Description

My little girl wanted to build her first PC for her 11th birthday this year. She is a keen Minecrafter and enjoys a range of platformers like Ori and the Blind Forest, Wandersong, Limbo and everything in-between.

We set about looking at parts over the summer and settled on a Ryzen APU build, something with room to expand but not going to break the bank. I feel we have been able to juggle aesthetics with performance fairly well and overall she is very happy with it. Whilst building, daughter was very keen to get hands on and build her rig! She was very nervous installing the CPU but did a stand-up job for her first time.

Case - NZXT H400: A fantastic case for a first build. Daughter was able to strip the case down well and install almost everything without fuss. The only issues she ran into was the PSU mounting hardware, the holes in the bracket and the case seemed a little out of line which made the thumb screws difficult to use without a screwdriver.

Motherboard - ASRock Steel Legend B450M: A good looking mobo with a nice, clear layout. Plenty of fan headers and all the front panel headers were nice and easy to read. I'm impressed with the connectivity of the board, with room for two m.2 drives and a reinforce PCIe slot.

Memory - Kingston Fury 8gb: No much to say here, this is my old memory from a previous build. She is saving up to buy some Corsair Vengence RGB dimms.

CPU - Ryzen 5 2400G: What a wonderful thing this is! I couldn't imagine playing something like Minecraft on integrated graphics and enjoying it just a few years ago. The system is snappy and responsive, programmes and games load in a good time. Whilst gaming, frame rates are good, maintaining 60fps in everything we've tried so far. The only issues I've found so far is the Radeon Overlay doesn't seem to work with the Ryzen APUs. Haven't ran any benchmarks yet, will post back when I have.

SSD - Kingston A400 480gb: Nothing much to say. We will be adding additional SSD storage as required but for now this should do her fine.

PSU - Corsiar TXM 550W: Lovely black cables and won't burn down my house. Might seem overkill for the current set-up but allows loads of room for a dedicated video card or more powerful CPU down the line.

BENCHMARKS (all at 720). Life is Strange: medium preset @ 40-50fps, lows of 35fps. Limbo: 60fps stable (no surprise). Portal: high preset @ 180+fps. Portal 2: very high no AA @ 140-190fps. The First Tree: high preset, 2xAA @ 60fps stable. Wandersong: 60fps stable. Minecraft Java Edition: Fancy preset, 10 chunks @ 90-130fps, a few stutters here and there. DOOM (2016): medium preset @ 30fps stable.

(Daughter doesn't play all of these, just giving a idea of the systems capabilities).

EDIT: A huge thank you for the feature, Daughter is ecstatic (and so am I).

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  • 4 months ago
  • 19 points

I wish I had a father as good as you ;-;

  • 4 months ago
  • 6 points

Heck, I was nervous installing my first CPU too.

Very nice parts selection and well done build.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Beauty. Good project. Keep her interested in computers. It's the future

  • 4 months ago
  • 4 points

I agree, one day the machines will rule us all. She's got a good level of interest, I don't want to push it too much as I don't want it to feel like a chore.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

How much fps in Minecraft?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I've put a few benchmarks in the description, will add Doom (2016) later, just waiting on the download. Should probably say my daughter will not be playing it, I'll uninstall it once I've benched it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

but she is already playing Limbo??? why no Doom?

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Limbo is one thing, but Doom (2016) is a bit too graphically violent for an eleven year old. I'm not a massive stickler for age ratings, I tend to trust my judgements and consider the possible impact of whatever media I let her see/access.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, I shouldn't tell you how to parent. So I hope she has fun with it!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll run some benchmarks and let you know.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man. I'm sure she'll get plenty of use out of it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build overall! Love that she is starting out in building a computer, I wish I did that at her age. I would personally in this situation focus on getting a new GPU but if she is satisfied with the performance for now then I say go for the fancy RGB ram! :D Build the aesthetic of the build overall! Haha anyways love the build and it definitely get's a +1 from me. :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. I had a long chat with her about what she wants to be able to do with it and there was no really need for a dedicated GPU. She just wants a bit more of that RGB goodness and she's prepared to save up for it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds good then! -^ Again thanks for sharing and let her know she did a great job on her first build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

no gpu??

  • 4 months ago
  • 4 points

An APU is a processor that includes both the CPU and GPU on a single chip. That's why it doesn't look like there is an GPU. Ryzen chips can either be only the CPU but they can also be bought as APU processors (most of them).

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Not quite, there are 4 APUs across the entire Ryzen lineup, the R3 2200G and 3200G, and the R5 2400G and 3400G.

Most (all?) recent Athlons are APUs, however.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure all Athlone are APUs. I was a little sceptical until I started watching some videos online. I'll gather benchmarks and post them soon...when I can get to the machine that is.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool project, +1! I was also very nervous installing my first CPU...

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

My first reaction was. Wow.. I bet I can see her building computers for a living

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

At the moment she says she's like to go into teaching, long time to think it over yet.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You guys did amazing! it might not have a powerful gpu or 16 gigs of ram! but for this price i give you a +1 amazing job.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. She has been really pleased with the community feedback. At the moment she is saving up for a fancy 16gb memory kit. A GPU will come late on, maybe a birthday next year or so.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build! Hope you two had fun building it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

She loved it, apart form front panel connectors of course!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Wish you could of adopted me :( Jokes asides, very nice and clean build. She did better than when installed my first CPU (That part went well), but shortly after I used the wrong thermal paste and it leaked into my ram slots, frying the motherboard. I must of been about 14 at the time.

Great choice of CPU.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. The thermal compound was already applied to the cooler so there was less room for error there.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that ram stick in the right dimm slot? I think that it is supposed to be on the second slot over. I might be wrong but it’s just a hunch.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure the manual had the first dimm slot down as A1, I'll check when I get in. Saying that, it's running single channel and everything it detected correctly in the uefi.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably right, I dont think it would have made a difference

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the feature!!! +1

And such a way to get into PC gaming ;)

She must be pretty lucky

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I think I'm the lucky one!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Bahahah np!

Well, technically you are. You're the dad after all

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have a copy of Overwatch to benchmark? I'm considering a very similar build for my little sister and I'm curious how it would run on an APU.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Not got Overwatch. I've had a look using System Requirements Lab and it looks like it'll meet the minimum spec and most of the recommended spec. If it's of any use, I ran Doom (2016) on it at 720/medium preset and maintained a solid 30fps on arcade.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the look of the build for the price! Hope she has a good time with it

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Quality. I can't wait to do this with my sons.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Start em young...

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I've got a question. Could you try downloading a game called "ROBLOX" and play these following games? If you can run 60 fps constant on both, can you let me know? Site link: https://www.roblox.com/ Links: https://www.roblox.com/games/1320186298/SNOW-Island-Royale-Beta?refPageId=3f53939f-d402-411c-9024-faf153b2fc0a https://www.roblox.com/games/292439477/GERMAN-SPACE-GUNS-Phantom-Forces

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, I was looking to build my dad something very similar

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude this is amazing!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Adopt me <3

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

you're the father I want to be one day, great build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

coming soon.... minecraft rtx

good platform for upgrade btw.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I was nervous installing my first CPU in my twenties lol Congrats on the feature! Proud father and ecstatic Daughter! +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Giving your daughter the lifelong PC building addiction...I see you also like to live dangerously! Seriously though good on you and I'm sure even if she never builds another computer again both of you will cherish the memory!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

VERY CLEAN +1 for sure man. treating them with something like this is amazing

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this, congrats on the first build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

welcome to the PC masterrace young padawan

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Question What's the monitor? I can tell its a acer, but I do not know what it is. The reason i would like to know is because of the rgb. I love rgb!

So if i can get a response from you, that would be great.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor is some generic sub-hd monitor I had laying around, the RGB you can see is the reflection of the keyboard.

We've just replaced the monitor with a slightly larger, full hd Asus monitor.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

XdD i thought that was rgb monitor

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for sharing. Totally heartwarming. I love that she is right in there, building and investing all the parts! Have fun & Congrats on the feature.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

plz take the caution sticker off the glass!!!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It has been removed, at long last.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It's always so wholesome to see parents teaching their kids about PC building. I can't wait until mine reaches that age. He's already asking questions at age 6.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. I'm sure your little one will love the experience, wish you the best of luck.

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

its not a bad start to the computer, but stead of saving up for a higher kit of ram i would just focus on getting a second stick, going to dual channel i think would be enough of a bump as apposed to buying a higher ram speed. one you start trying to improve the ddr4 kit rather then just completing it you are getting into dedicated gpu territory. a used rx 470 is 80 bucks and would beat any ram kit

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

the description said she just wanted rgb

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

yea i get that, but at that point just buy an RGB strip for the case or buy some RGB fans. IMO its a better value.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

thats true lol

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

RGB memory and RGB case strips are two very different visuals, and that certainly affects the value judgement. If it's her money, and RAM prices are down a bit at the moment so we aren't talking about a tremendous lot of it, I am not going to argue.

I will agree that some old gamersnexus testing suggests that running dual channel vs single has a larger effect than going from slow (2400 MT/s) to fast (3200 MT/s) memory.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

yea i get that the ram prices are not expensive, but another important component of this build was value. getting another 8gb stick of the same ram and a second hand gpu would get her a lot further then a new kit of ram. I know the visuals is a lot different, but i feel like the appeal if she wanted to go for rgb would make more sense as a strip and if they want that center of the computer glow look consider an RGB CPU Cooler

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Value wasn't the main concern with the build but I didn't want to go wild. There was no need for a Ryzen 3000 APU so saved there, was able to reuse an old memory dimm, so saved there too.

We might be getting her the Ryzen RGB cooler, not much better cooling but with the lights.

I totally get your point in terms of price/performance, a dedicated GPU would do wonders. Saying that, she's already getting 60fps in Minecraft on the 'fancy' preset and most of her steam library are platformer.

The memory is something she has researched herself and has set her heart on. Additionally, it's her money at this point, if she wants spend her pocket money or RGB dimms so be it.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

She's a quirky kid I guess.