Description

His consoles (360, Wii) were connected to a 720p TV and after I upgraded my PC I got the idea to build him a 'PC Console' using some of my old PC parts because I'm not buying an XBOX One or PS4. The parts with zero dollars are from my old PC. So far this set up EATS games at 720p. Especially the games he likes (MMOs, Overwatch, Fighting Games, Batman series). I was worried about the Dual Core Quad Threads i3 6100 but the thing is a beast!

Upgrade path: Gaming monitor and maybe a GTX 1060/RX 480.

Oh, he added the Pokemon wall stickers. He's 11. :-)

Part Reviews

CPU

Was worried it was only a dual core but Hyper Threading does it's thing. Stellar performer. Reports as a quad core and is speedy enough for all current games that I threw at it.

Motherboard

Wifi is great, drivers are flawless, rock solid after days and days of gaming...I mean 'burn in'. I'm not sure what makes it a 'Performance Gaming' motherboard. But it is solid and the price is right.

Memory

I'm stuck on G.Skill. I don't even bother with other brands. have never had an issue.

Case

Great case! Large for a 'mini itx' case but that's the point. Later on a water AIO will fit fine and full size graphics are no problem. Took a star off for lacking a rear fan. Boo.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 15 points

That CPU is grossly underestimated in its gaming capabilities.

  • 39 months ago
  • 4 points

I totally agree with you.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I used to have one (upgraded to a 1070 and a 5820k) but yes it is completely underestimated. I gave it to my friend and he paired it with a 980 and it destroyies every game he plays

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  • 39 months ago
  • 5 points

Pokemon stickers... -1

Kidding, +1 because who doesn't know and love what Pokemon is!!

(Those against evolution!)

  • 39 months ago
  • 4 points

Damn. That's a cool-*** 11 year old!

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

I wish my dad would have built me a computer at 11! I'm doing something similar for my younger brother. Nice setup, I dig the Pokemon stickers.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm doing a pc for my older brother lol. Good luck in your build.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, you too!

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for pokemon, I may 15 (I know Im young) but i still love pokemon like a nerd. Nice pc

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

27 years old here and I proudly love the heck out of Pokemon. Awesome stuff. Cool dad is cool. Just don't let him take it for granted! That's some fantastic stuff.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

You are an awesome father. May your son enjoy this PC Console tremendously. I'm certain he is now and will continue to be. You have my one.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed the build can do 1080p but love what you did for your son. If he gets into PC gaming then your planned upgrade path will make this into a mini beast of a gaming PC. Love the pokemon stickers.

The AMD route would be cheaper of course of you're thinking of pairing it with a freesync 1080p monitor. Serious props to you as I can't wait until my kids are old enough to game. You have my plus 1.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I'm leaning towards freesync. That would mean locked into AMD. But AMD is treating me right. I have an R9 390 in my rig.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

At the mid range they are very good though and with free sync being so much cheaper than gsync it makes it worth it. I personally have a Geforce GTX 1070 in my build but had my budget had been smaller I'd have gone AMD. They have nothing performance comparable to what I got and I'm planning on going 1440p ultra wide when it becomes cheaper and more reasonable to do. £1000 for a gsync monitor is too much.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

If he gets into it? Marvel Heroes, Brawlhalla, Overwatch, DCU Online, WoW (just started), all the Lego games, and Rocket League to name a few. He is a PC gamer. He was playing on an old handmedown before. But this is much better, quieter, and more USB ports plus better wifi.

Windows 10 has great parental controls. I get a report of everything he's done. It's amazing.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome. Sorry didn't see he was already playing all those.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

"Parental controls"... you monster XD I used to have that, tricked my parents into enabling command prompt as administrator, bye bye. Honestly though I haven't done anything bad without it on, I just hated needing the administrators password when I wanted to download things and it made some steam games not work (black ops 2 mainly, and you couldn't update origin). This was years ago though I'm not sure what it's like now

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a lot better now. All games work fine after the initial administrator prompt to install them.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting, are you ever going to take them off? (Ya know, when he gets a bit older?)

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Sure. At about 14-15. Right around the time he gets a cell phone and a part time job.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm 27 and I would proudly put those original Pokémon stickers on my build. Grew up playing Pokémon and still play the original Yellow, blue and red games using ROMs.

Nice build +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

He'll be like:

OMG dad why's the game going so fluid fast?

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Just finished my first build on a i3-6100 and I had to disable fraps because the 60 always being in the top right annoyed me :p. Anyways, 6th gen. They're the bomb.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

It would be cool if I got a custom build at that age ... I am looking to build a PC for my younger cousin who i belive just turned 11

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

An i3 6100 and a mobo that's not Z but has TONS of usb ports as a base of the system is the way to go. He plugs in like four Xbox controllers when his friends and cousins are over. Brawlhalla all day. All. Day.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. Taking care of your son. Did he help build it too?

Thumbs up.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

He knows all the parts and what they do. He only pushed in the RAM though. And held a flashlight. :-)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey that's helping and one day he may do it by himself. Maybe build one in the future for you.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it can. Just limited by the TV he has. ;-)

We'd have to turn down to a mix of high and medium settings. It was my old card. That thing rocked and I paid so little for it.