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Entry Level Web Machine (For a 12 Yr Old)

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October 9, 2012 3:24:28 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Friday October 12, 2012

Budget Range: 300-400 After Rebates; Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, and games like minecraft. Will mostly be used by a 12 Year old

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: New Build/From scratch; Already have Keyboard, Mouse, and Monitor

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Rochester Hills, MI

Parts Preferences: I like whatever has the best price/performance.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC, that will play Minecraft and Minor games. Something that I can upgrade with a GPU in the future to play more hard core games. Also I was thinking about going for a small micro ATX type build, will that save me some money going that route?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Currently using a 10 year old pre-built.......its horrible.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance, this is an amazing community!!!
October 9, 2012 3:42:19 AM

Quickly building a budget build on pcpartpicker.com....
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October 9, 2012 4:03:35 AM
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October 9, 2012 4:09:42 AM

-http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/jMZP
It's not a lot, but it can handle minecraft and web browsing nicely. I did go over the price limit by $25, but it's worth it. The CPU has a locked multiplier, meaning it can't be overclocked. It won't have play demanding games like skyrim, metro 2033, or bf3, but it might be able to run mw3 and diablo 3 on low settings. (I have no clue) It will be a pain to upgrade, and the stock cpu cooler that comes with the cpu should be enough. Or you could spend $100 more and get this. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-overclock...
Anyway, the build I gave you will suffice for web browsing and minecraft. And for minecraft it will handle texture packs up to about 64x64. Sorry for long post and I will be back tomorrow!
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October 9, 2012 4:15:19 AM

And yes the build you posted is enough. But I would recommend a dedicated graphics card if your going to be doing gaming heavier then minecraft. 4 gigs is enough for web browsing and minecraft. 8 gigs of ram is overkill unless you're going to be playing stuff like skyrim and bf3.
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October 9, 2012 4:20:55 AM

For a 1280x1024 monitor, and light gaming, Trinity build should be fine.
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October 9, 2012 4:23:50 AM

Sorry for so many posts but the build you got is really good. Really. Forget my build and go with yours. But I would go 25-50 dollars over your limit and get a gfx card like a Geforce Evga Gt 620 or a Radeon HD 6570.
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October 9, 2012 4:55:05 AM

I HIGHLY suggest you don't get lanos/FM1. It is a dead socket, and trinity/FM2 is available for a few bucks more, and perform better. Use that $30. Skip the dedicated gpu, you can go hybrid crossfire if needed later.

You could probably get a similar or better prebuilt at your budget, but building it with your child would be totally worth it.

(i shudder at a 12 year old having an "internet machine" though, just me)
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October 9, 2012 4:55:43 AM

3850 is 84.99 with this code... EMCJNNE37

windows 7 oem 64bit is 79.99 with this code..... EMCYTZT2319


but because I got here late and the sale I think was only 24hrs you might miss it..... don't know but worth the try.
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October 9, 2012 5:16:14 AM

I'd say a laptop.
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October 9, 2012 10:46:23 PM

unksol said:
(i shudder at a 12 year old having an "internet machine" though, just me)


lol...he will not be using it for internet i will, my 12 Yr old will be using it for Minecraft and the like.
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