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A teenagers first Desktop and gaming rig

by jbeach1



Date Published

Dec. 13, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 6, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.303 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.303 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

43.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C


This rig is the first Desktop PC that I have ever owned as well as it is my first gaming PC. For a 16 year old it is all that I need and it has room for upgrading in the future. I use it to play modern games like Battlefield and DayZ (see below) but it will also handle some designing/school work. There were no problems in building it besides the PSU not seating correctly (I fixed this by using three screws). I studied much before and spent probably the whole 2 - 3 weeks previous constantly watching YouTube videos and reading guides and reviews. In the end, my fears of faulty parts were quashed and the whole process including Windows setup and installing drivers was very easy. The PC loading into BIOS the first time I hit the power button was an awesome feeling.

Basic Gaming Benchmarks:

At 1080p max settings in Dayz I roughly get 55 - 75 fps

At 1080p max settings in Battlefield 4 I get about 80-90 fps

At 1080p very high texture settings, standard anti aliasing and effects in Arma 3 is about 45 fps average

Part Reviews


A powerful but not too costly mid level CPU, works perfectly.


This motherboard has all of the basics for a first time build like 1 x16 PCIe slot although you might need a fan splitter


8GB of RAM is standard these days and the heat-sink/cover is not too big and flashy like some others.


A basic but valuable component, 1000 GB of mass storage is usually enough.

Video Card

This is one of the best cards for the price to performance ratio. This card works perfect to max games out at 60 FPS


This cases outside is black and minimalist, the inside is also all black and it comes with two nice fans the front having an LED. Finger prints sometimes linger on the case and I also had a bit of trouble getting the PSU and motherboard to seat properly. Cable management consists of pushing cables into unused drive bays but its a mini tower that was expected. Overall its a great mini tower case.

Power Supply

For most mid ranged builds, 550 watts is all that is needed. It comes with all of the cables that you need if your buying a 550w PSU. Its a high quality supply, the cables look nice inside of any case and I have not had any problems with this PSU.

Comments Sorted by:

Justiceinacan 7 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Good deals you got there, awesome job.

Chickenboy103 2 points 26 months ago

This is an amazing build congratulations on your build. i'm three years younger and i made mine, now i have to buy it.

Flamearky 2 points 26 months ago

I shall soon join you on your adventure of gaming fellow teen.. once i get a job ofc lol

critti00 5 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Good Job on your 1st build. +1 from me.

romen100713 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Awesome PC for the money, way better than I did for the money. +1

A few things I would have personally done is get the i3 6100 + cheap z170 mobo + cyorig c7. Reason being is that you can overclock locked processors on the z170 with a specific bios, giving you the same performance for the money and the option to get an unlocked processor for the future. Another thing is that the z170 motherboard allows to overclock the ram as well, which will lead to a more stable fps in game.

Mariomash 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

i used to suggest that too but the bios is irrelevant now

Wolfemane 7 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Irrelevant how? I've got a z170n-wifi board. Straight out of the box, no updates, overclocked my 6100.

Mariomash 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

the bios is pretty damn old and its preffered to get the newer one for stability

Wolfemane 7 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

First off it's not old. Was released 3/11/16. And other than a beta bios, it is the most current bios. The bios for most boards supporting non K overclocking are either current bios, or previous.

And second...

It's never recommended to update bios unless there is a legitimate reason. And it's usually to resolve a problem that might be happening or to update the board for a new gen of CPUs. The only update my board has seen is an update for XMP support, which I've had 0 issue with. It will see a new update when Kaby Lake rolls out.

Updating bios won't improve performance for a machine experiencing no issues. It might even make a stable system unstable.

Mariomash 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

also you may have gotten it when they still advertised BCLK, now they are trying to get rid of any evidence of bclk

Wolfemane 7 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Bought my board two months ago.

No they aren't. Both asrock and Gygabyte still support it to the point of modifying their boards to improve stability. Asrock is far more vocal about it, but Gigabyte is supporting it. They've even updated a number of boards to include external blck generator on the board. They call it Turbo-b clock.

But all the major brands can still do it. And the bios to do most are the previous version from current bios.

romen100713 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

How so?

Mariomash 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Its an old bios so it might have issues mate

benito49 1 point 8 months ago

wasted money on parts if you wanted you could have gotten a NVidia gpu and saved about 40 dollars. Anyway nice specs could you run some benchmarks.

ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 Build -5 points 26 months ago

i got a better computer for the money (not trying to insult you or criticize you. i'm 15 and just built a pc). i cheaped out on the processor (i5 6400 vs. your 6600), got a slightly more expensive (B150M grenade from MSI) a 3 gig 1060 (surprisingly more powerful than an 8gig RX480 in dx11 games) a cheaper but more powerful PSU (EVGA 600w 80 plus white), a cheaper hard drive (500gb WD caviar SE), an SSD and a more expensive and higher quality case (deepcool dukase whv2) also my ram costed around the same as yours ($54). it's G.skill ripjaws V (2x4 gig kit at 2133mhz). in doom at max settings at 1080p it gets around 120fps average on the vulkan API. counter strike source, max settings: 280 fps. beamng.drive: 30-60fps on the more taxing maps. 120 fps on the less taxing ones at 1080p max settings. in space engineers it gets around 70 fps average at 1080p at the highest settings (minus Anti Aliasing, but with v-sync on (i need it or else i get horrendous screen tearing on my cheapo monitor)).

AgentKiri 4 points 26 months ago

For 600 build, no lets say 700 build, you got an ssd, please show me where. Second your PSU isn't "better", its efficiency is slightly worse than that of corsair. That means more energy is wasted though heat. Now your video card, yes it does better in DX11 games as AMD suck there. But in future proofing games are going DX12 and the RX480 would throw the 3gb 1060 out of the park. Next part, the ram, unless you also bought one stick, I cannot say much. One stick is better due to its possibility for upgrades. Now storage? again a cheap ssd would be around 30 centish per gig, you're going to pay at least 40 dollars for 128 gb (losing a few gb because of BS way they count the gb in your drive then lose 10 percent for controller you would have 100gb) ssd. Now another 40 on 500gb hard drives. Motherboard, as this is already a budget build, it makes no sense to spend more on a motherboard. Case, a more quality case that cost more than twice? I think you forgot the term budget, every dollar you spend on case is taken off off of hardware. So, I don't think you got "more",for a better deal. His build is amazing for a budget, even with possibilities for upgrades, and I'm not trying to insult you or criticize you. You just need to understand that your build is good for your use and theirs is for them. The extra space on storage might be needed and your computer isnt exactly "better" unless you spent more money.

Flamearky 1 point 26 months ago

Can I just add that you can crossfire if you wanted to with an RX 480 while GTX 1060's get no SLI? My main reason as to why I really like AMD now-a-days.

AgentKiri 1 point 26 months ago

Exactly! With AMD finally closing the catch-up game too with Zen, AMD might actually make prices competitive again. Less money, with decent products wins the game. Not everyone has a ton of money to throw for parts that'll lose its value once the next generation is out. But seriously... Intel + Nvidia does not mean best PC for its price... oh and jbeach1 love the PC mate, but wish you waited one more month for AMD's new architecture to come out.

deathbat6916 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Does the fact I have an Intel/Nvidia rig make me a hypocrite for agreeing with you?

That being said, the 1050 Ti I have on the way is better than the 4GB RX 460 for a similar price. In fact, I got mine for $97.

AgentKiri 2 points 26 months ago

Nope, I have one too (the fact is my CPU is 7 years old bottle-necking my 970). As I did say it doesn't always mean it is the best price/performance. I can argue the 1050 Ti is Nvidia's way of striking back, and its proof that AMD's hack and slashing is keeping prices down.

ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

ADATA 240gb SP550. roughly $60 (USD). and i don't even need 500gb. i could prob. get away with a 128gb m.2 drive for windows and some programs like steam, and the 240gb SP550 for games. also like i said the hard drive was cheaper, and the CPU. and the PSU (i did not say it's better), so yes the money i could have used for a better PSU, CPU and HDD was put in the case. although i did get a slightly better video card for (possibly) less, maybe the same price.

AgentKiri 1 point 26 months ago

Now... M.2 can be the same speed as sata depending on the drive. But honestly an M.2 drive is useless unless its "faster". Again, that is why I said he might need more space. I alone use up 1.5 tb out of my 1.8tb drive. Also if you think 500 gb for games is enough, you don't have much games do you, especially nowadays where most games are leaning to 10 gb. Some can reach even 30, and if you ever heard of a game like ARMA 3 plus mods can take 50+gb! So... I have no idea how you think you can get away with an m.2 drive. Which again, isnt always faster than sata and makes no sense on a budget build. Oh and the video card is worse... again with the Nvidia = kill AMD thing. Nvidia doesn't always mean better bang for buck. Oh and your hard drive choice could had been better. For 10 more dollars you could had gotten the more brand name and reliable samsung 850 evo 250gb. Its larger, faster, and probably much more reliable with 5 year warranty. That's a better steal. You cheap out on the wrong parts and spent more on the wrong parts.

ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

the M.2 i plan on getting is PCIE gen 3x4

AgentKiri 1 point 26 months ago

That means nothing. nvme? Brand? Speed? Ect

vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

a 3 gig 1060 (surprisingly more powerful than an 8gig RX480 in dx11 games)

The 3GB 1060 is worse than the 480.

a cheaper but more powerful PSU (EVGA 600w 80 plus white)

That is a MUCH MUCH worse PSU all around.

a cheaper hard drive (500gb WD caviar SE)

That has half of the storage and bad bang for your buck which would make no sense to get.

ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

note i said more powerful, not better. i also didn't say that the hdd was better either. and watch benchmark videos and i think you'll find that the 3 gig 1060 is indeed better than the 8 gig rx 480 in DIRECT X 11 GAMES. i said dx11 not dx12. that's where the 1060 loses out. also for the person that said the rx 480 is better because you can do multi-gpu setups but you can't with the 1060, that's where you're wrong (sort of). you can do LDA explicit in games that support it. Now let's address the fact that crossfire 480's is horrible value for money. you can get better performance out of a higher end add-in-board 1070 or a cheap discounted 1080 (as opposed to 2 8 gig rx 480's). also in games that don't support crossfire you'll only get the same performance as a single 480, as opposed to a single powerful card where you'll get the same performance no matter what game you play.

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

note i said more powerful, not better. i also didn't say that the hdd was better either. and watch benchmark videos and i think you'll find that the 3 gig 1060 is indeed better than the 8 gig rx 480 in DIRECT X 11 GAMES.


The RX 480 has received a relatively large boost in performance since it has launched due improved drivers. It trade blows with the 6GB GTX 1060 now, the 3GB GTX 1060 is a cut down 6GB GTX 1060 so the RX 480 would be better than it.

ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 Build 0 points 26 months ago

the performance difference between the 3gb 1060 and the 6gb 1060 is very close to nothing. we're talking 1-2 fps difference in most games

AgentKiri 1 point 26 months ago

aaannndd thats why its worse. Not both only in specs, but even in long term where most games are becoming DX12. It might be all flashy now, but with vulkan and DX12, AMD cards have seen massive jumps competing with Nvidia. Their optimization lead isn't so much anymore. But if youre gonna say I'm a AMD fanboy, both my desktop and laptop use nVidia. They just need much more competition. Oh and tell me where you find this "cheap" discounted 1080.

ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

maybe some deals on newegg. i've seen them cost lik $500 on sale

AgentKiri 1 point 26 months ago

500 isnt cheapo... nor is it really much a sale more of supply and demand if you understand what that is. Cheap is like 100-200 usd off average price. Elsewise its just gimmick.

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