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EDIT: Thank you to all the kind words everyone, I will make sure my son see's the uplifting comments from this community. He is very proud of this, And I am not kidding that short of front panel connectors and the thermal compound it was boot ready when I saw it.

So this build was an honest accident, and is by no means permanent, as I have had plans to build 3 SFF PC's for my young children, but time has gotten in the way. But to start this off, one night my son and I were downstairs, and I was building a customer PC while he was gaming on Fenrir so we could spend some "Daddy and Me Time" as he calls it.

I have a large corner of scraps and teardowns as well as a bunch of legacy hardware and Graphics cards I pick up cheap or free from upgrades just... lying around lol. Out of nowhere, my son shuts down Minecraft (NEVER happens) and starts picking through the corner of boxes and setting certain things aside. I smiled to myself and continued on my merry way cable managing and boot testing the customer machine.

After about 20 minutes, my son asks Daddy what he uses to put together computers. I showed him my screwdriver/multi tool, cable cutters, zip ties, thermal grease, etc. You know, the works since they were all right next to me anyways. He seemed very interested, so I said to him he could build one tomorrow with Dad.

Well, lo and behold he built it while I was at work. Seriously... no manuals... no Youtube guide... Just the many computers he watched Dad build. Heck, Mom didn't even know he was there because the playroom is right next door and she thought he was in there playing lego. I came home, and because it was all tear down hardware I didn't even know if it would boot. He showed me it in pride and I couldn't help but grin. I asked if I could check it over, and short of cables everywhere and a bit liberal application of thermal paste (not bad actually, just a little heavy) it was all cabled right, and after the thermal reapplication it actually booted! I was stunned.

Long story short, I managed the cables, helped him install a few of those cards (Xonar, GTX 550 ti, USB Add In) that looked "Cool", and voila! a 6 year old built his own PC which is more than enough for his Minecraft. Enjoy all, wish I had more photos, but I didn't build it! ;)

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  • 27 months ago
  • 5 points

I hope something similar happens to me when I have kids. This put a huge smile on my face. Tell your kid well done and great build! He should be proud of it.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

It will. I'm glad. I shall. He most definitely is ;)

  • 27 months ago
  • 4 points

If I had a son who built his own computer at such a young age, I would be a very proud mom. I only built legos as a little girl; however, I think it's more amazing to know your son was able to build a computer at such a young age. That's why I think computer parts today are like LEGOs, expensive LEGOs. I didn't build my own computers until 2014 and 2015 and I was in my late 20s. I loved what I read here and I am glad you shared this story with us. I'm certain he is enjoying the computer and has ever right to be happy and proud about it.

You both have my one up and my support for certain.

  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you Eltech. I have been building/customizing computers since I was 12-13 (Pentium II/III Era) so to see my son surpass me, and of course have a MUCH more powerful first computer than myself (P III 450Mhz, 256MB RAM, 20GB HDD, Savage4 16MB AGP GPU) and not prebuilt to boot... well I am just a Happy Pappy :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you Eltech. I have been building/customizing computers since I was 12-13 (Pentium II/III Era) so to see my son surpass me, and of course have a MUCH more powerful first computer than myself (P III 450Mhz, 256MB RAM, 20GB HDD, Savage4 16MB AGP GPU) and not prebuilt to boot... well I am just a Happy Pappy :)

You are most welcome. And I think that make sense, we wish our children to do better then what we have done. Though I'm only speaking from what I been told, as I only can imagine the scenario. Though I can see or feel by how parents react and express about their child doing something amazing which feels great. You be that proud, happy pappy! :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I built I pc recently i7 7770k gtx 1070 I'm 10 I'm not sure if that counts. but to that guys son good job!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

At 10 years old that is still an amazing accomplishment. Great job :) Enjoy it as well

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 4 points

And console peasants tell me building a PC is complicated

  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

lol ik, I got to show anyone who tells me that building a pc is to hard, to visit this page.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I had this friend once who thought you couldn't build a PC so when he was over at my house I found a bunch of scrap parts and voila now he has an i5 2400/RX 560 machine that he uses to play Fallout

  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

Good job dad and son! I'm hoping to do the same with my daughter soon. :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Still two to go here, now my 2 girls want to do theirs. only $400 more in parts to go!

  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

The look on your son's face says it all. Great job dad!

Thumbs up.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Goober! Same as you, just wanna keep the kids happy :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

That's so awesome!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

These are the stories i like to read. Awesome man!! You definitely get some dad points. This is what computer building is all about. I'm sure it will not be his last build either.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build!!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :) He is very proud.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

If I ever have children, which is very unlikely, I will teach him or her all about PCs, and build him/her one.

Anyhow, this is a fantastic first PC for a young one. My first PC was total utter trash.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

The Athlon and GTX 550 ti scares me

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

It would scare anyone, I was amazed the thing booted tbh

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

550ti? at least try to get a 1050 or maybe a 750ti? When He get older and starts modding that 550ti is gonna die fast

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

When he gets older, he will have more than this. This was literally tossed together from scraps I had around. Thanks for the concern :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Wtf is a triple core o.O

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

3 cores, no threads, old as dirt. :) well, for the new generation anyways. I still remember sub 500 Mhz single core CPU's being all the rage

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

im 15 and i broke my first cpu in my build. BUT THEN i built a good one lmao

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job kiddo!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

If you ask me, a 6 year old shouldn't have their own PC. I don't want to tell you how to do your job as a parent, and I'm sure he/she loves it. I just think it's all too easy for a kid to break something like that, and strongly believe that something that complicated and fragile should wait. Too late though I guess. Just some dad advice from someone who doesn't have a dad.

  • 26 months ago
  • 0 points

As soon as i saw "Scraps from daddy's cave" I immediately looked at the video card an' ram. Then I laughed my head off. ddr2 ram giggle giggle 1gb vram gpu "Why do you need that for minecraft?!?!?"

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