budget gaming pc around $400

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papayapie

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This is my first time building a computer, and I'm trying to build a budget gaming computer for about $400- $450. I don't play super intense games, but I do play Spore and Sims and edit videos and use Photoshop, so the graphics quality is important. This is the build I'm looking at right now:

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119047
motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198
CPU: AMD Athlon II 453 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103724
video card: Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT 512MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...nvidia_geforce_9600_gt-_-14-130-360-_-Product
power supply: Thermaltake 500W PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153113
RAM: 2GB DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211450
hard drive: Seagate 500GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148612

I plan on reusing the DVD +-RW/ CD-ROM drive from my old computer, if that'll work, and using my old hard drive as the slave drive. The OS will be Windows 7.

Will this configuration work, and do you have any suggestions or improvements for it? Thanks!:)
 

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AsRock isn't exactly a quality brand. I'd look a Gigabyte board.

This one has USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 like the Asrock board, which means it uses the newer AMD SB850 Southbridge : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128443

The CPU is fine as an entry level processor, does well at most tasks. If you haven't checked out many reviews for the 435 here's a decent one of the value processors: http://www.anandtech.com/show/2861/1

The Geforce 9600GT is kinda weak, but neither of your games is terribly demanding so it'll do. But its an area to consider investing a bit more if you think you'll get more into gaming.
The worst thing about the one you selected is that its terribly overpriced.
You can get a Geforce 9800GT for cheaper and its more powerful: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125288 Pretty nice sale on this one.
This ATI Radeon HD 5670 is also faster then the 9600GT and on par with the 9800GT, and much newer design sporting Directx11 and Evefinity: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131334
 

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You'd have to buy the system, then buy a video card, and a power supply for the video card. I doubt it would be cheaper once you factor in the video card and power supply and the fact its not as good. And the system is refurbished, with a lesser warranty(90 days), and with slower CPU. Your parts have 1 to 3 years warranty and are of higher quality.
 
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