Description

This build is for my 14-year-old step-brother who is an avid Overwatch player who; before this build, was only able to play at around 20 fps on low on his quickly aging Dell Inspiron Laptop. My middle brother and I have had gaming PC's for a couple of years now so he has been wanting to get one for what seems to him like forever. He saved up his money for about a year and a half and was very excited when his dream of building his own PC came to life. Overall I am very happy with this build and how it turned out especially for the price. If you have any questions feel free to ask me and if you want to know what I thought of the parts please look at the reviews. Thank you! :)

Part Reviews

CPU

Got this for $210 with a $10 off coupon on Newegg. While it can't overclock it is still a great processor and am actually pretty impressed by it!

Motherboard

Super basic motherboard but for $50 why not? It's got the basics that we needed and helped keep the price down.

Memory

This RAM is awesome! We haven't had any problems with it and I think it really makes the build look a lot better with the LED bar.

Storage

It is a fairly inexpensive SSD that we put the OS on. Works well enough! Boot time is around 6-8 seconds.

Storage

Not yet in the build but will be when I upgrade my personal computers storage around Christmas. Will be used for mass storage of games and such.

Video Card

This was probably one of the parts I was the happiest about. We were able to snag this for $205 with a $20 MIR effectively taking the price down to $185. For that price I couldn't be happier. It stays super cool and quiet and so far has been pretty good at overclocking.

Case

For $35 (when we bought it) this case is pretty damn good. You can feel the materials are a little on the cheaper side but the cable management isn't too bad and IMO looks really good. Nice that it comes with two blue LED fans even if they are a little loud. (We may switch them out for two more Corsair Quiet Edition fans as we put one in the front and it is awesome)

Power Supply

I work at best buy so I was able to snag this for $37 with my discount. It's a solid power supply although I wish it was modular. (My next one will be one for sure) Also the cables can be a little stiff on this.

Monitor

This was an old monitor of mine that I gave to him so that he wouldn't have to drop another $100 or so dollars to complete his build. It works for now.

Keyboard

Another part from a previous build. I sold this to him for $20 and it is still kicking strong. He is a fan but wishes it could change colors like my Ornata and Blackwidow Chroma.

Mouse

He got this for his Birthday back in September. Has good ergonomics and the sensor on it is awesome.

Headphones

Probably the worst part of this build because they have somewhat decent sound quality and eh mic quality. He is looking at getting into streaming and getting a dedicated Mic setup so his viewers will actually enjoy the stream.

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm happy for your brother :) Even if your rig is better than his, there's nothing like having your very own PC.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha that's the funny thing! Until my parts come in his is actually better XD

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I had my setup on my dresser for awhile before getting my desk l00l. +1

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

It's getting the job done until we get his old one out of storage :P

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

How funny, I have a very similar family to your's, me being the middle. Me and my older brother both have gaming PCs, and my little brother plays on console right now. I'm planning to do a second build for him using spare parts, I'm planning on using the same case as you did. What are the chances?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha that's great! Seems how it normally works out :P I do recommend this case though. It is pretty easy to work in although my only complaint is that the CPU power cable has no place to go behind the motherboard so you have to route it around the motherboard for it to look good. This can especially a pain if your PSU has shorter cables.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of fps dies he get, and at what settings? Great built btw bro

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

great build with a great price. case look really nice btw. is the blue LED lights coming from the case or from the fans?

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! The blue lights are coming from the fans and the RAM. We have replaced all of the fans with the corsair quiet edition fans now that have blue LED's and are much quieter and imo have a better blue color.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm kinda glad I found this build. Now, I gotta start over and build a desktop after making a rushed decision to buy a gaming laptop. I'll have to wait for my money to come in before I can get started. I'm glad I found this build because I somewhat know how the system is operating while running Overwatch. I thought I would need an aftermarket cooler after hearing about the cpu temp issues the game had. I guess I can undervolt the CPU when I get the chance to put my new build together and see how the temps are. When I was playing Overwatch on my laptop with full fan speeds, it never went above 55C for the GPU or CPU. I can see that this case is worth getting now. I've been looking into the case for awhile, but most of the other DIYPC-DIY cases get alot of bad reviews. I like the size and aesthetics for this case and the fact that it's cheap as well.

I can definitely use a cheaper, more powerful and modular system. I mean my computers don't leave the house often, so I really don't need to have a laptop to game with plus taking them anywhere comes with the risk of it being stolen. I don't mind gaming laptops at all, but it doesn't fit my needs. I don't need to game on the go and I do most(98%) of my gaming at home.

Is this build good? https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RKVN9W

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad you enjoyed this build! And yes I know a lot of people that bought gaming computers and were somewhat upset with the performance to cost ratio. I personally find desktops more enjoyable to build and play on. For any locked CPU, as long as you have decent case cooling, the stock cooler will be fine. It is a common misconception that it will get too hot under gaming loads and while it won't be as cool as it can be, it also won't be in the 80s or 90s. This case was honestly really fun to build in. It allows you to use a mini atx motherboard and not make it looked dwarfed with still plenty of room for 5 fans, unique SSD mounting points, and decent cable management. One thing about the build list that you asked about is I would add an SSD for sure. Even if you have to deal with less storage to start off with and add a HDD later, SSD's are amazing and really make your whole experience so much better. Otherwise I think it is a good start especially for a 600$ budget.