My little girl wanted to build her first PC for her 11th birthday this year. She is a keen Minecrafter and enjoys a range of platformers like Ori and the Blind Forest, Wandersong, Limbo and everything in-between.
We set about looking at parts over the summer and settled on a Ryzen APU build, something with room to expand but not going to break the bank. I feel we have been able to juggle aesthetics with performance fairly well and overall she is very happy with it. Whilst building, daughter was very keen to get hands on and build her rig! She was very nervous installing the CPU but did a stand-up job for her first time.
Case - NZXT H400: A fantastic case for a first build. Daughter was able to strip the case down well and install almost everything without fuss. The only issues she ran into was the PSU mounting hardware, the holes in the bracket and the case seemed a little out of line which made the thumb screws difficult to use without a screwdriver.
Motherboard - ASRock Steel Legend B450M: A good looking mobo with a nice, clear layout. Plenty of fan headers and all the front panel headers were nice and easy to read. I'm impressed with the connectivity of the board, with room for two m.2 drives and a reinforce PCIe slot.
Memory - Kingston Fury 8gb: No much to say here, this is my old memory from a previous build. She is saving up to buy some Corsair Vengence RGB dimms.
CPU - Ryzen 5 2400G: What a wonderful thing this is! I couldn't imagine playing something like Minecraft on integrated graphics and enjoying it just a few years ago. The system is snappy and responsive, programmes and games load in a good time. Whilst gaming, frame rates are good, maintaining 60fps in everything we've tried so far. The only issues I've found so far is the Radeon Overlay doesn't seem to work with the Ryzen APUs. Haven't ran any benchmarks yet, will post back when I have.
SSD - Kingston A400 480gb: Nothing much to say. We will be adding additional SSD storage as required but for now this should do her fine.
PSU - Corsiar TXM 550W: Lovely black cables and won't burn down my house. Might seem overkill for the current set-up but allows loads of room for a dedicated video card or more powerful CPU down the line.
BENCHMARKS (all at 720). Life is Strange: medium preset @ 40-50fps, lows of 35fps. Limbo: 60fps stable (no surprise). Portal: high preset @ 180+fps. Portal 2: very high no AA @ 140-190fps. The First Tree: high preset, 2xAA @ 60fps stable. Wandersong: 60fps stable. Minecraft Java Edition: Fancy preset, 10 chunks @ 90-130fps, a few stutters here and there. DOOM (2016): medium preset @ 30fps stable.
(Daughter doesn't play all of these, just giving a idea of the systems capabilities).
EDIT: A huge thank you for the feature, Daughter is ecstatic (and so am I).
EDIT 2: Daughter has her new ram and is over the moon with the look of her system. She spent a long time choosing a colour scheme and herrings things just right.