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Do you know anyone who could help you?
It isn't really that hard,
I did my first reseat when I was 12 ( Had No help), and Just built my sig rig at the age of 14 a few months back. ( The hardest part was working out which way the plugs for the power button and HDD light went.)

Im sure people on the forums will help you, and there is youtube too.( Don't believe everything on youtube.)

I have no experience with gtx285 but a quick google gave me


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Absolutely do not waste a penny on a dedicated GPU if all he does is watch videos...
The integrated gpu is WAYYY more than enough to not only do video playback but also play minor graphic intensive games..

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hmm.. i wonder if the stock cpu cooling is good enough when the chip is working hard to play movies/small games
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Absolutely do not waste a penny on a dedicated GPU if all he does is watch videos...
The integrated gpu is WAYYY more than enough to not only do video playback but also play minor graphic intensive games..
Agreed. Raw CPU power is better for video playback, because you can update your software video codecs, but you can't practically do the same for a graphics processor's decoding routines. Take 10bit h.264 video for example. 10bit h.264 is rapidly supplanting 8bit h.264, and I don't believe there are any graphics processors that can decode this without errors(correct me if I am wrong). Graphics processor video decoding is already obsolete.

For video playback, don't buy a discreet GPU, the money saved there can go into a faster CPU that will decode video in almost anything better than the GPU will (better is not faster in this case).
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hmm.. i wonder if the stock cpu cooling is good enough when the chip is working hard to play movies/small games
If you don't put it in an oven, overclock it, or cover it in dust, then yes. It might get louder than a physically larger cooler, but it is designed to be sufficient.
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