$750 USD Limit First Build Help

ShadowSage150

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Hello everyone,

I am in the process of building a computer that can play games, use Firefox, and to do work on. The only part I have right now is a monitor. I have been searching newegg.com for parts that I want to use and this is what I have selected so far with savings already calculated in:

Selected Monitor:
SCEPTRE X20WG-NagaII Black 20.1" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1

Case:
Rosewill R5717-P BK 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, with mesh air filters, adjustable vents & Tool-Free kits - $49.99

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $99.99

Video Card:
XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - $129.99

Power supply:
Rosewill Stallion Series RD450-2-SB 450W ATX V2.2 Power Supply - $39.99

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E7400 -$119.99

RAM:
2X A-DATA 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1B16 - $45.98

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM -$54.99

Keyboard and Mouse:
Microsoft QQA-00001S Black USB Digital Media Keyboard 3000 and Mouse Kit - OEM - $26.99

Disk Tray:
LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM - $24.99

OS:
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM - $99.99

Speakers:
ALTEC LANSING BXR1120 2.0 speaker system for PC and MP3 player - $19.99

Total:
$702.88

I would appreciate any help or improvements you can give me about my build. I plan to buy the parts this weekend.
 

Transmaniacon

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HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074

This is a bigger, more reliable hard drive for the same price.

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209

This is much faster RAM, with better cooling ability.

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359

I would suggest this motherboard instead, its very reliable and has a great design. Its also the same price after MIR.

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371006

This is a higher quality PSU and the backbone of a good system is the power supply. $10 more is definitely worth it.

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161244

The HD4850 > 9800 GT. Its a little bit more, but you get much better performance in games. This is probably one of the best changes you can make in your build. Additionally, this card is cooled very well, and expels hot air out the back of the case, and is also overclocked for better results. (HIS makes some of the best cards)

Everything else looks good, this should make for a nice build, and should come out right around your $750 mark.
 

ShadowSage150

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transmaniacon the graphic card you suggested says that it requires a power supply of 450 in order for me to use and the power supply you suggested only outputs 430. Would it be better to stay with last power supply unit or should I just keep the other video card with the better power supply? Everything else I like and I do appreciate the help.
 

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The 450W recommendation is exaggerated because of the number of crappy PSUs which are available. The Earthwatts is a good quality unit which can easily handle that video card.
 

ShadowSage150

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Thank you theAnimal for the information and thank you again transmaniacon for your suggestions. I now believe that is all I would need for my build, correct?
 

xthekidx

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Better GPU deal:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161236

This unfortunately also requires a bit of a psu upgrade though...I say get this, it also gets you a better mobo which will help if you want to OC (very highly recommended, it will give you a lot more bang for your buck; overclocking is a free performance upgrade with little to no risk if done right.). The net cost increase is $20 I think and a big upgrade for your system.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.160339