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Thanks for the feature PCPP! I showed my daughter as soon as she woke up this morning. Exciting way to start the day. Also want to thank everyone for all the amazing comments. This really was a great project and we both had a lot of fun. 6 was definitely not too young for this in my opinion, so if you have a little one and an old PC laying around don't be shy!

I replaced an old store-bought desktop at the beginning of the year and just for fun I disassembled it into a pile of components. Seeing as that most of these components were not really worth anything I decided to let my daughter (6 years old) use them to learn about building a computer and what all the different pieces do. I know she’s pretty young still but I felt it was a great opportunity to introduce her to some tech education, which even in 2017 I feel is still majorly lacking in the the public school system all the way up through high school. Long story short, she was doing really well with putting together all the junk components and was really excited about learning about them, so I took a few of the salvageable components and set out to complete a low budget build for her first computer. She loves to write so hopefully with WordPad or Notebook she can get a head start on her typing skills and use a few other education programs as well.

So, this build was centered around a few ideas. It needed to look cool so that she got excited about it. It needed to be girly (for her) but not to girly (for dad’s sake). It needed to be cheap, since she is only 6! We decided on a Batgirl theme which I think fit our requirements perfectly. I used the video card (GTX 550) and 2 sticks of the stock RAM (2x2GB) from my old desktop as a starting point. I got some cheap RAM heat spreaders and painted them in the theme of the build. The rest of the pieces I found searching PCPartPicker for good bargains. Some of them weren’t really necessary in the sense of a budget build but definitely helped bring the look of the build together for just a few more bucks.

I think I was a little over ambitious with the amount a 6-year-old could accomplish putting together an actual computer. However, my daughter did do all the work installing components outside the case (installing the CPU, memory, cooler, plugging stuff in...) and we got it fired up before putting it in the case. Working in the case is a bit much for her but she did help with a few steps there as well (installing the HDD, video card, IO shield...). I had to get the fans and MOBO in and did all the cable management. Overall though, she learned a lot and I think the computer will mean a lot more to her know that we built it together.

The following is just a bit of detail on the part choices:

Case: Wanted something with purple in it, a side panel window, micro-ATX, and budget friendly. The DIY-F2-P fit these specs perfectly. At only $43 it also came with 2 fans with purple LEDs. You definitely get what you pay for with this case though. The space behind the back panel for cable management is frustratingly small and several of the openings such as the upper left-hand corner where I would want the CPU power cable routed through were too small to fit the connectors through. The fans would have made the case as a whole an extra good deal but they had a regular 3 pin fan connector and a 4 pin Molex connector for the LEDs. Again the 4-pin connector would not fit through the space provided for cable management. I opted to just spend a few more dollars and get some fans with a single 4 pin fan connected and nicer LEDs. I still would rate this case highly for its price range but in general would probably recommend the Thermaltake Core V1 which I did a previous build in (this is a mini-ITX case though which might up the budget for a MOBO a bit).

CPU: Honestly think this thing stinks so far. Haven’t really done much besides installing drivers and updating windows but CPU was pegged during the windows updates and was painfully slow just trying to open a browser during this. I know I didn’t need the APU since the build has a video card. I was mainly looking based on price of the CPU and MOBO price/selection for the socket. As I said earlier this is only going to be used for some basic applications so I didn’t think it would be a big deal. I am probably a bit spoiled from my desktop but is it really that much to ask to be able to open a browser in less than 10 seconds? I just did a previous build using a GS4500 which was a bit more expensive but still relatively cheap and I had no complaints about. The MOBO is FM2+ so maybe if my daughter really takes to this we can upgrade the CPU one day.

Memory: Just some stock sticks that I got some cheap $5 heat spreaders (from Newegg) for. Painted the heat spreaders in the build colors. Maybe we will upgrade this one day.

CPU Cooler: Could have just used the stock cooler but I had an 80mm fan from a previous build where the fan actually comes out of the housing. This made it easy to paint in the build colors, which I did. I bought this Thermaltake cooler because it was cheap and allowed me to replace the 80mm fan it came with, with the one I painted.

PSU: Nice that its semi-modular and the price was amazing on sale. Of course, it required a mail-in rebate but I just used that 20 bucks on some other pieces when it finally came it. I want to sleeve the cables but I haven’t done that before and don’t have all the tools yet. Maybe one day...

Video Card: From my old desktop. It still works and my daughter isn’t into gaming so this should be more than enough. I put that this cost 15 bucks because I broke a fan blade off after I took it off and had to order a new fan.

Motherboard: Good looking motherboard and a good price. No issues with setup or BIOS. No wifi but I did that on purpose since the computer is for a young kid. Got her a USB dongle for wifi for when she needs to get online for something.

Storage: Just a standard 1TB drive from my old desktop, wiped and repurposed.

Fans: Just some cheap fans I found on Amazon. Not represented here on PCPartPicker. They were cheap, work and look cool.

Hope everyone enjoys the build. I would say the actual price came out to be a bit over $200 since I didnt add the fans, fan hub, spray paint, decal paper etc. Thoughts and opinions are always welcome. Definitely would recommend this as a project with a young kid if you enjoy building PC's.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 41 points

+1 isn't enough for this. There should be the big heart option, like on Facebook.

  • 26 months ago
  • 7 points

+1 isn't enough for this. There should be the big heart option, like on Facebook.

I certainly wish we could heart completed builds too. At least most of the comments here do speak about our hearts for loving this build's journey and knowing a father and daughter bonded together while teaching his child on how a computer works. And how to put it all together along with some customization of the batgirl theme. It's absolutely beautiful.

  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

Holy site features Batman! You're right!

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  • 26 months ago
  • 15 points

Love the idea behind this build! She'll be asking for Threadripper before you know it! lol Great thing to bond over.

  • 26 months ago
  • 13 points

lifegoals

  • 26 months ago
  • 10 points

The best father-daughter project build ever. You have my support and taken my one. I hope someday I can do this too, but I'm not a mom. Regardless, this is beautiful. Well done!

  • 26 months ago
  • 9 points

GO DAD!!!!

  • 26 months ago
  • 5 points

Awesome. Love seeing family builds.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot.

  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

beautiful pc and also a beautiful family:

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh man she's lucky that build looks awesome

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

This doesn't deserve a +1. This wins the Internet.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

This is great. It's so great to see the young people like kids and such learn how to build a PC. I didn't know anything about computers when I was six! If I, for whatever reason, have a child, I know I will teach him/her how to build an PC.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

An awesome custom educational build +1! Will you be teaching your daughter some coding next?

  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

That is actually the plan. I read that one of the main barriers to learning to code for a kid is improving their typing. So next step is to just get her on the computer and familiar with the basics and typing and such.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! Hopefully she likes it... I wish you both the best of luck!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this project, great job.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for great build, +1 for wonderful paintwork, +10000000 for the daddy daughter experience. Doing the same thing right now for all three of my kids, they need actual machines not scrap tanks :P awesome job and fantastic fatherly bonding and love

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

You are a great dad haha, awesome little project! I'm sure this will help her in the long run. And the build looks unique and pretty sweet.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

GO TERPS! awesome father-daughter build (:

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

This is way too many kinds of awesome to describe!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it. Great Job!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice project with your girl! I'll do something with mine over the winter.

I've been with the A4-6300 and 7300 and I have to agree, they suck.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha i love it great job dude

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing built, especially with the theme. Congrats!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

This warms my heart. A prime opportunity to bond and teach while having fun making a great build!

Show this to ppl who think that a custom build is too complicated for them It's so easy, a 6-year-old can do it! Just do some reading and watch a few build videos. That's what I did.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful, what a cool build and concept. Memories that you guys will look back on fondly no doubt! Awesome work. +EleventyBillion

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

This is awesome. I can't wait till my daughter is old enough to do this, only 3 but she already loves looking inside mine. Also, great job for empowering your daughter, I got told so often girls couldn't fix a pc much less build one. It wasn't until I was trying to buy myself one, and after trying to save money I built one. I taught myself how and it's still running over 5 years later and I had fun doing it.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the build +2,000 for getting a 6 y/o to build a computer. Dad skills on point.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

really nice project, Bruce Wayne...

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the paint job! Oh and Lego Batman FTW!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

This is incredible

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That's awesome! I want to build my little girl something like that as well, but she's only 3 xD. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 nice build :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I had to wait until I was 13 and had saved up for about a year to build my first computer, and my dad wasn't able to help. Super cool that you were able to help your daughter with this, and hopefully this kicks off a life-long obsession with awesome STEM stuff, too! The PC itself looks super sweet, too; purple is also my favorite color, and this is done really well. Super great work!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Man this is awesome! I am bulding one with my son soon. My daughter is only 3 but soon we can build her one too!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it. Checking Gumtree now for a similar project with the boys, (8 and 10). Love the customisation.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

You are my inspiration. I am very new to building PC, So just to start I thought to build one for my kid (age 4+) with a minimal budget like this. I am sure I will do this after seeing this post.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm actually speechless. I wish that I started that early.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I had a dad like that 15 years ago... Go Batdad?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

This is such a fantastic looking build, as well as an educational & bonding experience. Congratulations!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Your daughter will remember this for years to come. +1 Dad points

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice project and cool looking computer :) I'll do the same with my boy definitely. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Show's you don't need a huge budget and the beefiest components to make an awesome build :) Love the color theme and the story of the build - Thanks for sharing this build :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Go Terps!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

This is so awesome. +10000000000000000

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

This build represents all I want in life. +1!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! Always awesome to see families do things together. Starts at a young age when they are a sponge for information. Great paint job, the sparkling effects works wonders for the theme. Added LEDs too, your little girl is off to a great start to full RGB! :-) All the plus marks, hearts marks, or what have you to this build. Hopefully, there are more to follow from other families building together, including mine! Thanks for sharing.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Cute Setup ^ +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

We decided on a Batgirl theme which I think fit our requirements perfectly.

These must have been fun negotiations. Thanks for sharing +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful... Your daughter is so lucky to have a parent like you. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I bet an A8-7600 would work in that board... just a thought (I think if you're gonna have her learn to code and do other stuff, either a 7600 or a A10-7860k (still about 65w) would be a nice upgrade); nice dad & daughter project nonetheless!! Oh, and look here for some suggestions for kid-friendly coding languages..

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

This is what pc building and modding is all about. Way to go! Congrats on the feature!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it. +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

This is so cool. More parents should look into doing this with their children.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yo @my dad? Wanna do this sometime? Anyway great job and the custom theme was freakin awesome! Also im glad you guys have something as cool as building a pc to bond over. +1 +1 +1 +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW!!! Well done!!!

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Love everything about this post! Respect!💪💪💪

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