Well, let's see here.
Power Supply: A power supply is the beating heart of a PC and you often get what you paid for with them. If the power supply has issues, it can very easily damage other parts of a PC. I have never heard of that brand, so they may be good or bad, but 600W for $25 may not be such a good deal. I suggest power supplies from Corsair, Silverstone, Seasonic, OCZ, Thermaltake, and PC Power. I would go for either the OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W
, CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W
, Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W
, or the SILVERSTONE ST56F 560W
Motherboard and CPU: It looks fine, but you may be able to spend less and get a similarly performing PC with an AMD build. For instance, an ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
and a AMD Phenom II X2 555 Callisto 3.2GHz
cost about $150 whereas your motherboard and CPU combination costs about $100 more.
Memory: It should be enough for most tasks.
Graphics Card: I have that graphics card. Nvidia has since renamed it the GTS 250. I suggest the MSI R5770-PM2D1G-OC Radeon HD 5770 1GB
instead. This card costs $10 more after rebate but performs much faster. It also allows for DirectX 11 and Eyefinity plus, it runs cooler and uses less energy than the GeForce 9800 GTX.
Hard Drive: I suggest hard drives with 32MB of cache. That said, the Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
Optical Drive, cable, and case: Everything seems normal, though shipping on that case is very expensive. I suggest, if you use the Radeon 5770 and your cousin isn't an enthusiast PC gamer who must have the gigantic graphics cards, going with a mid-ATX case. If you must have a full ATX case, I suggest the Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-US-BA-WOPSU Black Steel ATX Full Tower
, given its slightly lower price, reduced shipping, and mail-in rebate, it won't be as expensive. If you can go with a mid-ATX tower, the COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black
Operating System: You need to purchase Windows since you forgot to include it. Remember, OEM versions are tied to the motherboard and cannot be moved to another PC due to licensing restrictions.
Edited by DJBPace07, 16 March 2010 - 02:26 AM.