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Father Son Project Computer Build
by compadv
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Description

This was a Father / Son project for my 11 year old son. He's got an interest in general technology, so I thought we'd take a day to build a new machine for him following his birthday earlier this month.

He did most of the work himself, and virtually all of the photography you see here. Sorry about that. Worst build photos ever.

However the build came out very nice and clean after some significant time spend policing up the wires with zip ties and velcro strips. Moving some of them around was a bear.

My son had fun and learned a lot, though. He was really excited, and grateful for the time spent working with him on something like this.

It'll be a good memory for both of us, and it's useful now! I actually made him do his homework on it first, before he could play any games!

Thanks everybody for all of your help and suggestions.

Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle27.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load36.0° C
HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate900MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Dukex1011 [3 Builds] 148 points 21 months ago

Me and my dad built a computer ,form old parts lying around the house, when i was 11 ,but a year later and a week before Christmas he died of a massive heart attack , im 16 now and i still have that computer in pristine condition and now im gonna build my own computer pretty soon this brings tears to my eyes and im not afraid to admit that

 
 
Uzi780 [1 Build] 25 points 16 months ago

Sorry bro, many feels

 
 
itzmarnus 12 points 14 months ago

feels ;_;

 
 
Mr.Renegade 8 points 9 months ago

Them feels. My condolences (however late) man, but I hope that older computer stays in pristine condition c:

 
 
LookTopHats [2 Builds] 4 points 9 months ago

Same here. Hope the build went well :D

 
 
itzmarnus 4 points 14 months ago

feels ;_;

 
 
jonsy777 3 points 9 months ago

not to be creepy, but did you build said computer and now its one of the top rated builds on here?

also my condolences much respect

 
 
Dukex1011 [3 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

yes i did build it

 
 
jonsy777 1 point 9 months ago

props on the build!! its quite a machine! and certainly will live up to its dedication!

 
 
Tyl3r 3 points 7 months ago

That is tear jerking as all hell. My biggest sympathies to you. You made a damn nice pc, he'd be proud to have put you on that path.

 
 
probey3 2 points 10 months ago

:( that sucks. i hope you have a good end of year and your new build goes well :).

 
 
Jozmtr 2 points 3 months ago

Top-rated PC on the whole PcPartPicker. You deserved it bro.

 
 
swaggernaut 1 point 8 months ago

sorry dude, its very good to have a remembrance of him

 
 
ankrotachi10 1 point 8 months ago

So sorry mate. Hope things are going well!

 
 
ThatsPoorlyDrawn [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

+1 much respect given

 
 
Dukex1011 [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

thanks

 
 
matthewcharles 1 point 4 months ago

feels :,(

 
 
ebern9 [2 Builds] 24 points 21 months ago

Things like this bring a tear to my eye. Solid build! :') If only my father was around and had the patience to do something like this with me.

 
 
ry123an 18 points 21 months ago

can you be my dad

 
 
CaptianJeff 14 points 21 months ago

this kid has a better PC than i do. :( darn

 
 
vopos 9 points 21 months ago

Wish I had a dad like this :(

 
 
StewieMonSta [2 Builds] 4 points 12 months ago

Wish I had a PC like this!

 
 
Justin95 [1 Build] 6 points 21 months ago

That kid looks happy as can be with that machine. Good to see!

 
 
njdevilsfan24 6 points 16 months ago

My dad did the same thing with me, just one day he took me to microcenter and told me that my budget was $1000 and I could get what I wanted. You have no idea how happy this made me. When we built it, it was some great bonding time.

 
 
lutzee [4 Builds] 5 points 21 months ago

This is very nice to see, and also a very balanced build! I can't really fault anything here, good job! You should get some good life out of this!

 
 
Javanode [1 Build] 5 points 17 months ago

my dad actually hates it when i play games :(

 
 
skyfox64 [1 Build] 9 points 16 months ago

Yeah, that's typical.

Just remember this: we don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

 
 
skyfox64 [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

And I say that because with growing older, I've found myself with less time to play games. Essentially doing what my parents have always wanted, which is for me to cut down on game time.

 
 
uin12nerfer 1 point 14 months ago

same

 
 
aussie82 3 points 17 months ago

He's a lucky kid. Wish I had a dad like that when I was younger... oh yeah I did. He gave me his IBM 286. Loved playing all the Sierra games on that machine. Really nice build. Hope to do something like that with my son when he gets just a little older.

 
 
TestBuilds 2 points 21 months ago

Astoundingly balanced build, yet still leaving room in case of future upgrading. I wish you are your son happy memories with this computer!

 
 
efuhr795 2 points 16 months ago

Just wandering, what face is the PSU facing?

 
 
nahm17 1 point 12 months ago

It looked like the fan was facing down in one picture.

 
 
JasonRespawn 2 points 11 months ago

Lots Of Pictures

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crazychris4124 1 point 21 months ago

nice im upgrading my current dinosaur computer (5.4 rating, 1.5 RAM left) to something similar n when i finally get parts n ready to build i will be doing it with my uncle

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kQ4s

 
 
TestBuilds -1 points 21 months ago

Looked at your build, and I think you should post it as a completed build now. It looks great, except I would swap the 7950 for a gtx 660 ti, since LinusTechTips tested it to be more powerful in most cases, as well as the fact that Nidia's GPUs take less power now (not sure about the power requirements of the 7950, so excuse me if I'm wrong). Also, I don't think think you need an Asus Sabertooth, but that's up to you if you want a lot of future upgradability. Other than that, great build!

 
 
crazychris4124 3 points 21 months ago

i updated it, this computer is gonna be used for gaming n editing, want it to last me a long time, current computer is 6 years old n it plays l4d2 on low-medium settings which is fine by me. right now im at $1300 but that doesnt include tax n shipping. only thing im confused about is the memory n storage im not sure which one to get i just randomly picked one.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kYCb

 
 
Hydro -1 points 21 months ago

Where's the SSD? How come the i-5 costs more? Lol Just keep his case he wants, since it's cheaper. You have no CPU cooler, the PSU they have is cheaper... You got them an overpriced motherboard too... Shoulda went for an Asrock X4 (Whatever the name is.) I don't know about the keyboard... Looks like they have another personal choice of theirs. I don't think you really helped as much

(I don't know if it's your build or theirs, I'm confused, lol.)

 
 
crazychris4124 1 point 21 months ago

lol this is for me

 
 
Hydro 3 points 21 months ago

Oh... Well there's some friendly advice for you :D Keep your keyboard and stuff, I guess... Just think out your parts, all I have is the motherboard that'll give you an extra 100 bucks to work with on your SSD, or hyper 212 evo (If you're into the after-market CPU cooler) Or get a 2tb HDD for like 20 more dollars.

 
 
Hydro 3 points 21 months ago

I went looking around and stuff... And I found some stuff that can be a bit better. You can choose the take off the SSD, and have 2tb's for 20 more dollars, get a after-market CPU cooler, and save 40 dollars. Or keep it with the optical drive, and go about 30 dollars above your budget.

 
 
crazychris4124 3 points 21 months ago

can you give me the part name or a link so i can check it out

 
 
 
 
crazychris4124 2 points 21 months ago

thanks man but why 2tb memory n then 128 gb ssd memory?

 
 
Hydro 2 points 21 months ago

2tb for a ton of pr0n, duh! (jk lol) and the 128 SSD for loading your OS (to perform fast.) Or maybe other apps that you like.

 
 
lutzee [4 Builds] 2 points 21 months ago

I always wonder how people get their information, as for you, same place as me! :D

 
 
TestBuilds 1 point 21 months ago

Woohoo!

 
 
crazychris4124 1 point 21 months ago

i originally had the 660 ti on my list but for some reason i swapped it, also there are 50 different 660s so i wasnt sure which one to get plus im trying to stay below $1300 but i could exceed it if have to.

 
 
Erebus1317 1 point 21 months ago

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/645?vs=647

I’d just go with the graphics card that fits what games you are going to play. Nvidia is better if you’re going to play games like BF3. AMD does better on some other games. Overall though, the 7950 has a much higher overclocking potential.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibuXcStgYF8

^ great youtube channel BTW

 
 
Bseagull 1 point 21 months ago

Lucky little kid. I'm jealous.

 
 
brigittebeau [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

Awwwww... so nice of you, including the build.

 
 
essence 1 point 21 months ago

building one with my dad too:) hope this turned out great

 
 
jfree232 1 point 21 months ago

Besides the fact that this build is heartwarming to me, this is an incredibly solid build. The keyboard could be $50 cheaper.

 
 
DentyneVCR [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

Really nice build from what I can tell, would you or anyone look at my profile and look at my saved builds and tell me if that build is good or not? You're welcome to message me. This will be my first build.

 
 
epskider [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lNA3

there a much more future safe build , go with a different case the raidmax PSU is not worth it.

This APU has more potential for graphic performance if you add a discreet card down the line.

Should be able to play skyrim on high. Make sure your ram timings are correct. And if you plan on OC than buy a aftermarket cooler.

 
 
jwaysted [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

Awesome build! This reminds me of the time when my dad bought me parts for a computer when I was 12, and I built it all by myself.

However... the gaming your position your son is taking... where the mouse is sort of higher than the keyboard just seems very irregular to me.. haha.

 
 
chase45424 1 point 21 months ago

Good for you! Wish my Dad would do this with me. (Im only 12)

 
 
frostyjets [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/yAJ

Sort of what I'm looking to do...work with my son on a first home build. Mostly used for some light gaming...would like it to last a few years.

I have a Microcenter nearby so I can pickup the CPU and MB for significantly less than listed here.

Pretty sure the GPU I picked out is not well thought of...trying to keep the cost between $500-$700 (recycling a monitor/keyboard etc).

Any feedback and help appreciated!

 
 
Domination468 [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Does the HUE overpower the Blue LEDs on the fans?

 
 
fillapile 1 point 17 months ago

Nice to see this father and son project :D Wish my dad was also into computer as I am!

 
 
construction [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

I like the graphic card colour :D

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ICONICx12 1 point 16 months ago

Did you order any extra lights or does that come with the case?

 
 
zhongyue [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

What are the advantages to using the Intel Core i5-3570K as opposed to the AMD FX8350? Is it worth the added price of both the processor and the generally more expensive Intel motherboards? I'm accumulating parts for my first build and was wondering if some of you pros would be able to give me some advice. Thanks

 
 
captainprice12 1 point 16 months ago

Creepy thing is I have most of the parts. 3570K, CX750, Barracuda, Vengeance, Mobo is Z77A-G43-close enough. But I have a Diamond 7870 Ghz.

 
 
Pyrobird 1 point 15 months ago

I hope he plays more than just portal for spending over 1000 bucks on this computer

 
 
logges123 1 point 15 months ago

Im the opposite, im 16 and i teach my dad how to build computers. I started by taking my old sony visio pc apart, and thats how my obsession began.

 
 
jkzclubhouse 1 point 15 months ago

I'm doing some research for my first father/son build. Never overclocked my own PC but thought it would be a good learning experience for the both of us. Nice build, btw.

 
 
remotelyoperated 1 point 14 months ago

I wish my dad was this cool. Great build.

 
 
SuryaM [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

lucky kid

 
 
moogel7 1 point 12 months ago

He's a very lucky child, my dad is way past our time, and was born in a poor country, and came here with nothing, so i'm alone on my build. Very nice job on the PC, it looks great, and has great specs for a good price. Cheers :D

 
 
Cboozle [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Hm, the graphics card is a bit on the weaker side, I'd prefer at least a Radeon HD 7850. Other than that, psh, I'd buy that! Lol

 
 
wolfishacker 1 point 11 months ago

I had to buy every thing myself. I was a little short, so I asked my dad for $20 dollars so I could get a hard drive, he said I would have to earn it myself even though I had just spent all $500 of my hard earned money

 
 
Sinjai 1 point 11 months ago

My dad's not cool enough to build computers with me. :L

 
 
Liam81 1 point 11 months ago

Hey Dad !!!

I want to compliment you... Way to go!!

My Dad passed when I was in High School but I have done what you did here with two of my Nephews. It is great for learning and even better for bonding.

I see the photo of you through the top section of the hard drive bays but wonder if you took that part out of the case offering even better airflow?

Once again...... Way to go !!

 
 
killstreak1597 1 point 10 months ago

omg i used to have the same exact dell monitor

 
 
skylarz 1 point 10 months ago

My dad is not a technology person ;_;

 
 
jonsy777 1 point 9 months ago

i could tell he took all the photos even before i read the description because when i was 11, all my photos looked exactly like this.... (although not of cool builds like this). well done way to get em started early!!

 
 
VelozitySwag 1 point 9 months ago

Did the cat build the computer too?

 
 
noobytechie 1 point 8 months ago

I'm 12 and my parents wont even let me build a 200$ pc :'( Spoiled kid

 
 
LucaGuy 1 point 8 months ago

I wish my dad did things like this with me... im still a young person, not a kid but yea. The most we do is watch movies together, i ask him if he'd help me get the components and build it with me but he... he doesnt give a ****.

 
 
peanutbutter 1 point 8 months ago

My dad is a complete **** and doesn't support me on anything, hope your son can see what a great dad you are!

 
 
coerce 1 point 6 months ago

This experience is priceless. +1

 
 
Shogo71 1 point 5 months ago

Great job and a great moment awesome!!!!!!

 
 
gokufighther 1 point 2 months ago

you spent too much on a quad core cpu, a 6 core was about $170 and i think it was 3.0GHZ and with the savings you couldve got a 2gb video card

 
 
Lord_Havershot 1 point 5 days ago

Why such the odd GPU choice?

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