New Build, Keeping it Cheaper, Please Review

Hi Everyone, Please let me know what you think about the build below. I am going to order in the next couple of days and I prefer everything from NewEgg. This computer is being built for my Wife, and she just uses the computer for the internet, office, and other misc things and I want the computer to last a while. Im not too worried about the graphics but I will be running Vista, and possibly Windows 7 when it is good enough.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz $119.99
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R P45 $114.99
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) $54.99
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 $59.99 -Is 400 large enough?
GRAPHICS: ASUS EN9500GT TOP/DI/512M GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 $83.99
CASE: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX $79.99

---- Not too worried about the items below, but feel free to comment on them --

HD x 2 : Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB $41.99 ea
MONITOR: Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms $169.99
DVD: Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD $24.99

Total: $792.90 -Not including mail in rebates or shipping.
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  1. LOL, some say Windows 7 is already better than Vista :)

    Save $25 with Antec 300.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    Spend $6 more to upgrade the 9500GT to HD 4830:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822
    It triples the speed, I think.

    The CPU/MOBO are OK. Mind you, there's a $260 combo at newegg for Phenom II 920 + GA-MA790X-UD4P that would be faster and would last a lot longer because it's a quad CPU and supports future AM3 CPUs.

    You can save a bit with this RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231219

    You are kidding, with the two ancient small and slow hard drives for $82 total, right? Get a WD 640GB for $70, you get twice the space and twice the speed and save $12.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    Get a SATA burner like the SH-S223F, not an IDE.
  2. One more thing. If you make all those changes above, get a better PSU too. Here's a 550VX for $60 after rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

    Here's the link for the combo I mentioned earlier:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.182490

    There's another combo for $223 too, with a simpler motherboard. THat probably makes more sense since you don't need Crossfire.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.183653
  3. +1 to aevm. He's always got great suggestions.
  4. That's because he's a forum gigolo

    I always picture aevm with his hair on fire when ever he's infront of a computer. That or has a light sabre in his hand...but that might because of his old forum picutre lol.
  5. ^+1 aevm
  6. kubes said:
    That's because he's a forum gigolo

    I always picture aevm with his hair on fire when ever he's infront of a computer. That or has a light sabre in his hand...but that might because of his old forum picutre lol.

    I like to picture him with his hair bright yellow and standing straight up while he is powering-up to super-sayan mode before he starts giving out expert PC advice.
  7. Hi Guys,

    Thank you for the advice. I am reworking my computer and will post and update ASAP with the new specs. I definitely think I have some overkill components for what my wife needs so I'm going to get a few cheaper things. Although I am going to stay with the Wolfdale processor, everything might change :)
  8. If you are going to get a GPU that basic, you might as well use onboard graphics. If you want the PC to last a while, then switch to a PII 720 on the 790GX or 780g chipset and use the onboard, it will be as good as that GPU you are looking at.
  9. thanks for the suggestion but im going to stick with the Wolfdale processor
  10. :pfff: Phenom II is where its at if you want a PC that will last a long time for a reasonable price.
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