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
EVGA GTX 260 SC
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?
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 If he does break it then spend the $80 and do it for him while he watches you.