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The title/name "=Banevader=" comes from the case... it looks kinda like Bane and Darth Vader in a weird way.

 Anyways... this is what I built for my 10 year old sons Christmas gift 2014. Almost all the parts were bought during the "Black Friday" & "Cyber Monday" sales from Newegg. The total (including the operating system) was around $550, including combo discounts... when I redeem the rebates, the total will be around $500 USD. The other peripherals such as monitor, keyboard, mouse were gifts from family so the cost of those is not included. This pc will be used primarily for gaming... when he gets older he will probably use it for schoolwork and research.

*CPU - I build with AMD products when I can. The FX series of 8 cores have proven over time to be excellent for gamers/streamers. Yes, they are getting to be old tech... but this is the new E series chip (introduced 2014) that uses less power, and still is up to any task a 10 year old will need.

*CPU Cooler - Low cost/high performance air cooling. I removed the stock fan it shipped with, then I modded on 2 120mm red LED CM SickleFlows for more air movement... and Red case lighting.

*Thermal Compound - I had this leftover from past pc builds. Good stuff, I think it might be better than the grease that comes with the Coolermaster coolers... but I really don't know. All I can say is that it has proven to last a long time with consistent cool temps.

*Motherboard - I have built one other pc with a similar board by ASUS... it is great. Super nice quality and solid. The ASUS UEFI/Bios are very user friendly and they enable the user to control everything from fan speeds, to voltages.

*Memory - This DDR3 was on a super sale during "Black Friday". G.Skill is reliable, 8gb is standard for gaming.

*Storage - This is the second SSHD I've installed. With Windows 8.1, the system gets up and running within seconds. Since my son is only 10, I chose this because it is just simple to use... no complications when he has to select where he will store his media. When I compared the boot up speeds of my other hybrid Seagate SSHD to my Samsung EVO SSD, the time was unnoticeable... you would need sophisticated testing equipment to really even notice any difference between a SSD and a hybrid SSHD. All my future builds will be done with a hybrid SSHD... it seems like a better deal to me when compared to an SSD with a separate HDD setup.

*Video Card - This GPU is really good at running all games from medium to ultra settings 1080p single monitor. I recently upgraded my desktop when I won a SAPPhIRE R9-285 Dual-X OC... so I had a spare R7-260X waiting to be used. The software included from ASUS is excellent. The AMD Gaming Evolved powered by Raptr app is really nice because we can earn points that can be used for free merchandise/games... plus it has a free screen recorder that is very easy to use. My son uploads his gameplay to YouTube... the AMD screen recorder does it at 1080p60HD. Check out what he does with his other desktop that runs R7-260X with another 8 core FX - https://www.youtube.com/user/TheNDWorld/videos

*Case - This case was kinda tight to build in... but if done carefully it works fine. The side panels have bulged areas that enable cable management to be done properly. This thing was on a huge sale for less than $40... had to get it. Some good features of this case are: it is VERY quiet, even with all the added fans, and the side window is a nice bonus too. The only complaint I have about this case is that there is hardly any room above the motherboard to route cables, or install top exhaust fans.

*Power Supply - Nice 80+ Bronze semi-modular design. The cables are all black and flat, except for the main power to the motherboard. I've used the CX series in a past build, and it works very well. Yes... the wattage is very overkill for these parts, but the CX600M cost less than the CX500M during the e-retailer holiday sales.

*Optical Drive - Cheapest DVD/CD burner I could find. On my other pc's we barely ever use the optical drives, so I just chose one that was lowest cost... this thing is probably cheaper than a USB stick. All we will use this for is probably loading the operating system and driver disks. It is a quiet drive... despite what you may read in the retail e-store reviews.

*Operating System - Simple to use and fast. BTW... if you are a student, you can get these at a deep discount from the Microsoft website. All you have to do is prove to the phone operator that you are a student, which isn't hard... they only asked like 2 questions about school location and zip code. Microsoft didn't even ask for any paper verification. Go to the Microsoft website before you buy anywhere else... it's worth it.

*Monitor - Gift from family. Seems like a good one for gaming. Can't complain it was FREE.

*Keyboard - Gift from family. This is a combo set that is bundled together with a mouse, uses red LED lighting. Can't complain it was FREE.

*I rated everything in this parts list at 5 stars because they do exactly what I bought them for very well... except for the Corsair SPEC-03 case, I put 4 stars because there is no room above the motherboard... besides that it is a great case.

*Please, I encourage you to leave any comments/feedback... I'm still learnin'. Thanks.

**This build posted up the first time I switched it on. I was told "This was the best Christmas ever!!!!" ... guess I did my job.

Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build. Anyone else thinking about picking up one of the SSHD's to store games? Seems it would be a good thing to use since they are fast and arent as insanely expensive as a 1TB SSD.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Very true... the SSHD's are what I will use from now on, unless SSD prices drop drastically. Only thing I worry about is mechanical failure... but since my son is just gonna be storing games and nothing really important, we won't lose much in that case. I highly recommend the SSHD hybrid drives, I have 2 of them now, the first one is fast and reliable after about a year of daily gaming usage.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah i was planning on getting quite a few and setting them up in RAID so that some 2 pair together and another 2 back those up

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

What games does he play?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Just the regular games 10 year olds play...MineCraft, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim etc... When he gets a bit older I'll share my Steam library with him - GTA (all editions), Hitman (all editions), Thief, Payday2, plus some other rated M games, but now he's too young for that stuff. These are his favorites, and the ones he records with the AMD Gaming Evolved powered by Raptr screen recorder: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheNDWorld/videos

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid build, Good part choices. One suggestion is to change the second fan orientation of the CPU cooler to be exhaust (so in a push pull configuration). Other than that, clean and again, a solid build.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

the fans I did set up kinda odd. The fan on the back top is an "in" fan, the 2 fans in the front behind the grill are "out/exhaust" fans, the fan on the bottom of the case is an "in" fan, and the 2 on the Hyper 212 are pulling cool air from the top rear "in" then blowing the warmed air toward the front where the 2 "out" fans exhaust it. But now you made me go and double check the Hyper fans orientation... I thought I did them so they both pull/push air in the same direction toward the front of the case... i'll fix it if they are opposing or facing eachother.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy shxx... I just looked at the current prices for the parts in this build. I can't believe how much the retailers jack up the prices after their Thanksgiving sales... it's ridiculous. One bit of advice... Newegg has some really great deals in their refurbished area, have a look at that area before you buy from other places. Some stuff isn't worth buying refurbished, but some of the stuff is still covered under warranty.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

So how exactly could I get a discounted Windows OS? Do I just call or email? Sorry, I'm just frugal as **** and would like to spend saved money elsewhere?

BTW, I'm a highschooler looking to build a computer when I have enough money saved.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

There is a phone number on the Microsoft website to call, you gotta look there.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I got the same Case Spec 03. I am planning to put 3 more fans into it. The thing is my MB only support 2 Chassis fan. My plan is to put the 2 additional SP120mm on top then the 1 SP on the rear. All are in pull configuration to pull out hot pressure from the case. I leave the 2 stock LED fans in front. Then the rear stock fan comes with the case will be added on the bottom space in push configuration. I also plan to install an after market CPU cooler like the DeepCool Gammax 400 or Cooler Master 212 EVO. Do you think those things will fit just fine?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

It probably won't be able to fit any fans on the top if you are using a Cooler Master 212 Evo or similar aftermarket cooler. There is almost no room above the 212 Evo with this case.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL that was my thought until i finally fit these 2 fans on top of it and they work like a charm.. maintaining my daily work use for 12hrs from 35(min)-55C(max) at 31C ambient temp. I wasn't so sure until I tried to fit them.. Cheers!

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I do plan on overclocking if we need to, now it does just fine at stock speed, it turbos up also if it needs to. Temps at idle for the 8320E have shown 27c.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes... Plenty of room.

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