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Building a Friend from School's PC #2

by cyc88

Description

Hello PCPartPicker. I'm a 13-year-old in 8th grade, building PCs for my friends. I help them choose the parts based on their budget, I help them build it, and help them do their setup.

Disclaimer: This is my friend's PC, not mine. If I had this much money, I would not spend it all on a PC.

Okay. First of all, I'm going to address the elephant in the room. Yes, it is 4000 dollars. No, you did not see it wrong. It's my friends birthday present from his parents and I'm not here to judge. Basically, my friend wanted the best gaming, streaming, and workstation pc for 4000 dollars. So, I got him just what he asked.

So the i9 (probably 600 dollars overkill but he wanted it really badly), was for pretty much everything from gaming to workstation tasks and the 1080 Ti is just a 1080 Ti, amazing for everything. I was really fortunate to help my friend build this really premium pc. He chose the case for RGB purposes and everything syncs up except for the GPU which isn't that important. I just finished building the PC today and it was a really fun experience.

Thanks!

Part Reviews

CPU

Awesome for pretty much everything.

Motherboard

Aura Sync is awesome. BIOS is awesome.

Case

Building in it was complicated. Wish it had a toolless design. RGB was good tho.

Operating System

Umm...

Monitor

Really premium monitor. Was 200 when bought. Good deal.

Comments Sorted by:

ReverseFlash 8 points 6 months ago

I wish my friends gave me these kinda presents

cyc88 submitter 2 Builds 6 points 6 months ago

It was from his grandparents.

ReverseFlash 9 points 6 months ago

I wish my grandparents gave me these kinda presents

Nainoo 2 points 6 months ago

lmao

nonoesimposible 3 points 6 months ago

Part Reviews

Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit
Umm...

My thoughts, exactly.

cyc88 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

lol

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

7.8/10 stars. Too much spyware.

nonoesimposible 4 points 6 months ago

0/10 stars. It's from Microsoft.

Shakaron 4 Builds 3 points 6 months ago
  • Overkill? Yes.

  • Well build? Yes.

  • Do I want it? Yes. :)


To add some critics (without addressing overkill components): I would have chosen faster RAM (3000 MHz at least) and a 1440p display instead.

cyc88 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 6 months ago

Thanks for the input! Honestly, my friend just really wanted the processor, so...

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I can understand that. Back when I was first choosing parts for my PC I was really set on a Titan X. Thank god I couldn't afford one at the time.

Draynged -1 points 6 months ago

Ram speed can easily be OC'd and the speed honestly doesn't matter at all better off getting lower speed and more sticks!!!, the monitor though, is a must, the 1080ti bottlenecks at 1080p, not for real but for real.....

Shakaron 4 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Ram speed can easily be OC'd and the speed honestly doesn't matter at all better off getting lower speed and more sticks!!!,

You do that. I'll stick with high-speed RAMs instead. There is absolutely no gain having "more sticks". 16 GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming. In fact, 8 GB is totally fine with almost all the games. (I say this, as I haven't seen a game that actually uses more 8 GB of RAM including the OS's RAM usage, but I couldn't possibly test all the games, could I?)

So you spend double the money on "more sticks", I'd rather spend a few percents more on faster RAM.

Ram speed can easily be OC'

And XMP can be loaded even more easier.

the [RAM] speed honestly doesn't matter at all

Linus Tech Tips says otherwise

the monitor though, is a must, the 1080ti bottlenecks at 1080p,

I have no idea what you're talking about. I bet you don't either...

How would the monitor resolution have any effect on the performance of the GPU? The GPU can run at 100% and produce e.g. 300 frames a second. But the GPU running at 100% could happen on 1440p as well (producing e.g. 170 fps) or the same GPU could still run at 100% on 4K (generating e.g. 75 fps).

The GPU could run just as well at maximum performance (thus "bottlenecked") running any display.

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Agree with 16GB being the max for any gaming. Not sure on ram speeds making a noticeable difference, as every experience I've heard equates to "There isn't much noticeable improvement, but it doesn't hurt".

I think that what he means in regards to the 1080p bottleneck, is that the screen resolution really could be a bottleneck, depending on how the end user makes use of the screens. From experience, a single 1080ti can handle 1440p max settings at a stable ~120. So, if he doesn't use Nvidia surround; then sure he'll be getting ~250fps, but it really doesn't make that much of a difference.

IMO, OP should have gotten a single G-Sync 1440p screen, or maybe a 21:9 curved. Dual screens in surround tend to mess with your visuals (I only recommend odd numbers of screens in surround), and G-Sync/Free-Sync work wonders with smoothing frame rates.

Shakaron 4 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

that the screen resolution really could be a bottleneck

I get what you mean, I just don't think this is called "bottleneck". This word is totally overused (just like every component is called gaming today). I get that the GTX 1080 Ti is probably too much for 1080p and one would probably be fine with a GTX 1070 or GTX 1060 as well at this resolution.

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I just use 'Bottleneck' as a synonym for 'the only part that will make a difference if upgraded'. I guess it just depends on whether you consider the PC's performance, or the end user's overall experience, as the total bottle.

If we're considering the overall bottle to be the graphics quality that your eyes see, then I would consider a 1080p screen a bottleneck. Upgrading any other part won't really yield a graphical improvement.

CrazyKyle101 2 points 6 months ago

I don't even get enough money to afford a 1050 and I'm the same age

cyc88 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah. Really jealous of his setup. And by jealous I mean JEALOUS AF.

wurpy 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

The fact that the i9 is in tbere killed me. However good job with the build! That’s what matters.

cyc88 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

That's what he wanted, so...

DeriamJVC 2 points 6 months ago

Should've invested a bit more on storage, 1TB isn't enough for an overkill build.

cyc88 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

ikr

Nainoo 2 points 6 months ago

I respect you, you're intelligent, I hope you can build one of these for yourself in the future.

cyc88 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

That would be amazing. Working hard to save up for one rn.

Nainoo 1 point 6 months ago

good luck!

Bucklestick 1 point 6 months ago

TWO 144Hz monitors?!

Dear Santa...

cyc88 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Yeah. I recommended ultrawide but he really wanted two monitors.

I_Am_Atomix 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

The fact that a 13 year old has a pc about twice as good as mine not only makes me jealous, but makes me wish my parents would still give me money for gifts. Great build regardless, looks amazing!

cyc88 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

He's actually 14. Thanks btw!

anthony8989 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Just the one 1080 Ti? pffft

cyc88 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

lol

PurpleTurkey 1 point 6 months ago

If I may ask, what does your friend play/do? The only 14-15 year olds I know only play games like fortnite, pubg and overwatch. Nevertheless, good build.

cyc88 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I honestly have no idea.

beemovie 1 point 4 months ago

VR 144Hz Hentai

Draynged 1 point 6 months ago

All that money, I would've done so much better, honestly it's nice, but they gave you all that money and this was you answer??!! Oh he is 13, now I see..... Nice build and all, but for that kind of money, just.....wow

cyc88 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

It's my friend's. Yeah. I would have gotten a cheaper one and saved the money.

WalkerBoh39 1 point 5 months ago

Excellent job.

cyc88 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Thx.

XxxDogMuncherxxX 1 point 5 months ago

This is a terrible waste of money, you should not have let him been brainwashed you should have had an 8700k or 2700x for a lot cheaper and you could have had 4 sticks of ram a decent cooler and extra money for more RBG

patmanizer 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I read your description with a kid's voice in my head...weird :) You're an awesome, skillful friend!

cbg1992 1 point 2 months ago

Hello. Does LED strip, fan hub and LED hub can be removed? Thank you

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