$700 - 800 (US) Gaming System Reccomendations

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My 7 year old desktop has finally bitten the dust, so its time to get something new

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the week

BUDGET RANGE: US $700-800 (Lower the better

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the web, maybe watch movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Im leaning more toward AMD right now

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe down the road

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 LG L227WTG-PF Black 22" 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like to keep it reasonably quiet :sleep:

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CPU:
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649

Mobo:
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128378

Case:
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

Video Card
EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130434

Total $608.92

I havent picked out a PSU or Memory yet so any advice would be appreciated
 
I'm a bit nervous about the 790X chipset right now because the Cyberpower that was reviewed here at TH used one and seemed to be handicapped.

This should be the better board, and it actually costs less:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.205337

Since those are both crossfire boards, how about a nice 4870 1GB? Performance is about the same, the price is right, and since you saved a bit on the board maybe you will be able to buy a PSU that can support another 4870 in the future:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150394

PC P&C 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011&Tpk=S75CF

G.Skill DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231200

 

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