How hard would it be to build a $500 PC with my son?
August 22, 2014 6:38 AM Subscribe
I have $500 and need a PC for my son. He plays TF2 and similar games but not the newest cutting edge graphics-power-needing marvels. I could buy one, but would it be a worthwhile dad-son project to build one? How many hours would it take, ballpark?
posted by sacre_bleu to Computers & Internet (26 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
I don't get a lot of time with my son, but I'm up for a project beyond making another Pinewood Derby car. He's a smart tween who loves playing modded kids games like Minecraft and Terraria, and he plays TF2. I think he could benefit from knowing more about how it all works.
I am pretty patient and willing to Google for help if I run into roadblocks. If you've built a PC, can you estimate how long it should take? I would need everything, down to the OS.
What resources would you use? How to pick the hardware, get good instructions on how to assemble? I see Reddit has some boards that can help when you're in motion.
What I don't want is to get halfway and hit a roadblock. All thoughts appreciated, and thank you for your time.