My 13-year old son would like a gaming computer. I agreed he could have one on the condition that we built it ourselves as a learning and father/son project. I’m a DIY computer guy and have been building, maintaining, and upgrading older systems since the early 90s but “cutting edge” is not my specialty.
I have a good idea on what components I’m interested i but would appreciate any advice or input out there.
The idea is to get him up and running but leave room for upgrades later.
PS - EVGA 750W G3 - this should handle anything I put together.
Case - nothing yet. Looking for something with a side (glass) window and 2 external drive bays (for DVD drive and LED fan speed controller) LED fans (can be added later, I suppose) and 2 x USB 3.0. I’m surprised at the limited selections out there. Can anyone point me at one? My eyes are sore from looking at pictured on-line.
CPU - AMD Ryzen 7 2700 or possibly 2700X. Is it worth the extra money?
MB - This is where I get overwhelmed with the variety out there. I’m thinking the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI Socket AM4 Dual Channel DDR4 3200(OC), 2x M.2 USB 3.1, DVI-D, HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, RGB LED ATX Motherboard
Any feedback or other recommendations?
GPU - not an immediate concern AFAIK, I will either use the onboard GPU and/or the 2 Gb PCI-e one I have in his current computer and upgrade later.
HD - looking at M.2 512 GB for OS, etc. and either recycling a HDD or adding another SSD later for media storage.
RAM - considering starting with 16 Gb and adding later.
OS - Windows 10 - I will transfer from current computer.
We plan on adding some bells and whistles later. i.e. bigger GPU, RAM, fan controller, water cooling, LEDs, etc…
Anything I’m missing?