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March 6, 2012 11:02:10 PM

My 11 year old son wants to have a father son project. and it is to build a computer. the components i picked out are

AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX

ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

EVGA 01G-P3-1303-KR GeForce 8400 GS 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

Rosewill RNX-N180PCe Wireless Adapter IEEE

ASUS DVD-Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 24X DVD-R 8X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B3LT/BLK/G/AS

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

total coast 568.00. I was woundering if there are any compatibility issues with the components I selected. or If there is a way I could save some money. pleas let me know. thanks for all your help
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March 6, 2012 11:17:39 PM

What is this system to be used for?
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March 6, 2012 11:31:16 PM

surfing the net, watching movies, and videos Hopefully homework. not much gaming.
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March 6, 2012 11:42:27 PM

Do you have a Hard Drive?
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March 6, 2012 11:45:59 PM

Don't think you'll need such a powerful PSU in my opinion, with that spec a 400w is more than sufficient. You could spend a few bucks on a slightly more powerful graphics card, not sure if 8400gs was able to play 1080p.
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March 6, 2012 11:48:49 PM

may1 said:
Don't think you'll need such a powerful PSU in my opinion, with that spec a 400w is more than sufficient. You could spend a few bucks on a slightly more powerful graphics card, not sure if 8400gs was able to play 1080p.


It's an extremely basic discrete card. Like 6450.
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March 6, 2012 11:50:02 PM

jde30ster said:
My 11 year old son wants to have a father son project. and it is to build a computer. the components i picked out are

AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX

ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

EVGA 01G-P3-1303-KR GeForce 8400 GS 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

Rosewill RNX-N180PCe Wireless Adapter IEEE

ASUS DVD-Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 24X DVD-R 8X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B3LT/BLK/G/AS

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

total coast 568.00. I was woundering if there are any compatibility issues with the components I selected. or If there is a way I could save some money. pleas let me know. thanks for all your help


I would go for a Llano build for your purposes.
I would make a build for you but newegg is having problems atm.
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March 7, 2012 12:08:03 AM

yes the hdd is Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive.
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March 7, 2012 12:08:55 AM

samuelspark said:
I would go for a Llano build for your purposes.


i agree
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March 7, 2012 12:15:54 AM

thanks for all your help. my son and i really appreciated it.
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March 7, 2012 12:28:13 AM

AMD A6-3670K Unlocked Quad Core Llano APU ($109.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI A75A-G35 FM1 Motherboard with UEFI Bios ($94.99)($15 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
NZXT Hush Quiet Gaming Computer Case ($49.99) ($10 MIR) (retails for $90!!!)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.Skill Value 8GB DDR3 1333 RAM ($37.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG DVD Burner ($15.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
500GB HDD Seagate Barracuda ($84.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ENCORE Wireless Adapter ($9.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Earthwatts 380w PSU ($44.99) ($3.99 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7 Home Premium ($99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $548.91

About the same, but will give more performance and style.
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March 7, 2012 12:50:35 AM

That 3670 w/ a MB combo deal is $149.88
AMD A6-3670K Unlocked Llano 2.7GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3670WNGXBOX (CPU on chip graphics)
bundled with:
1x MSI A55M-P35 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX ... $149.88
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March 7, 2012 10:23:30 AM

I think a SSD (even a very low end one) will speed things along more than powerful graphics or 8GB of RAM would to be honest. I would try to fit one in there.

AMD A6-3500
2x2GB Mushkin Essentials 1333Mhz
ASRock A55M-HVS
Crucial M4 64GB
Seagate Barracuda 500GB
Fractal Design Core 1000
SeaSonic SS-300ES Bronze 300W
LG DVD Burner
Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Total - $563.90

I don't think you will even notice the difference between 4GB and 8GB of RAM for this usage so I wouldn't worry about that.
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