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Building my own pc

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Hello everyone!
I'm thinking about building my own PC, but I really don't know where to start. Need some help please.
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Tell us what you want to use it for and what budget you are thinking about.
The PC I want to build is going to be for my 13 yr old, and she is just going to use for basic internet and some word documentation. Know as far as cost wise, I'm looking to spend about $300 to $400 give or take.
At that price range and for that type of usage, I think you'd be better off buying a prebuilt.
I built one this summer for about that much. I started with a barebones kit like THIS ONE. I used some bits and pieces from the one it was replacing (30G HD - since supplimented with a 120G and a 250G, DVD drive, CD RW drive, video card, sound card, keyboard, monitor, mouse...) and loaded it with Ubuntu Linux.

I use mine about like your daughter. If you can scavage some useful pieces, it can be done.

On the other hand, two years ago I bought my daughter - also 13 - a Sempron based off brand (Wintergreen??) upgraded the vid card so she could play games and she's happy. I think I spent $300 total.
Check out these parts:

ASUS Vintage-AE1 AMD Socket 754 AMD Athlon 64 / Sempron SiS 760 2x 184Pin SiS Real 256E Barebone

AMD Sempron 64 3400+ Palermo 2.0GHz 256KB L2 Cache Socket 754 Processor

CORSAIR ValueSelect 512MB (2 x 256MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory

LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 1.5M Cache IDE Combo Drive

Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
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