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.
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!!!
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!
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.
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.
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)