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Is this a good first PC for a 14-year old?: UPDATED

jedi5200
  • 40 months ago

I have considered everything the people in my other topic, "Is this a good first PC for a 14-year old?", and come up with this new part list. Peripherals don't matter, neither does monitor. I'm not a gamer, but want a good, sturdy PC that can stand up to whatever I throw at it. I do cybersecurity, so I use VMware player and stuff, so keep it at 16GB of RAM. Keep the price low!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $194.88 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master V8 GTS 82.0 CFM CPU Cooler $64.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B150M-D3H-GSM Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $86.88 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $73.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial MX300 275GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.95 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $87.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80+ Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $7.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $7.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $7.89 @ OutletPC
Keyboard Thermaltake CHALLENGER PRIME Wired Gaming Keyboard $26.99 @ SuperBiiz
Mouse Mad Catz R.A.T.1 Wired Optical Mouse $38.13 @ Amazon
Speakers Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers $34.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $787.45
Mail-in rebates -$25.00
Total $762.45
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-10-30 14:09 EDT-0400

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  • 40 months ago
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Oh, yeah! Can somebody show me a good (preferably low-priced) HDD? Maybe 1-2TB?

  • 40 months ago
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WD Blue or Seagate is solid.

  • 40 months ago
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do you know if the NZXT blue led case fans are good? check the link on the reply I sent to Buddha.

  • 40 months ago
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I wouldn't like them since they are quite loud.

  • 40 months ago
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its really that bad? whats a good case fan? I would prefer leds.

  • 40 months ago
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RAM is RAM, pick what ever looks best

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $194.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI B150M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $79.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $73.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial MX300 275GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.95 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.49 @ OutletPC
Case NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $87.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ NCIX US
Case Fan Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $7.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $7.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $7.89 @ OutletPC
Keyboard Thermaltake CHALLENGER PRIME Wired Gaming Keyboard $26.99 @ SuperBiiz
Mouse Mad Catz R.A.T.1 Wired Optical Mouse $38.13 @ Amazon
Speakers Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers $34.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $760.06
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-10-30 14:39 EDT-0400

Just looked again at your case and it comes with 3 fans which will be ample for cooling so no real need for the extra ones unless its a want.

  • 40 months ago
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I just thought... whatever. Not needed? Not even 1? I don't want it if it isn't needed! Trying to keep on a budget!

  • 40 months ago
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You can keep airflow balanced, e.g. 2 in front and 2 in back. Get another one with similar specs to the preinstalled case fans. FYI: SickleFlows are noisy.

  • 40 months ago
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could you show me a good case fan?

  • 40 months ago
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Prices pretty much reflect quality. 25dBA is generally noisy, or definitely noticeable when music / whatever is low. In general, you want to maximize CFM, keep dBA <21, and RPM doesn't matter that much. expect to pay at least $10.

Then there's bearings... Fluid and Fluid dynamic are usually quieter. Sleeve bearing tend to be louder. The advertised dBA isn't always accurate

  • 40 months ago
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thank you! I have been recommended a hyper 212 evo and a cryorig h7, both of which seem solid for the cpu cooler. Are they needed?

how about this case fan? https://pcpartpicker.com/product/87tCmG/nzxt-case-fan-rffz120u1 I want leds, and I thought nzxt fans would go well with a nzxt case. Approved?

and hows this RAM? https://pcpartpicker.com/product/dL2rxr/mushkin-memory-997204t

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  • 40 months ago
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is my cpu cooler good? or needed?

and motherboard? what is difference between mine and yours?

  • 40 months ago
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Pretty sure you're gonna need a Video Card...

  • 40 months ago
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U sure? I'm not a gamer... If needed, whats a good one?

  • 40 months ago
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You don't, you are fine.

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  • 40 months ago
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For $150 to $250, there's the 1050 Ti, RX 470 4GB, 1060 3GB / RX 480 4GB, 1060 6GB, etc.

You'd want LED strips to the make the inside 'pop out'. Otherwise, it'll look kinda lame. Phobya has great 30cm LED strips for $15 on Amazon (120 LEDs per meter). Connect them to the molex cable. On newegg, Deepcool has an LED kit with two 30cm RGB strips with a controller. I think it's $18, but the LEDs aren't as bright and vibrant (60 LEDs / m). Just don't buy an LED strip with 30 LEDs per meter. Not worth it.

It depends on the aesthetics, but I wouldn't spend more than $60 on a H110 or B150. And around $80, you may as well get an H170 that supports dual GPUs for the same price or a cheap Z170 for $0-15 more. Of course, some B150's have the same features as an H170 at the price, so it depends. ATX boards look cooler in windowed cases too. mATX look okay, but look better if the GPU looks really cool (since the PCIe slots would be higher up, compared to an ATX). It also depends on the window.

I'd drop the $60 cooler. If you're going for aesthetics, the stock cooler has a blue Intel sticker on it which kinda looks lame. You could remove the sticker, but then more dust will get in the fan's motor... There's some 'low profile' air coolers for $20 that look good.

You'd be good with a $60 PSU. You want the kinda with fully sleeved cables. There's "semi-sleeved" cables that have the red-yellow-etc. wires showing near the connector. This detracts from the looks.

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The Phobya is 60 LEDs per meter (60/m), and it's high density, so the LED is brighter and more vibrant (i.e. more colorful, has less 'white' light). The ATTAV looks like the standard 30/m kit, which also tends to have 'low density' LEDs. It's not worth it.

The Phobya is much better, but it's a 60cm strip (~2 feet), so you'll run half on top and the other half on the side of the case. NOTE: that Phobya strip is 1/3 blue, 1/3 red, and 1/3 green, so I'd get 2 of these Phobya 30cm strips for $12 each:

https://www.amazon.com/Phobya-LED-Flexlight-HighDensity-30cm-Green/dp/B0067M14BE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478026046&sr=8-1&keywords=phobya+green

If you want to save $7, this LED kit seems really good:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811980001

Not as vibrant, but it seems to be 60 LEDs per meter. The colors are adjustable with the remote, and it has two 30cm strips.

LED strips usually come with 3M tape on the back. A common complaint is that the strip falls off after a week of a few months, but there's an easy solution: use isopropyl alcohol to wipe the area on which the strip will be applied. (Cases are made of galvanized steel which has a thin, oily layer).

  • 40 months ago
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ok, thanks. any magnetic ones u can think of that are good?

  • 40 months ago
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Nope. Never had a need for them. There's $30 kits by BitFenix and NZXT (Hue+, but it's sometimes not in stock).

  • 40 months ago
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the first link I put up there /\ is magnetic. Opinion?

  • 40 months ago
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I'm liking the hue+. maybe expensive but awesome. Check this out!

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  • 40 months ago
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keyboard too expensive, no red theme, I like my case, like the rest

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  • 40 months ago
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uhhhh... I just liked them. the cooler was on sale and the PSU looked cool. I dunno. did u not see that I had green case fans and a blue led case? feel free to ask anything else.

  • 40 months ago
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you seem like a helpful guy. do I not need an expensive mobo? and is there anything wrong w/ the case I picked? also, the case u picked is expensive. I will consider the keyboard, but I'd like something with lights. and I like my mouse. my pc is some for looks, but not all.

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  • 40 months ago
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yeah, with the PSU, that was stupid. and I'm not getting that cooler. too expensive, and not necessary.

  • 40 months ago
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how is this in terms of new list?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $194.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus B150 PRO GAMING/AURA ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $91.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $87.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Crucial MX300 275GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.98 @ B&H
Case NZXT S340 Elite (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $107.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic 360W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $58.99 @ SuperBiiz
Keyboard Thermaltake CHALLENGER PRIME Wired Gaming Keyboard $26.99 @ SuperBiiz
Mouse Mad Catz R.A.T.1 Wired Optical Mouse $38.15 @ Amazon
Speakers Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers $34.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $741.84
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $711.84
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-04 10:45 EDT-0400

also, what is difference between these PSUs?

$77, $85, and is one of these better than my current one?

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  • 40 months ago
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whats wrong with my mouse?

  • 40 months ago
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how about I get an nzxt hue+ and some aer rgb fans? that would be perfect. check out this link.

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