Re: Home Build
Firstly it depends how you class 'basic home computer'. What are they going to be doing on it? I know, personally, that my parents would just want to get on the internet at a decent pace, and be able to create things in microsoft word.
Are you going to be needing Monitor? Operating System? Mouse? Keyboard? Printer? All these things are going to push your budget up - Do you have a specific budget?
The motherboard and CPU are probably a bit over the top to be honest.
You could get away with a decent Dual Core processor, AMD OR Intel, anywhere between 2.5-3ghz clocked or overclocked, and probably 2GB of RAM. (although the 4 is nice) Also you could probably get away with 250GB HD....
Again its all about how future proof you want to make it - if at all, and what sort of job it will be doing.
You could save a little by going AMD, and could probably get a bit more for your money yes. Also personally wouldnt opt for a case that comes with a PSU, as generally, they are pretty poor PSU's. No prices on the parts so cant comment on that aspect.