Description

My daughter kicked *** in science this year in school, so I agreed to build her a new PC. Catch was, she had to help me build it. She uses it for basic gaming (Sims, City Skylines, Skyrim), and digital art. The GPU is from my last build; otherwise, it's all new components.

We started this build before Ryzen launched. If I did this over, I'd likely have gone with that, but we haven't found any bottlenecks for what she's using it for, so we're happy with it.

Note: when I attached the GPU back plate with the hardware it came with, I couldn't seat the GPU properly due to lack of space by the RAM sticks. I ended up just attaching it with double-sided tape, which worked fine.

Edit: as some of you suggested, I moved the RAM over one slot. Thanks!

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 9 points

Aw, this is so sweet and great. And despite the "oh no" moment, the PC turned out lovely and it should serve her purpose well for sometime. Well done for your daughter doing great with science and teaching her how to build a computer. What an awesome and priceless moment you both had as father and daughter. You have my one and support.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Totally with you on that, El

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed.

  • 28 months ago
  • 6 points

That's really cool of you to do. I love seeing parent-child builds on here. +1 for being an awesome dad.

And +1 for adding some sleeved extensions and a backplate to make the build look sleek.

Full disclosure: the GPU back plate ended up being too tight a fit between the GPU and RAM, so it was causing crashes. If you cut a notch out where the RAM is, it would be perfect - I screwed up and broke it, so we're going without for now

You broke the GPU? That's a bummer.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Initially, the backplate wouldn't fit, and while trying to trim it, it snapped. I realized that it'll fit if I just use double-sided tape to attach it (it came with stand-off/washer things that were too thick.) So I can glue the backplate back together and attach it - the crack is hardly visible.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, ok. Glad to hear.

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  • 28 months ago
  • 4 points

You might want to double check your motherboard manual for proper RAM placement for dual-channel configuration. Usually you'll want to use the 2nd and 4th RAM slots (the gray ones).

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

True, best to dual channel with two out of the four DIMM slots that are same colors (Gray or Black slots).

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

Genuinely in love with that case!

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  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

i wish u were my dad, im walking dogs to pay for my system that i plan on building next year.

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

I don't know if you can still make from that but you can try desgining logos and photoshop edits and websites for money.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

well so far its working out since a lot of people near me have dogs and theyre pretty generous when it comes to payments. but thanks for the idea. i mean what i use now is a 500 dollar laptop my parents got me last year and i can play rainbow six siege all low setting on 1020x768 and csgo on all low setting in 720p.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

I don't even know what to say about this. Hope your daughter enjoys it. +1 for being a generous dad. :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome dad and daughter build. Thanks for posting.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

You need to move the left memory stick over one slot. That cable won't interfere with it and it's better to run them in proper dual channel mode. Aside from that, looks like a great PC for a great price. And that's especially beastly for a kid's first PC!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I read the manual that came with the mobo, but either I misread it, or my eyesight's getting too bad, lol. I'll swap them around when I get home.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

great build might need more ram later and a better cpu but still one of the best beginner pc's I've seen

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that your pink oven? Looks dope +1

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

And this my friends, it's how you make family come together!

+1 Hands up, awesome dad spotted!

I'm jealous :P

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

When my daughter gets there it'll be a pleasure to do the same as you did.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to buy a wireless adapter or was the motherboard able to connect on its own?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I did have to buy a WiFi adapter, as this board doesn't come with that.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe consider putting an SSD in there if it’s within your budget

Builds with no SSD make me sad

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Made me sad too. I ended up completely reworking this build, new parts list is here: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/grimmwrath/saved/#view=dfVMpg .

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I second that...