nice to work in, it had holes for cables almost exactly where I wanted them all to be and it's fairly spacious. The only difficulty I had was when trying to install the front Noctua fan using the rubber "screws". I couldn't contort my hand to get the bottom one pulled right through. Then I realised I could pull them through before putting the fan in place and pulling the rubber thingy through the front of the panel, which was super simple. Not sure if it shows in the pictures, but the AMD cooler pre-applied paste looked "dirty", which I haven't experienced before. Also the Noctua fan had actually been used or tested, someone had already mounted it using screws, so the plastic was worn from that.

The parts list is accurate, but unfortunately pcpartpicker doesn't always have the same stock so I've had to manually provide the URLs and/or pricing.

EDIT - Nobody pointed it out yet, but I couldn't find the original box for the RX470, and it was already in my Vega box, so I just left it in there. He'll probably get that card one day anyway :)

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  • 6 months ago
  • 4 points

the only question I have is: did you have to replace the thermal paste on the cpu cooler? does it still maintain a good temperature? other than that this is a pretty decent build. for a nine year old anyway :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't replace the thermal paste. It was only a couple of specks of dirt, I really doubt they have caused any thermal issues - well not yet anyway, the temperatures all appear to be fine for having a stock cooler.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

noice

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Unless your overclocking the cpu should be cool (no need to replace the thermal paste on the stock cooler) And last a long life Hope this helped you : )

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I wish I got a computer for my ninth birthday

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Same

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Me too, so when I had the chance to do it, I jumped at it.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build. sensible parts and a good price. quiet power practical speedy.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I did skimp on some parts, but that just leaves room for simple future upgrades, such as RAM, another SSD, better CPU cooler, etc.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

i don't think you skimped in any menaingful way. The only other thing i would personally add is a hard drive but like you said you can add that later. I consider "skimping" doing something that means ou are forced to waste part of your investment to upgrade. for instance purchasing a ddr4 gt 1030. Everything you have wont be invalidated by a later purchase.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree, I did chose my word badly there. I meant that I only went for one drive, and "only" 8GB RAM. If I had built it for myself, I wouldn't have settled for that. But I thought about the games that will be played on it (mainly Minecraft and Roblox), and I was pretty happy with the decisions I made.

PS - I like the builds you have posted and also stole your idea of posting the PerformanceTest results too.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

not stealing if its offered ;)