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February 24, 2014 5:22:53 PM

Hello!

My son's computer (old Dell OptiPlex) broke down last weekend. I told him to look around at Walmart, but he told me he wanted to build his own computer again (The internet helped him build one when he was 9, now he's 11). He wants it mainly for MineCraft, and I want my budget to be around $500 (not exact, but near). The only other things he will build it for is movie watching and YouTube.

-He says he wants an AMD A8 (he says it's good for MineCraft with mods)

-He wants "A small and 'cool looking' case". :D  He specifies Micro ATX

I would prefer a Pcpartpicker link.

-Yes, he can build a computer, I watched him build the one when he was 9.

Thanks in advance!

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February 24, 2014 6:18:39 PM

Alright i've come up with one, it doesn't have an a8,but the cpu is better and it has a discrete graphics card and will run minecraft on highest settings no problem... it will handle all of the mods he puts into the game too, and it is a little over your budget...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($52.80 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.42 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GT 640 2GB Video Card ($96.25 @ Amazon)
Case: Apevia X-Trooper (Black/Green) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Raidmax 450W ATX Power Supply ($26.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($20.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $605.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-24 21:17 EST-0500)
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February 24, 2014 6:18:45 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($52.80 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.42 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GT 640 2GB Video Card ($96.25 @ Amazon)
Case: Apevia X-Trooper (Black/Green) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Raidmax 450W ATX Power Supply ($26.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($20.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $605.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-24 21:17 EST-0500)
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February 24, 2014 6:29:04 PM

Alright heres another one that is exactly what he specified:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($51.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.94 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Colossus Micro MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($106.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($20.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $525.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-24 21:28 EST-0500)
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February 24, 2014 8:41:15 PM

Thanks, Major. Because of you, my son has a smile on his face. :D 
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February 25, 2014 5:33:29 PM

kiwi king said:
Thanks, Major. Because of you, my son has a smile on his face. :D 


No problem dude
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