This is a build for my 7 year old daughter. She's currently using a Dell Optiplex 410 hand-me down and is in desperate need of a new PC. This machine will be her Christmas present from mom and dad.
I wish my parents were so generous haha. Nice build :)
What an awesome birthday present! I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to start using a pc. The only thing that I would've done differently is use the Intel stock cooler as you can't over clock the CPU and purchase an ssd for Windows instead.
Not to mention it could have saved me $120! I hadn't seen the case and I was worried that it would be so small that the stock cooler wouldn't be able to manage the heat. I built an HTPC back in 2003 and never got a handle on heat... after a few weeks of the thing turning off every 15 minutes; I gave up on that build and vowed to never let heat issues effect me in future builds. I guess I was overly paranoid all these years later
You may want to move whatever wire is in the way of the CPU Cooler's fan (the bottom one as appears in picture 3) so it can actually spin. I can see that causing some damage and ruining your daughter's Christmas!
Good thing there's a window to peek into! I will keep an eye on that
If any exist, can you give me any real-life test data for the gtx960?
I've been really busy building PCs the last month so I haven't benchmarked anything. I will tell you this, my wife, daughter, and brother all have GTX 960s and I'm impressed. I have a GTX 970 and other than the extra $150 that I paid, I really can't say I see much difference at this point between the two cards. I'd say for 1080p, the 960 is a fantastic card.
I'm somewhat conflicted by this build because it's great but your daughter is 7 she isnt going to be playing the Witcher 3 on 1080p Ultra. So what I'm trying to say is you should've went with an APU for what she's doing (I'm assuming watching YouTube and doing school work when she's older. Also you should've went with a modular power supply since the case has a window. Nonetheless great build I 1+
Nah... She's playing The Sims 4, Rayman Legends, Trine 2, Brothers: A Tale of 2 Sons, oh and she just started playing Civilization 5 and Cities: Skylines. She loves her computer so much that she gets up early in the morning to play before school and runs up to her room after getting home.
Lately I've started to limit her computer time because she's developed a sort of addiction :)
Still IMO a bit overkill. And why did you go with AIO cooler with a non K cpu?
The case looked very small and I have fat American man hands. I've had overheating problems in the past and I was worried that I couldn't get a proper cooler into the system. As it turned out, this case has plenty of vertical space and I could have used a standard heatsink/spreader.
No worries though, the water cooled CPU looks very nice and clean when viewing from the window. Not to mention if I need to get into the system there is room to work in.
Why did you get that aio? It would have been better to put that money to something else. Also because the cabling could use some work, and makes the aio almost a waste.
But apart from that this is an awesome machine that will play all games at 1080p at high.
AIO? I'm not sure what that acronym means. That case is really, really small and I'm definitely not proud of the cable management but my old hands just aren't dexterous enough to route everything cleanly. The PC is wrapped up and under the Christmas tree now but before I boxed it up I ran some tests and everything I tried ran on Ultra settings (The Sims 4, World of Goo, Lego Batman, Minecraft Story Mode, etc).
AIO means all in one, and is referring to the closed loop CPU cooler.