How is this for a budget gaming machine?

AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3000+ Socket AM2 - $65

Gigabyte GA-M61PM-S2 NVIDIA® GeForce 6100 Socket AM2 800MHz DDR2 - $84

Corsair TWIN2X1024-5400C4 1GB Kit DDR2-675 XMS2-5400 Xtreme Performance Memory w/Black Heat Spreader - $77

eVGA e-Geforce 7600GT PCI Express 256MB GDDR3 Video Card - $97 after $20 rebate

Western Digital WD Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB Serial ATA 7200RPM Hard Drive w/8MB - $48

Ultra ULT33114 MicroFly Aluminum Micro ATX Case/w 400W PSU - $75

Comes to about $426 before shipping. I'm trying to build a machine for my GF to play games with me and she is weary of me spending too much money. Looking for input, am I making any noob mistakes?
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  1. 80 gigs on thee hdd is a bit low, but if u have less than 3 games assuming, no video or music downloads and all mmorgs, then ur system will be fine for at least 2 yrs.

    With 80 gigs it can fill up to 50% to 75% within a 1 to 2 years with lots of mmorg expansions.

    I would start out with a 160 gig for about 50 dollas

    u can find it at

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  2. get a better psu. ones that come with cases are normally junk
    bigger hd for only a few buck more
  3. It is an Orleans core. I know it is kinda weak but I'm on a tight budget and will swap it out in the future.
  4. alot of people say that the evga graphics cards are really noisy

    unless that doesn,t bother you, theres an xfx that has a better memory clock, slightly higher core clock, and is much quiter. but youll have to shell out another 30 bucks. its all about finding a balance
  5. Yeah I like XFX. I actually have the AGP 6800GT for my athlon 3200XP machine. The XFX 6800gt XXX version had a rebate recently but it just expired. The eVGA was the best price on 6800gt. I found it on Zip Zoom Fly. Another problem I have is I live in Alaska so Zip has the best shipping rates for me.
  6. I would seriously consider a better video card if this is to be used in gaming. You could get about twice the performance for about 10% more system cost.


    your system now = $426

    Your system with an x1950pro instead of 7600GT = $480

    Example benchmarks from THG (I know these won't be exactly like your new system benchies, but are a good indicator)

    HL2 1280x1024:
    x1950pro: 78 fps
    7600GT: 42 fps

    Prey 1280x1024:
    x1950pro: 55 fps
    7600GT: 32 fps

    It seems well worth the small price increase to me.
  7. What games will she be playing?
  8. haha well I had hoped to play vanguard, which may seem like a stretch. I am playing it now and it seems that it relies more on the graphics card and memory more than the CPU. I am running the game now with a 3200XP just fine. The truth is she will probably stick with WoW becauuse it's prettier. But my hopes are to tag team some RPGs during rainy days.
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