Partial upgrade, please help :)

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BUDGET RANGE: 400-600$ (budget is a little more flexible than that but im putting that for starters)

SYSTEM USAGE: Gameing, watching movies, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED/Parts i am reusing:

HD Radeon 5870

900W Apevia PSU

20" wide screen moniter, but would like a second one.

200GB WD 7200RPM HDD
2x 80GB SeaGate 7200RPM HDD

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES:

Processor- AMD AM3 socket
Memory-1066 or higher
Mobo- raid controler with raid 0, at least 4 ram slots
Moniter- 20" or larger, widescreen
Case- as good of cooling as you can get in a mid-tower or smaller

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: MID TOWER or smaller!!! thanks :)!!!!
 
Pick any m-atx or atx mb for a mid tower.

A 790 series chip set mb from a good manufacturer. ASUS or Gigabyte IMO. A 790G or 785G board has onboard gfx which can help a lot when you are setting up , and later you get to recycle it into the HTPC you build in a couple of years .

1333 MHz DDR 3 ram with low latency like 7-7-7-20 performs as well as higher clocked ram with larger timings and its cheaper . Check the voltages . Lower is better.
If your hard drives are IDE then replace them . A 500 gig samsung f3 is waaaay faster and costs $50. Even in RAID 0 I dont think your 80 gig drives would keep up in general use
For a case its hard to go past the antec 300. Some models have front fans installed and are better value even if they cost a bit more
 

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