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
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?
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.