$400 Computer using a Compaq case

Hello everyone!

At the end of my first year of college I ended up with a Compaq Presario SR2163WM computer case, DVD burner, and Sata cable. A friend of mine was throwing out his computer, so a few of my friends and I raided it for parts.

Over my winter break I built my first PC. It was a great learning experience, so if any of you who are reading this never built your own pc I suggest you give it a try!

Anyway, I am thinking about painting the case just to see how it turns out. I read a few tutorials and am now willing to try it out!

I also picked out the parts for the computer and just wanted to run it by you guys to see if any of you had any suggestions.


AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz (I wanted to try out AMD since I already built a PC with Intel.)

Power Supply
Rosewill RV2-500 500 W

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

Hard Drive
x2 Seagate Barracuda 250GB (I will be putting these into RAID 1)

Video Card
XFX HD-465X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4650

The total price is around $440

Any way of lowering the price a little more?
All suggestions are welcome!

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  1. NO rosewill power supply. Get corsair, antec, thermaltake, etc. Buy trusted brands. 80+certified for peace of mind.
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    +1 to no Rosewill! Frankly if u want to fork out $$ for a discrete, i wouldn't bother unless one at least hit a min HD 4670/9600GT Compaq casings aren't exactly great w.r.t cooling options as well so for $374AR a possible config?
  3. SO what is your preference for tis PC?
  4. Thanks for the heads up on the rosewill!! I like your config, batuchka, but I want to use the Compaq. I know the cooling is not very good at all. It only has one outtake fan on the back. I'm thinking about adding a fan on the side panel just to see how it comes out.

    What I really want to try to do with this pc is mod the case a little and have it for some gaming. It will mostly be a computer to have at college so that I will not have to always rely on my laptop.
  5. You are welcomed and happy modding/shopping ^^
  6. Hello again, so I made some modifications to my build. Let me know what you think!

    ASUS M4A88TD-M

    AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz

    Power Supply
    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

    Hard Drive
    x2 Seagate Barracuda 500GB (I will be putting these into RAID 1)

    Video Card
    XFX HD-555X-ZNF2 Radeon HD 5550 1GB

    The total cost is $500 which is my limit. Originally I wanted just to spend $400 but I cannot bring myself to skimp out on quality parts.
    All the parts are going to go into the compaq case that I want to mod.
    The only thing that I am not to sure about is the graphics card. The reason for this is because I am not able to find any reviews on it and I am not sure if I should go with that graphics card.

    Any suggestion is welcome!
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