The Child wanted a new computer for Christmas this year. I said yes......under one condition: you build it yourself.
He's in 6th grade. Most parents don't require children of that age to build computers. But I know this child. He needs a challenge and he's motivated.
So I asked him to choose the components for his computer online. He did, and I sent his list to a friend who is an engineer. He's built a few computers himself. He approved the list, surprised that it had originated from a child.
The parts arrived early. The Child wasted no time.
The monitor wasn't getting a signal, though, and he seemed truly stuck. I told him to load the computer into the car, and I drove him to the local computer repair store. The geek/owner seemed shocked by The Child building a computer , especially such a powerful one, and after getting over his shock he seemed glad to offer his expertise. He saw a disconnected cable which solved the problem when connected. That was easy!
Within minutes the computer was up and running, and The Child was installing Windows 7. Now he's happliy playing games on it, just like any other child his age.
Merry Christmas! May you take the steps to make your dreams come true.