For the kids. That are age 10 and 7

My son is ten and into computers big time. I want to build him and my daughter a cheap computer for some gaming. My son will help me build it, he is excited about learning. I have an idea but really looking for more imputs. First off I am a big AMD GURU, I stand beside it and always will. I my self run a AMD FX 8120 and I have had no problems as of this moment. my computer was my first build, came out perfect. Now I am thinking to stay about $600 for the kids so this is what I got:

CPU I'm thinking AMD A8
Gigabyte MOBO have not selected one yet but budget 100.00
budget 60.00 for a psu
budget 60.00 for a case
I will add 8GB Ram probably Corsair vengeance
GPU Radeon 6570 to crossfire with the A8
I will run just a HDD no SSD hard drive.
I am tossed rather to Ugrade the CPU to a FX4100 or another AMD Loooking for advice all around.
My son loves to play first person shooter games, My daughter really loves sims which could be played on any GPU
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  1. With that budget, AMD is really the only option. I am not sure about the specifics of the AMD CPUs, so I'll just help with the rest.

    GIGABYTE is a great manufacturer of MOBOs; however, again, I am not good at suggesting AMD MOBOs and CPUs.

    Do you plan on overclocking the computer?

    Do you have an old HDD you can salvage? Because with the Thailand flood, prices have skyrocketed. I remember when 1 TB HDDs were $60. If it is an IDE HDD, just buy an IDE to SATA Cable.

    The HAF 912 case is $59.99 and is a GREAT case.

    Since the system is pretty basic, I would just get a 500W PSU. Corsair makes great PSUs.
  2. No HDD to salvage. Dont plan on Over clocking it, its for the kids. On my computer that I am building I will overclock and my son can play some battlefeild 3 there since my computer will be built for it, hopefully tho he can play some on his. this is where the GPU issue will come in. the A8 cpu has a GPU built in but I will add another for crossfirex action. The question ishow will it work with Battlefield 3 or yet how about Ghost Recon when it releases soon?
  3. Depends on what settings they want to play on. I am gonna assume playable. If so, the GPU listed should run those games at a playable level.
  4. This build should work well.

    AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX $144.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001

    Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $44.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544

    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    HIS IceQ H657QO1G Radeon HD 6570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161391

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $44.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    ASUS F1A75-M LE FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131769

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $18.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $84.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    Total: $564 before shipping and taxes (if applicable); suggesting Crucial RAM since their brand has very low failure rates, Kingston and G SKILL are also good brands too for RAM; as for mobo, I'm sure Gigabyte mobos will work too but I own this ASUS board and it is solid; also didn't include monitor, mouse+keyboard, speakers, or any other peripherals like wireless adapter.

    I would also normally suggest an OEM version of Windows 7 64-bit but I suggested that the other day and the thread blew up over the legality of using an OEM version of Windows for personal use.
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