Description

This machine was built for the sons (7 year old)very first computer. The H100i cooler from Corsair worked well in the case after some very minor mods. Flipped with the water ports to the back side of the case the hoses would touch the rear fan so flipped them to the front of the case and one of the front panel clips was in the way. Trimmed a 1/16 inch off the clip and a perfect fit with nice hose routing. Gave the board 4 stars due to it did not come ready for the 4th gen intel CPU. But with the USB Flash BIOS Update was able to get the issue resolved easy enough after about 2 hours of research and an hour on the phone with Asus. But finally found a youtube video to explain everything.

http://youtu.be/BzzVLHTkSzk

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 12 points

Do you adopt? lol +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 9 points

Your son will be very happy

  • 60 months ago
  • 5 points

Your son must be very very happy with this build. However, I found that there are some parts that would've been better spent on other parts.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hB8QMp

So, what I've changed are the...

  • Motherboard: The same features and build quality at a lower price. I mean, I like ASUS and their ROG line up, but there are simply better options for less $$$.
  • Added SSD: Generally speaking, SSDs don't improve game performance, but it will definitely make your game loading and even general computing feel snappy. At this price point, it's safe to say that an SSD is pretty mandatory, and thanks to the rapid drop of SSD prices, this one managed to squeeze in at your price point.
  • PSU: You don't need 760W on a single GPU setup, especially if you're running a Mini-ITX system, which won't allow you to run SLI or CrossFire. And yes, 550W will be more than enough for your computer's needs since the GTX 970 is very very power efficient.
  • GPU: This is the BEST GPU in the market for the price. 'Nuff said.

So yeah, I hope this will help in improving your son's computer by the years to come. :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Considering that the kid is 7, i imagine many of the parts were chosen to be upgraded in a few years anyway. Example, that 760w psu will be great for whatever possible, that this kid wants to do in the future.

  • 60 months ago
  • -2 points

Calm down man he/she didn't ask for your opinion. I personally despise my MSI motherboard. Also what're you on? Solid State's definitely help in games that demand fast read/write speeds.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

SSD didn't find its way in this computer due to the inevitable virus he will get. If I have to pull the hard drive, replace and reboot no big lose. I had wanted to go with a bigger GPU but time and money came into play so decided to go with a cheaper decent one that can be upgraded later. I personally don't care for the case for its intended purpose, but its the one he picked out and said he wanted. He will change his mind later and we can use this one for target practice.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Maybe should've spent more than just a 750 Ti for a $1370 build and less on the PSU and the motherboard IMO.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The kid is seven. The fact he has a dedicated gpu at all is astounding. I agree with the psu and mobo choice, as those are very reliable parts, and especially for someone who is only seven, reliability > power.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah I didn't read the age. Yeah if it's for someone who's seven better ability to upgrade in years to come and reliability are nice.

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Could have saved $50 on the psu and $100 on the mobo and put that extra $150 into the gpu to give yourself a 300$ card. But whatever the gtx 750ti will be a sufficient place holder for now.

  • 60 months ago
  • -1 points

The kid is seven. The fact he has a dedicated gpu at all is astounding. I agree with the psu and mobo choice, as those are very reliable parts, and especially for someone who is only seven, reliability > power.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree but by that logic you could also say that the rest of the build is overkill for a 7 year old. Just saying that it would be nice to have better graphics, there's plenty of graphically rich games out there for kids, like almost all the racing and sports games as well as stuff like Rayman, Trine 2 etc. but you make a valid point too :)

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  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Just saying you put the wrong color RAM on the part list. Nice build not the most effective use of the budget but it will sure do the job.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Can I be your son? Just kidding, but this is a decent build to give your kid, especially a 7 year old.

You also put the wrong motherboard in the parts list. You have that Maximus VI Impact where the parts list has the Maximus VII Impact.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I put hard work into making myself a computer and there is a seven-year-old out there with something better....

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

No not better, you worked hard and earned yours. Be proud of what you accomplished.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with most of the comments made here. If the size wasn't the concern, I think you would've been able to have more power for the same money as the itx size motherboards tends to be very expensive for it's....well size is what makes it expensive than its atx or m-atx sized counter parts. Also that corsair case in my opinion is just too pricey for its features. Besides these minor concerns, good to see a father who is willing to put in time to take part in what his child is interested in :) (I hope he is interested....)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm jealous of your son :(

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

He'll love it!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I be your son :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the temps under load and idle for your cpu and gpu?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! You know, if you put the hoses in the back, the cooler would fit without modding. Do you find airflow better with the hoses going from the front? Also, did you find any difficulties installing the motherboard? With mine, I had to really push the motherboard back for the screw holes to line up. Wanted to know if it was the board or the case.

Thanks

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I did have to push some but didn't seem too bad. I had the hoses to the back at first and didn't like the way the hoses rubbed the rear fan and the drop to the CPU was really tight. Just seemed like a nicer fit when they went to the front.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Does your 7 year olds play Crysis?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

No he doesn't play that.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

So, did you replace the screws on the CPU Power Daughter card heat sinks with longer screws to mount it to the case? Or do you only need to use the two free mounting holes?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I used the hardware that came with the case. My apologies but I do not know exactly what you are referring to on the CPU Power Daughter card.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, that is pretty good for a 7 year old. Better than the dying sony laptop I had at that age.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

This 7 year old has a better PC than me...

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice PC what kind of games does your son play?

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a guy with a Mac mini using integrated graphics xD