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This was a Christmas gift for my son, Im a single dad that has built and picked up PC gaming in the last 3 years, its something we do on the week nights and we both highly enjoy it. Im not sure who was more excited, him knowing he was getting a gaming PC, or me getting to build another PC!

I decided to take Christmas eve off work so we could build it together, man was it hard to sleep the night before! Once we awoke on Christmas Eve we got right to work assembling the motherboard.. so far everything was going as planned. I chose AMD Ryzen 5 2600x for price, and a budget Asrock mobo which offered enough goods and longevity but also a cool look with some RGB. I upgraded the cooler as I have read AMD runs hotter than Intel, and i dont mind spending extra so the heat will not damage the processor. I chose the cooler master 212 RGB edition, i use the 212 evo in my build and love how simplisticit is, yet it cools extremely well. An AIO watercooler maybe would drop a few more degrees and maybe that will be a future upgrade. I had the Corsair Vengence 2x8 16GB 3000hz ram laying around collecting dust from a combo purchase including an SSD that my friend wanted for his PS4. For storage i chose a few options, one is a seperate 250gb boot drive. second it has a 500gb m.2 ssd for games that run better on a faster drive, and third a 2tb HDD for simple games and anything else he may save like music, photos..etc.

The rx580 8gb seems to me like the best bang for the buck currently on a mid tier build and gives some room for future gaming, and thats exactly why i chose it. Also the monitor, which i used as a second monitor for my build, happens to be freesync which is a really nice feature to take advantage of. The GPU came with Borderlands 3 and 3 months to xbox game pass...SCORE!

Once opening the DIYPC case we found that it was broken in shipping, BUMMER!! I had bought a fan controller for the 5.25" bay and two color matched fans for an aesthetically pleasing look which we were not able to use any more. So we ran to our local Best Buy to grab a new case and since i was returning the broken case and spare parts we were close to breaking even. Building in a midsize case had its challenges, wire management was tricky and trying to get the power supply hooked up proved to be quite the process. I chose the 750w mainly because the price was affordable and with the added 250w leftover he could upgrade his video card in the future and not have to worry.

The mouse is the same that I use, so why buy different? haha The keyboard was just an affordable "gaming" (and i use that loosely) board that offered media controls and RGB The headphones he bought with his own money while we were at Best Buy.

I've traveled out of state a few Christmas' with my son, and yes those are memories we will never forget, but this Christmas we both received the gift of making memories on those nights of the week where nothings really going on and were just waiting to start the next day! Im thankful Im able to do something like this for my son, as we dont come from much. The hours we will spend grinding through games together will pay for every dime I spent.

Thanks for reading -Dad

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  • 2 months ago
  • 6 points

dude you sound cool as f**k for a dad props to you for bringing your son to the pc world :) keep doing great things !

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

That sucks about the first case being broken. Looks like it came out a solid build with ther replacement though. Very impressive for someone so young.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Starting the kid off young! Great job! +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Your fricking 10 y/o built that! You got to be kidding me. And who funded this?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Dad did duh, haha

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Don't spoil the kid to much. Trust me. Life experience. Lol🤣🤣

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Kudos to you and your son for building this during the holiday season. I'm sure you will get years of enjoyment from it. Thanks for posting along with the wonderful write-up. I bought a pair of cheap Logitech 10W "multimedia" speakers the other day at Best Buy for $20. Perhaps they are still on sale. Enjoy!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You should have gotten Logitech G512 SE instead. Its same price at Best Buy and it has mechanical switches. The only downside is no wrist rest but if that's no biggie then a much better choice for the price.

Overall amazing build for a 10-year-old. Thumbs Up.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

i agree the keyboard wasn't what i was expecting.. but it took myself a few keyboards to learn what i liked.. i love mechanical keyboards, but im not a fan of clicky keys. I have a Corsair K70 Lux with brown keys but couldnt afford him the same. So far he likes his keyboard, and i like that i dont hear the keys.. but I am going to check out what you recommended in case something changes. Thanks!

edit: I just looked at the keyboard and she's beautiful! Wish i would have looked a bit longer at the store :(

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