New budget build, comments please

ASUS M2N-E Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor 4800+ Socket AM2 (65W) Retail
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model LH-20A1S - Retail
Spire BlackFin SP-7090B Black Metal SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Cooler Master eXtreme Power series 550 Watt ATX 12V V2.01 Power Supply, dual +12V rails, model RP-550-PCAR


A budget build as you can see, just generic usage (internet browsing, lightly gaming(sc mostly until sc2 haha) some ram intensive stuff (photoshop, matlab, some autocad)

Any comments to tweak this build, any parts I should avoid. Should I go intel instead of amd. thanks
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  1. Looks good. I'd probably get an 80GB Seagate ($45) with the perpendicular recording for the OS and programs and use the 500GB for storage. Life is a lot easier when Windows heads south or you OS drive is has a problem if you don't have to work about your.
  2. 7900gs is the only change i'd make
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130056
    104 after rebate
    whereas the 7600gt is 75 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130062

    but benchmarks say the 7900gs is about 30-40% faster
    http://www.xoxideforums.com/video-cards/72136-7900gs-vs-7600gt.html
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