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Brisingr! My first ever PC

by EvanRedman



Date Published

May 4, 2017

Date Built

April 4, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.139 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

9.216 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


Hi, I am 14 years old and in 8th grade as of now and this is my first ever PC! I built this because I saw a game that a lot of people were streaming on YouTube at the time last year, called ARK:Survival Evolved and I took interest. I know that this game has several issues and is unoptimized but it looked really cool at the time. Long story short, my friends later on wanted me to get a PS4 so that I could play with them, but when I saw what ARK looked like on the console, after before only seeing it with the graphics maxed out on a computer, I immediately decided to build a PC. As I saved up over the past year for my PC, my ideas on what kind of PC I wanted changed a lot. After a while I decided on a price point at around $1400 and chose my parts with accommodation for upgrades in the future. Overall, the build process was very easy and went well, only having to consult the user's manual from the motherboard a few times to figure out where to hook up a certain cable. Once I had everything plugged in the right spot, and a little cable management around back, it was time to press the power button. By the time I finished it was past 11pm. on a school night and hoping I hadn't spend hours working on something for it to not power on, I reluctantly pressed the power button and somehow, It worked first try!


i7 7700k: I chose this because It is a very good processor for gaming and won't cause any bottleneck for any gpu I might upgrade to in the future.

Corsair H115i AIO Cooler: Will keep my cpu cool and look great in my case as well.

Asus STRIX Z270-E GAMING Motherboard: Very high end motherboard with great aesthetics, tons of features, and room for upgrade, very nice and easy to work-with bios.

G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB DDR4 3200 Memory: Bought 16 gigs because I feel that nowadays, 8 gigs is just barely enough, so I didn't want to cut back on that. Main feature that I chose this over other memory kits is because of the nice rgb lights.

Crucial MX300 525 gb SSD: Wanted fast storage but don't need a ton of capacity. This makes everything feel very snappy and load much quicker than with a HDD.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 3GB: I wanted a good card for 1080p max settings, and this does a great job of that. I plan to upgrade the gpu in the future to run 1440p @ a high refresh rate but for now this is great.

Phanteks ECLIPSE P400S TEMPERED GLASS: I chose this for its great build design including tempered glass, which was a must for this build, and for the decent price. This case looks amazing and was a breeze to build in.

EVGA SuperNOVA G2 850W 80+ Gold PSU: This psu is very efficient and is future proof for whatever upgrades to my PC I do in the future.

be quiet! Pure Wings 2: I wanted some good fans to fill up the top spot in my case and these, as the name led me to believe, are very quiet.

Thank You for taking your time to read this, and if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them down below!

Part Reviews


Great processor and super fast! No bottleneck here.

CPU Cooler

Keeps my cpu way cooler than on air and looks great in my system! The fans are pretty good, but make a decent amount of noise so might get some ML fans from Corsair to replace the stock ones in the future.


Awesome motherboard that has all the features I could ever need and looks really nice with the black pcb and the nice angular rgb lights on the IO cover.


Fast ram and looks amazing! The extra cost is totally justified as this stuff seriously is awesome! 100/10 would buy again!


Very fast and has enough capacity for now.

Video Card

I like this card and is fast enough but, doesn't completely fit my theme and the 3 gigs of vram can frequently be a limitation in modern demanding games.


This case has very very good build quality and is very sturdy! Super easy to build in and the tempered glass adds a certain amount of class to any build that makes the purchase completely worth it!

Power Supply

Has gold efficiency, is fully modular, and has enough power for anything I could need! What more could you ask for?

Case Fan

Quiet, look cool, and keep good airflow going in my pc.

Comments Sorted by:

ScripZero 2 Builds 5 points 23 months ago

glad to see more people using this case rather than the 340 more lately! Looks great!

ScripZero 2 Builds 4 points 23 months ago

definitely and overkill cpu compared to the gpu.

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I know, and that's exactly why I bought it. In the future I plan to upgrade my gpu and don't want my processor to be any bottleneck.

blockbuster4664 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Fair enough reason, I have the same chipset GPU and it will still rock1080p at ultra until you decide upgrade

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Yeah the case is really nice and I like it better than the more boxy design of the s340

blockbuster4664 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

I personally love the design of the Eclipse and plan on using the P400S TGE in my next build

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SirMints 3 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

Nice build man!

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago


Jokin_Is_Here 3 points 23 months ago

How could you afford this, im in 8th grade right now and im struggling for a 6600k..

AverageGangMember 2 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

Good grades probably.

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago


Alexi5 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

get a ryzen

Jokin_Is_Here 3 points 23 months ago

I already have a z170 motherboard, there is no point, though I would have if I wasn't an idiot

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Ryzen is better for more multi-core workloads such as video editing or streaming, but I don't really plan to do that so for just strait gaming performance the i7 7700k is best.

Alexi5 1 Build 4 points 23 months ago

while that is true for future proofing I would consider the ryzen because games are getting more and more multi-thread based

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

true, ahh well, I already bought what I bought.

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Jokin_Is_Here 1 point 23 months ago

Im going to work over the summer, Im doing a 6600k/rx 580 8gb combo

ChortleMeister 1 point 23 months ago

don't get the rx580 for gaming, the 1060 6gb is better

Jokin_Is_Here 3 points 23 months ago

Nah man, the rx 580 is more future proof, so the only game I play that would benefit from a 1060 is csgo, newer games like doom an battlefield one benefit from the extra 2gb of vram and support for dx12/vulcan api's.

ChortleMeister 1 point 23 months ago

i play mostly csgo/overwatch xD

Dova-Pug 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

Ayy someone else who's actually read those books ;)

Kungsley 2 points 23 months ago

Hey, I was wondering what kind of frame rate you run with this? Thanks :D Great build btw :D

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Things like GTA V maxed out except shadows on high instead of very high due to vram limitations @ 1080p, it runs well over 60 in the city and in grassy areas in the 40s or 50s. Skyrim has never dipped below 60 fps for my entire game but I don't know the exact frame rate because of v-sync being on. Csgo runs at max settings around 190-230 fps. Metro 2033 redux maxed out runs in the mid 50s in intensive areas outside. I think in some more intensive games I could be getting a higher frame rate but only 3 gigs of vram could be causing some slowdowns. I plan on upgrading my gpu when the Volta architecture comes out from Nvidia.

aprofile 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Doe the 3gb of cram limit you with skyrim mods or do you not know or mod? I am considering this card but mainly play fairly heavily modded skyrim and am coming from a 4gb Rx 470 (selling due to cryptocurrency craze). Just wondering how much vram usage you get?

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I don't have Skyrim modded so I wouldn't know, but I would assume it would be ok.

aprofile 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Ok thanks for the reply

brizow 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Great looking build. Man, that Trident Z looks amazing! Some future proofing is always a good idea.

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thank you very much, and yes I bought the Trident Z as a kind of centerpiece to my PC and it is awesome!

Bobplay 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

This brings back memories of my own first build!

+1 for you sir, welcome to the master race! Before you know it, those PS4 players will be making the switch to play with you!

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Exactly lol! Once one I and another of my friends had a pc most of everyone else started saving for one too. Now alot of us are doing a job together this summer to get PCs or in my case upgrade them!

Memeasur 2 points 23 months ago


EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago


scwee 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

i love this solely because you as a child but more effort into your build and this post than 90% of the grown adults on this sight haha.

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thank you very, very much!

esk02k 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Hats off to you young sir. Nice build and great choice of case. I have it too and love it. Check my build if you want. I got the final peice of the puzzle the other day, the trident z rgb. It really is the icing on the cake.

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks and will check out your build!

GrimReaper7978 2 points 23 months ago

I'm doing my first build this summer, and I know that this is a noob question, but how u get the OS up without optical drive?( I is also 14, just graduated into highschool like yesterday)

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Sorry for replying so late but I used a USB Flash drive and since I didn't know how to get windows on it either, I had someone do it for me so tbh i'm not much of a help, but I assume this would work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iosA3Bn9RMI

GrimReaper7978 1 point 22 months ago


Pleech 2 points 21 months ago

Isn't it brisingr

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Yea lol, lemme change the title.

Expensive_PC 1 point 4 months ago

Man, I loved that book.

CoderRyan 2 points 21 months ago

Hello, I am also 14 years old, and am planning to do my first pc build. I have been, and still am saving up my money for my dream setup, and have been working really hard. I have been getting really good grades, so my parents said that they trusted me with building a P.C (when I get enough money). Anyways, I hope to have enough money by Boxer Day (December 26). Anyways, I have some friendly questions about your build that I hope you can answer so that I can hopefully improve on my build, or get better information on the components I currently have. Here is my current list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/B29rjc Thanks in advance.

Cpu: I am wondering why you went with an i7, when an i5 for a fraction of the price can run a 1060 without bottlenecking, and a 1070 without bottlenecking if you overclock it. You did say you were gonna upgrade the GPU though, so not a bad choice

Cooler: other than aesthetics, don't you think a liquid cooler is overkill for an i7 only running a 3gb 1060? The only way I see you needing a liquid cooler is if you are overclocking past 4.2ghz. Correct me if I'm wrong. I get that you are future proofing it, but it still seems like overkill in my opinion. What GPU are you planning to get?

Motherboard: no questions

RAM: I don't personally believe that the RGB is worth the 40 bucks, I mean don't get me wrong, they look dope, but I just think the extra 40$ is not worth it. I guess it comes down to opinion. No questions.

SSD: Great deal for 525gb, no questions.

HDD: No hard drive suprised me, but I guess if 500gb works for you it doesn't matter what I think. I would still like to know though why you did not go with an HDD.

GPU: Great inexpensive card, but I still think the i7 is overkill with it. A 1070 or 1080 will be great if you get one in the future I think. Again, tell me what GPU you will be getting please.

Case: I love this case. I definitely agree with you that the NZXT is too blocky and bulky. No questions.

Power Supply: 850 seems like overkill. A 600w or 650w would have done fine even with a 1070 or 1080.

These are all of my questions, any responses to these questions are highly apreciated.

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

First of all, I picked the i7 instead of the i5 because I intend to get a 1080 ti or something similar and I don't want any bottleneck because of the processor.

I picked the liquid cooler for my CPU because it's quieter, cooler, and better looking than an air cooler.

I got the power supply because using a wattage calculator, even if I had 2 1080ti s, my processor, several drives, and case fans, I would still be able to power it with a little to spare. Always better to be safe than sorry.

I didn't get a hard drive because it was either a 240gig ssd and a hard drive. Or the larger 512 gig ssd, so I figured the much higher speed but less capacity was adequate and worth it to me.

I took a look at your build+setup and think it is pretty awesome! I have that same mouse as you are getting and couldn't possibly recommend it more. I love how it has the g-shift button on the side that when pressed down you can have all the other buttons on the mouse remapped to whatever you want. For example, I can make it so that when the button is pressed down, if I press the scroll wheel it plays Spotify, if I press the dpi up it opens a new tab, and if I press dpi down it closes tabs. It has lots of buttons but they are in the right place so I rarely accidentally press them. I like the monitor that you are getting, and I am saving up for a very similar one from dell that is 1440p 165hz g-sync for the same price. Good build overall and best of luck to you saving up for it this summer! My friend and I are mowing lawns around the area to save so my friend can get a PC and I can get a new monitor. Another person and I have convinced about a third of my class into getting a PC so we can all play together and chat on discord. Probably my biggest tip for getting into PC gaming is to have friends to play with so try to convince your friends to get their own computer if they don't already have one. Good luck and thanks for checking out my build and taking the time to ask some questions!

om3gA_3 2 points 16 months ago

im in 8th grade too and im 14. i also built my first gaming pc

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Nice! You should put it up on this site!

Agedcrib22167 2 points 9 months ago

Awesome reference to eragon in the name!

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago


Wolfblade1215 1 point 23 months ago

What a rich 14 year old lol. My current pc only cost me $450 when I bought it. Great build man. I love the reference in the name.

Experience 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Yo, im not rich an im building a 1.7k computer. Its called being obedient and working hard.

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EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

No not rich, I had to save for a year and do a lot of work to get enough money for it but was totally worth it! and yeah, I named my pc after Brizingr because that was my favorite book series and I figured that the word was fitting as it meant the word "Fire" in the ancient language.

1up31 2 points 23 months ago

Yeah ive read that series too, they're great books.

Preecision 1 point 22 months ago

im on the book brisingr now lol the eragon series is awesome take a look at mine not finished yet still got to order some things but will be soon first ever pc too by the way i think im going to call it Saphira lol https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Wz3N4C

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

I like your pc build and hope it goes well! Also I love the name lol!

Preecision 2 points 22 months ago

i was tryingto figure out a name for months when i started on it and then i saw you pc and it inspired me and gave me my name so ty :D and will post pics on complted builds when im done hope it gets featured im going to put saphira's decal on it too :D https://pcpartpicker.com/list/CgJjkT cant wait to start it XD my first ever lol

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Sounds awesome! good luck!

LightningGamer 1 point 23 months ago

Uhhhhh there is bones in the salmon?!?!?

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago


GrimReaper7978 1 point 23 months ago

I would suggest getting a hard drive, or a high capacity SSD, if you have the money. If not, you should get a hitachi ultrastar for $70(USD)

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Yeah I will, for now though, my 525 gigabyte ssd is enough for the games I have.

Vernopolis 1 point 18 months ago

Very nice! You ever play Rust?

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you, and No, I don't play rust.

TyeEye 1 point 14 months ago

I am afraid, as we are the same. I am also 14, in 8th grade and want a good pc to run Ark: Survival Evolved and other games on. How many fps do you normally get on Ark?

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

on Epic settings I get around 30, but I can get upwards of 40 with a mix of high and epic.

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

honestly it could run much better if the game was better optimized, but sadly it isn't.

extrasolar 1 point 13 months ago

are you an eragon fan

EvanRedman submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago


Jushi 1 point 5 months ago

Love the build! +1

Marrsrover 1 point 16 days ago

Yo man i used to have the same keyboard