$800 Upgradeable Gaming System

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next Week BUDGET RANGE: ~$700-$800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, especially MMOs (WoW) but also a few FPS games like Call of Duty:MW, Photoshop, internet surfing and word processing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor or speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, for the upgrade potential later

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future - upgrade potential

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 x 1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm pretty flexible on the processor, but I had looked into AMD because it's supposed to be the most easily upgradeable down the road without tearing out the motherboard - something that's important to me, as I won't likely be doing a complete computer replacement for some time. This will be my first complete build, with some partial builds (sans-motherboard, which was preinstalled in the case) some years ago.

SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L - OEM - $24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

Western Digital Caviar Green WD6400AACS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (bare drive) - OEM - $68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136298

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128387

XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail - $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150359

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail - $231.98 (Combo w/ Memory)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103471

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail - Combo (Above)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

Total - $789

As I mentioned before, I'm fairly flexibile on the chipset but I do want something that I will be able to upgrade with a minimum amount of fuss. I've looked around these forums for systems that others have recommended, and I'm fairly certain that this is a good build, but as I haven't done this in a while I'd like someone else to look over it and let me know if there's something obvious I've overlooked or forgotten. Thanks in advance for any help.
 
dk i think i would have gone with the Phenom II 720 BE and an AM3/DDR3 board, won't know how long that backwards compatibility is going to last (its up to the motherboard makers to update the bios)
 

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