Rate cheap build

I am building a new computer for my brother. I was hoping to share the specs and see if there can be any improvement that can be made. The budget is strictly under $500. This machine will be used for Homework, games but not so much and video chat and what not. [The product are hyper linked]

the spec:
Cpu: intel i3
motherboard: biostar h61 microatx
gpu: gts 450
psu: thermaltake TR2
HDD: seagate barracuda 250gb
case: thermaltake commander
optical drive: dvd drive
RAM: gskill ddr3 1333 4gb
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  1. That harddrive looks just like a TR2 PSU.... LoL
    Looks fine and will serve your brother well.
  2. I'd vote for the Radeon 6770 as it seems to have better memory bandwidth and fill rates, is newer, and after the rebates, can be slightly cheaper than the GTS450

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121472
  3. bliq00 said:
    I'd vote for the Radeon 6770 as it seems to have better memory bandwidth and fill rates, is newer, and after the rebates, can be slightly cheaper than the GTS450

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121472


    i'm going to have to wait on the 6770 cause the rebate expiration date is 6/30 which is today and i'm not buying the parts yet, so i'm going to have to wait if there are any promos going around and see if i can fit the 6770 in.
  4. This would be $507AR
  5. thank for suggestion,but i don't trust western digital and rosewill not as much
  6. This was HWS's take on the Rosewill Green series PSUs
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-Green-Series-630-W-RG630-S12-Power-Supply-Review/881/10

    On the other hand the TR2 series PSU u picked out:
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermaltake-TR2-RX-750-W-Power-Supply-Review/902/9
    Quote:
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 750 W is, according to our methodology, a flawed product that must be avoided at all costs. It can’t deliver its labeled wattage at high temperatures, but this is not the worst of it: ripple and noise level are way above the maximum allowed when you pull 80% or more from the unit’s labeled capacity (i.e., 600 W and above), overloading your components (especially electrolytic capacitors from the motherboard and video cards), which can cause your PC to present an erratic behavior (crashes and random resets) and, under extreme conditions, damage components.
  7. then i'll switch to something like this one if thermaltake really not that good.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199
  8. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  9. hm...they both seem like good choices but I'm going to look for something that possibly cheaper.
  10. how does this one sound?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171031

    though not as great as the two above me but i am building a cheap build.
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