APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in the next week or so (tax refund dependent )
BUDGET RANGE: $400-$500 before rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the web, email, editing (word), streaming netflix and watching random DVDs
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, trying to stick with AM3 and DDR3 so upgrades are easier later (may evolve into a second gaming computer) but open to cost saving options
MONITOR RESOLUTION: whatever the onboard video of the motherboard supports, will still be using an old CRT for awhile.
This is a computer for my wife who is currently using my old machine from two upgrades ago. I thought I would get a motherboard with on-board video to save cost. The case looks really don't matter all that much. Low fan noise would be a plus but not required.
-The total above is $480. My original budget was $400. What would be the best option to get back below $450? Alternatively are there better components I could get for the same price? I am torn that I might be going too cheap.
-Would switching to a DDR2 motherboard to save a few bucks be a good idea? My previous lone successful system build used an ASUS but any reputable motherboard manufacturer would work (GIGABYTE, ECS, etc...). There seem to be a lot of combo deals with those boards.
-Is a bigger power supply recommended? Alternative case + PSU option which might be beefier but sill roughly the same price.
CASE: APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case - Retail $25
PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $50
-Also if I missed any required components please let me know.
you can definitely spend too little on a computer and it seems to me that lowering the quality of components is counterproductive . Your original hardware choices will make a great machine .
if you want to save $107's get a free copy of Ubuntu Linux as the operating system . Its more than capable of handling all the uses you list , and will include open office free , as well as any other software you will need .