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My 10 year old daughter was saving up for a laptop, but I convinced her that building her own desktop PC was a better option. She agreed. She wanted something simple to play Minecraft and other flash games. I thought that it was more sensible to have a solid foundation with lots of upgrade possibilities. She was paying for her computer with her own money that she had saved up, so getting the best bang for the buck was very important. She said that she was willing to invest her own money into upgrading for the future, so I took that into account.

I went back and forth over which processor to buy for a budget build.

The AMD A-10 7850k was tempting with strong integrated graphics and would do what she wanted, but I wanted a stronger base.

I also looked at the Intel i5-4690k with an Asus Z97-A motherboard which was an excellent foundation, however it quickly ate up almost the entire budget.

The next option was back to AMD with the FX-6300 with a GTX 750-Ti. This processor has no onboard graphics and requires a video card, but is a favorite combination for entry level / budget builds but not the best for upgrading.

Right when I was set on our purchase, I was swayed by rave reviews of the performance of the Intel G3258 and the term "Console Killer". Micro Center had the G3258 and the MSI Z97 PC Mate combo for $99.99. Performance for a great price with major upgrade potential was a no brainer. This was exactly what I was looking for. With the extra savings compared to the other builds that I was planning, we could use some of that earmarked budget for a good video card.

Being her first time building, she wanted me to take pictures during the build and make it a learning experience. I told her what to do and what everything does, and she put the whole thing together by herself (with a little help from Dad). She's planning on turning our activity into a science project presentation. Her idea!

We are very happy with our results. Her temple is a little powerhouse!

Interesting notes from our build: This system does not have a Optical Drive. I was planning on using an old DVD burner, but it only had IDE connections and our motherboard does not. We labeled all of the parts with Post-Its before assembly. This is a learning experience after all. Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals were not that great. There were better deals earlier that week. I learned how to overclock. My daughter's new computer is far superior to both my wife's and mine. From this point on, we will never buy a pre-assembled PC.

Rebates are as follows: Motherboard = $10, GPU = $40, Case = $15, Power Supply = $20

Total price after rebates = $539.92

Without monitor = $399.93

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  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Absolutely love this! Great build hope she enjoys it! +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Above and beyond your part choices, which are great, the simple fact of teaching your child something like this is just phenomenal. There is no doubt in my mind that it will be a fond memory that she will carry with her forever. I lost my dad at a very young age (9) and I missed out on a lot of these types of moments as a kid but now grown with a son of my own I am trying to give him these types of experiences. Nothing is guaranteed in this life and at the end your experiences are all you have. Awesome build and awesome job.

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you for the kind words. Working on this project together with the intention of creating a tighter personal bond was my goal. We already have a good relationship, but I wanted to empower her by creating something together that she will use everyday. She can tell her friends that she built her computer with her own two hands and paid for it with her savings. This experience would have never happened if we would have just went out and bought a cheap laptop.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Welcome to the G3258 Club :) Love your project!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! Hope she enjoys it :D +1 Getting mine in a week or so :3 r9 270 is such a bang for the buck and paired with a pentium G3258 wow

Love the build and be sure to welcome her to the master race!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a lovely build with a nice upgrade path. Hope your daughter really gets the most out of her new PC. +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

The feels in this build ;_;

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome!

+1

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

You keep rocking on young lady :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

how is that Pentium preforming (i will maybe build a pc with a pentium, not overcklokking) and does it stack up against the FX 6300

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those temperatures right? If so, then you just won the greatest silicon lottery known to mankind.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops! Thanks for spotting that. Updated. I still have some room to tweak for OC.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't wait for the day this happens to me with my two boys. You guys really nailed the bang-for-buck build with an excellent upgrade path.

All she would have to do when it comes to around college time is upgrade.

As far as CPU coolers, I really like the be quiet! rocks and the AIO coolers. That would really make this build look smexy.

Your daughter did a really good with the cables too!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

What's her Minecraft username? Mine's Epicalexyang.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Father of the year award !!!

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Our next upgrades are a heatsink, SSD, optical drive, processor. The potential to upgrade this machine is exciting! She's really into Minecraft right now, so everything is perfect as is. She'll probably want a second monitor before anything else which is fine with me. It's her money, she can do whatever she wants.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

How did she earn the money?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

She usually just asks for cash for birthdays and holidays. She also saves her allowance like a champ!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol Saving Money isn't that hard m8. But earning it is extremely hard... :(

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