My 13 year old son is a curious and capable kid. I want to give him a gift this Christmas that will serve his need for a computer as well as a project to complete.
I would like to give him the components to build his own computer. To make this work I need to make this as failproof as possible. And it needs to be something where he starts small but has the upgrade path to meet his needs over the next couple of years. The use for the computer will be a basic gaming computer as well as web browsing and internet use. Growth to higher graphics and performance will be based on need as he sees it.
After doing some research I have decided that a video card will not be part of the Christmas gift. Or if it is included it would be a basic starter that will likely be upgraded by his birthday in May.
I have a $300.00 gift card at Best Buy so I would like to make this card work towards these basics. I also have Amazon Prime if some of the components are available there there will be no shipping cost.
My budget will be around $600.00 including the gift card. This budget will not include the OS, monitor,and input devices.
After reviewing this site I have focused in on the following CPU and Motherboard....
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-2500K3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155 Processor
If I used my gift card it would go a long way towards paying for the two big components but it has a different motherboard....
http://www.bestbuy.c...824555&st=intel core i5&cp=1&lp=3#tabbed-customerreviews
Any thoughts or help would be much appreciated!!