Description

This project started out as a simple pc build for my kids to learn typing ... then turned into this.

This originally started out using some old parts I had laying around when I rebuilt my HTPC a couple of years ago. Then, as I was finishing the build, I decided I wanted to do something a little more unique and fun as this would be the PC my kids would be using to learn typing, draw art, or use educational apps. I noticed my kids were always excited to see light come through a window turn into a rainbow - thus the theme was born.

The aforementioned HTPC of a couple of years ago wasn't being used much, so I dismantled it and decided to put the parts in a different case. The Cooler Master Q300L seemed to fit my needs. I ended up using most of the parts from the HTPC, then purchased a few extra parts to complete my plan.

I wanted to incorporate a rainbow into the PC somehow beyond just painting it on the case, so I was inspired by looking at PCI-e extension cables with multiple cables. I found the perfect one with 7 cables, then got to painting it with plasti-dip. Followed the rainbow theme onto the GPU shroud with the idea of the rainbow colors "coming off" the pci-e cable onto the shroud by painting with some paint markers. I added a little gold on the shroud for fun.

In order to show off the cable, I wanted to remote mount the GPU somehow. In my previous search for a vertical GPU mount for my gaming PC, I had run across the MNPCtech GPU mount - so I bought it. Installation was somewhat difficult - the GPU with mount was difficult to fit into the case. After several times of trying to fit the GPU assembly, loosening the PSU and removing PSU cables, I finally got it to all fit. Plugging everything back together was an adventure and a half. The GPU is a very tight fit with the front fans, but fits fine otherwise.

Performance wise, can't really give much information as it's not a gaming rig. Framerates? The monkey in their typing game seems to move pretty smoothly. Graphics? The big red block my kids draw sure looks pretty.

Hopefully this inspires my kids to delve into computers as they get older. My daughter already likes helping me remove and install the panels on the case. Might look into having them build a Raspberry Pi as a PC when they get a little older.

Thanks for reading.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

I think 4 2080ti's are necessary for this game that theyre playing, along with dual i9-9900K cpu's.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Right? That's the next project - challenge accepted

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Let me know when youre done.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

same

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

A good build that fits a legitimate purpose. Introducing tech to kids at a young age is very important imho, considering where we're going in the future. I remember times my older brother would allow me to help with PC projects when I was a lad, also when my father bought me my first PC at the age of 10. Memories and lessons like that are why I took computing as both a hobby and a profession!

Also kudos for the PCI-E riser, very inventive and doesn't look that bad at all. Definitely an attention grabber.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment! I figured the PCI-e riser would have caught the kids attention more, but only my wife commented on it when she saw it.

I hope my kids do show an interest in computers, but I'll be happy if they just become more proficient using PC's. If I'm really honest with myself, this was just a good excuse to let off some creative energy and build another computer.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the great product!