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Dad and sons first build!

by Justplayin000



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My son has been playing WOW on a store bought machine that is about 5 years old. He wanted to PVP and raid with more than 15 FPS. Well this is what we came up with! Comments welcome as it was a blast and we want to build a couple more for other different jobs. The only thing we bought that's not on the list is a 200 mm fan for the top of the case.

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PickItApart 24 points 53 months ago

Damn lucky kid. I know if I ever asked my dad for a gaming anything he'd have laughed. Hope he's appreciative.

IamApropos 3 Builds 4 points 53 months ago


IamApropos 3 Builds 9 points 53 months ago

Really happy to see people getting their kids into building computers. There are holes in the case all around the edge of the motherboard for routing all your cables to behind the motherboard. It isn't just for looks, putting your cables on the back side of the case helps keep hot air from being trapped on the cables, unwanted dust collecting on them and more, since this case a big window it would also look 100x better. Come on dad you know your son will want to show it of, take 30 minutes and make it look presentable.

miniclipgamer 2 Builds 3 points 53 months ago

My dad never wanted me to build a computer (he wasn't into computers himself), but I finally convinced him to let me build one for him, and now he's giving me some money to build my personal machine. :D

Ggadget 1 point 53 months ago

Yeah, I actually asked my dad to help me build a computer, and he let me!

Enlyten 1 Build 5 points 53 months ago

Unless the computer is going to be on carpet, you should flip the PSU the other way so it isn't stealing air from the graphics card.

xomm 2 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

If it's going to be on carpet, just keep the PSU face-down and sit it on a wooden plank.

Enlyten 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago


Divdor 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

Very nice. I have a Dad / Daughter build in my near future and this is inspiring. Hope he enjoys it. Game on!

Teejers 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Good on ya for building something together. I have nearly the same exact build, so the only thing I would recommend is to clean up the cable management. Other than that...happy gaming.

Storm Enforcer cable management example (my personal build): http://pcpartpicker.com/b/yPH

bode927 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

This is a nice build for $1000, especially since it includes an operating system. Minor critique, you could have gone with a 550w power supply for ~30 less and gotten a nicer gfx card or SSD. +1 nonetheless.

Enlyten 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

10 posts... please remove the extra nine.

bode927 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Done, sorry about that. Don't know how it happened.

Enlyten 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Yup :)

miniclipgamer 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

All his son is doing is WoW, not that it isn't demanding, but all his son was asking for was "> 15 FPS"

bode927 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

I'm not saying this PC would not do that fine, just that the build isn't optimal for the money spent.

miniclipgamer 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

I get what you're saying.

TestBuilds 1 point 53 months ago

Very nice!

Black5Lion 1 point 53 months ago

Good build! As others said, it is nice to spend son-father time especially building a pc. Atleast your kid will learn a thing or two enjoying. :)

Scaroza 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

The motherboard isn't very good but I doubt you're overclocking so that's not too much of an issue, the 1866Mhz RAM is an over spend considering it makes no performance difference. Other than that, you've done well component wise, just tuck those cables away and it'll all be rosy.

Extreme 4 review detailing crappy MOSFETS: http://www.overclock.net/t/1333812/asrock-z77-extreme4-z77-extreme6-review

Performance benchmarks for different RAM speeds with Sandy Bridge (same sort of results with Ivy bridge): http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-scaling-choosing-the-best-ddr3/6

ExtremeBananas 1 point 53 months ago

Looks great! I would have gone for some better wiring but other then that it looks like a great rig to load steam onto, download some games and play your heart out and the fan at the top looks so awesome,

Happy gaming!

zypherstones 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Best. Dad. Ever.

NinjaSlayer69 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

This is not a WoW computer. WoW doesn't need this... At all.

wildcat2015 1 point 53 months ago

nice looking build, great to see the younger generations still being involved in learning the basics

Justin95 1 point 53 months ago

That kid must be ecstatic, I know I would be. It's awesome that you guys built this together, I hope he really enjoys it.

th3m4dh4tt3r 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

THis is awesome! It's the other way round for me though, lol. I built my dad a computer.

avilash.doraemon.mandal 0 points 52 months ago

can ya just please tell me if there's any kind of cons regarding the physical dimension restrictions with dis kinda build..lik ram clearance.etc etc.. i am buying the same cabinet, cooler, and mobo. appreciate it.

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rkarsk 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

He's certainly going to regret the 0.1 degree temperature increase as a result of not spending 1+ hour doing all that cable management.... Doesn't matter!

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