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July 13, 2012 9:19:45 PM

Hello, Thanks to all who've helped everyone else because I learned so much already. Here is what I came up with; please comment. It's my first build try so I don't mind some constructive criticism. I want to build a decent machine for my kid to play games on. He plays minecraft, roblox, etc.

$50 Case COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1
$60 Mobo BIOSTAR A55MH AMD A-Series
$72 CPU w/fan AMD Athlon II X4 631 Quad-Core
$55 8 GB Ram G.SKILL Sniper 1866 DDR3
$129 Vid Card EVGA 01G-P3-1464-KR GeForce GTX 560
$100 HD WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
$20 Optical ASUS 24X DVD Burner
$30 PS Cooler Master Elite 460W
$515 total.
I know I have a better vid card than I really need, and more Ram, case too probably. I figured I could re-use those when I build him the next box because the case is Mini-ATX or ATX and the Vid can be dualed as well.
Thanks a lot for looking/commenting.

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July 13, 2012 11:36:51 PM

If you going to do this for gaming

1. G6xx - i3 2xxx + H61?
2. 4gb ram GOOD TO GO
3. Get a better PSU like the Seasonic M12II 520
4. Nope forget SLI/CF for budget builds cos you'd want at least an 8/8 capable board and those aren't cheap...not to mention a far more beefier PSU, etc
July 13, 2012 11:46:56 PM

Thanks, the reason I picked cpu was that cpubenchmark had it at 4219. I just looked at another site, cpu world and they had it at 2052. Why the huge difference? I know mb can matter etc. but that's huge.

I figured on the higher ram so that i could use the same ram in the next build;is that not a good idea.
I know that SLI/CF isn't for this build but I picked that vid card because it can be SLI and thought again that I would reused the card in the next build.

PS : I know I said to play games on but to give some perspective, he's 7 and playing now on a Dell Inspiron 531S that has a Sempron 3600+ 2.0 GHz CPU, GeForce 9400, 4 GB of Ram. I think it's 6 years old so a budget machine will be a big improvement and I can't spend a lot.
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July 14, 2012 2:36:57 PM

Hold on - my wife and I spoke more and I can now build a much higher end machine. I'll return with a new set a specs soon.
July 14, 2012 2:43:32 PM

please change the hard drive! it is an 5400rpm, that is slow. you should change to a 7200rpm seagate or western digital. they are a little more expensive, but they are mutch better hard drives. :)