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Building a PC for my relatives; Help an 11 year old have the best X-mas ever!!

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As many of us are aware, X-mas is on the way so I spoke to the rest of the family to see if Olé’ St. Nick would be interested in collecting some funds from the whole family, combining it and getting a DESPERATLY needed PC for my aunt, uncle and cousin who is age 11. Needless to say their current PC is from the dark ages as I’m sure you would agree when I tell you it runs on Windows 98 and clearly needs an upgrade.

Hoping to get some holiday spirit going and make this little mans x-mas the best he’s ever had!!

Keep in mind they are down on their finances and would never be able to afford this on their own.

SO here’s the plan… I hope anyway it’s a daunting task at the price point but I’m sure you guys will have some GREAT suggestions.

I’m hoping we can turn this little baby into a “jack of all trades” What I mean by that is:

a) it should be able to game. CLEARLY I’m not looking at any ultra-settings or anything. But if it could pull off low – medium settings on most new...ish games I’m sure that’ll be fine. My cousin is big into minecraft so I’m sure it’ll be huge for him when he can play it on his own PC.

b) I’d also like to have this PC act as a home theater system, both streaming as well as acting as a capture card.

c) I’d also like to set this up as an emulator for him so he can run all the games from the old platforms. I hear there is also a new 1 out for the Wii. Everyone always has a blast when they play it at our place.

d) I want to try to make it as “future proof” as possible on the components that will last multiple builds (I.e.: Computer case, power supply, etc.) As well as having the PC last a few years smile.gif

Our hard cash limit is about $400; we can perhaps go up to $500 as I’ve been scheming on how I can get them to also pitch in on something for around $100. I know $500 is tight…. Let alone $400 for what I sort of had planned.
I’m hoping you ladies and gents can help me out a bit here on what parts to buy. I recently built my first PC about 8 months ago, but when it comes to the mid-low end of the market I’m just not up on it at all.

Intel / AMD / Nvidia. It doesn't matter, just want the best bang for the buck and a system that'll last a few years.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THIS IS IN CANADIAN $$$

I’ll make a component list and you guys can just copy / paste and fill in the parts I’ve left out which are the things I have.

CPU:
CPU Cooler:
Motherboard:
Ram:
PSU:
Case:
ROM Drives: I have a CD/ CD-R / HDVD / HDVD-R
Peripherals: I have a set of un-used wired and wireless key / mouse
Screen: Sync Master 570V 15" TFT LCD Display @ 1024x768 max pixel resolution
SSD: Is it worth getting a small one to act as a boot drive?
HDD: I have two 360GB WD’s
Video Card:
Capture card:

Please feel free to give any and all suggestions. I’ll LIKELY make the purchase during the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales. I’ll also be looking at the Overclock Marketplace in hopes of finding some deals to save some cash for other components.

Thanks in advance. Sorry it’s a bit long; I kind of got carried away as I’m very excited for him.
post #2 of 8
I am guessing they wont need a high end video card

In that case a 450 watts is pretty much all you need for this

The XFX Core Edition 450 watts is about the cheapest you can find that is not crappy

Hope that helps a little
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I'm not too familiar with them, but would an AMD APU be best?
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/24KdO

personally I think you should get him a ps4
Edited by Jindaman - 11/19/13 at 1:54am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jindaman View Post

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/24KdO

personally I think you should get him a ps4

http://www.overclock.net/t/1431436/why-you-should-not-buy-a-corsair-cx
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WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  LG CH12NS30 5x Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15 
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Windows 7 64 Bit Asus PG279Q Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Roccat Kone XTD Laser Roccat Sense Metor Sennheiser HD 598 
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WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  LG CH12NS30 5x Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15 
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Windows 7 64 Bit Asus PG279Q Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt 
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ill remember that next time
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BenQ XL2420TE CM Storm Reds EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 HAF 932 
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post #7 of 8
Best go with APU for that. If you move this to AMD section you will probably get more feedback but this is something i would recommend:

CPU - A10-5800K - amd apu, decent performance in new games ~120 US dollars
CPU Cooler - stock
MOTHERBOARD - ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ~70 US dollars, really great value for money
RAM - G.Skill's Ares DDR3-2133, dont save money here with APU proc, ~60 US dollars
PSU - CX430M would be more than enough for this system ~45 US dollars
CASE - does not really matter, just get something that would look cool to the kid and fits in the budget. Raidmax has some really cheap cases that have aggressive design 11 year old boy might like.
SSD - Really not worth getting small one to work as boot drive, use HD you have.

Grand total 295 US dollars + case. Dont expect it to be able to play new games in a year, it struggles with Battlefield 4 (it is playable with low settings at~30fps). Minecraft and HTPC function it will serve perfectly. It will emulate WII and PS2 with ease, i play WII games on my 2 years old low-end laptop.

I would spend the remaining money on better monitor.

EDIT: Also you could make an arcade stick for him if he likes console games. Just buy cheap logitech gamepad and scrap it for the board and order joystick and buttons online. Its easy to assemble and for less than 50 bucks he could have arcade stick that is better quality than MAdCatz brand that sells over 200 dollars. You can order parts from http://www.arcadespareparts.com/ (sanwa is great brand for joysticks) and also check out http://www.slagcoin.com/ for instructions and button layouts. This thing can last him for years, i made mine 8 years ago and it still works perfectly. A friend build this one.
Edited by Apostrophe - 11/19/13 at 5:36am
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Thanks for the replies so far. Starting to get an idea of what i'll lean towards.

I'm still planning to wait for Black Friday / Cyber Monday to see if something special comes up. Might get lucky and be able to work in an i3 with a decentish card.
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