Help requested with budget pc components (non-gaming, sort of)

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen of Toms

I have finally managed to convince my mother to let me build her a pc to replace that poc pc that has been driving me up the wall for the last 3 years that she has. Cursed thing crashes or locks up if you look at it wrong.

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as we get the parts locked down, this week preferably

Budget Range: $500-$600USD ($625-$750NZD)Max, the cheaper the better as I'm paying for it.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: MS Office, Photoshop elements 9, Surfing the net, watching movies, listening to music and my nephew would like if if he could play CoD4, and/or CodWaW when he stays with his gran.

Are you buying a monitor: No, keyboard, mouse, and speakers are also not needed.

Parts to Upgrade:
GPU:? (Nephews request is DEFINATELY secondary, but obviously one would help with ps elements I think)
HDD:? I have an old(ish) 250GB sata2 that I can reformat and reuse if acceptable, or a Hitachi 1TB Deskstar (sata 2 I think) that I bought 9 months ago, but haven't used yet.
Optical drive: Current one is an old pata (will have to confirm this when I'm next there), and will re-use that if it's compatible, but opticals are pretty cheap these days.
Case:? Will probably re-use the old generic foxconn case that she has, looking to save $ where Ican

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, will be getting W7 Home basic OEM. Unsure if 64bit version is needed though.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: In order of preference, but I'm quite happy to search the NZ sites if you wish to link to Newegg or other sites. Looking for right parts more than the cheapest price of those parts.

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Parts Preferences: I'm partial to Asus, but don't really care.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900?

Additional Comments: Her current pc specs and no, I didn't build it. (don't blame me if you fall off your chair and hurt yourself while laughing :D )
Mobo: Asus M2N-MX SE+
CPU: AMD 64 X2 Dual core @ 2.4 Ghz
RAM: 1GB of some unknown brand
PSU: Superpower 300W :pt1cable:
OS: Windows XP 32bit SP3
HDD: 80GB Pata Unknown brand

My first reaction was to just put more ram in it. It didn't work, and from what I could find out, that asus mobo is very finicky with it's ram and compatible ram modules are no longer available in NZ (at least as far as I could find)

Anyhow, that's about it. Thanks for taking the time to read through all this, looking forward to your replies.
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  1. if the HD is re-usable and you are sure about the case, those can get dropped and maybe up grade the cpu to a i3 . .which is $40 more . . .
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($132.84 @ Aquila Technology)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.67 @ Aquila Technology)
    Memory: Kingston Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($49.17 @ Aquila Technology)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($101.52 @ Aquila Technology)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GT 440 1GB Video Card ($121.44 @ Aquila Technology)
    Case: Thermaltake VM30001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.48 @ Ascent Technology)
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($88.21 @ Aquila Technology)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($35.42 @ Aquila Technology)
    Total: $736.75
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-22 15:15 NZST+1200)
  2. Best answer
    using one of your suggested vendors -
    The others were way expensive and mostly did higher end stuff.

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz (PC3 12800) High Performance Desktop

    Asus DRW-24B3ST SATA Black 24x DVDRW Retail

    Intel Sandy Bridge Pentium G850 2.9GHz LGA1155 3M Cache Processor

    Asus P8H61-M LE Intel H61 mATX Socket 1155 2x DDR3-1333 Onboard VGA/DVI (Revised B3 Chipset)

    Power Supply
    SeaSonic S12II 430 Bronze 430W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    Hard Drive
    Seagate 500GB Barracuda SATA3 6GBs 16MB Cache 3.5" Hard Disk Drive ( 1 Years warranty )

    Graphics card
    Sapphire HD6670 2GB PCI-E Video card , DVI + HDMI + VGA ,800MHz / 800MHz ( 11192-11-20G )

    $617.00 + GST $92.55
    Total = $709.55 inc GST

    I didn't list a case because you said you would probably re-use it.

    The HD6670 should allow gaming on med/low settings at 1600x900, but the below GPU would make your nephew very happy and he could play on high settings. If you re-use one of the HDD's you mentioned it will fit in the budget (replacing the HD 6670)
    HD 7770
  3. Many thanks for the input guys :D
  4. Best answer selected by a little black duck.
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