First off let me say this is an awsome site with the most helpful people I've ever found. I've been reading some of the other posts and the responses and helpfulness amaze me. nuff of that.
Here's my current config.
EMachines T4510 with some upgrades
Not sure on MoBo: MB MB/WO VG31/1.3 478P W/LAN/SOUND(2CH)uATX (not sure if this helps)
CPU: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 2.53GHz (512KB L2 cache & 533MHz FSB)
Chipset: Intel® 845G chipset
Memory: 768MB DDR (PC2100)
Hard Drive: IDE 100GB HDD
Optical Drive: 48x Max. CD-RW Drive; 16x Max. DVD Drive; 3.5" 1.44MB FDD
Video: Nvidia GeForce FX5200 (1 AGP slot available)
Sound: AC '97 Audio
Network: 10/100Mbps built-in Ethernet
Modem: 56K ITU v.92-ready Fax/Modem
Peripherals: Office Multimedia Keyboard, 2-Button Wheel Mouse, Amplified Stereo Speakers
Ports/Other: 6 USB ports (2 on front), 1 Serial, 1 Parallel, 2 PS/2, Audio In & Out, Mic-In & Head Phone jack on front
Is the above mobo a dead end?
Bottom line is that when playing TF2 there is a great deal of lag. I'm generally connected to the internet at around 2MB when I test at CNet.
So. I'd like to keep my IDE hard drive....cause tranfering all my data and programs could be a hassle. Unless you have an easy way of moving to a better hard drive.
This is a mid tower ATX case and what I'm thinking about is a new mobo, mem & graphix. If I could get this done for less than $400.00 that would be great. There are just too many choices and I get overwhelmed. So, that's it. I just want to kick some butt on TF2 now that it's finally out. Right now I'm gererally a red spot on the floor before I know what hit me.
You can more than likely use you old Hard drive saving $60.
I am not sure about your case sometimes big companies cases are not made for anything else but that type of motherboard. The PSU is way overkill, but it pretty cheap and a great quality. Also if you decide to upgrade that PSU can go into your new PC.
I am not sure if you Overclock at all but the e2160 can get up to 3+GHz on stock cooling.
The video card is not great but it should do the job. On a tight budget you cant really get to much.
I think instead of going through all that trouble building a new computer, you can buy a 110 dollar 7600gt agp and that should be able to get you some good frames. you might as well throw in a 40 dollar fsp psu to be on the safe side. That should give you an immediate boost in performance while also being way easier on the pocket. Because TF2 is based on the Source Engine, I am pretty sure that a 7600gt will be all you really need. I would almost recommend the 1950pro but that might be wayy to needy (powerwise) for your system.