Description

Kid's First Gaming PC

An Intel-based entry level gaming PC for a 7 year old who likes to play Fortnite, Minecraft, Roblox, etc, on a 60hz 1080p monitor. I know, spoiled. Also for homework, study, etc. Doubles as a guest computer, or a backup/spare parts computer, if someone else has any issues with their computer and absolutely needs to use a PC when a laptop, tablet or phone won't suffice. Also he likes the color blue.
A pre-built gaming PC with similar specs runs $700-$1,000, but usually without an SSD, and in an ugly case. Raijintek provides multiple color options, in windowed or windlowless, for their line of mini-ITX aluminum cases. I wanted something that would last 3-5 years, be portable, and play modern titles—ahem, kids games—at high settings at 60fps in 1080p. Could've cheaped out and gone the AMD route, but didn't because of reasons.

Part List

System
Part Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-8100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor $129.99
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-L9i 33.84 CFM CPU Cooler $39.95
Thermal Compound Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut Thermal Grease Paste $9.83
Motherboard Gigabyte B360N WIFI Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $99.99
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $78.75
Storage ADATA SU655 480GB 3D NAND SSD ASU655SS-480GT-C $67.99
Video Card(s) EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB ACX 2.0 Video Card $169.99
Case RAIJINTEK Metis Plus (Blue) Mini ITX Tower Case $66.66
Power Supply EVGA 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $0.00
Case Fan(s) Corsair Air Series White 2 pack 52.19 CFM 120mm Fan $19.58
Total $682.73
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts

Performance

Temps
Info Temp
CPU Idle 32°C
CPU LoadMax 51°C
GPU Idle 27°C
GPUMax 66°C
Temperatures recorded with an ambient room temperature of 24°C

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15
CPU Score
Multi-core 580cb
PerformanceTest
Benchmark Score
Passmark Rating 4,698
CPU Mark 8,549
2D Graphics Mark 901
3D Graphics Mark 7,257
Memory Mark 2,622
Disk Mark 4,041
UserBenchmark
Benchmark Info Score
Gaming 42%
Desktop 66%
Workstation 37%
Processor Intel Core i3-8100 81.3%
Graphics Card Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti 39.5%
Drives Adata SU655 480GB 74%
Memory Kit Crucial BLS4G4D240FSB.8FBD 2x4GB 79.7%

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 4 points

For my 2nd computer, I want to build a miniature computer like yours.

This must be a lucky 7 year old to get a gaming computer solely for him.

Looks great and the price is fine. +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

That case is very beautiful, mine is like that https://pcpartpicker.com/b/GZKBD3

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The best part is how the less components there are installed in the system, the faster the PC boots. It insta-boots.

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

Great entry level build! i wouldn't call it spoiling him though. if its for games and study then its fine and who knows, it might spark future interest into building systems himself!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! That's kind of my hope—maybe it will turn him onto building PC's, but he's 7, and maybe 10 years from now PC's won't be as popular, technology will be smaller, more powerful... less likelihood of needing to build a PC, more of a niche hobby. Only time will tell.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. Hard to call this spoiled when there are kids out there who have 2080 Tis and a full streaming set up in middle school. This however, is a completely appropriate first computer for someone who actually wants to game. Lucky kid, but not excessive at all.

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

I've a few things to mention. It's not "cheaping out" to buy a RyZen CPU. You'll see pretty soon how it really isn't cheaping out. Also, you aren't spoiling this kid when you are the one who didn't buy used parts and build the system for cheaper. You could've gotten an RX570 or 1060 3gb for the same price or cheaper. You wouldn't even have to worry about the longevity of the card because building a computer right now is just wishing for it to fall into a quick obsolescence. I hope that this was the kid's Christmas present, at least.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! My PC prior to an 8700k and 1080 Ti was an FX-8370 and 1060 6GB actually. Then I got a 4k, and chose to upgrade, gave the parts away as a hand-me-down build to someone, who has since upgraded to an 8700. After the fact, I spec'd the i3-8100 and 1050 Ti/1060 3GB used on ebay, and yes, could've built a rig for less, or could've built a slightly more powerful rig for the same price.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

That is awesomely swell, I really love to see generosity in action. $700 is a lot of money to give away :) I did the same for my Nephew, built him a PC for around the same amount, quite similar spec as yours except I went Pentium G5500 route. Thanks for posting!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Spent a couple weeks researching parts, and yes, the Pentium was on the table at one point. I forget, but I think the budget was originally $500, but went up.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, welcome to the PC world! It's alright to be spoiled. Long as you don't take it too far, you're alright. You seem like a pretty humble person! Anyways, Nice build! The specs are decently planned out for a age like yours. It's definitely unique in it's own ways.

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! You know how when you're a kid, in retrospect, the world seems much larger than it actually is. You remember the house you grew up in being bigger. To a kid, this PC probably looks larger than it actually is. The kid has a small desk and chair, so it fits without taking up a lot of space. And it's not too heavy, so he could probably carry it, although as far as I'm concerned he hasn't and I'd be paranoid he would drop it. Lol.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice, that box can be improved a lot with little money.

This is mine

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/GZKBD3

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! That is impressive work right there, my good man.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Why didn’t you go with AMD?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

In all honesty, I was sold on Intel for gaming by the many YT vids and benchmarks from channels like Gamers Nexus, Linus Tech Tips, JayzTwoCents, etc, that overall Intel is better for gaming, despite costing more. Albeit this build is for a child, it’s also for anyone else who needs to use it, and I have more experience with Intel, even though the first gaming PC I ever bought for myself was a pre-built from CyberPowerPC and was all AMD and lasted until early 2018 after I saved up to build an 8700k rig for myself. That’s about it really. AMD would be better in terms of budget though.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, Intel is better than AMD, but for a budget build that’s only for web browsing and light gaming, you would have saved a lot of money if you had gone with a comparable AMD processor, like a Ryzen 3.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Is the airflow in the case good or is there problems?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

For the components currently in the case, the airflow and temperatures are perfectly fine. If you were to install higher end components, which surprisingly you could do, even a full length (267-272mm) video card, you'd need more adequate cooling solutions. Examples: Hackintosh, ITX Power, Tiny Monster.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice, I can't believe you changed the name haha. 5/5 stars.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh I like it, but a $700 PC better kill a console. Show me a $500 build called console killer and at least that's the price of a One X. This should be called: Portable 7 year old's dream machine.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, you're right about the name and price. I thought about that immediately after I posted it, hadn't put any effort into the name, glossed over it and the meaning of "console killer." Is it still too late to change the name? Lol. No, I'll change it. Thanks!

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this! Don't worry this isn't spoiling, that would be if you gave him my build to play minesweeper. Then it would be spoiling lol.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I agree. Tell someone you know a kid who games on a 2700X or 8700k or 1080 Ti, for example, would probably incur the word spoiled. Lol.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

a lot better then the build i have now