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My son wanted a gaming PC for his birthday/Xmas. His birthday is really close to Xmas, so he asked everyone for money, and ended up with a little over $800 (half of that from his father and I). He watched me build Eva, and wanted his own. So...here it is. He helped me VERY LITTLE I must say, but what can you expect from a 12 year old, LOL.

The storage HDD is actually a Samsung 500GB, a refurb. PCpartpicker didn't have the exact model, so I plugged in a similar one. The video card is actually the 4 GB version of the R9 270X. PCpartpicker, at the time, didn't have that part in their list either. Many of the parts were purchased because they were on sale, or on a rebate. The memory was from my EVA PC, I found some G. Skill 2400 on sale, so I grabbed that and swapped my RAM out for his. My RAM was also good, so...I don't feel guilty about it at all.

The only issue I had was I put it all together and BIOS didn't boot. I had no idea, and I ended up calling support from the small business I purchased the mobo from. Their tech support was really helpful in letting me know I didn't plug in the power cord to the CPU! How embarrassing. I had completely forgotten to do that, then had to make the boyfriend move the radiator (which was a real B to get in this case in the first place I might add) so I could access the CPU slot. After that, all was well! The Windows Experience rating seems low, but as you can see it's only the HDD that is holding back the score. I'll eventually upgrade him with a small SSD for the OS.

He named this PC "Apollo", after the "sun god". I guessed it was because it's AMD and they run hot... LOL, but NO, when I ask him, he says it's because it "shines bright". Whatever...kid.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 4 points

Similar to mine! Very lucky though, I had to pay hahahah

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Your son is very lucky :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 4 points

I agree, a tad spoiled at times. Helps relieve the guilt from divorcing his dad though, so it's mutually beneficial. Haha.

  • 70 months ago
  • 5 points

Lol if my a-hole dad bought me a good computer I may like him for a short period of time :) But that short term is extreme with how bad he is

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol my dad is the same, I feel you bro.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

as do i

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

CHOO CHOO

LETS START THE BAD FATHER TRAIN CHOOZ CHOOZ I FEEL YAZ No but seriously ditto to what jaredt said

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The world these day... Can't get alone with your dad? My dad isn't the richest but I get along with him... Most fathers want the best for their children...keep that I mind...:)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

i built my own gaming pc last year and i was 10 so you cant describe your child of not being able to you can learn at any age above 8 so yes he can if he wanted to and nice build for what it is:)

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL my son is LAAAAAZY

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

My father said he would help me. But the only help I got was financially. Can't say I'm mad though. My budget would've been half.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Everyone is getting mad over a 12 year old unable/too lazy to build his own computer? He might not have the drive to do one himself, as he is 12, a kid.

He might just want to play games, and have nothing to do with the actual build.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds like: "I just want money, I don't want to work for it"

He'll learn. I'm not mad at all. My 12 year old self wouldn't build a pc.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

*Confused 12 year old who built himself a PC here..

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

its still help right? lol

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

My father said he'd help me n my first build too. He plugged the 24-pin into the MOBO then left the house for the day.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

:) Gaming is so worth a flight of stairs :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

damn right

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Lucky Kid...Nice Build. I like that Mouse. What brand is that. Looks Sharp

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It says DYNAMITE, gives a website www.dynamiteseries.com Hope that helps (that mouse actually broke, but I think my son pulled too hard on the cord, the cord covering came out of the mouse unit but not the wires, but obviously I can't see inside it). Before that happened though, he loved it. :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

if he pulled on the cord cause it was all tangled try getting him a mouse bungee

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

From the pictures, it almost looks like you built this on a carpet, tablecloth or a bed. If so, you may want to avoid this in the future. ESD can destroy computer components!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

It was actually a sheet. I did both builds on that sheet because I pushed two tables together and didn't want anything falling in the "crack", but yes, you make a good point. Lucked out so far but I better not push it...lol.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

i built this http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3dL6D. i just turned 13, this is what i got for my b-day(and mowing for the rest of the year ;). by the way, how do i post a completed build?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Take a few pictures of the guts of it, then at the bottom of your build there should be an option I think, to post under completed build, and it will give you the options to add pictures and details. Your build looks good, btw. :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Great computer for a 12 year old, matches mine except for being watercooled, mine's air cooled. he's very lucky when I was 12 there was no such thing as a personal computer. The Apple II didn't come out until I was 13. Am I dating myself?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Starlana, I do not know where this PC resides but if it is on carpet then I like the way the PSU is installed (fan inside the case) but if you keep the PC on the desk or on a hard surface where dust bunnies is not an issue then flipping it over so it can suck cool air in from outside the case is optimal.

Looks like a very nice PC.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

The PC is kept in one of those cubby holes in a desk. I might flip the PSU next time I crack open the case, if cable management allows. Thank you for the suggestion. :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

My PC sits atop my desk. :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a really nice keyboard - what brand/model?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

AZIO model no: KB501, L70 Gaming Keyboard. It's backlit in blue, and you can turn the light on or off. Azio products are pretty nice for the price. I also own mice made by them.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

AZIO L70 Gaming Keyboard, Model No KB501

This has been in use since purchase, still no broken keys. The only issue is the "F" key's letter is less definable. The paint or whatever it is is starting to rub off. The "D" is slightly rubbing off at this point. But over all, very happy with it for the price!!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

That's one lucky kid. I'm 13 and i've wanted a gaming PC since I was 11 ;(

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, most of it was his own money though. Start saving!!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

What can you expect from a 12 year old? I built mine And I'm 11 Without help.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you fit the H60? I had a Kuhler liquid cooler and i could not get it to fit.

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Magic. Lol...actually it has been so long I don't remember.

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