Description

This build was for my little brother, who aspires to become a YouTuber. He saved up for a couple of years and this was the result. The aim was a PC that could record semi-intensive games at 60fps 1080p and had all the peripherals he needed. As you may have guessed, his favourite colours are black and red and the build was kept to that scheme. The budget was $1.4k AUD, though I had a GPU to contribute.

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UPDATE:

Been a couple of years, and he's now started playing Project Cars, Kerbal Space Program and Rocket League. Also uses it a bunch for watching and making videos, as well as programming on Scratch. Really glad we went all out!

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The i5-6500 was appealing because of it's quad-core processor, upgrade path and price. I didn't plan on overclocking it to ensure the PC ran as long as possible, even if I left home. I can't say much about it, but it certainly did its job.

The B150A from MSI had the chipset we needed but more appealingly had the black and red colours we wanted, with red LED's around the board. It did everything I wanted it to, although the lights on the board were dimmer than expected. It was fairly easy to use and has room for upgrades in the future.

The HyperX Fury RAM fits our colour scheme, looked nice and was great for the price considering the other options. The DDR4 sticks are standard and should allow him to easily upgrade to 32gb later on.

For our storage, we opted for the 250GB 850 EVO. Although it's not much space, I doubt he will download too many games overall and it's enough to hold the OS and 20-30 games. It was fast, surprisingly sleek and good for the price.

The XFX power supply gives room to upgrade in future, rates highly in terms of safety and has a hybrid option on the back to keep the fan always on or only when it gets hot. This worked great and keeps the quiet PC quit while it idles so he can upload videos overnight without being even audible from the next room over.

The GPU was a 270x from my previous crossfire setup, which I was going to remove anyways when I get my hands on one of the new AMD cards this year. If I didn't give it to him I may have chosen something else, but the 270X performs well and has a beefy cooler in it.

Holding it all together was the budget S340 black case. The cable management options were fair, it looked nice and had more than enough room to manage everything. Unfortunately, one of the USB 3.0 ports on the front panel was busted, but I only found that out once everything was done. I also had a hard time mounting the SSD, as the SATA power cable's junction points straight down and the case doesn't allow for it. Overall, it was a solid choice but it was a little less than I expected.

The peripherals were kept to a low price. The keyboard and mouse shine red and are coated black and was also the cheapest option available. It did what it needed to do and it all works fine. The mouse has two side buttons that he can use to start and stop recording. I was surprised to find that there was no drivers. The DPI switch is inconveniently placed for his hands, but we worked around it.

Similarly, the AOC IPS monitor was at a reasonable size and cost. It has a HDMI output but annoyingly lacked a DVI port. It also doesn't have any inbuilt speakers, but that was fine since we had an old set to plug in. It still looks nice and has great colour. The drivers provided were also difficult to install and has to be done manually if not using the disk.

The HyperX Cloud Pro again met our colours and was a simple headset option with a decent mic and sound. It did its job fairly well and I can't ask for much more considering the price. UPDATE: Broke in two years, probably from pulling on the cable too much. Switched to a wireless alternative.

Finally, the Deepcool LED strip was great. It was a simple install, has great colours and can be fairly easily re-positioned. The adapter is big, but we were able to hide it in the HDD tray area behind the case out of view.

Part Reviews

CPU

Does everything but overclock, great overall.

Motherboard

LED's are a little dim but is a solid board overall. Has handy 'ez debug' LED's which helped me to figure out that I seated the RAM incorrectly.

Memory

Looks nice, good for the price and works well.

Storage

Performs well, good for the price and looks surprisingly good.

Case

Had a hard time plugging in the SATA power cables to the SSD as the connector pointed down and the case didn't accommodate for it. One of the front USB 3.0 ports came busted.

Power Supply

Works well, has plenty of cables and the hybrid fan mode works well.

Monitor

Slim, cheap and has good colour. Do be wary that there is no onboard audio or DVI port.

Keyboard

Feels decent and works well for the price. A good budget option.

Headphones

Good mic & sound for the price, adaptable and works well overall.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 16 points

When an 8 year old has a better pc than you do. * Intense crying in corner*

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

^

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Same

  • 38 months ago
  • 5 points

Hopefully he doesn't try to become a "minecraft youtuber" and does something unique with that awesome build

(Please note, the comments are general satirization of the massive glut of "Gamers" who play on integrated graphics and scream alot, this in no way relates to your brother)

  • 38 months ago
  • 4 points

"...And today we're going to be building a house...."

  • 38 months ago
  • 5 points

"OHMYGOD DIAM0NDZ GUYZ!!!1!"

  • 38 months ago
  • 4 points

Now we're gonna play some HUNGER GEEEMEESSSSSS

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Get r3ady for my 20 sub special: Minigame Mania stay tuned for my trolling vidz

if this video gets 100 views i'm gonna do tf2 guys!!1!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Then CS:GO!

Just out of curiosity, does he play other games along with minecraft? Not sure if you'll see this or not.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

alright guys, im back with new video heavily breathes in mc we are goin to be playin minecraft, because that's the only game I has. lol. today we are going on teh best server ever, mineplex, but they have hackers because their team wins alot.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Angry_Plzen integrated graphics people... Have you ever heard of poor people? Because guess what, I play on a laptop WITH Integrated fraphics WITH inegrated, and I hope this foesnt mess you up, and AMD Radeon. Im poor, Im proud. :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Well an AMD APU is still better than hd 4000

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

integrated graphics

lold because its true

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Dang son XD more pics please

+1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Added some of the internals, that's all I've got :P.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

nice bruh

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

What a lucky 8 year old and a nice big bro. Congrats guys!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

This is the cutest thing ever and I really hope we see him on YouTube in the future. I'm sure he appreciates this build!! Didja let him help build it at all, or watch?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

He put in the RAM and a couple other simple things, and he can now look through the window and tell me what they're called and what they do :D

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

That's great! He'll be making his own builds in no time!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, I'm your long lost brother NOW BUILD A PC SLAVE

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

lol minecraft masterrace

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Why exactly is the ssd hanging at an angle like that? Were the sata cables too short? Being bent at odd angles?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The SATA power cable connector goes straight down and the case doesn't accommodate for that so I had to tie it down with a cable tie.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that SSD placed down properly?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not. The SATA power cable connector goes straight down and the case doesn't accommodate for that so I had to tie it down with a cable tie.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

building an 8 y/o a let's play computer

why would you do this. why. but nice build tho good part choices

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

When I was 8, I had my dads dell optiplex 755. And my PC today isn't even as powerful as that eight year olds.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

When I was 8 I had a Ps2 with 8 gb of storage. I was a proud child

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

if you think this is bad... my friend got a gtx titan for 500$ from his uncle and all he place is mine craft. I have been trying to get him to play some triple A titles like bf4 and bo3 and gta but with no luck. he has a better pc than me I only have a gtx 970 and i play the triple a titles.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG lmao

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy ****. This is for an 8 yr old, jesus. Im so jelly rn

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

*all the people roasting this kid making comments about minecraft, while im just here thinking how cool it must be to have an older sibling in the pcmr.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

of course he is playing minecraft

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  • 38 months ago
  • 10 points

My PC when I was 8... <<The Potato 8000>>

  • CPU: Potato Chips
  • MB: Potato Fries
  • GPU: Mashed Potato
  • RAM: Baked Potato
  • PSU: Plain Potato
  • Case: Potato Skin
  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

My PC when I was 8...was my Dad's PC when I was 8. I got to go on it for an hour at a time with Mom and/or Dad's permission.

I didn't get my own computer until I was 15 and my parents got me a Dell (back when "Dude you're getting a Dell" was every other ad) because they were tired of me needing to use my Dad's for everything I had school related.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

mine when i was 8 til i was 18 was a gateway pc with a crt monitor

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Kids just don't know how much desk space was needed simply to house your monitor with less than a quarter the resolution you can buy today. Any flatscreen was such a massive upgrade from those.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

mine:

gameboy advance

ripstick

gap t-shirt

pokemon

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Well he's now grown into Project Cars, Rocket League and Subnautica! Putting it to use nowadays.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Then again, maybe our older siblings didn't care about us as much either.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Luckily my father has always worked in tech so I knew at a young age, but I still didn't make my own build from scratch until this year...