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Help with my 11 year old's first build


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Nmstoday

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Hi I am helping my 11 year old son with his first build but we are both novices so would appreciate some input. He has a budget of £700 from savings and we would like to try and put something together that will last a while and be easy to up grade as he won't have too much more money for a few years:-) . He wants a setup that will allow him to record game play, do video editing, etc as well as gaming. We want him to free up the family computer! The parts list we have put together is
http://uk.pcpartpick...ess/saved/1qf2. We would appreciate some comments or suggestions for improvement. Thanks Lisa
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Gday Nmstoday, Posted Image
Tweaked your build a little to give better performance slightly over your budget but if you spend a little time with Static ice search engine you may be able to get better prices.
Let us know what you think of this build.

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http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/OKEf

£663.05


+ Antec case, > http://www.staticice...ec GX700&spos=3 £54.08 Incl VAT

Much better air flow and control, option to add front fans to cool multiple HDDs.

Removed the after market cooler. Info. Installing heatsink/cooler other than the one suplied with a retail boxed CPU, form both AMD and Intel, will void the warranty. This also applies to damage caused by over-clocking, even though the feature is pushed by the marketing crowd.

Changed to faster low profile RAM, The CPU benefits a lot for the faster RAM.

Ganged HDD to latest model, 1TB . Larger is not a good configuration. A second HDD should be added, when funds available, to to be used as a dedicated DATA drive. Depending on the software used, more drives can be added for video editing.

CXv2 "Builder" series
Cheap, budget-oriented units. Fixed cables, rated at 30C, mixed Taiwanese and Chinese caps, 80+, 3 year warranty.Same as CXv1 but with upgraded switching components and +12V rectifiers.
changed to Antec HCG 520 > http://www.antec.com...?id=2457&pid=10 This will stall allow additional hardware to be added.

Your selected MB web page for User Manual, CPU support list and RAM QVL. > http://www.asus.com/...7_R20/#overview
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Gday.

How are you going with the build configuration? An update would be appreciated.
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Hi
We have followed your advice and are awaiting delivery of various parts. Managed to get the cost to just over £700. Will update once we have finished the build. Many thanks for your advice:-) Lisa & Frankie
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Thank you for the update.
Here is a how to build, thanks to Troy and Artellos, > http://www.geekstogo...r-own-computer/

You have the various Manuals for reference but suggest you proceed in the following order. Please remember to turn of the power and take anti static measures when working on the computer.

If installed, remove and replace the I/O shield in the case with the one supplied in the MB box.

Alter/install fans if required.

Install the PSU.

Check carefully the stand-offs on the MB mounting plate inside the case, the number and pattern must match exactly the screw holes in the MB, no extra ones.

Install the Optical Drive.

Place the MB on a clean piece of cardboard, a little larger than the board.

Install the CPU.

Check there will be thermal interface material on the heat-sink plate (usually a pre applied pad/strips on stock cooler) or IF NOT PRESENT, APPLY YOUR OWN to the top of the CPU.

Install the CPU heat-sink/fan.

Connect the CPU fan to the CPU fan header on the MB.

Install the RAM, refer MB Manual for the correct slots.

Install the MB.

Install HDD/s, try to leave bays empty that are close to the end of the video card when installed.

Connect the two power cable to the MB.

Install the GPU. and connect the required PCI-E power cables. refer GPU manual.

Run and connect the rest of the wiring.

If using, connect the mini internal system speaker, ensure the +/- on the plug match the symbols on the header pins.

Check over your wiring, OK/? you are ready to go.
NB. Keep all packaging, receipts and any bits left over,

Should you have any additional questions, just ask. If you get stuck or are not sure of something, please stop and seek advice.
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Thats great -thanks
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Your welcome, keep in touch.
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