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OP Check out digital storm.
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Thank for the replies so far.

There is no way, I can hold this off. I've been saving for a couple months now. his bday is on march 3rd, and I can't hold this off. He knows how to build computers, but from the time i've seen him do it only once. So I don't feel comfortable buying him parts.... This is kinda of a surprise, and He has NO IDEA that I will be doing this, haha. So it will be fun for him, but I Don't want to do it with parts, Because the joy of him seeing the computer will be better I think for me and our family. Instead of just looking at a box full of parts. (OR I Could wrap the parts up and make presents for each individual part) but, that would pretty much ruin the whole "Surprise".

I like thay iBUYPOWER PC Link from newegg. I Will be looking into that, and post here if I have questions, thanks again.

-John.

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Originally Posted by SacredSoldier;12321752 
Hey John, i would wait- as all the other guys say- SB is getting recalled right now- wait till they ship the revisions- you could get a lot for less than 4000.... you dont have to spend that much money.

Personally, using the $4000 isn't as odd as it seems. For us as gamers, we wouldn't necissarily look for a high quality monitor or other accessories. I've included a few in the order I created that his kid would use. I didn't look for a calibration device, probably should have, but IDk if he's doing print or not.
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Originally Posted by Tutoriael;12321520 
Yeah, I am trying to get a whole new package for him. I Want him to be so surprised before he moves out of the house... I will miss him so much, Sorry this is just kinda depressing too.


I know a little bit, but I can't build a computer from scratch. I know that his processor is a AMD and I know what INTEL is, and I know how to put in ram. But that's about it. I know nothing about technical specs/whatnot.

-John

So depends on what your son wants (prebuilt vs building it himself), it's b/t customizing one online vs buying all the parts, and you'll have to tell us what you want to do, and we can recommend you what parts to get.

Although for $4000, I'd put at least some of that toward a 30" monitor, especially if he does graphics.

*Edit: since you want to buy pre-built, I'd configure one from Maingear or Digital Storm and then buy the Monitor from Dell or HP online. Is your son going off to college soon btw?
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Thank for the replies so far.

There is no way, I can hold this off. I've been saving for a couple months now. his bday is on march 3rd, and I can't hold this off. He knows how to build computers, but from the time i've seen him do it only once. So I don't feel comfortable buying him parts.... This is kinda of a surprise, and He has NO IDEA that I will be doing this, haha. So it will be fun for him, but I Don't want to do it with parts, Because the joy of him seeing the computer will be better I think for me and our family. Instead of just looking at a box full of parts. (OR I Could wrap the parts up and make presents for each individual part) but, that would pretty much ruin the whole "Surprise".

I like thay iBUYPOWER PC Link from newegg. I Will be looking into that, and post here if I have questions, thanks again.

-John.

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You could always help him build it as a father/son project before he heads off? I'm 24 and my parents still miss me and I'm sure they would have loved to do something like that with me before I moved to a different state.
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S1366 based rig with 8 or 12 GB of RAM and appropriate hard drives (1 ssd, but not RAID0'd, possible a RAID0 HDD array, and a 1-2TB external drive for backups, and a workstation graphics card).

Build a rig for $2-3k, and give him the other $1-2k for his own add-ons he might be interested in. Likely you won't get that much more computing power for $1-2k added onto a computer that costs $2-3k.
    
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Sorry about the broken link, this one should work

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U3011-Widescreen-PremierColor/dp/B0043GDIT2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1297273442&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: Dell UltraSharp U3011 30-inch Widescreen Monitor with PremierColor - Max Resolution 2560 x 1600- 16:10 Aspect Ratio - Contrast Ratio 1000:1 - Response Time 7 ms - Supports Digital DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, Composite Video - Built-in Scaler for Multiple Resolutions: Computer & Accessories[/ame]
    
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Btw he never said he was spending all of the $4,000. Just that it was all he had for this pc.
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Oh, I remember one thing he told me last week, he said when he rendered his cinema 4d stuff " Or w/e Modeling or whatever " he said that it was extremely slow and annoying, I asked him about it and he told me wanted 16 cores or something and sli ? He said he would help pay for the "mother boord" but, I kinda just went along with him and said okay yeah, i'll get what you want...

And now I'm here.

This is really frustrating, and the replies are to much to answer everyone's questions, I don't know what to do at the moment, Glad I have 23 Days left.

-John
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Honestly building a computer is like building Lego. If the piece fits, you've got it in the right place, if it doesn't, you don't. As long as you don't force anything you will be fine. I would highly recommend you and your son sitting down and building it together. Actually now that you mention it, my mom helped my build my first custom system back in the day.

As for specifics, don't blow the whole $4K. You could build a smoking rig for half of that and still have $2000 left over for travelling or doing something else cool with your son before he moves out.

I'd look at a 1136 build in light of SB being temporarily down for the count.
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