After filling the hard-drive of our eight-year old computer, we decided it was time for something new. Instead of taking the easy route and ordering a new one through a manufacturer like Dell or HP, my husband decided to order the parts and make it himself. I ask you, what could be more fun for an engineer than to assemble a computer himself?!
Even better when it becomes a father-daughter weekend project when the little miss, to no one’s surprise, insists on helping. We’re all about transforming everyday activities into learning experiences in our household. David started assembling the computer the night before and then set aside a few simple tasks for the toddler to help with.
About the computer:
David wanted a super fast processor with a great graphics card. I insisted we think about energy efficiency. So we swapped out our over-sized desktop cpu for a more petite case and traded our old screen for a larger, energy-star qualified, LED monitor.
- Antec ISK 300-65 Desktop Computer Case
- ASRock H67M-ITX Motherboard
- Patriot Memory ‘Sector 5′ G Series 4GB
- Western Digital 500 GB Mobile Hard Drive
- Intel Core i3-2100T Dual-Core Desktop Processor
- LG Super-Multi Slim Blu-ray Combo Drive
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
- Samsung 27-inch LED Monitor
- HDMI Cable
Inspired by Jeff Atwood’s computer written about here.
Concerned about potentially exposing your child to lead while building a computer? There’s no need to be worried. Each piece in this computer is RoHS compliant (circled in the photo, above) meaning it’s been manufactured without lead (also mercury, cadmium, and other substances). (See that sticker symbol with RoHS on it? Each computer component has a sticker like that.) Having your kids wash their hands before and after working on the inside of the computer may still be a good idea because of dust and other small particles, but you need not be concerned about lead exposure. (Love living with an engineer who can tell me about things such as these!)