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My name is Danny. I’m in the 6th grade and I am building my 1st rig. I’ve got a budget of $850 (plus a little more if I really, really need to). My dad is paying for the Bu-ray so that doesn’t count towards the total. I play WoW and hope to get into some more games in the next year. Also my parents want the rig to be able to play movies and photos on your two year old 50" Panasonic Plasma TV. Other wise I have a newer 21” Acer monitor that is 1920 x 1080 resolution.

My dad and I are going to build it together and our combined tech skills are, well, kind of low. I am to pick out all of the parts and here is what I have,

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX - Retail
Combo
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.295032

SAPPHIRE 100269HDMI Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102852

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148337

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193

LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136162

All in $953 (less the Bu-ray) $832 with mailing...

Am I on track???
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  1. that is very impressive for an 11 year old, but also consider this; (and do you need an internet adapter or operating system)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.308218

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.303755

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121355

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136283

    all in all (minus the blu-ray) it is 769.94$, and fairly better :)
  2. Great that you're getting into it so young! I didn't build my first rig until i was about 14-15. Your build is solid, but I did have a few suggestions:

    Swap the regular 300 with the 300 illusion:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&Tpk=antec%20300%20illusion
    Same price, but you get better airflow via the 2 added front LED intake fans

    For your hard drive, I would look into a Samsung Spinpoint f3 or 7200.12, which is another Seagate but better than the one you have listed.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395&cm_re=7200.12-_-22-148-395-_-Product
    Buy the spinpoint f3 if its in stock when you buy your parts; get the 7200.12 if you can't wait.

    These are good alternative RAM sticks, with tighter timings (the 7-7-7-21) and voltage.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231318&cm_re=g.skill_eco-_-20-231-318-_-Product
    They are also 1333, as opposed to the ones you listed, which are 1600. And in your case, that might be good considering you would have to overclock it due to your motherboard's native 1333 speed. Considering you and your dad's tech knowledge, you might not be comfortable tweaking stuff on bios just yet.

    Good stuff, otherwise!
  3. Best answer
    You are on the right track...

    Couple of things:
    1) Don't forget your OS. I recommend at least Win7 Home 64-bit

    2) Pick up the Seagate 7200.12 not 7200.11. The 11 has too many known firmware issues to try it. I would look at the Samsung Spinpoint F3's if in stock at time of purchase (fast hard drive).

    3) Pick up the Antec 300 Illusion instead to save on cost of purchasing additional fans.

    If you have questions on how to build at PC, check out my step-by-step guide in my signature.

    Good Luck and Have FUN!!! :D

    edit: ^+1 the other posters, since they posted as I typed slowly :(. :D
  4. COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811119137
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$15.00 Instant
    $84.99
    $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137


    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813128392
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
    • 1 year: $9.99
    • 2 year: $16.99
    -$5.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $84.99
    $79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392


    Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817371020
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
    • 1 year: $9.99
    • 2 year: $16.99
    -$40.00 Instant
    $119.99
    $79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371020


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231276
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Return Policy
    $104.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754



    • XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814150447
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    • AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819103674
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$15.00 Combo
    $344.99
    $329.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.300822
    Subtotal: $764.94 + HDD samsung F3 500 54.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181 Or a WD Black 640 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    819.93
  5. Oh yeah that's great. An 11 year old playing WoW and on a new rig. Pretty soon the last thing anyone is going to remember about the outside is that they saw it on youtube.

    I'm 11 and playing the most addictive game on the planet. Thanks for life, dad. :hello:
  6. Good choice for case, trust me you will love it, good choice for video card, BAD choice for CPU, everything else is good
  7. wait who are you talking about?
  8. I would echo vznoobie12's suggestions. For the BlueRay, since dad's buying :)

    If you wanna WRITE Blue Ray

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827249057

    If you just wanna play Blue Ray
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827249055

    I'm not familiar with that CPU but make sure whatever RAM you get is correct voltage.
  9. I've tried to adjust a few things based on everyones input - so hows this:

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.298971

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retailhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.308218
    All in with mail $810!

    Does it all work together???
    Thanks everyone!
  10. Oh yeah.... I forgot, wireless Keyborad. Any suggestions? I'm kind of want to keep it under $75 because I'm at by budget.
  11. korsen said:
    Oh yeah that's great. An 11 year old playing WoW and on a new rig. Pretty soon the last thing anyone is going to remember about the outside is that they saw it on youtube.

    I'm 11 and playing the most addictive game on the planet. Thanks for life, dad. :hello:



    Shut up
  12. darkside_gamer7 said:
    Shut up

    lol, im 13 i just quit wow it is very addictive and when playing i couldnt stop but i new it was wasting my life. It is a bad game, sorry but why dont you shutup.

    His dad probably has parental settings on his account which means he can only play during the times his parents allocate on the website. Research n think b4 swearing moron.
  13. ate go with logitech, its the gaming brand. and pro xD
  14. my sister is 13 she played wow a week said it sucked and went back to playing bioshock which just bout kills her laptop but her xmas gift will be a new pc
  15. obsidian86 said:
    my sister is 13 she played wow a week said it sucked and went back to playing bioshock which just bout kills her laptop but her xmas gift will be a new pc



    Nice brother :)
  16. Niklas_13 said:
    Nice brother :)

    He never said he got / built it for her... :D

    It is Santa that is getting her the PC... :) (little ones may be reading this :lol: )
  17. tecmo34 said:
    He never said he got / built it for her... :D

    It is Santa that is getting her the PC... :) (little ones may be reading this :lol: )

    shhhh its santa http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/page-275802_13_0.html
  18. Shut up=swear???
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