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post #21 of 52
Hey, I'm 12 and I play crysis and metro 2033!
    
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post #22 of 52
Too much. I'd go with an Athlon and maybe a 5770 or something, and maybe even switch to microATX. I know you said they'll likely keep this machine for a while, but any modern quad-core with a good video card will suffice for a while.
post #23 of 52
Thats a Five Star build as is for the 13 year old gamer.. Great build.. have fun.. if you want fast then go SSD.. Not raid..

BTW.. The 5770 is very scalable with crossfire later but a great stand along GPU. But You build is just fine the way you have it.
    
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post #24 of 52
This is an excellent build. I'm 13 years old too - I would be so happy if that was given as a gift to me lol
post #25 of 52
What kind of budget did he give you? If he is looking for a computer for his kid he might not be expecting close to a $1K computer.

Other then that issue, it looks good.
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post #26 of 52
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Hello all,
Starting a new customer build for someone I work around. He wants this built for his 13 year old so his son will stay out of his office and off his computer.

His only stipulations were a quad core, 2 hard drives, and something that will let his son play some games. I don't think either of them are tech guru's, so he couldn't even give me the broadest bit of scope to work with. He said his son does play online games, but when asked he said he knew world of warcraft wasn't it because he won't let him play that (didn't ask, didn't care). So what game I'm building for I don't know, but I'm assuming even less demanding then WoW. The computer they are replacing is also 10 years old and a P4, so I'd assume they'll keep this one a while too.

Without further a do, here is my list:
edited list out

I should be able to order these parts today as he just now left to go to the bank and get the funds.

Still debating on whether or not I want to put the drives in Raid0 for them.

It's nothing ground breaking, but should make one 13 year old very happy. (I know a surprise like this would have made my year at that age!)
No to RAID0 if you ask me.

I'd also scale back on the gfx card. What resolution does the kid use? To be honest, I'd say a 5770 would be MORE than enough--and then in a year or two, if it needs more power, they can pay you to install a newer card at a cheaper price than buying a 6850 now.

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OH! I had a question I forgot to ask.

He was curious about ways to put parental controls on the computer as far as what websites his son can go to etc. I've never dabbled in this personally, recommendations?
Best way to do this is not give a 13 year old their own computer. Otherwise, I'm sure they'll find ways around any security features...
    
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post #27 of 52
Good build except I would suggest a GTX460 and Spinpoint F4 for the drive.
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post #28 of 52
C'mon guys, he's 13 lol. When I was 13, I was doing so many things online already . Back on topic, that's a great build. The only thing I would swap out is the hard drive. Personally I would go with a Caviar Black drive from Western Digitial. Either way, this kid will be very happy when he gets this rig.
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post #29 of 52
Great build ,Lucky little 13 year old!
   
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post #30 of 52
Way overkill for a 13 yr old?

F3s + Athlon II + 5770. That'll still be overkill.

I would also consider asking him why a quad core? If the kid is just looking to play games, an Athlon II X2 or X3 would be more than sufficient.

Also, why two hard drives? I'm assuming not RAID0, maybe for storage? Maybe suggest just partitioning the drive? A 13 yr old and his not tech savvy father do not need the hassle of a RAID0 setup.

The motherboard also seems overkill, especially if the 13 yr old isn't going to be overclocking. There is nothing in this build that demands a 800 series chipset over a 700, and nothing that needs a 890. A 770 or 785g would be more than enough.

Same with the case, its nice, but it's 80 dollars, and you can certainly go less expensive.

Its a great looking build, but it is quite expensive compared to other options. I would present his father with a few different builds at different price points (this is a good high end build), and let him decide which is best for his son. If he doesn't want to do that, just knock down a few components. The kid won't tell the difference in the motherboard or the graphics or the case, especially if not presented with this build. When he asks which is the best computer, tell him they'll all work great for his son, and realistically the kid can do any upgrades himself when he gets a job in highschool.

I know I'd be far more impressed with you computer building skills if you came back to me under budget (500 or less) with a good machine. Might get you repeat business when the father wants to upgrade his too.
Edited by RichardS - 10/28/10 at 9:20am
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