I'm new here. I'm a techy and know my way around electronics and figured I would try and save some money by building 2 computers for my 2 kids. They are both 9 & 10 years old and would like this rig to last them through highschool. They are both homeschooled and will be till they get to highschool. Please point me in the right direction. Any help is appreciated. This rig will serve both as their school PC, light gaming, and playing movies from my network nas.
Approximate Purchase Date: August 31st
Budget Range: $700 or $350 x 2
System Usage from Most to Least Important: HD video, educational software, internet, light gaming.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (using their 24" 1080p LED tv for this), speakers, OS.
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I would like to stick with Intel Sandy Bridge i3
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: If you look at that newegg DIY combo kit you will pretty much find everything I desire in my build; however, am I missing anything here? Right now that kit is running $342 + $20 3 day shipping. Is there any thing better or same for a lower cost out there?
Thanks for your help and looking forward to your advice.
A high quality PSU, is a must for a stable system. This XFX model is the best for me, at this price point! It's powerful, with enough watts for the system and 44A from 12V rail meaning that it can support even more powerful cards like 6950!
- Latest AMD technology with Quad Core CPU that comes with the best intergrated Graphics.
- High quality parts
- Much better 3D perfomance
- Better perfomance to everyday use
- Low Power Consumption
- Upgrade Options. You can add a discrete GPU anytime you want, and with Hybrid Crossfire turn this to a reasonable gaming pc.
To expect that a $350 computer will be good for 7 or 8 years, even as a kid's computer is highly unrealistic.
Going a little higher with the Fusion build is a good idea. And don't discount the utility of having 2 or 3 (one for you ) similar builds. It is great for troubleshooting when something goes wrong.
Well i'm just saying, I'm still on an old gateway Pentium 4 rig for the last 8 years and is doing just fine. My other kid is going to be using it. I know what you are saying when spending a little more is worth it. Just trying to get something good and within budget that can be expanded upon later if needed.