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A Christmas gift for my oldest son


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Ok guys here is my project.

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
by Intel


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!!
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Hi flitchplate< Posted Image.

Just been looking on Best Buy, Is a little limited for choice. I will use Newegg for some parts.

Shopping list will be,

1 Mobo.
1 CPU.
1 PSU.
4GB RAM.
1 HDD.
1 Optical Drive.
1 Case.

Is this correc?

Edited by iammykyl, 07 November 2011 - 02:46 AM.

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Yes that is what I am looking for. Maybe an inexpensive graphics card. What I do want is a motherboard that will be capable for future upgrades.
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Trying to get close to your budget.

A WARNING.

I would advise you to go out asap, and purchase any SATA HDD you kind find or you won't have a working build at Christmas. something like this. http://www.bestbuy.c...d=1218443162981

Most factories that produce HDDs were wiped out with the floods so there is a world wide shortage.
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OK. I will pick up a HDD today. Thanks for the heads up!
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I purchased a Barracude SATA HDD 1TB 32MB Cache 7200 RPM at Best Buy Store for 69.00 dollars.
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Well done. I looked on Best 'Buy and missed that. If it is a Green drive? not great performance, later next year you can get a smaller black drive for the OS and use that one for storage.

I have selected parts that will be usable for a number of years giving a good upgrade path for the build.

To keep inside budget, have selected the Intel SB i3-2125, http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115093 still quick, Hyper Threading and Instel 3000 Graphics.

Case, http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129066

Mobo. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157271

PSU. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371048

RAM. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820233186

Burner. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135204

Total without shipping and taxes $501.95. Plus the HDD you purchased.

I am sure you can get this down with some searching.
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A couple of how to build.

http://www.geekstogo...r-own-computer/

http://www.diy-gaming-computers.com/

Check to make sure you will have enough SATA DATE cables for the build.

The boxed CPU heat sink and fan will most likely come with a pre applied TIM, (usually in the form of a pad) which is adequate. Should you want an alternative TIM. include it with your order.

Edited by iammykyl, 13 November 2011 - 03:36 AM.

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