Best configuration for $450?

Hey, I'm interested in building my own PC, and decided to challenge myself by setting a price limit of $450. What components would you buy to accomplish this? Few things...
1)Needs an OS
2)Can be any form factor
3)I am partial to AMD and ATI, but not married to these brands

Think you could do it? Let me know!

Josh from FL
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  1. Antec 4480(B)
    Biostar T-Force TA780G M2+
    X2 7750
    2x2GB DDR2 800 G.Skill, Mushkin or Corsair
    WD 320GB
    Pioneer DVD
    Vista64 Home Premium
  2. Good effort by the animal. Here is mine (Intel Build)

    Windows Use promo for $20 off: EMCLRLN28
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

    CPU/Mobo: E5200 and Gigabyte G31
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.181196

    Ram: Corsair 4gb DDR2 800 CL5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184

    HDD: WD3200AAKS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074&Tpk=wd3200aaks

    Optical: LG DVD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

    PSU: Corsair 400cx $10 off promo: EMCLRLN23
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL040209&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL040209-_-PowerSupplies-_-L5C-_-17139008

    Case: Rosewill R5730-P BK
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147124

    Thats $425 with shipping, then you get $45 MIR. If you want to get better performance out of your CPU, then buy an aftermarket heatsink and OC, like this one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 although with the stock HSF you could do a moderate OC to like 3.2 or so.

    That configuration will have to use onboard video, which is good enough to run your OS and simple programs, but if you want to play games then you are going to have to get a discrete GPU. Something like this could work for some light gaming on low-GPU intensity games:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130394&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL040209&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL040209-_-VideoCards-_-L0C-_-14130394
  3. If you want to play games, go with this

    ASRock A780GMH/128M $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157154

    AMD Athlon 5400BE + Rosewill Wind Ryder Combo $77.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.181917

    VisionTek Radeon HD 3850 512MB $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129129

    Vista Home Premium 64-bit OEM $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

    Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB -oem $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136098

    HP DVD Burner IDE -oem $20.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827140029

    FSP Group FSP400-60GLN(80) 400W $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104052

    Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148163

    And that would give you a grand total of $448.91 which is not too bad. That funky looking case should be o.k for this build. If you were not going to use this for gaming then I would say just use the onboard video for now, get a better PSU, an SATA burner, and 4GB of RAM. If you are going to game then you will need a dedicated video card and for this budget you can't do much better than that overclocked 3850. I would probably go with a better PSU myself as it would be just $5 more to go with

    FSP Group AX500-PN Max: 450W $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104037

    or

    Antec earthwatts EA430 430W $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371006
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