Description

We must not leave the next generation shackled to consoles. This Edutainmental™ build will introduce my cousins' kids to the advantages of a desktop PC for gaming & everything else. They are a feisty bunch, in their elementary years with limited attention spans. It will have to be immediately interesting & not too slow to operate.

First it has to catch their eyes & provoke imagination. Create a sense of possibility. Looks are more important than specs at this stage, so the spray paint, stickers, trinkets & hidden details should keep them guessing & exploring. In time, if they develop the technical know-how to add their own improvements, this project will be a true success.

Budget conscious, ready for a few years of high-ultra 1080p with upgrade options for hands-on experience.

Thanks to everybody for your recommendations of games & other software suitable for kids around 10. Also thanks to PCPP for the Featured Build honor!

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

A continuous loop of heatpipe weaves twice through the fins like giant copper stitches. I got 2 extras refurbished because I like the design & want to use it again. A second fan can be mounted by various means — I used thin green wire, but in this build it crowded the ceiling fan so I reverted to the default arrangement.

Storage

All technical pretense aside, I chose this SSD because of the green sticker. It's faster than the supplemental HDD. That's the whole story.

Storage

WD Black is a step up from Blue, which was always good enough for my needs, so this was a why-not proposition when I saw it used for cheap.

Case

Easy to see why this case has been extremely popular. It didn't pose any problems even with the extensive decoration I foisted upon it. Considered leaving the vertical bar completely out just because you see it all the time & say to yourself There's another NZXT, but with some color management & butterflies it blends in pretty well.

Monitor

Got this monitor used with no stand. I assume it's at least a couple of years old. Nothing is wrong with the picture, so in my book this qualifies as a good monitor.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 12 points

the Bejeweled Ram made me laugh. Love the uniqueness of it all. +1 for reaching those keeds

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Yes I had kind of an incredulous smirk going while I pressed on all these doodads. I'm only concerned about the ones on the top fan flying off at some point. Thanks for commenting.

  • 2 months ago
  • 10 points

This is the nail in the coffin to destroy the forces of console. I salute you in your cause. This will insure our victory forever. No longer will the console players be able to fight back once we take over the childrens' mind.

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Maybe a little less culty but I like your enthusiasm. There's no reason why kids shouldn't know what makes their games run.

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

Im just being extra, The build is amazing lol

  • 2 months ago
  • 6 points

Love the idea of labeling all the hardware and putting those helpful stickers near the IO for the kids. Those butterfly cutouts are a great touch too! Beautiful, hope they enjoy.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The gem stickers & butterfly mirrors are straight out of Walmart, picked up randomly when I got the spray paints.

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey, I recommend checking out the game "Algodoo". It's a free physics type sandbox. I am not sure if it's too in-depth for them, but there's plenty of other people's creations to play with and see how they work. Great build for it's use!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, that one looks like it's worth a try. I don't think complexity is a bad thing, necessarily. I hope they will have the confidence to figure things out as they go.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Minecraft too. First played it in late 2011 when I was 11, and I still do now :) Also, maybe some of the Lego games? They might be good as you can do split screen.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Minecraft has become such a standard, I'm almost embarrassed to say I never tried it. But I am thinking about building a dedicated Minecraft server since I saw others here on PCPP.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Algodoo is the ultimate time waster.

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

This. Is. AMAZING! As a kid who couldn't be kept off the family PC growing up, I salute you in your efforts to ensure that the nerdling tradition is carried on in full force.

I strongly recommend everything in the Humongous Entertainment catalog. Freddi Fish, Putt-Putt, Pajama Sam, Spy Fox, and all the rest provided hundreds, possibly thousands of hours of super-wholesome point-and-click entertainment for the 6- to 10-year-old me, and they're all available on Steam at this point for very low cost.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Good suggestions, thanks. The kids thank you too!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

this is beautiful worthy only to be gazed upon by gods.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

High praise, thank you. It's just something nice for the kids.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the look of the build in general, and especially the thought and time put into it! This is such a unique build, that will hopefully trigger the creative little minds of the younger generation. The labeling and funny phrases are great additions.

Edit: I truly do hope that this build gets a feature.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Well you never know what kids can do until you give them an opportunity. My experience with computers since I was little has made a lot of things possible throughout my life. Even more than being featured, I'd like to gather ideas for what to load on this PC for the kids — appropriate games, etc. I'll keep an eye on the comments for that. Thanks for your kind words!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

the bejeweled RAM mad me laugh. This is solid. +1 for the kidos

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for checking it out

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I love arts and crafts day.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Another dimension to PC building that can be pretty fun, but maybe not every time. . . .

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful. I love the labeling of it all, inspiring build. +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, if you like any ideas I hope you will try them yourself.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

+1, I think this deserves a feature! I love how each part is labelled, and how this can make them learn more about computers! I hope the kids love this!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for checking it out! I still need some suggestions for good games & other software for kids, around the age of 10.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

That's some next level paint job and attention to detail kind of build! Well done! Stunning work! Hope it got the kids attention and they continue to show interest in building. Definitely will be featured!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The ideal outcome is they find their own reasons to learn & solve problems (probably related to games at first). Thank you for the feedback!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This build just screams positivity and happiness. Thx for sharing, it made my day shine :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Certainly, thanks for sharing in the good cheer. The main objective is to cut through the intimidation factor, making it look like a machine with friendly intentions.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I was in awe of how cute the build is... Until I saw the emoji stickers, and I started gagging. I am trying hard to forget about it.

But really, amazing build. Good job!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand that reflex, believe me. Trying to imagine what would be engaging for young kids, I made a few hokey-pokey decisions that wouldn't really apply anywhere else. . . . Thanks for stopping by!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Truly unique.

Love all of the work you did! +1 :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I recommend trying a project like this if you haven't yet.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How about something like From the Depths? https://store.steampowered.com/app/268650/From_the_Depths/

Sort of virtual Lego/Meccano. I feel sure there must be similar, but non-violent games.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes I think you're on the right track with the construction vs destruction idea. The PC itself is a result of building & I'd like them to keep that sort of mentality about it. Thanks

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

--Game suggestions from my library:

World of Goo Cute physics puzzler about building flexible structures.

Mushroom 11 Puzzle platformer where you're an intelligent mould, points out how life carries on without humans.

Ori and the Blind Forest Cute, epic, heartwarming metroidvania.

Choice of Alexandria+Choice of Robots Choose-your-own-adventure games where you just read and tick boxes, great story, deep consequences to choices, and basically about parenting as well as broader societal issues.

Song of the Deep Like Ori and the Blind Forest, but in a submarine.

Graceful Explosion Machine Quick and cartoony space-ship alien blaster.

Superflight Skydiving arcade game with great risk-reward points system.

Okami HD Epic action adventure based in mythical Japan (Nippon), where you're a cute doggy Sun Goddess who goes around helping people and bringing light and life back to the land.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I have seen a couple of those & will look into the others. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

My first thought was that this looked like it came out of a kids classroom project. I guess that wasn't too far off going by that description. I bet it smells flower fresh too.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Uh-oh, I think I'm going to have to add some kind of smellovision now that you said this. I've seen a video somewhere of somebody trying a USB-powered fragrance device. . . .

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice to see a featured PC built under $1k again. Don't need to spend a lot to make a creativity computer. I'm sure the kids and yourself from time to time will enjoy this computer for a good while.

I will appreciate your recommendations for games & other software suitable for kids around 10.

I'm pretty behind the times when it comes to ages 8~13 video games. Trying to think of PC games that doesn't involve intense "violence" nor the other material that isn't geared towards children.

Monopoly, Scrabble, Play Rec Room, Jewel Quest, yes Bejeweled... I suppose maybe Angry Birds too? But helps to lean more teaching games if possible but it's OK to have some entertainment (as long its an appropriate age for children).

Goodness... hm... there's many forms of "building" simulators and some puzzle games too but I don't know too many recent games of this genre at the moment. I'v done House Flipper which still do play that one and also done Farming Simulators (used to) but it can be a bit complex unless you have a child who is determine to figure it out and stays focus for a little while. And of course there's Rocket League too which is a soccer game that the player controls a vehicle and does a team vs team in a form of a soccer field for "vehicles".

PC games when I was a kid and was allowed to play was Math Blasters in the 90s and overtime those Jump Start PC games for kindergarden - grade 6 (I think) then more learning math games and world problem solving kept coming but cannot recall those names. Plus I don't think those may work on recent operating systems but I could be wrong. I just know Windows 3.1 between Windows 95 games may be difficult or maybe no longer able to reinstall on modern hardware.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Whoa, I'm surprised & honored to have this build selected for the front page! I hope to see more projects like this posted on PCPP. For me it was a worthwhile effort, even without the community recognition. But that's a nice ego boost to help me through today!

I remember Math Blasters from the computer labs in my school days. There's a more modern version of Oregon Trail now, isn't there? You are jogging my memory, I'll keep this list growing & see how much I can pre-load before everything is presented to the kids. Thank you for the feedback & the heads-up.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoa, I'm surprised & honored to have this build selected for the front page! I hope to see more projects like this posted on PCPP. For me it was a worthwhile effort, even without the community recognition. But that's a nice ego boost to help me through today!

You earned the spot light. Sure I find some high priced builds are really nice too but if that "creativity" side is not quite there then it tends to make me drift away. Or unfortunately I have seen too many in a row and begin to miss seeing something with a smaller budget build. So it's great to see yours on the feature. Though I am sorry I missed your build too. I just been super busy with life, work and college on my end.

I remember Math Blasters from the computer labs in my school days. There's a more modern version of Oregon Trail now, isn't there? You are jogging my memory, I'll keep this list growing & see how much I can pre-load before everything is presented to the kids. Thank you for the feedback & the heads-up.

That's cool you remember Math Blasters too. Though unfortunately I only saw those type of teaching games when I was in 3rd grade. Most of my teaching games were at home.

And I think so about Oregon Trail but was that on the Wii? And I read a review got Oregon Trail 5th edition to work on their Windows 10 so who knows but that was like 2 years ago when I read it. I know I tried to get my Oregon Trail II to work but to no avail unfortunately. I couldn't get Oregon Trail II to run on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (literally the OS) which didn't surprise me but would have been nice to play it again. Not as good as the first Oregon Trail but I still enjoyed it.

And of course. No problem.

  • Side Note: There's also PC Building Simulator if you have a child who likes the idea of building a computer or working on one but don't have to worry about the real hardware. Not quite 100% as it is in real life but pretty close. Shows the basics pretty well.
  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This PC Is Actually a great idea, Really nice with the labels. The stickers for labels is really smart. Nice jeweled ram BTW

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you enjoyed it, thanks

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

kerbal space program

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

That one goes a long way, from what I understand. Good call, thank you

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This is such a cute build! Some quality extended family work right there! Some games that I could recommend for a younger crowd are older ones, or ones that don't have an online component. Rocket League might be fun, but text and voice chat can quickly become nasty.

Minecraft, any of the Tycoon games (Zoo Tycoon was my favorite), Kart racing games, point-and-click, the Sims (4 is a bit complicated, 3 is my favorite), LEGO games, Subnautica, Slime Rancher, etc. There are a lot of articles out there, but I guess it also depends on what games your cousin's kids like and are interested in.

Dont forget to set up 2 local accounts, 1 admin, 1 user for the kids. No need to get getting yourself a whole bunch of malware right off the bat :P

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I've browsed some of the articles about "best games for kids" etc, now I'm considering a simple build to keep here as a family Minecraft server so we can all share some virtual space. Good suggestions, also you're on point about the user accounts — I think I would probably regret not doing that.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Since you asked for recommendations:

Katamari Damacy REROLL, Minecraft, Roblox

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Added to my list, thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Its so difficult to do something different and this looks incredible. Bravo.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I'm really glad to see the positive response here. If you can find the right motivation, difficult things can be more fun. Maybe you know someone who could use a PC. . . .

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

super unique great job

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't know if you're willing to buy this but the same CPU is going for ~$55 on AliExpress.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a pretty good deal, but then you would have to pay me more than $22 to take the computer apart, return the CPU that's in it, then wait for a delivery probably from China to put it back together again.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, what I meant by that was that if you were to build another PC thats a very good option.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You're right of course, I wasn't considering the folks who are still planning their builds. My shopping was done a couple months ago, now I'm sure better prices can be found for at least some of these parts.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything very bright! Peripherals kind of tacky.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The idea is to dazzle the kids with a sort of Willy Wonka tackiness. I just don't want them to think it's something serious they should be timid about.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This is full of awesome. Great work.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for checking it out! Try something like it when you get a chance.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I love this build so much. Thank you for sharing!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Wow, this is really cool

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I hope you will take a chance creatively with your equipment too. Thanks for stopping

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

One word, Peggle. Easy to learn, rewarding gameplay, and some spin-offs from the community! Costs money though, but they have Jimmy Lightning!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I know that one, it'll be a good addition. These kids will have plenty to do! Thanks

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Racing Games.. Minecraft/Terraria.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Almost forgot the racing category, thank you

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend Undertale. It teaches kids about consequences, though I wouldn't want someone younger than 11 or 12 playing it since the "Genocide" route, which is the one you kill everyone and teaches about consequences has a bit of blood (only one character) and is kind of dark.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I have heard of Undertale, that it can be sort of "deep" for kids, but something with good stories will be welcome I'm sure.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic idea, and fantastic build. I'm sure you'll have these kids hooked in no time!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hopefully they will throw themselves into it like I did when I was young, finding their own avenues of interest to grow their skills without too much structure making it feel like work. Please do try something along these lines if you have any ideas at all.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's a really fun looking build.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I really didn't expect that honor but I'll be happy if it leads to more builds with similar emphasis. Don't hesitate to decorate, especially for kids.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's my thought as well and you've got it down to an art.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

minecraft but thats obvious and maybe slime rancher

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Slime Rancher? The title alone makes me curious! Thanks

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

While I don't like the colors personally, I salute your specs and your cause. Keep on keeping on.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I don't think it will be an easy fit for most people's interior decor, but these kids don't seem very particular about such things. . . .

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I find the contrast between the PC parts and the nature theme very unique! :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, yes it's an unusual combination I found compelling. Here is a recent, highly creative build also reminiscent of outdoor environments.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great build, +1. Check out No Man's Sky. As of the latest update, it runs on Vulkan instead of OpenGL, so should run great on your RX580. It has great graphics, is based on survival/crafting/building and has accurate elements from the periodic table, etc. Procedurally generated universe, so unlimited exploration.

Nice job on an all-AMD build btw. Well done

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm sorry to say for a long time I simply avoided AMD stuff because of mere prejudices I had acquired from people talking. Now I have built more with AMD than Intel/Nvidia & the experience has been completely fine. Anybody still living in doubt about the competitive quality of AMD hardware, let me persuade you to try both ways honestly.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad to hear that. I've been an AMD fan since before ryzen and gave been "put in my place" by Intel fans many times, but now since all of their latest news I think a lot more people are starting to realize that they are a great company. Plus they've really been going in a good direction since the new CEO took over. Great job!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

this has so much character. very unique!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for taking a look!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Love the labels! you're a great uncle/second cousin (?)

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I hope they will learn what the different parts are called, at least. It's probably going to take more guidance to really get them on the ball.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I went hard on the sentimental value & kept the financial investment modest. The kids wouldn't appreciate the difference between this or that part, yet, I hope someday they do.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Keep them off the streets! Off the pole! Nah, they're good kids. I'm really the only PC enthusiast in my family, so maybe this will change that. . . .