Hello all, longtime Toms lurker here gettin ready to build a new system or upgrade my old. I do moderate gaming WoW, Dawn of War, and would like to play Oblivion. Mainly a RTS/RPG guy, for work I use Acid Pro for sound editing and work in photoshop and vectorworks.
Should I put any money into my old Pentium 4 based system, it's served me well for 4 1/2 years.
Nice build. I would probably (for gaming reasons) drop down on the CPU to a Allendale 2140 and do a slight (but manageable) OC on it. Then I would upgrade the GPU to a 8800gts 320mb for $250 on newegg.com, thus giving you the best bang for the buck!!! I myself would build the system around a differenct case, but I don't have that kind of $ to use, so what you have is fine. Good luck with the build!!
Of coarse the 4400 would be much better, but if he doesn't have the budget for a 4400 AND a 8800gts than a e2xxx and the 8800gts would be better for gaming. The 7950gt is nice, but for about $50 more you can have the 8800gts, which is better than the 7950. Don't get me wrong a 7950gt is nice, but for a total gaming package I think the e2xxx and an 8800gts would be better. Just my opinion though.