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My son told me he didn't want anything for Christmas and never specified anything specific. We got him a bunch of toys and Disney's Infinity 2.0 for the xbox one. On Christmas day he was quite happy with what he got but kept looking around for something else. when he didn't see it, he looked a little confused. I told him if he didn't write it on his Christmas list Santa wouldn't know what to get him. I've never seen him so shocked and ran out of the room to get pencil and paper and wrote down he wanted to play minecraft with the cool mods.

I knew immediately what had been going on in his mind. He hoped for that pc but was afraid to verbalize it. That was me at that age, he is my son. This would have to be corrected. there's no way i'm going to crush the dreams of mini-me. I told him he can get a pc for minecraft on his birthday instead (it's in March).

My intentions was to buy a pre-fab box around the $500 range. as i started to do some research, it quickly dawned on me, no matter what i buy, i'm going to have to swap parts out. at the bare minimum the video card, but probably the PSU as well. Which made me think.... maybe i should roll my own. I haven't used a pc at home in 4-5 years (i've been using a mac), and i haven't built a rig in 9-10 years (the last box i made was for the sake of playing Half-Life 2 before the game came out). This could be fun. i flirted with making a gaming box last year to take advantage of Steam sales and being caught up in the whole Steam Machine thing. but i gave up on that idea because the amount of research and money to build that machine just seemed like too much. i would have to buy all the parts at once to assure there are no problems and truthfully i already had a ps4 and xb1 and didn't have enough time to play those machines much less add another box to the equation.

But this was different.... this was for my boy! I couldn't crush his dreams in his formative years...... besides, i end up killing two birds with one stone. I become a hero dad, and i get to go through the process of building a pc again.

I've got to say, PC Part Picker is a god send. it made this whole process so much easier. i had a lot of problems with Amazon but in the end it wasn't Amazon so much as the USPS. amazon has made a deal with the devil in partnering with them for shipping. After this experience I will be shopping much less at Amazon for sure..... It was (and still is) a nightmare.

Anyway, as i started picking parts, i thought i would go with an AMD chip. the fx6300. and I thought i would go with an NVidea gtx 750Ti gpu. But i kept reading that for gaming the intel i5 was the way to go...... so my chip cost jumped from $95 to more than double. which meant i had to change the mother board i'd chosen from AMD based to intel, and then i started thinking...... "gee, for $50 more I can get that new gtx 960"..... what started out as a $500ish system ballooned to more than twice that (i thought I had a 22" monitor in the closet.. forgot i gave it away when we did spring cleaning) and that $120 for Windows 8.1 (i ended up not buying OEM on the chance i would have to swap machines for some reason). Long story, long..... I built this machine as if i were making it for me, except i got him a really cool case with green lights, which is his favorite color and the keyboard by redragon changes color and the gaming mouse by Etek City does the same. I know this thing is more than enough for minecraft and the mods but it should be pretty good for whatever game he likes that comes along as well. it should last a good number of years (as all of my built pc's do). I'm pretty happy with the outcome.

The thing is, this experience now makes me want to revisit making my own gaming box ( the only things i'd change is the cpu to a 4690k and the gpu to a gtx 970 and the ssd to 500gb.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

I haven't built a pc in 9-10 years and damn! this mobo feels so solid. it looks so good. personally i don't need to see my parts but for someone who does, this thing looks sweet. It is a bit much for this build, seeing as i'm not going to overclock, but better to have more than to have less.

Case

I bought the limited edition nvidea gtx version with the green led lights. This is a really well made, solid case. the panels are very thick and there is no flex whatsoever. I bought this case first from Amazon and it arrived with the handles broken. I found it strange that Amazon didn't ship it in it's original packaging. turns out the nimrods at the USPS damaged the crap out of it, re-packaged it, lost parts, yet didn't notify me or amazon.

For a case this size it was really easy to work in and the build was a breeze. I've always ended up nicking myself on a sharp edge but not on this case. it is a really sweet case.

Warning, the handles are a hard plastic and i don't think they can take a lot of flexing.

Monitor

This was a last minute purchase. I thought i had a monitor already. I could have gone cheaper and saved a few bucks on the build but this monitor has a really low ms and built in speakers (though they don't sound very good). this is fine, since my son doesn't really like loud volumes (yet). over all a very nice monitor.

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 38 points

wish my dad was enthusiastic about computers at this guy is. g8 job m8.

  • 52 months ago
  • 8 points

gr8

  • 52 months ago
  • 8 points

I see you had spelling bee dad, not a PC dad.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

as

  • 52 months ago
  • 17 points

That's a bit overkill for minecraft.

  • 47 months ago
  • 4 points

Even better so when he gets into his teens he can start playing CoD and Battlefield. lol.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 14 points

Pretty sweet birthday gift if I must say so myself. It'd be pretty hilarious if you could find your old Half Life 2 PC and put it on here too.

  • 52 months ago
  • 6 points

It was a sweet rig with an ATI gpu, a window.. black brushed aluminum (I'm pretty sure it was a Thermaltake). I gave it to a friend and it still worked great.

  • 52 months ago
  • 14 points

10/10 Dad 10/10 build

  • 52 months ago
  • 11 points

Your son has really good father. Description is beutifully written and PC looks amazing. I wish your son has a lot of fun gaming hours in the future. Cheers!

  • 52 months ago
  • 6 points

A bit overkill for minecraft, no?

  • 52 months ago
  • 15 points

It is for his son, no reason to think the kid is going to stick to mine craft once he gets out there and starts playing. This is a nice build that will definitely grow into more advanced and demanding games as the kid grows.

Nice introductory build and should last for some years as your son gets into the world of PC gaming.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The integrated graphics on a 4790k would've probably been enough, but a little extra power never hurts!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Eh.. Ive been having problems with the HD 4600 lately on my CPU, it should do ok unless your extreme-modding or some shaders. All though from my experiences I would way rather go with a dedicated GPU then that one for MC.

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you for finally pointing out that there are some other things that MC does that do require power to run, I have issues on an i5+270X sometimes with certain mod packs. And if he just plays default then its nice to have some extra leeway for running some music in the background (I use youtube for music, even though it drops performance)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Does it really? I have a pretty bad laptop (mobile A8 or A10 clocked at 2.5GHz) running with dual graphics (8650G and 8600M) and I can still run MC at 60 FPS with youtube in the background. Fancy graphics preset as well, all while my CPU is dying a horrible death.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Have it fixed now it was some driver issues. My AsRock board was running the CPU with only 2 cores enabled. (Think it forgot that the Pentium G3258 Was ona different BIOS

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually have had issues in the past with regular minecraft w/ all the bells and whistles turned on whilst running hd4600 graphics, usually vanilla will be fine but as he stated his son likes to play with mods which will use up more and more cpu power, and having a dedicated gpu to take care of graphics so the processor doesn't have to worry about too much is going to significantly improve performance. This build should be great for many years of minecraft and even a few years of regular pc gaming at 1080p. I love to see little builds like this one that can pack a punch at 1080p, great gift for your son.

  • 52 months ago
  • 6 points

How was the 24 pin connector on the CX PSU? they are common for not fitting correctly and neeedibng alot of extra force... I used one with the AM3+ version of the MSI mobo, and it felt like i was going to crack the PCB ( it fit, it was just very annoying, and made the build take an hour longer). Great build though. I love the Geforce casemod.

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Yup, I had the same problem with my CX600. And here I was beginning to think I was the only one...

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

I looked it up while doing the build, as it was for my friend, and its very common. its a shame becaquse its a pretty good PSU

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Same problem about the 24 pin connector

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

My cx500m 24 connector is a pain in the *** to get out.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy ****! Yes! I thought it was me! It was really hard to get it in. the only part of the build that felt scary cause i was afraid of breaking the mobo.

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey man, that's a great story and even greater gift. Though I can't say it's a "minecraft rig" since idk what block glows green but heck it's still a cube! Haha!

Nice job! Thanks for sharing :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome dad!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

so cool!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

What type of keyboard is that? (Brand, model, etc) Anyway, Nice build!

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Redragon Karura I believe. A cheap membrane keyboard (think it is membrane anyways), it isn't expensive. I had one for my old system (I am 12, don't have much to work with :P) and it is okay. Got it off Amazon.

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

you are correct. Since it's for my kid, he doesn't really care yet. bought it more for the aesthetics. The key color can be changed to seven different colors. I actually don't like this keyboard. the return key is too small and the windows key is to the right.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I can confirm it is membrane. Still a good board for the price.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Reading this, I turn to my father hopefully. Before a word can escape from my mouth, he says no. My life is first world sadness. I really like the build, though I would have gone with the 6300 with a liquid cooler and OCed it which is in my experience more than enough for 1080p gaming, though I tend to multitask a lot so the extra cores are better suited towards me. If you're set on intel, the pentiums are nice dual core processors that are beasts when OCed and they don't take up a third of your initial budget.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I suppose the 960 is somewhat a good card for this purpose of gaming. Its a decent card and can run games well at 1080p. Minecraft is mostly cpu remembertaht

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Someone give this guy the "best dad of the year" cookie! gr8 build m8 +1 4sure

  • 52 months ago
  • 4 points
  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

That build looks great. How's the wifi adapter holding up? I need a new one as the one I was going to order is out of stock.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I live in an apt. in nyc, so distance isn't an issue. it works is all i can say. i get really good speeds (about 140mps D/39mps U).

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a ton. I'll look into it. I have a funny feeling your son is really going to like this build.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

How are you liking that redragon keyboard? I was thinking of the same one? Great build btw!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

ehh. it's more an aesthetics thing. The return key is really small, the windows key is on the right side so you can't do windows + E to open explorer. It's still a cool looking keyboard and better than what i was expecting.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

You sound like a great father.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

You're the best dad ever.

+1

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

spectacular build! i hope he cherish it for a very long time!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Whats the keyboard?

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

you son is lucky well im a getting a 1000$ custom pc for my middle school graduation

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Middle school graduation?

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

yes

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

hold on

that monitor preview picture...

I've seen that before on Synology stuff

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

great build for your son! i can't see anything i'd disagree with outside the table :D

i think any type of overly shaky movement may cause your table to tip and the monitor to fall. i also think having a seperate more solid table for the keyboard allows for sturdier play time along with not having the monitor directly in your son's eyes which would otherwise cause damage. having the monitor at least 2-3 feet distance will avoid vision damage.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

hahahaha! Nah! I have a few of those snack tables and since i didn't know how long i would have the parts laid out, I used them. My wife wouldn't be too happy with me having all that stuff on the dining room table. besides i have a great lamps with magnifying glass off screen. after those pictures, i received a monoprice monitor mount. that way he has more desk real estate.

once again. the little tv dinner tables are NOT the pc's final resting place. they are a building area.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for being awesome and making your son a computer that beats or equals mine in every respect except storage space, lol. I think a rebuild might be in order... #someday

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Let's hope he gets into more games as well as Minecraft! That computer should be able to handle lots of games. +1!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

This is what its all about +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. That's an awesome birthday gift. My combined Birthday and Christmas present was permission to buy and build my own computer (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/tyBPxr). "Hey son, guess what - you get to spend $2000 today. That's all." - my parents. I'm not saying that I'm not grateful, but this is an awesome birthday present.

Nice build and colours. +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Very good build! I am also having a lot of problems with the USPS. They let a 5960X sit out in the snow bank because the guy was too lazy to deliver it to my door 100 feet away. Luckily it still works. Hopefully you and your son have great gaming futures!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool build, btw that rig is more of an everything box.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

U got one lucky son. To have that computer and to have you.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

BadAss... just plain badass!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Should have made that lil **** work for that pc xD

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Parenting done RIGHT. Fantastic job on the build, you just entered your son into the infinitude that is PC Gaming. +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

This is an ATI card, right ? :p

Nice build overall bud :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a little bit to much of an overkill for minecraft.
Unless you are going to run Battlefield 4 or any big programs, its to overkill.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly what I think. Everyone else disagrees.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Hope your son enjoys the pc master race lol

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

if this was my son i would have put a g2358 and a 750 ti.. i guess some people are nicer to there kids then others

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Spending over $1,000 on a rig to play Minecraft. That's a bit excessive. Even a G3258 and a 750 Ti can run Battlefield 4 and Crysis 3 on High settings easily. It could easily run Minecraft with shaders probably too.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Now you need to build yourself another one for you. Maybe in red this time.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

i already did. I got the bug after doing his. I just put my build up on this site. a smaller itx with a gtx970 gpu.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Heh. Nice. I regret not using a K model processor in mine.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

great rig but isnt it too much just for minecraft

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

That is one hell of a Minecraft box!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

nice rig, i love the mouse and the rig itself. the mouse using avago 5050, maybe the best choice cuz its cheap and great mouse

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy balls that GPU is smexy!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Omgoodness!! This is the sweetest thing EVER! And its mine craft green! Do you have a brother lol.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Builds 1500 dollar pc, plays minecraft.

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Ah well to each his own. +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Really, Youre a great Father !

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

But the poor kid will have to return the favour on Father's Day... :D

+1

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks really similar to my planned build, and I think I'm going to adopt yours it looks amazing. Were there any problems you ran into during the build? Mobo or GPU problems?

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

no problems whatsoever. actually, the problem i have now is that i want to build a box for myself. just bought this tiny Raijintek Metis case that i saw Linus build with a gigabyte short gtx 970 card.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Guys it not that overkill, Just realized, the GTX 960 is just 2GB GDDR5 memory. Its basically a GTX 750 Superclocked EVGA SC. Only Its 2GB of GDDR5 Memory. However the GTX 750 has only 1.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like you might need a new desk

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha! Nah! just had it to the side there until i put a desk in his room.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Really cool story, but if he is JUST going to be playing MC on this thing, I would say a waste of money. Im sure he will get more into PC gaming, so no waste of money.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

This thing can actually play other games than Minecraft which I like in-case you wanna play other games when bored of MC at times. (Happens to me) +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

A minecraft box? This build could probably several instances of minecraft at a time, smootly!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Adopt me?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

wow pretty overkill for mc dont ya think? anyway cool biuld this will definitly future proof him for any other games he might want aslong a they are more graphicly inclined and not to cpu intensive

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

don't you think that's kind of overkill for just Mine craft. Anyway its a really nice build, nice job

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Um...you could play Minecraft in like 5 different windows with this rig....could have spent half that amount and come out with more than enough.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude! if you read my post, i built it to handle whatever mods get thrown at it as well as OTHER games.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build!

Where did you get the GEFORCE GTX logo from?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol wish I had a Dad like you, or even just a Dad for that matter... Either way you did good +1 for the not crushing your son's dreams.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

This guy is totally awesome for building his kid a PC, but a GTX 960 is WAY too much to play Minecraft, I'd go with a 950 or some lower-end AMD card and upgrade later if he wants to expand away from Minecraft. He's still way better than my dad though.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice but this is really OP for minecraft...

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

This is really late, but I just joined PCPartPicker and this story really touched me. I was what you described your kid. I never told my parents or siblings if I ever wanted anything; I was too scared to verbalize it. I've basically waited my whole life (currently 17) to finally satisfy something I've wanted for so long.

I got a job over the summer and saved up $500 to put towards a PC building fund. I talked with my older brother a little bit and he agreed to pitch in another $500-600 to build my PC ...... I am just ... EXTREMELY EXCITED!

Your story is such an eye opener, and you are just an amazing dad for being able to REALIZE this thing about your son.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Okay wow, $1,400 Canadian PC for a 10 year old.......

Eh, I guess my mother probably spent $10 to 5k in HO scale model trains for me over years. When she only got C$13,000/y from disability. 17 now, my railroading dreams got crushed when I was 13 after I got kicked out of club for acting to young. Belive it or not led me to have deep depression and its a sore subject. So even though theres a basement full of model trains I haven't touched them in years, its just not as fun as it used to be. What makes me feel even worse is that my single mother is disable as I said she gets C$13,000/y and she spent all that money for my little hobby and I dont even use it yah....

I've now spending 10 hours a day on a toaster of a computer watching youtube because ive got nothing better to do. Wishing better for me and my mother........

Ug. I dont know where that came from. Just that its been years since my mother could get help with her spina bifida, it feels so hopeless....

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Welp, you've done right the right thing for your son! I had the same dream as your son but this is probably gonna be used for more than just minecraft shaders http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JH4ZVn

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

i have this part what do you think guys? http://pcpartpicker.com/list/jqZt6X

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats kinda a little overkill for running a game like minecraft. Great build tho!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hope you don't mind me saying this, but minecraft is hardly a demanding game, so don't you think this is a bit much?

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

There's mods out there that will single-handedly bring this PC to its knees...

I'm looking at you SEUS.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

This. I don't know which mods he's going to want and i'd rather not hear any complaining that "this game doesn't like him".

And i've already implied that i wouldn't mind sneaking in a quick game here or there. I have a stema account with games I never play because i don't have a gaming pc. I just bought titanfall for six bucks!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats not quite true, I have a gtx 750ti and a 6 core amd processor and it can run seus with soartex fanver at about 30-40 fps. Although if you did want 60fps, which I doubt this guys son knows even what a frame is, than yea. I guess you need a decent system.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for SEUS.

My roommate has a GTX750 Ti and can run SEUS at around 100 FPS, but anything else and his frames really drop. I'm planning on a build soon and was eying the 960 with the same reasoning too - it's just $50 more, whats the harm, haha.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a hell of a lot of FPS. Usually you would only be able to get 40-60 on a GPU like the 760 or the 280 and even the 770.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting.

Without SEUS he typically gets anywhere from 150-600 depending on if the sky is visible, with an average of ~400. For the record, he has a 4790k, more on that below.

Minecraft is weird, it magically works on some GPUs, and completely tanks on others. If you google around you'll see lots of people getting ridiculous frames on low-mid tier cards, then magically crap FPS with top tier. The most logical explanation is that MC is quite CPU dependent so weaker CPUs will choke the game (I personally subscribe to this idea, with chunks having to constantly load and unload and just how the internal game server loads the world). This would also explain my roommate's FPS, considering he has the current top-of-the-line 1150 i7.

For reference, I get 40-100 on a first gen i5 480m with optifine and settings turned moderate, and this CPU's integrated graphics are weak compared to the modern integrated graphics. Hell, even my Acer Switch with an Atom can get upwards of30 FPS.

It truly is a weird situation.

Reference links!

750 ti maxing out MC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hodiEFtx-bg

760 doing similar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCysZ20lNP0

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Minecraft totally phlunks on my R9 290X/i7 4790K. I won't get more than 150 FPS, while i get over 200 FPS in games like WoW on max.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a minecraft box so that mobo was overpriced and you should have gone with core i5 4690k. But otherwise then that great build

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn it,why aren't you my dad.....btw this is a bit of an overkill for Minecraft unless your son plans on playing with SEUS shaders,several other aesthetic mods and no optifine compensation on 2000-5000 players a server.....i do my research lol ;)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Clap. Clap. Clap.

Normally, I would call this a phenomenal build, you picked excellent parts, and it has absolutely wonderful performance.

Only problem is, you built this for a kid.

Now I'm not disrespecting you or your excellent parenting, but I just can't fathom why you made such a beast for a child. You could have built a PC for $200 (Including a cheap monitor and peripherals from your local restore) for him with an APU and it would have played Minecraft with all the mods just fine! This just seems really, really, really, excessively overkill.

+1 anyway. You've built an awesome beast and given your son the best birthday present of the century.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm well aware that this is overkill for vanilla minecraft. My research showed that certain mods can tax some pretty great pc's. I've future proofed this pc and i never said Iwouldn't sneak in a game here and there. Like i said before i built this as if i were doing it for me.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't even listen to this dude. There seems to be a bit of jealousy going on here, but your son absolutely deserves this PC. It isn't overkill for some heavy modpacks and will indeed be future proof for future games that he WILL eventually want to play. No need to go all cheap on him!

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  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I originally planned on spending $500-$600. Once I decided to use the GTX 960, i kinda picked the parts around that and the possibility of upgrading. Once i did that the budget went out the window.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

He should be able to play games other than Minecraft once he gets into them. Also, shaders are absolutely awesome.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, to each his own I guess. :P

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  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Important question, stream to like a tablet or like twitch.....

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