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Batgirl - Daddy-Daughter Build

by Lager11B


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Date Published

Sept. 20, 2017

Date Built

Sept. 16, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

951 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4.356 GHz


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.

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poINtblank213 40 points 19 months ago

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

Eltech 20 Builds 7 points 19 months ago

+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.

Sam_Flynn 1 Build 4 points 19 months ago

Holy site features Batman! You're right!

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legendarypoet 13 Builds 15 points 19 months ago

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

Nuclear_Physicist_Thats_A_Birb -24 points 19 months ago

Threadripper is for workstations and servers rather than gaming

EnergeticTk 1 Build 19 points 19 months ago

You must be absolutely hilarious at parties

JCMsergox 4 Builds 7 points 19 months ago

There's no coming back from this. Lmao

Nuclear_Physicist_Thats_A_Birb -9 points 19 months ago

It is for workstations and servers, it can be used for gaming but its not going to perform as good

Aelar_Nailo 3 points 19 months ago

But she doesn't game. Maybe she CAD's? Gets into deep learning so she can program her own thinking best friend? YOU DON'T KNOW!


Nuclear_Physicist_Thats_A_Birb -2 points 19 months ago


legendarypoet 13 Builds 6 points 19 months ago

I'm well aware. I was making a joke about how quickly the PC addiction escalates. Hence the "lol."

Nuclear_Physicist_Thats_A_Birb -8 points 19 months ago


Liam_Goggin -1 points 19 months ago

Ooh savage

Piffi 12 points 19 months ago


Eltech 20 Builds 10 points 19 months ago

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!

BeeAudeez 9 points 19 months ago

GO DAD!!!!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 5 points 19 months ago

Awesome. Love seeing family builds.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot.

MershKer 1 Build 4 points 19 months ago

beautiful pc and also a beautiful family:

shachar2002 3 points 19 months ago

Oh man she's lucky that build looks awesome

KevinMoondust 11 Builds 3 points 19 months ago

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

LostElement 7 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

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.

jueda38 3 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

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

Lager11B submitter 3 Builds 4 points 19 months ago

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.

jueda38 3 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

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

gorkti200 3 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Love this project, great job.

ziggurat666 7 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

+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

AhodShralpy 12 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

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.

dak000 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

GO TERPS! awesome father-daughter build (:

TioJorge 6 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

This is way too many kinds of awesome to describe!

jak-jak 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Love it. Great Job!

gugu96 19 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

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.

BenRichards 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Haha i love it great job dude

Chief_Savages 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Amazing built, especially with the theme. Congrats!

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 19 months ago

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.

unicykle 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

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

Amylianna 1 point 19 months ago

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.

BChew2 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

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

JheyoDELperu 1 point 19 months ago

really nice project, Bruce Wayne...

gunit1111 4 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Love the paint job! Oh and Lego Batman FTW!

Trznce 1 point 19 months ago

This is incredible

DubiousDeeds 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

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

Rajenator 1 point 19 months ago

+1 nice build :)

Vortexxian 5 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

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!

bogus1989 1 point 19 months ago

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!

richardsandson 1 point 19 months ago

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

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago


santhanam 1 point 19 months ago

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.

PartpickingGlory 4 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Very nice

Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

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

atrojanrabbit 1 point 19 months ago

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

mb67 5 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

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

DPRutledge 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

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

Nabushi 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

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

Camaxide 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

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 :)

ShowyT 1 point 19 months ago

Go Terps!

Vairfoley 30 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

This is so awesome. +10000000000000000

RedTech 1 point 19 months ago

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

Ikeshudo 1 point 19 months ago

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.

AnimeGamer 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I love it :)

killerzcud 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Cute Setup ^ +1

auldae 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

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

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

maxy1503 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

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

eopest 9 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

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..

OllieManMan 15 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

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

antiscamhotline 1 point 18 months ago

Love it. +1

Jasmin-Collins 1 point 18 months ago

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

GRant_skinhub 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

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

mslaguy007 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

WOW!!! Well done!!!

Blazinghammes -5 points 19 months ago

thats a bit mean giving your daughter a ****** computer where you have an i5 with a known gpu

Nuclear_Physicist_Thats_A_Birb -14 points 19 months ago

a A4 isn't that good anymore. Later upgrade like to a i3 8350k or a Ryzen 3 1200

ItsElSavage 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

Did you not read the description?!

Nuclear_Physicist_Thats_A_Birb -3 points 19 months ago

i'm just suggesting

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Maybe if you would take a second to read and think before you comment, its for his daughter, it was a ton of spare parts and he managed to get all of this together for less than most people spend on just the CPU. Maybe try to find something positive to say about a post instead of criticizing it just because it doesnt match what your build would be or what you think a PC should be. Every build can be tailored to a specific need, this one was spot on.

Nuclear_Physicist_Thats_A_Birb -2 points 19 months ago

I don't criticize I mostly suggest

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

"a A4 isnt that good anymore" sounds pretty much like a critique to me, as do the rest of the majority of your comments.

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