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Third Build: Youth Club Easy Carry

by smcgothboy


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Date Published

Oct. 11, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.544 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz


Hello, so this would have been the first 1060GTX build on here if it weren't for fact that I had a simple project in mind, which was to teach the kids of the youth club I run how to build a PC and what each component is for etc. so the build waited till we have returned from school holidays.

I have included some slightly blurred images (thanks to windows 10 blur effect) to show me teaching about the build as well as it in use playing Rocket League 2v2 local as no internet :(

The main reason for the build is because we have 3 Xbox 360's and I feel like we're gonna see the end of console gaming soon so I brought the YC to the master race. It will only get used for about 2 hours a week, sad really but it should last them a long time, I tried to show the cable management, although an itx case it was fun to attempt, the main focus as I've tried to show was making sure there was a clear path from front intake to rear exhaust. Although it has not been used extensively it has never picked up any heat.

Some prices are due to buying a unit from someone and splitting it down as I will explain further in

So part choices... Case The obvious choice for the build, as it will be moved around a lot it made sense to pick something that looked easy to carry yet realistic for what I wanted to fit in. It's definitely sturdy enough, the place where we run the youth club has storage facilities on site but its damp and roof is falling apart (we use it for free so can't really complain) so I bring it home.

Motherboard Again an obvious choice as I trust MSI products (ps I won the jacket in a giveaway, I am not endorsed or endorsing MSI >.>) but also because it has built in wifi for when I bring it home to do updates and download any new games. No other deciding factor other than it can utilise the USB 3.0 header.

Processor Will likely never need to overclock, the main use for the PC is gaming so an i7 would have been overkill and it will likely only ever play split screen games and only ever hit 2k gaming max.

Graphics Card Now this was mainly chosen to hit the white and black factor but I thought it would be a good balanced card, not too energy draining and powerful enough for their needs without being over the top but still a recent card. Again MSI card because I have had a 980Ti and currently running a 1080GTX both twin frozr and trust that they know what they're doing.

Other Bits The RAM was simply because at the time it was the cheapest, met the colour scheme (did not want to settle on green and black basic... blergh) and was enough for the simple gaming we are going to do. The power supply was bought second hand was purely as it was semi modular, it has been ran quite extensively when I first built it, installing OS downloading games etc and so far no boom as I know people will likely comment on PSU but it serves its purpose. Storage was taken from the unit we bought, SSD for operating system and system based programs/apps with the storage being for steam library and games. Monitor was also bought as part of the unit and so the prices reflect a price break down (we got £1500 worth (if it was new) for £500... bargain right?)

I think that's everything only issues I had was that I didn't know that the itx motherboard had only a 4 pin CPU socket and I panicked a little when I thought I'd have to run out to get a converter, but I read up that you just put in 4 of the 8 pin socket... please say something in comments if this is incorrect. Considering I had set a budget at £800 for only the unit I did quite well I think.

Only disheartening point was the constant question:

What kind of Xbox is that? fail my life...

Part Reviews

Video Card

Great little card out of the box it handle the 2k monitor I had it hooked up to with no issues at all and it fit well with the black and white theme.


This was the main part of the Youth Club build I was doing as it will be moved around a lot, the case gets a little heavy when full but the handle aspect of it is perfect as it is very sturdy. Had no issues with it when building and there is a little light built in inside which can be switched off. Only reason for 4 star rather than 5 is that when another helper tried to open it and he was bit to forceful the latches at the top got stuck open, gently coerced them back to normal but it could have been a lot more damaging.

Comments Sorted by:

TioJorge 6 Builds 4 points 30 months ago

Awesome to see this kind of stuff. Fantastic that these kiddos got some education on what will no doubt rule their future world even more than it does ours, and that some of them might even have some inspiration to build their own down the line. Major props, good sir.

(Can't forget about the tons of fun)

WirelessCables 1 Build 4 points 30 months ago

I like how the MSI graphics card has

Warning! The most powerful graphics card in the world

on the side

smcgothboy submitter 3 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Yeah I wasn't sure on that myself like

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

If they would have put it on a non-reference (If ever) Titan X Pascal, the tag would have made sense... But not on a 1060. It's just a bit funny, but you made a nice choice choosing MSI regardless.

xen0bear 3 Builds 3 points 30 months ago

Nice build. The fact that you did it for the Youth Club makes it a little special. Most rigs on this site (mine included) are just, "Here's my gaming PC!" But yours is actually built for a good cause. Great job!

smcgothboy submitter 3 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Thanks, I consider it my only good deed for the year :)

auldae 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Great build. Plus, now you have some time off before you have to do something nice again. Bravo. +4 (for the kids)

likepassingnotesinsecrecy 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Thoughtful build! I bet you could add EmulationStation on there too and show the little buggers some good old classic games too :)

smcgothboy submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thats not a bad idea might just give it a go

snewman2 1 point 30 months ago

This is fantastic! It's a practical, price-conscious build, but also looks great!

I am glad there are folks out there teaching kids how computers work, and how to assemble them. When you build it yourself, you really understand how the components work on a deeper level. It's great exposure to a skill that these future adults will be needing even more than we do.


stonepilot 2 Builds -1 points 30 months ago

I don't know if you could call it price conscious, but it's certainly a nice build.

BlackBeard818 1 point 30 months ago

That case is sick, Nice Build!

marland66 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Nice build! I'm sure the kids are enjoying it! Thumbs up!

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

what kind of Xbox is that


jakekoerber 1 point 30 months ago

where did he get that sick msi jacket

smcgothboy submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

I won it in a giveaway with my local computer shop. Came with a few other perks but the jackets my favourite part ;p

Mason54 25 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

That MSI jacket... Me wants

+1 though

ogkeef 1 point 30 months ago

nice build! i wanna buy the same gpu, would you recommend it? I mostly play triple A title games, so will this gpu do the job?

smcgothboy submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

It should manage ultra on 4k monitor I believe not sure about multi. I cannot really test it as I only have 2k monitor myself but it runs really well.