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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I need to have it assembled by August 21st, which means purchase by like August 10, though I would like to purchase it as soon as possible

BUDGET RANGE: Between $500 and $1250. This is a very large price gap, and many choices can be made at the high and low end. I am looking for the best price per performance in that range, basically.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming. I like to play the better 360 games that are ported to PC, as well as MMOs.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, speakers, hard drive, monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, though I am willing to buy elsewhere.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer AMD and ATI, though the right price and the right convincing can get me elsewhere.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, if it is worth the price.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The following is what I have pieced together already. The motherboard is probably holding it back, but it is free in a combo deal with the CPU. If the price of a 'flashy' case were the same as a non-flashy, and they were exactly the same in performance, I would go with the flashy, but I am more worried about getting the best performance for my money.

SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102810

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103471

BIOSTAR TA790GXB A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138143

COOLER MASTER RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171036

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068

This build costs $560 shipped, with $40 in MIR.

Thank you for you time!
 

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I like the CPU and mobo deal. I chose the PSU because it combo dealed with the case for $40 off, but that one does look better.
 
Just make sure if you decide you want to go for that combo deal to change your ram to ddr3 I suggest this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193
Its currently an inexpensive 1600MHz kit with pretty good timing and low voltages for the same price as most 1333MHz kits.

Are you planning to crossfire down the road? If you are then that cooler master PSU would definitely be cutting it too close as the minimum recommended is 600 watts.
 

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Yea, I switched the RAM too, but yours was a better deal. I am also looking at that PSU, as well as different case options (I chose that one because of the combo deal.) Any recommendations on cases? I, as said, am looking for the most bang for my buck.
 
A lot of people seem to recommend the antec 300, it is supposed to have plenty of space for a single card solution. I will let you know just how roomy it is when mine shows up on thursday, its going to be a fun weekend.
 

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The Antec 300 also has free shipping! I think that is my case. That, and the PSU you recommended. Thank you for your help!