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Need advice for a new computer for my brothers

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August 11, 2011 3:54:23 AM

Leaving for college in 3 weeks. Trying to get everything organized for a new computer for my little brothers before I leave. I really need some expert advice on this. Please and thank you.

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next two weeks

Budget Range: >$400. Would prefer to keep it closer to $300-$350, but it a bit of budget flexibility can allow for a good increase in power, it can be managed. Rebates are nice as well, but not required

System Usage from Most to Least Important: web browsing, flash games, PC gaming (at least able to run TF2 at a decent level), word processing, listening to music

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: no brand preference. Would just like to avoid low quality components that are prone to failure

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: not likely, considering the budget

Monitor Resolution: n/a

Additional Comments: the easier it is to upgrade at a later date, the better

This is what I have come up with so far. If some components aren't compatible or aren't the best I could get for my money, it is because I am really new to homebuilt computers and have little to no idea what I'm doing. My uncle was going to help with the assembly if I could not figure it out myself. Any/all constructive criticism is welcome.

NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $35.99

XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 400W ATX12V Ver.2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $34.95

(Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive) + (Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM) Combo Deal - $52.48

(AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX) + (BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard) Combo Deal - $118.98

(SAPPHIRE 100289VGAL Radeon HD 5670 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card) + (Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1333ELK) - $109.98 w/$35 in rebates

Total - $352.38 ($317.38 after rebates)

Any help you can give would be much appreciated. Have at it.

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August 11, 2011 5:07:50 AM

Thanks for the review and the heads-up on the free shipping for the case. Unless somebody comes up with something better by Friday, I will probably order everything before the weekend. I just have one quick question. All I know about building computers was learned from a few hours of poring over guides on Tom's and a few other sites. I still know very little about power supplies in general. Will that PSU suffice for this build?
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August 11, 2011 5:32:32 AM

Thanks again. This should hopefully turn out well.