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March 25, 2011 1:38:46 AM

So I have officially grew the cojones to venture into the computer world and build my own gaming rig. I'm 14 and i'm not all that crazy about having the best parts or anything. I would like to carry over some parts like Hdd, optical drive, and it think thats it. Thank you in advance a ton for reading this and giving me your feedback.
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Current:
Amd Athlon 3500+ 2.2ghz
1.5ish DRR1 Gigs of Ram
200gig Sata II hdd
300 Watt PSU
IDE Lightscribe Dvd+/- writer / cd writer (its a burner i think have no clue)
8400GS nvideo graphics card
Windows xp 32-bit
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Approximate Purchase Date: Around June 2011, Then I will upgrade older parts in September 2011, and December 2011

Budget Range: $300 First Purchase, and $300 for every time i upgrade (Check purchase date)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Youtube, Surfing the web, Watching Movies, School Work

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, I have a Sata II hard-drive 200gigs which i will hopefully be able to reuse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States (East Coast)

Parts Preferences: Mobo: Asus, Gigabyte, MSI ; PSU: Antec, Corsair, XFX ; Perferibly I would like that Cooler Master Storm Scout case :I if possible

Overclocking: This is a must because of increase in Performance

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1366x768

Additional Comments: Probably looking for a CPU, Mobo, Ram, PSU, Case for first purchase then ill by a bigger hdd and after that a better video card.
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Parts: (June)

CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - $60.99

Mobo: ASUS M4A78LT-M AM3 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - $69.99

Ram: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - $29.99

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $44.99

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $89.99

Total: $295.95
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Parts: (September Upgrade)

Hdd - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $64.99

OS: Windows 7 64 bit Home Edtion - OEM - $99.99

Ram: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - $46.99

Total: $211.97
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Parts: (December Upgrade (Final))

CPU : AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - $139.99

CPU Cooler: Need help

Video Card: XFX HD-567X-YNF3 Radeon HD 5670 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card with Eyefinity - $79.99

Total: 219.98 + what ever the cooler costs
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Please tell me if you think what im doing is ok or if i should just wait and buy it all at once

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March 25, 2011 2:29:24 AM
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It makes no sense to me to buy a $60 cpu to use for 6 months and replace it with a $140 cpu.

For $200. you can buy a 2500K which is much better.

Ram is sold in kits for a reason: To insure compatibility. Better get that 4gb kit up front.

Your 200gb sata drive is fine. Get something else only when you fill it up.

June, upgrade the cpu, mobo and ram

Upgrade the graphics card, and psu later. Or, you could do this in June for a nice benefit in gaming, and do the cpu/mobo/ram later.

Do the case and W7 when you can.

The stock cooler will be ok for modest OC.


March 25, 2011 8:33:53 PM

Best answer selected by Deathian1.
March 25, 2011 8:34:37 PM

Thanks for the insight
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