Upgrading - Good Bye Xmas Money

Ninjafrank

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Hi everyone. I'm new here...
I have all my money accounted for and I'm about to "checkout". I am really scared to buy these things because I'm not positive that they will work with my system, and that they are not the best bang for my buck. I was hoping I could post a list of the things I'm buying, along with my budget, and my current computer specs for you all to look over and give me advice on. I would be extremely grateful! Here we go:

Current computer Specs:
ASUS K8N Platinum nForce(2?) Mobo
Windows XP Home
AMD Anthlon64 3500+ Processor
1 gig DDR (2 X 512 Corsair DDR400mhz (3200))
ATI Radeon x850 Platinum AGP 256mb
No drives =***(
40 gig hardrive thats refurbished and probably stolen..
60 gig hardrive thats dying and skips a lot...
Big white goofy case
19' Samsung LCD

Okay. So you see, I need a new hardrive very badly, and I really need a Drive that plays DVDs and CDs. Plus, I decided to upgrade to 2 gigs of ram and get a new case. Here is what I have come up with on my grand total budget of...

I have $283.00

From newegg.com:

The case: Looks cool, good reviews, great price. $47.99
Rosewill TU-155 Black 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Rosewill ATX12V 400W with P4 support Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811147001

The Hardrive: Hear Seagate is good, lots of space, fast (?), good price. $86.50
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST3120026A 120GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16822148022
Note: SATA? Raid? ??WTF??

The Drive: I don't know. Plays DVDs and CDs. (right?) Good price. $22.00
SONY Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827101131

The Ram: Corsair. $100.00
CORSAIR XMS 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820145450
Grand Total: $280.47


So there you have it.
Are these good items? Will they be compatible with my motherboard? Am I missing something?

Please let me know if you need more information and thank you all SO MUCH for ANY help!

-Frank
 

TreeHugger

In Runtime
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HOLY, that was some good work with your budget. The case is a lil weak, but rosewill is good for the money.
 

GreatHype

Daemon Poster
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pfft lucky, I have 420 bucks just sittin in my wallet when I could be buying upgrades right now...
 
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