First attempt at building PC (under $700) Need advice

I am building a computer for the first time and have spent a considerable amount of time looking into hardware and trying several builds. It has been mind boggling with all of the specs, capatibility issues and prices. I'm trying to build a system that I can upgrade with more RAM and a better video card later, as I'm trying to stay under $700. I am going to use the computer for basic internet browsing, and games like Warhammer Online. I'm not looking to OC the machine, I just want a reliable computer for basic needs.

I am going to use a SATA HD and an IDE DVD/CD drive. Will this cause any problems/issues? I have been looking at this site too for advice and I'm so glad I found it. The people here really know what they are doing and this site should be supported by all the hardware companies, because I know it has given me the nerve to consider building my own machine when I would not have otherwise.

Thank you,

DigitalBliss
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    You can go with e21x0 cpu for less.

    2x1gb ram would be a good investment in the long run:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146565

    I would look at an AMD CPU & MOBO combo since you're not overclocking & the AMD is the best bang.
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