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I haven't build a computer myself since before my son was born. This year he turned 11, I thought it would be a good age for him to build his own. He picked the CPU and I used this site to find the rest of the components with the objective of making upgrades down the line as needed. I skipped the graphics card as he doesn't play anything except for Fortnite right now. Ordered everything from Amazon here in Canada so everything was a bit more expensive.

When everything arrived, I handed him the motherboard manual and told him to read it over before we got started. I pretty much left the build in his hands, which in retrospect, may not have been the best idea. With very close observation, he put everything together and I pretty much trusted he knew how everything went together.

First time powering it up, it didn't post. He tried everything, including reinstalling the CPU/RAM but no luck. We both thought it was either a motherboard or CPU issue since the CPU LED was lit on the motherboard. After a day of troubleshooting, I broke down and took it to the computer shop hoping they would tell us which part was broken.

Turns out, my son didn't attach the 8pin power cable to the motherboard that powers the CPU. $40 later we brought the computer home and it posts on the first try. Now he's been MIA for two days in the basement with his new computer. I guess I won't see him until he leaves for university.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 7 points

Now your kid is the coolest on the block! Just make sure he eats and gets enough sunlight. lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Eating..yes.. sunlight...no. Winters in Canada aren't great for sunlight :(

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Ooofff

  • 9 months ago
  • 5 points

Get your kid into PC building so they'll never afford drugs.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

MADD wants to know your location

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

You're a really awesome parent and sharing your passion for PCs with your son is something he'll always remember and cherish. :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! He's one of those kids that doesn't talk too much. Building this together gave us something to talk about that we both are interested in.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

when he grows up... i Just knew he will be the one

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Good Job!!!!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Why such an expensive case and such a cheap cpu and no dedicated graphics??

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

We certainly spent too much on the case. But the boss of the house didn't want an ugly black box and we could only get her on board if I promised the computer would go with the room decor.

If he gets into more gaming, we'll probably swap out the cpu and drop in a graphics card. If doesn't move past Fortnite, then the present setup will work for a while.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

The 2200g is the ultimate budget APU, it's perfect for entry level gaming since the Vega 8 goes toe to toe with the GT 1030.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

In case he wants to upgrade, you can get a good used RX 570 or 580 for $90-120 on ebay

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

or you could wait for navi and see if it meets the hype

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

did the b450 motherboard did have a hdmi port on it so you dont need a graphics card

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  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

makes sense, 1 of your 2 saved lists is called "INSANE TTV STREAMER BTW BUILD"

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

especially since one has only a ryzen cpu and no gpu and another has a 8700k paired with a h370 mobo

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah and good luck streaming with a gtx 1050...

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

well streaming is mostly based off of cpu cores and not GPU. Although you can use a GPU to encode it, you'd probably be better off using the CPU to stream