Connect With Your Kids – Assemble a PC

03 September 2021

In today’s modern age, a PC is simply a part of our everyday life. As adults, we use them for both work and pleasure, but our kids use them often in a way we cannot understand. Ask my 9 and 11-year-old about their favorite game and their eyes will light up. A 20-minute discussion will ensue, resulting in hours of screen time if I’m not careful. If I dare go down the rabbit hole of asking their favorite YouTube video, I may have a pink fluffy unicorn dancing in my dreams for many nights to come.

As a parent and someone who likes to tinker, I would be wise to take advantage of their enthusiasm. There will never be a better time to connect and give them a skill that will stay with them forever. After toying with the idea of building a PC, I finally took the leap and asked the kids if they wanted to build a gaming PC as a project. I’m sure you can guess their answer. What ensued was a memorable and lasting experience. Building or upgrading a PC can be a fun engineering project for any family. With the right advice, it can also be totally doable, even if you have little experience.

Research

Having never built a PC, I started searching the Internet and talking with some experts (it helps knowing people). I found an endless amount of info on first builds, how-to, and step-by-step instructions. The only thing left was determining a budget and shopping for compatible components.

It was important to make sure all the components we chose worked with each other, but some quick searches told us what would work and what wouldn’t. We made a family night out of researching and shopping, starting with some articles such as ‘How to Build a Computer: the Basics’ and ‘How to build an Epic Gaming PC’. Next we determined our budget, selected, and finally purchased our components. The components we selected are below:

– Motherboard

o MSI MAG B550M Mortar M-ATX Motherboard

– Processor/Central Processing Unit (CPU)

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12-CORE 3.7GHZ AM4

– Memory (RAM)

o Ballistix 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 CL16 DIMM

– Storage Drive

Crucial 500GB P5 NVMe M.2 SSD

 

– Case

o Redragon Tailgate RGB

– Cooling

o Raidmax Tornado 240 ARGB

– Power Supply

o Antec Atom G750 750W

– Graphics Card

o MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming Z 8GB

Assembly

Without going into detail, we assembled our first gaming PC as a family with no issues at all. Following articles such as ‘How to Install an SSD in your Desktop PC’ and ‘How to install Memory in a Desktop Computer’ made the assembly quick and easy. We all took turns reviewing each step and then performing the task; we talked about why we were doing the step, any precautions needed, and what each component does in the computer. We learned more about computers, their components, and how they work in the hour-long assembly process than we ever expected.

The biggest (not best) moment of the whole ordeal was pushing the power button and watching the system power up. After loading Windows 10®, DDR4 Ballistix M.O.D. Utility (LED color is important to kids), and our Steam® account, the computer was up and running. Some quick game downloads (it’s amazing how fast computers are with good components) and we were deep into gameplay.

Final Thoughts

The best thing I can say about building a PC with my kids is that it was a wonderful experience. It truly is amazing and easy to dive into building (or modifying) your first PC with your kids; your family will learn how computers are assembled, operate, and it’s a way to ultimately connect. Plus, it is fun to sit down and play some games, even after they go to bed.

Seeing your kids enjoying something as complex as a computer that they built is worthwhile. They start appreciating what is happening inside the computer and why, instead of just focusing on the screen. It may be easier to jump online and purchase an off-the-shelf computer, but you will not have the same performance, knowledge, or experience of building or improving an existing computer with your family.

The biggest thing I can offer: keep it fun, keep it simple, involve everyone, and remember: it’s easy, no matter how daunting it may seem.

 

GET TO KNOW THE AUTHOR:

Daniel Waugh is a content writer. He is passionate about technology and the outdoors and enjoys merging the two.

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