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Old 01-27-2012, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So my wife is in need a new computer but is a minimalist when it comes to spending money on a computer. She does not want to spend more than $550 on the parts. We already have a HDD and Windows so those are not needed. Anything I'm missing with this build or anything that could be swapped for something better/more economical? She mainly uses it for photo editing, light stuff picnic.com, facebook, and light gaming. She plays SWTOR and Age of Empires 3. Any comments are appreciated.

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Looks complete.
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You don't need an expensive case like that. You can get this: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Elite 311 RC-311B-BWN1 Blue Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

My dad owns this case. Keeps his E2140 very cool.

Can probably let off on the FX, too. But I'm not the best when it comes to AMD.
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You are wanting a budget system? Then let's save some money...

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500W will be plenty for this:
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Cases are according to taste.

I started to recommend just 4GB of RAM but that is at a great price.
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Thanks for all the comments.
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