My girlfriends sisters computer broke down last week, it was one of those wonderful 4 year old dell computers. Anyways, I am going to build her a new computer. A few things to note is she doesn't wanna spend money on a computer. In fact, I ended up talking her out of a 350 dollar compaq computer a few days ago. She also has 4 kids, right now the girls love playing The Sims 2 and will probably want to get Sims 3 soon, and the boy plays Team Fortress 2 at my house all the time. His birthday is coming up so I'm thinking of buying the game and putting it on this new computer for a birthday present.
I'm doing my shopping at newegg, and I came up with a product list.
Rosewill RP500-2 500W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply
Rosewill TU-155-P Black 0.8mm SGCC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Combo Deal $49.99
Cheap cheap cheap, this is a combo deal special going on right now and I think will work well for this build.
GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard
WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
I love gigabyte motherboards, never had any troubles with one yet. The memory is 10 dollars off with this combo deal so looks like a decent deal on it.
First off I want to make sure everything looks okay in this list, and all these parts will be compatible with each other. To me this list looks good, but I might be overlooking something.
Now the final price with shipping is going to be just under 600 bucks. She may freak out on me since she thinks a high end computer should cost about 450 dollars. I do have some wiggling room though. I can get a cheaper monitor and video card. I can also use the stock cpu fan and forget about overclocking much.
I'm gonna go over this list with her tomorrow Saturday 12th. My main question is what would you do to bring down the cost of this machine if needed. Hopefully we can get these parts all ordered tomorrow but I gotta funny feeling the price will need to go down before I order anything.