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Throwing together some older parts for my kid

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 8, 2012 6:04:33 PM

My 12yo has been breaking my PC, both physically and software wise, fairly regularly for the last 6 months. Yesterday he broke the case's USB front panel and caused a short circuit.
I have a bunch of parts lying around that I think if I piece them together I can get a PC that can do what he needs it to do and not breaking my baby.
Here is the parts list that are sitting around gathering dust that I am thinking of using:

Athlon II X4 620
4 GB DDR2 800 Mhz Kington HyperX
Biostar 770 ATX mobo
CM Hyper TX cooler
2 x Maxtor 7200RPM 160 GB SATA drives in Raid 0
500 Watt Cooler Mster PSU
Rosewill R218-P-BK Black Case
Some random DVD burner...

He plays Minecraft, WoW, and Diablo3 at 108P

Here Is my question... is it worth it to spend an extra $80 or so on a cheap AM3+ mobo and 4 Gb of DDR3 1600 Mhz? Suggestions on what to get if I did upgrade?

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August 8, 2012 6:21:15 PM

I would say no, and I would also say let your kid build it himself. Just watch him and instruct. That way if he breaks it you didnt waste $80 :p  If he does break it then spend the $80 and do it for him while he watches you.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 8, 2012 7:39:12 PM

Oh yeah... he is definitely going to be building it himself.
Thanks for the opinion.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 8, 2012 9:29:27 PM

Best answer selected by pacioli.