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post #131 of 415
Pity you don't live in NJ...I'd give you a hand.

If you have a Microcenter near you, it's a great place to start. If you haven't built a system before, a high end pre-built would be a great option, however building a high end pc isn't as daunting a challenge as it seems.

I'd go with an i7 970 even...why? You can get one from a reseller for around $550 on Amazon, and use that savings towards other higher end components...or:

i7 980x
Motherboard: Asus Rampage III Extreme or Gigabyte UD-7
EVGA GTX 580 1.5GB (or a Gainward 3GB 580)
Corsair AX850. A wonderful, fully modular power supply.
SSD for the OS <--- without a doubt one of the best items you can buy.
1TB Samsung Spinpoint HDD for data storage
RAM: I'd go with a 12GB Corsair Dominator 1600 or GT 2000 kit.
Optics: Bluray/DVD combo burner
Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler (the 980x's stock cooler isn't terrible, but not for OCing)
Case: NZXT Phantom (great cable management, great for air cooling, great looks)
A soundcard, maybe an Asus Xonar STX or SB Titanium HD.
Mechanical keyboard, maybe a DAS along with a RAT 7 gaming mouse.
A decent set of speakers like a pair of M-Audio AV-40s...and a subwoofer.
Throw an HP ZR30W on there and it's quite the set up IMO.
post #132 of 415
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Do you have difficulty setting up TV's and DVD players?
Can you set up a computer (plug in everything correctly) when you get it from a company?
Can you install programs on a computer without difficulty?

If you can do these without much trouble, then you can build a computer. It is really just as easy. You plug things into slots where they fit, using the handbooks and user manuals provided. You will need a small phillips screwdriver. Once it's all together, you plug it in, put the windows 7 dvd into the dvd-drive, and turn it on, and follow the on-screen instructions. If you get lost anywhere along the way, this forum can help.
I can setup and do the basics yah for the tv and DVD Player. And no I will not beable to set it all up when I get it from the company, I'll probably end up breaking something to be honest.. That's why I was hoping for a pre built one.

I can install programs yeah.

Man, I didn't know this thread got this big, I Got like 10 Pm's in my PM BOX, telling me what to get/etc. I Just pray and hope that in the end I can get him what he wants.

I Want to do the father to son project. Honestly I think he would enjoy that too now that I think of it, plus It would be a learning curve for my old arse.

-John
post #133 of 415
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Please note:

All these numbers/technical words your throwing out I barely know any of it, so bare with me!
post #134 of 415
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I can setup and do the basics yah for the tv and DVD Player. And no I will not beable to set it all up when I get it from the company, I'll probably end up breaking something to be honest.. That's why I was hoping for a pre built one.

I can install programs yeah.

Man, I didn't know this thread got this big, I Got like 10 Pm's in my PM BOX, telling me what to get/etc. I Just pray and hope that in the end I can get him what he wants.

I Want to do the father to son project. Honestly I think he would enjoy that too now that I think of it, plus It would be a learning curve for my old arse.

-John
Its pretty fun. I built a pc with my dad and we had a great time
post #135 of 415
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I can setup and do the basics yah for the tv and DVD Player. And no I will not beable to set it all up when I get it from the company, I'll probably end up breaking something to be honest.. That's why I was hoping for a pre built one.

I can install programs yeah.

Man, I didn't know this thread got this big, I Got like 10 Pm's in my PM BOX, telling me what to get/etc. I Just pray and hope that in the end I can get him what he wants.

I Want to do the father to son project. Honestly I think he would enjoy that too now that I think of it, plus It would be a learning curve for my old arse.

-John
And in the end building the system together would allow you to save money and use it toward a nice monitor or something extra he may want.
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post #136 of 415

I would ignore almost all the posts in this thread.... They are mostly gaming builds.

What your son needs is an IPS monitor like the one I linked.



He does not need an sr-2, get a 2600k. Like someone else mentioned he can wait 7 seconds for $700 (2600k price vs. 980x)

Workstation cards dont work well in SLI. If you want to save money you can flash a desktop card to a workstation bios.
    
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post #137 of 415
Whatever you do DO NOT GO WITH THOSE OVERPRICED SR2 AND SIX CORE CPU BUILD OR OVERPRICE WORKSTATION CARDS. You do not need that sort of power for a childs computer. People are just giving you the most expensive builds possible. What you need to spend money on is a nice IPS Panel like the Dell 30in one and A Nice 1.5 Grand Build. Unless HE IS MAKING MONEY OFF THIS BUILD AND NEEDS 100 PERCENT COLOR ACCURACY AND DEPTH, ETC. THERE IS NO REASON FOR THE TOP OF THE LINE WORKSTATION CARDS when an average gaming grade card will come close enough.

My .02 cents.
post #138 of 415
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I would suggest a sandy bridge build but they still havent started shipping the new boards
How is that possible, (search your feelings Lord Vader)?

I thought the i5 2500k and stuff were SB, and on new socket MBs

Unless some here have both before everyone else, like one guy I can't remember with a i5 2500k over 4GHz on air easily.
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post #139 of 415
I gathered these parts for $2,332 on this build. Tell me what you think:

CPU- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Thuban 3.3-3.7GHz- $239.99
GPU- Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 (SLI)- $999.98
RAM- Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1600 (4x4GB)- $249.99
HDD- SeaGate Barracuda 7200RPM 2TB (2x1TB)- $129.99
Motherboard- ASUS M4N98DT EVO- $139.99
PSU- 950W Corsair TX series- $149.99
Monitor- 24inch ASUS VW246H monitor- $199.99
Case- Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower- $119.98
DVD Drive- LITE-ON 24x burner- $17.99
Keyboard- RAZER Arctosa- $39.99
Mouse- RAZER Abyss- $44.99


With the money left over, he could get a very powerful laptop to go with the desktop.
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Its pretty fun. I built a pc with my dad and we had a great time


Buy the kid a MBP and he'll light up like a X-mas tree!
    
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