Building Basic Rig for son's college present - Critique

Greetings a11!

This will be my first build. I'm gaining some practice by making my son his HS grad -off to the university present. It will of course run office functions and some basic games: The Old Republic - Civ 5 etc and basic video editing.

I need to keep the price at $800 or under including monitor and peripherals:

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103921

Mobo
ASRock 890GX EXTREME4 AM3 AMD 890GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157207

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

PSU
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371034

HD
Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148701

DVD-R
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

Case - stock fan
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

Firewire
Rosewill PCIE FireWire 1394a Card 2+1 Ports Model RC-504
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815166018

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

Monitor
Acer V193WEJb Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009235

OS
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

TOTAL: $734.32 before shipping from new egg.

Please critique and tell me if you think there's a way to get more for my money or if this looks good.

Thanks

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  1. I reccomend getting him a dedicated graphics card as they run much better than onboard graphics.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    GT 240 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130645&cm_re=gt_240-_-14-130-645-_-Product $75

    ATI radeon 5770 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338&cm_re=5770-_-14-161-338-_-Product - $220

    Hope this helps, Calvin.
  2. for mild gaming a graphics card helps immensely
    a lower cpu will serve and balance out with a mid range grapics card
    your board is overkill and out dated since am3+ came out and dont think you'll ever use all its features
    your son will appreciate the extra res on a better screen
    rosewill doesn make too bad budget cases the one i chose came with more fans then the antec
    and when amd get their asses pointing the right direction just drop in a bulldozer for an instant upgrade

    i came up with something like this

  3. I really like that one obsidian86!
  4. i think for $800 you could, and should do even better. i apologize for the format, ive linked the combo deals.

    select item 1 quantity of item 1
    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
    Item #: N82E16811147153
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$10.00 Instant
    $59.99
    $49.99
    select item 2 quantity of item 2
    Acer P215HBbd Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor
    Item #: N82E16824009299
    Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options24-009-299|hide options24-009-299)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info24-009-299.0.120)

    1 year: $14.99
    2 year: $24.99
    -$40.00 Instant
    $159.99
    $119.99
    select item 3 quantity of item 3
    HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    Item #: N82E16814161348
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options14-161-348S32341|hide options14-161-348S32341)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info14-161-348.0.18)

    1 year: $16.99
    2 year: $29.99
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card14-161-348 $159.99
    1 HIS Gift - DIRT3 Game Redemption Coupon
    Item #: N82E16800997061
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$49.99 Saving
    $49.99
    $0.00
    select item 5 quantity of item 5
    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ...
    Item #: N82E16817371034
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options17-371-034|hide options17-371-034)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info17-371-034.0.120)

    1 year: $5.99
    2 year: $9.99
    -$30.00 Instant
    $69.99
    $39.99
    select item 6 quantity of item 6
    Rosewill PCIE FireWire 1394a Card 2+1 Ports Model RC-504
    Item #: N82E16815166018
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$5.00 Instant
    $24.99
    $19.99
    select item 7 quantity of item 7
    Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory w/ Green LEDs Model BL2KIT25664TG1337
    Item #: N82E16820148341
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy -$27.00 Instant
    $59.99
    $32.99
    select item 8 quantity of item 8
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116986
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy $99.99
    select item 9 quantity of item 9
    Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148701
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options22-148-70120|hide options22-148-70120)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info22-148-7012.0.18)

    1 year: $5.99
    2 year: $9.99
    Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827118039
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options27-118-03920|hide options27-118-03920)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info27-118-0392.0.18)

    1 year: $5.99
    2 year: $9.99
    -$8.00 Combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.667931
    $59.98
    $51.98
    select item 10 quantity of item 10
    Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
    Item #: N82E16819115078
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options19-115-07810|hide options19-115-07810)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info19-115-0781.0.120)

    1 year: $14.99
    2 year: $24.99
    ASUS P8H67-M LX (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131713
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options13-131-71310|hide options13-131-71310)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info13-131-7131.0.120)

    1 year: $9.99
    2 year: $14.99
    -$10.00 Instant
    -$15.00 Combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.660602
    $223.98
    $198.98
    Subtotal: $773.89
    Shipping: $11.11
    Grand Total: $785.00
  5. How do you take a pic of your cart like that?
  6. I think I may have a winner here: IF you guys don't mind critique again. Thanks! :-)
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    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5

    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #:N82E16822148697
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $64.99
    $54.99
    1

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
    Item #:N82E16835100007
    Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy
    $11.98
    1

    AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDX840WFGMBOX

    AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
    Item #:N82E16819103921
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    $104.99
    1

    VisionTek 900310 Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    VisionTek Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 900310 Video Card
    Item #:N82E16814129153
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $99.99
    1

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
    Item #:N82E16820231277
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $45.99
    1

    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming Computer Case
    Item #:N82E16811147153
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $59.99
    $49.99
    1

    ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    ASRock 870 EXTREME3 ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #:N82E16813157198
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    $109.99
    $89.99
    1

    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous Power Supply
    Item #:N82E16817371034
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$30.00 Instant
    $69.99
    $39.99
    1

    Acer P215HBbd Black 21.5

    Acer P215HBbd Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor
    Item #:N82E16824009299
    Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
    -$40.00 Instant
    $159.99
    $119.99
    1

    Logitech MK200 Black USB Wired Slim Mouse and Keyboard Combo

    Logitech MK200 Black Wired Mouse and Keyboard Combo
    Item #:N82E16823126193
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $24.99
    Grand Total: $642.89
  7. Bump - I'm seeing some negative stuff about this MoBo... what do you guys think?
  8. Got two of them both work great. There are lemons in the manufacturing always so sometimes there are issues, and the biggest gripe other than DOA things that I've seen complained about is the placement of the front panel audio header, which should not cause any issues with your selected video card so you should be fine.

    I would however recommend getting the Phenom II x4 955BE ( which is $9 more) rather than the x4 840 which is just a re-branded high clocked athlon x4.
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