so my kid wants a gaming pc.... he's 15, eats, sleeps and breathes gaming. he's into games like borderlands, cod, and many many others. The problem I have is this: should I allow the custom build he wants to do or just buy one? I know if he builds it, I'll end up with the project which is cool with me however what specs should it have? thanks!!
Definitely build it with him! Computer skills are a big deal -- this is the modern equivalent of rebuilding an old corvette in the back yard :-) This is an awesome father-son project. Way cooler than the model rockets I made with my dad.
The above build is decent, BUT - I would recommend that the shopping portion of a PC build is important, and also fun. He can learn some valuable business savvy when researching and picking out the best parts.
You should set a price limit for the build, and then have him research to pick the parts with your advice/input. If you don't want to do that you can at the very least, let him pick out an obnoxious case with lots of LED lights and etc :-) mouse and keyboard can be fun to pick out too -- as long as you have a clear budget in place.