Rate my first build please

Case: Xion Solaris $39 (Not high quality, but i like it and it's in my price range, but is it a piece of crap?)

Motherboard: Asus A8N5X nforce 4 $86 (Reviews seem good, but what do ya'll think?)

CPU: AMD Athlon X2 3800 $296

GPU: eVGA 7800GT $250 after rebate

PSU: Antec Truepower II 550W $89

Optical Drive: Lite-On DVD-RW $38

HDD: Hitachi 80GB SATA 3.0GB/s $53 (I'll buy a 200GB external when i run out of space. Good idea?)

RAM: 512MB PNY Optima (I already have 2x512MB, so this will give me 1.5 GB. Is this a good idea?)

Mouse: Logitech MX518 $33

Windows XP Home w/SP2 $93

What do you think out of /10? In total it comes out to $982, $18 under budget. Do you think it will play most games on medium/high settings for a year and a half? Then I'll upgrade, but it needs to last that long without one (other than an external hdd and another 512MB stick of RAM). Also, I dont want to go SLI.
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  1. ok dude a few things the ram get corsair its cheaper with shipping by atleast a few bux and the proc if you want to game get the 3200 but multi tasking is what you want then the x2 is for you if you plan to oc get an opty 165
  2. Yeah I need it for gaming and multitasking, so I'll go with the X2. Now about the RAM, see I already have 2x512MB PNY, now if I got another stick of 512MB, does it have to be PNY?
  3. If you are doing dual-channel memory configuration, you don't use an odd number of sticks, meaning stick with the existing 2, add 2 more, or replace the existing 2x 512 with 2x 1GB.

    If you add a single 512 to an existing 2x512, you will see a performance drop. As for adding PNY again, add SAME PART NUMBER by PNY (and just hope it came out of a very similar batch).
  4. I wouldn't mix match RAM.
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