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My Modest 8th Grade First Build

by SeaMonster49

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65 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 4, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

It was Black Friday morning when I went to Micro Center to get some great deals. I was only going to buy a few parts...such as the i7 Skylake, $450 at Amazon, $370 at Micro Center, at the time. An hour later, I walked out of the store with shopping cart holding computer parts with the potential for a machine to destroy all worlds. No here we are, a nice Skylake, 980 ti build.

Overall, everything worked out perfectly, except that the reset button on my case doesn't light up or reset, may be my fault, may not, but is is not essential. My cup and graphics card, as expected, stay at nice and frosty temperatures, for computer hardware at least. The computer is extremely quiet, I don't know the exact decibels, but it sounds just louder than someone's whisper. My motherboard had no issues, so far. Originally, I had Corsair Vengeance LPX, but I turned on my computer one day, and it froze, and everything was messed up. I couldn't figure it out. I took it into Micro Center, and they figured out that it was a problem with the RAM. I traded the Corsair RAM in for Crucial Balisticx Sport, which has worked fine so far. Note: The guy at Micro Center said that he has seen problems with the Corsair LPX before, so if you are planning on getting DDR4, then get the Balisticx Sport which seems to be more reliable. Also, I love the RGB lighting on my Corsair periphrels.

Part Reviews

CPU

Exactly what I expected, a great processor. I have not overclocked, which I might, but I think it will be even better after that.

CPU Cooler

It keeps my processor between 25-30 Degrees Celcius, what else do I have to say.

Motherboard

Easy to assemble with, only had trouble with 1 slot, the reset button on the front panel. The guy at Micro Center recommended this over the regular Z-170A, I forget the difference, does anyone know?

Memory

As I said, my Corsair memory broke, this works fine at a fine clock speed.

Storage

I have never used an SSD before, and it downloads blazingly fast. May need to upgrade storage sometime, right now I am fine.

Video Card

I am getting an unprecedented amount of FPS with this machine. Stays chilly too, so I can do some overclocking sometime.

Case

Great, beautiful case. Cable management was easy to do. Only issue was with the reset button, which I have said about 3 times now. Not a big enough issue to bring it down a star, also, I love the SSD cages.

Power Supply

Honestly, I don't really know what to say besides that it gives enough power, it's quiet, and it hasn't broken.

Optical Drive

It hits the job done and it hasn't broken, good enough for me.

Operating System

So far, I don't have any problem with Windows 10. Everything works fine.

Wireless Network Adapter

It got the job done, planning on going Ethernet sometime.

Monitor

144 Hz, 1 Millisecond response time, 1080p, $250 dollars. Ultimate budget monitor. Not like you'll need them, but the speakers are awful.

Keyboard

This was my first mechanical keyboard, and it felt great. The colors are vibrant. It is hard to describe how it feels like, so here we go: each time my finger pushes down on the key, the world around me slows down. They key begins to descend onto the cushioned pad (SILENT Red) it reaches an end on its journey. The spring pushes the key back up, the journey is over.

Mouse

If feels great, the side buttons can be positioned perfectly.

Headphones

Very comfortable, great sound fits with the RGB theme too, great headset.

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Randomsticker 1 Build 23 points 19 months ago

I hate when ppl with tons of cash call high-end builds like this "modest". No offence, but be more considerate next time

vekspec 5 Builds 7 points 19 months ago

like others said, I doubt it's his/hers. Doubt any 8th grader will have thousands of dollars floating around as his 6th grade build is the same as this one. Looks like a parent building a system for a kid :P but yea I think people should stop calling their builds "#th grade build" or "##yo build"

milesknight 2 Builds 3 points 19 months ago

probably funded by mommy and daddy

xalexc883 2 points 19 months ago

^ Exactly.

BlazeDeltaForce 1 point 6 months ago

Exactly, it obviously funded by is parents or someone else.

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TommyT223 0 points 19 months ago

It is his, and it is real. I know him, both his parents are doctors.

vekspec 5 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

well that proves most of our points, that his family is rich and he is un-needingly blowing money on computers instead of putting it to better use :P

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jcurrier06 3 points 19 months ago

do you have a job or something? Ive been saving up for over a year, and am getting a $1400 PC....

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vekspec 5 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

not at all! big difference between saving up hard worked money and just having money thrown at you and blowing it on $3000 computers, then calling it a "modest 8th grade build" :P

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PC-Enthusiast 1 point 11 months ago

I'm in 9th grade saving for a ~1450 dollar build with my existing peripherals, but the money I'm saving should probably go towards a car... Same with you and this other kid.

vVTyfighterVv 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Back in 8th grade, I was gaming on an Athlon and a GTX 7600gt

milesknight 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

i was using a mac.

TheAtomicDuckling 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Same here :(

vekspec 5 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I was using a Pentium 3 and a NVidia fx5200 lol. and it was the family computer... I didn't have $3000 to spend on a computer as a 8th grade :P

dalesd 4 points 19 months ago

In 8th grade, I had a Commodore 64. I bought it used from the classified ads in the local newspaper with money I earned from my paper route.

vVTyfighterVv 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Did you play Zork? I think that came out on Commodore 64.

mtrapuzz 3 Builds 3 points 19 months ago

I've been building computers since before I was born.

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ROGUE_S1 8 points 19 months ago

MODEST! I wish I was rolling in cash too, I have to raise my own money for a $600 computer with no peripherals. MODEST!!!! This thing is a beast! I wish I could have done my first computer when I wanted to, could've been done in 7th grade but my parents aren't too keen on letting me have/build a computer. I'm almost done with one though. Good job with the part picking, are those the prices you got them at? Water cooling scares me. You should have gone with V-Moda Crossfade LP or Audio Technica M-50x headphones, Corsair is good but not great with headphones. One last thing, what games are you playing? Those are some OP specs. ARC-Caster.com

BenjaminCooley32 1 Build 7 points 19 months ago

700 dollars for the 6700k? wtf why? Also why buy a 1080p monitor with this build? Unless its leftover from a build before this.

vVTyfighterVv 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Upvoted for profile pic

BenjaminCooley32 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks m8 it's pretty dank right

TommyT223 0 points 19 months ago

I know this guy, he's just rich and spends the money because he can.

jcurrier06 5 points 19 months ago

sorry bro, but im gonna give this a downvote. You are in 8th grade, spending $3000 dollars on a PC, and calling it "modest". You seem to show little appreciation for the amount of money you can throw into this....

joshzpants 3 Builds 4 points 19 months ago

My cup and graphics card, as expected, stay at nice and frosty temperatures,

lol Im glad your cup stays nice and cool

expensive but a very, very nice build

vekspec 5 Builds 0 points 19 months ago

haha I totally missed that...

so that's where all the hot air goes...out the back >.>

+1 to you lol

mtrapuzz 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

My cup stays nice and cool in my refrigerator.

detechtive 4 points 19 months ago

An hour later, I walked out of the store with shopping cart holding computer parts with the potential for a machine to destroy all worlds.

This is why you should never go into a technology store alone, it will cause you to go bankrupt real quick.

Retroman 4 points 19 months ago

Full set of RGB peripherals, his age checks out sir.

Ryuhara 3 points 19 months ago

This isn't modest at all. You can build a whole computer for the price of that graphics card.

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mtrapuzz 3 Builds 3 points 19 months ago

Back in my day it was illegal for an 8th grader to work... wait a minute, how did you get to Micro Center?

issac.mantle 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

Modest my left testicle wtf lol.

TheEnderPlays 2 points 19 months ago

8th Grade?!?!

TommyT223 1 point 19 months ago

yep

Diso 2 points 19 months ago

That mousepad will decrease your fps!

sysAdmin 1 point 16 months ago

I actually thought it was pretty cool looking. I'm all for it!

Excedrin 2 points 15 months ago

Z170-AR difference from Z170-A is that Z170-AR has no VGA or DVI-D ports.

CoolTronics21 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

That stealth look is nicely done

geraldthebest 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

+1 for your explanation on the keyboard :D

Kaden2301 1 point 19 months ago

For some reason I feel like this isn't his computer and he just branded the name with "8th grader's first modest build"

TommyT223 1 point 19 months ago

It is his, I know him.

TRobsABoss123 1 point 19 months ago

Yeah ok. An almost $3000 dollar PC is "modest"? Okay. But this is a really sick build, wish I had the money to build something this nice. :P

Btw; small complaint just because I'm OCD, is why did you plug your keyboard and mouse into the front panel of your case instead of just plugging it into the motherboard usb ports? It would look a lot nicer. :P But if it looks nice to you, I guess that's all that matters.

sysAdmin 1 point 16 months ago

I was thinking that as well. But I have to admit that the thickly insulated cables would look cool to me if I was in 8th grade. They still do now...

Okami_King 1 point 19 months ago

PLZ PLZ PLZ PLZ PLZ DO SUM CABLE MANAGEMENT!!!! Dude look im in 7th grade and am currently saving for parts.But plz at least make it look better. I feel ur pain on just wanting the system done already, but it might as well be good looking!

sysAdmin 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah. His cooling is definitely adequate, but the window on the case would be more justified with proper cable management.

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Okami_King 1 point 19 months ago

It's the frikin' INTERNET!

Okami_King 1 point 14 months ago

Well... screw you too, buddy.

Unuvailiable 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

nice foot reflection

gsilvey 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Modest may be an understatement, but give him a break, he's 13! He has money, and you dont, salty? Stop harrassing him for having money and enjoy his build! That's why we are here!

JuniorVid 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

AYYYYY 8TH GRADE BUILDS ALL AROUND

SyntaxTheGr8 1 point 16 months ago

I could care less for the high-grain photos. Still, +1, gr8 job

Rendon84 1 point 16 months ago

How'd you get the cash for this? I'm 13 and looking to get a gaming pc, but I can't get the cash. How did you?

SwagMaster02 1 point 14 months ago

Back in 8th grade (a year ago) I was playing unreal tournament on my pentium and WinFast A340 (an 2004 pc) kek But at least I knew it was mine. Bought it from a friend that told me it wouldnt turn on. Seems that the power button cables weren't conected. And this **** still rocks.... destroys gta san andreas at a FLUENT 15 fps I couldn't be happier..... but I am still happy.... gonna get a new 500$ pc soon lel

AminNausin 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

GTX 1080 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

AminNausin 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

cable management is modest too ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Seventh-Column 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I am late... But I am also in 8th grade. +1

PC-Enthusiast 1 point 11 months ago

Moddest? With a 6700k... And a 200 dollar case. I disagree however nice build and part selection. I would thank your parents.

ThePcBuilderFTW 1 point 10 months ago

+1 for foot

BlazeDeltaForce 1 point 6 months ago

This first build will be his final build lol, reason being since he has such a overkill pc that will probably last him years other than updating few things here and there.

KingWalrus.8th 1 point 2 months ago

Nice "modest build". Don't say modest trying to sound not rich. Buddy just accept you're rich as fucq

texasmayne 3 Builds 0 points 19 months ago

Never seen so many people offended by the word "modest". It's his 1st freaking build! How about you welcome him to the family and offer some constructive criticism, like tighten up your cable management.

AminNausin 1 Build 0 points 13 months ago

moddest with 980ti and a $200 case, keyboard? i7??? water cooled too woweee

hawkeye1 1 Build -1 points 19 months ago

What the heck is wrong with you people? I am putting together a similar system myself. None of these parts are out of the ordinary. Most are a reasonable build at reasonable prices save for the 980 vid card. seems a bit hig but not totally out of question. I have seen prices go up and down rapidly on many of those parts and it is close to black friday. The skills of an 8th grade student can vary widely. Maybe dad or mom or older sibling helped with parts picking, design, or money. So what. Modest is a point of view. get over it. It is a creditable build, well thought out considering builders age. I am always disappointed when a z170 doesn't take advantage of M.2 capabilities. Maybe one day there will be no cables for power/data dangling in the case.

Dr_Orgo -2 points 19 months ago

He included all of his peripherals in the listed price. It's actually a <$2000 PC build. Stop complaining about someone at X age spending Y dollars. Different people are in different financial situations.

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