You guys are a bit a crazy man. The OP is just asking questions and justifying certain decisions. We're not always right ya know....
Anyway, OP, enjoy the build. Post a final build list before you buy for last minute changes. etc.
I bit on one of those deals last night. I doubt anyone has actually gotten theirs yet as the deal barely went up late last night, but the reason it only shows it as having 1 PCIe connector may be due to the fact that it has 1 standard 6-pin PCIe connector and 1 6+2-pin PCIe connector. So technically, it does have 2, it's just a categorization error; I believe Newegg has it listed as 1 connector as well, unless they changed it.
AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
= $215 - $15 MIR
XFX ATI Radeon HD 4850 1 GB DDR3 VGA/DVI/HD MI PCI-Express Video Card
ASUS VW224T - 22-Inch Wide LCD Monitor
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB SATA2 7200rpm 16MB Hard Drive
Lian Li PC65B case
$Free, reusing it
Patriot PGV34G1333ELK Sector 5 4GB PC10666 RAM
$85 - $15 MIR
Corsair CMPSU-450VX 450-Watt VX
$65 - $15 MIR
Total = $684 -$45 MIR shipped
After Rebate costs: $639
PSU: Japanese components, Amazon dropped their price to match neweggs(except Amazon offers free shipping) and just added a rebate to it that wasn't there before, 5 year warranty, tested to put out up to 570watts while having ripple and fluctuations well within spec.
GPU: Best bang for you buck out there, double lifetime warranty from XFX
CPU: Unfortunately this PC's primary use isn't gaming even though it is part of the criteria, I felt more CPU horsepower will increase the life of the system especially since the games that are being played on the computer are mostly old to begin with and will be CPU limited if anything.
Monitor: Cheapest 22" out there, made by Asus and good enough for me.
Ram: Super cheap high end ram on sale today, allowed me to combo the CPU with motherboard for savings.
Motherboard: 4 Ram slots, USB3.0, MSI, $75 after combo savings not including the rebate. What isn't to like?
Hard Drive: Caught it on sale for cheaper than any other 500GB, Samsung F3's are the fastest around so I hear.
The CX400 perfect enough for a single 4850 for $27AR, and an Athlon X4 635 saves you ~$70 while sacrificing only about 5-10% performance.
Just my 2 cents.
It is something I'm still debating but I also know 4850's eat more power than the modern 5750's.
The 635 is $100, the 945 is $140. edit: or did you mean the CX400+635 saves me $70?
I still feel concern with the CX400 but I know its a great PSU that delivers more than it is rated for. It is something I'm still debating but I also know 4850's eat more power than the modern 5750's. Those components do save me money but then where would you suggest I invest that money in the system? That is why I have a 945 picked out because I feel it has the best return for improving the computer's speed in the long run.
For some reason I though the 635 was $75, sorry.
The fact is the 635 and 945 are pretty much identical in terms of design besides the lack of L3 which helps more in rendering and encoding than gaming; and for future proofing, the best option is actually the X3 435+good GPU, then upgrade later when DB comes out, as then even the flagship Thubans whould be slow in comparison.
The fact is unless you are going to play games like GTA4 which is extremely CPU intensive, getting an better GPU will net better performance, and you could always OC the CPU.
Heres a chart with the power usages, http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_465/27.html
The 4850 uses the same power as the 5850, which is about a quarter better than the 4850.
Your net power usage of your whole system w/o the GPU is only about 150W MAX. (~125W for the CPU, ~10W for the board, ~5W for the RAM, ~5W for the HDD, and another 5W for FANs/LEDs)
with the 400CX out putting a net 325W, you'll have 175W leftover for a GPU, which is enough for even a 5870.
XFX 4870 1GB $139 ($119 /w MIR)
LOL its a Solid build expecially for an elder women.
It certainly couldn't hurt.
EDIT: That RAM OC is high enough. Apply the AS5 and work on the gpu clock etc.
As for the proc, I would aim for 3.4Ghz since your using stock cooling.
The card is as high as the drivers let me take it, I'm fine with that . Will throwing on AS5 void XFX's lifetime warranty?
Couldn't help myself, had to bump from 1.365v default to 1.375v to get 3.4ghz stable at all(currently 15minutes into intel burn test which means it would probably pass prime for 10 hours no problem)
CPU-Z reports a max vcore of 1.448v, coretemp reports I've hit 71C with hovering around 68-70C. So this is the max I can do on stock cooling. 1.440v was unstable at 3.4ghz, I might be able to get another 50-100mhz without touching the vcore but its doubtful and already running max temps(it will never see 71C real world or even in prime, prime will probably push it to around 65C).
If you really wanna have some fun, try Rivatuner or ATI tray tools.
Or.... go all out and flash your bios....